About this event

  • Date and time Sat 23 Apr 2022 from 8:30am to 4:20pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

The Royal Society of Medicine UMAX 2022 conference showcases Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery as a speciality and as a postgraduate career choice. The day brings together aspiring surgeons, trainees and senior consultants for interactive lectures, hands-on workshops, problem-based learning, virtual reality simulation and networking. Now in its twelfth year, UMAX is the leading OMFS undergraduate conference and we look forward to welcoming you to the RSM.

This in-person meeting aims to introduce delegates to key areas of oral and maxillofacial surgery such as maxillofacial trauma, head and neck reconstruction, and cleft lip and palate.

At the end of the meeting you will:

  • Understand the training pathways in OMFS and how to successfully navigate them
  • Appreciate the broad scope of the speciality and how it integrates with other medical, dental and surgical specialties
  • Describe the presentation and initial management of some common OMFS conditions
  • Develop basic surgical skills with small groups and consultant-led training

The morning will focus on interactive lectures on key areas such as maxillofacial trauma, head and neck reconstruction, and cleft lip and palate. The afternoon will provide a series of workshops covering topics such as suturingvirtual surgical planningCV clinic and the principles of fixation and plating.

This conference will introduce students as well as junior doctors and dentists to some of the core topics in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. 

We would like to thank our sponsors Acteon UK, Ambu, British Dental Association, NSK UK and The DDU for their support of this meeting. Please note that the scientific programme and content has not been influenced in any way by the sponsors.

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Key speakers

Professor Simon Holmes

Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Royal London Hospital

Speaker's biography

Professor Simon Holmes was appointed to the Royal London Hospital in 2003 as the first UK Consultant to a post specialising totally in the management of craniomaxillofacial trauma. His role was to lead and develop a Craniofacial Trauma Team. In the past ten years, Professor Holmes has developed research, training, and service work at the trust, nationally, and internationally. He has introduced several new surgical techniques and digital treatment planning technologies and overseen the integrated approach to facial trauma which has proven both innovative and successful. He has lectured widely nationally and internationally, and has written three major textbooks on craniofacial trauma. He has 11950302.1 published in major anatomical textbooks including Gray’s anatomy. He has published widely in the Maxillofacial literature, and is on the editorial review board for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orbit, Injury, and the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is an Assistant Editor for British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He has presented invitational keynote lectures on four continents. His research interests are around assessment of severity of injury with development of assessment of outcome tools. He has developed an iPhone App as a craniofacial skeletal fracture severity score calculator. He is also interested in complex anterior skull base injuries, functional and anatomical orbital reconstruction, and has published definitive papers on these subjects. He is also interested in forensic analysis of facial injuries, as well as developing embedding of facial trauma services in international first aid collaborations. He was appointed to the Chair of Craniofacial Traumatology in 2015. He has developed and chairs a distance learning MSc course in craniofacial trauma at Queen Mary University of London. Politically he is active within his specialty - he was previously the nominated Facial Trauma Lead for British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and a Member of AO UK Craniofacial.

Ms Clare Schilling

Head and Neck Surgeon and Honorary Associate Professor, Head and Neck Academic Centre, University College London

Speaker's biography

Ms Clare Schilling is a Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon specialising in head and neck cancer and reconstructive surgery. She is Honorary Associate Professor of the Head and Neck Academic Centre (HNAC) in the division of surgical and interventional science at University College London.She completed oral and maxillofacial surgery specialist training including and oncology fellowship in London, UK as well as a research PhD in novel imaging techniques for detection of metastasis in head and neck cancer. She is Co-Director of HEADSTART, the Royal College of Surgeons accredited national training program for sentinel node biopsy in oral cancer and Principle Investigator of National Institute for Health Research funded LOOC trial for lymphatic mapping of oropharyngeal cancers. Her research and clinical interests include fluorescence guided surgery, augmented reality surgery and quality outcome measures.

Mr Simon van Eeden

Consultant Cleft and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and Aintree University Hospital

Speaker's biography

Mr Simon van Eeden is currently a Consultant Cleft and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool, UK providing treatment for cleft patients from birth to adulthood as part of the Northwest, Isle of Man and North Wales Cleft Network. He has held this post since 2008. He is also the current Chair of the United Kingdom (UK) Cleft Development Group. Simon completed his undergraduate dental and medical training and post-graduate Oral and Maxillofacial surgical training in South Africa. On moving to the UK he completed a further 4 years of higher surgical training in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery followed by a 2 year TIG Fellowship in Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital with Mr Brian Sommerlad and Mr Loshan Kangesu, which he completed in 2008.

Miss Zarina Shaikh

Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, The Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Speaker's biography

Miss Zarina Shaikh is a 'generalist' maxillofacial surgery surgeon with a specialist interest in skin cancer surgery. She was Co-Founder of the UK Society of Women in Maxillofacial surgery, an international mentor allied to The University of Stanford and also an active campaigner for equity in the NHS. Outside of work, Miss Shaikh is a keen musician, artist and writer.

Professor Jag Dhanda

Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and Professor of Surgery, Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead and Brighton and Sussex Medical School

Speaker's biography

Qualifeid in both medicine and dentistry and a PhD in oncogenomics, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Virtual Reality in Medicine and Surgery.


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Mr Andrew Hobkirk, President, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Section, Royal Society of Medicine and Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust

Craniofacial traumatology – a journey

Professor Simon Holmes, Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Royal London Hospital

Questions and answers
Head and neck reconstructive surgery - combining academic and clinical training

Ms Clare Schilling, Head and Neck Surgeon and Honorary Associate Professor, Head and Neck Academic Centre, University College London

Question and answers
Tea and coffee break

Cleft surgery

Mr Simon van Eeden, Consultant Cleft and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and Aintree University Hospital

Questions and answers
Inclusivity and the pathway to a career

Miss Zarina Shaikh, Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, The Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Questions and answers

Introduction to afternoon session
Virtual surgical planning

Professor Jag Dhanda, Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and Professor of Surgery, Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead and Brighton and Sussex Medical School

Virtual reality surgery

Mr Alexander Hills, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Fellow, St George's and Mr Declan Hughes, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinical Fellow, Barts Health NHS Trust


Dr Angela Hancock, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Specialist Registrar, London Deanery and Mr Aaron Thomas, Senior Clinical Fellow, Craniofacial Trauma and Deformity, King’s College Hospital

CV clinic

Mr Ruben van der Valk, Foundation Year 1, Dr Danyal Awal and Mr Hitesh Bansal, Core Surgical Trainee, King’s College Hospital

Workshop rotation one
Workshop rotation two
Workshop rotation three
Workshop rotation four
Closing remarks



Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom


Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Section: UMAX Poster Prize


1 year's RSM membership

Open to: 

All trainees without dual qualification including undergraduate students as well as singly-qualified and second degree medical and dental students

Saturday 23 April 2022


Saturday 26 February 2022 at 11:59pm

Application Guidelines:

Abstracts of no more than 250 words are invited on any topic relating to Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for poster presentation at the UMAX meeting

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