British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
|Legal status||Non-profit company and registered charity|
|Purpose||Oral and maxillofacial surgery in the UK|
|Headquarters||35/43 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn, WC2A 3PE|
|Membership||1400 medical professionals|
|Main organ||BAOMS Council (President - Maire E Morton)|
|Parent organization||Royal College of Surgeons of England|
|Affiliations||American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons|
The British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons is the British medical association for oral and maxillofacial (mouth, jaws and face) surgeons - dentists who are also trained in oral surgery.
Oral and maxillofacial surgery developed as a surgical development in dentistry to treat servicemen injured in World War 2.
The British Association of Oral Surgeons was formed in February 1962. In 1985 the organisation changed to its present name. In 1994 the field of surgery was recognised as one of the nine surgical specialities.
Since 1995, to gain entrance to the Specialist Register for the Speciality of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, a surgeon must have qualifications in dentistry and surgery - be a registered dentist and registered medical practitioner, according to the European Specialist Medical Qualification Order 1995. This recognition comes from both the General Medical Council and General Dental Council. Oral surgeons do not need to be a medical doctor.
It is a charity, and became a company limited by guarantee in 1997.
It publishes the British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery eight times a year.