About this event

  • Date and time Sat 20 Apr 2024 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Join us for UMAX, our long running undergraduate maxillofacial conference which returns this spring for a day of distinctive lectures and practical hands-on workshops. This is an opportunity to hear from established oral and maxillofacial surgeons who will speak on wide ranging topics, showcasing the variety on offer in this specialty. The meeting also aims to provide those with an interest in maxillofacial surgery, including undergraduate students and those who are post dual qualification with the chance to meet with peers, trainees and senior consultants.

This years conference will provide an overview of head and neck oncology and reconstruction, cleft lip and palate treatment pathways, facial gender affirming surgery and surgical dermatology. There will be Consultant-led interactive surgical skills training in suturing, plating and virtual surgical planning as well as guidance on preparing for speciality training.

By attending this meeting, you will

  • Be introduced to the specialty and the wide-ranging sub-specialities covered in oral and maxillofacial training 
  • Gain an overview of Cleft Lip and Palate services in the UK and treatment pathways
  • Gain an overview of Head and Neck Oncology and Reconstruction and learn about the opportunities for research
  • Gain an overview of Craniofacial Surgery and treatment pathways
  • Gain an increased awareness of new Advances in Head and Neck skin cancer
  • Develop practical skills in suturing and plating that will translate into clinical practice as a junior maxillofacial trainee
  • Develop an understanding of virtual surgical planning and its applications in oral and maxillofacial surgery

The UMAX poster prize will also be presented and awarded at the meeting. The competition is an opportunity to present primary research at a national conference. The prize is open to all trainees without dual qualification, including all undergraduate students as well as singly qualified and second-degree medical and dental students. The top three posters are awarded RSM Prize Certificates, and the top poster is also awarded a year’s membership of the RSM. 

We would like to thank our sponsors Acteon, NSK United Kingdom Ltd and Total TMJ 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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Standard pricing available until 19 April 2024.


RSM Trainee RSM Student
£57.00 £30.00

Non - Member

Trainee Student
£105.00 £55.00


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Welcome and intoduction

Mr Ashraf Messiha, President, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Section, Royal Society of Medicine, Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, St George's Hospital London and Mr Arif Rashid, Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, St George's Hospital London

Cleft lip and palate - An overview and treatment pathways

Mr David Grimes, Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Evelina Children's Hospital

Facial gender affirming surgery

Ms Helen Witherow, Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, St George’s Hospital

Head and neck oncology and reconstruction

Mr Luke Williams, Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial and Head and Neck Surgeon, Honorary Lecturer, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Tea and coffee break

Surgical dermatology - Pearls and pitfalls

Professor Carrie Newlands, Professor and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, University of Surrey, School of Biosciences and Medicine

Panel discussion
Lunch and poster viewing

Poster viewing for UMAX 2024 Poster prize


Surgical planning - Virtual and lab
CV and career guidance
Rotation 1
Rotation 2
Tea and coffee break
Rotation 3
Rotation 4

Presentation of UMAX 2024 Poster Prize and closing remarks
Close of meeting



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


Registration for this event will close at 01:00am on Friday 19 April 2024. Late registrations will not be accepted.

The agenda is subject to change at any time

If the event is recorded, we are only able to share presentations that we have received permission to share. There is no guarantee that all sessions will be available after the event, this is at the presenter’s and RSM’s discretion.

All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the Royal Society of Medicine, nor the speaker's organisations.

This event will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.

Domus - reception

While you’re attending this event

Why not stay in the comfort of our hotel, Domus Medica, book dinner in the restaurant, or even hire one of our private dining rooms to socialise with your peers?

RSM members enjoy access to our enviable club facilities. For more information, please contact our team at domus@rsm.ac.uk or restaurant@rsm.ac.uk.

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