The OMSA Committee, CALAOMS Board of Directors and CALAOMS Staff have been working to update the OMSA curriculum. Our vision with this course is to improve the way we teach the material and deliver the information. Please read the following important OMSA course information before registering for the next OMSA course.
The new format for the OMSA course now consists of the following:
1. Didactic self-study curriculum composed of narrated PowerPoint Presentation videos to be viewed on-line during a three-month period prior to the weekend seminar. These videos are divided by Systems: e.g. Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Endocrine, Immune, etc. Each module will have a short on-line quiz that must be completed before continuing to the next module. After viewing the videos and completing the quizzes, students will be required to take an on-line Pre-test to ensure that they understand the material that was presented.
2. We will also utilize chat and forum technology to provide instructor feedback and extra help for students who are struggling with various concepts. The faculty monitoring the forums will be oral surgeons who are OMSA Committee members of CALAOMS.
3. A two-day weekend seminar in which we will present a review of the material learned in the on-line self-study curriculum. The weekend will culminate in a final exam as usual.
It is our desire to provide a meaningful, relevant and well-supported educational experience for each assistant, regardless of his/her experience level. Once you are registered in an OMSA course, more detailed information will be Mailed to you in a confirmation of registration packet.
Currently we hold one Spring OMSA course a year in Southern California and one Fall OMSA course a year in Northern California. Space is limited and these courses fill quickly. We encourage All (Initials and Recerts) to sign up as soon as the on-line registration opens.
OMSA certificates are valid for 5 years. You must Recertify by the end of the year you are expiring in, regardless of the month, or you will be required to register as an "Initial" and repeat the on-line self-study portion of the course. Extensions will not be granted.
Our next OMSA course is "OMSA Spring 2018 Southern California", to be held on April 14 & 15, 2018 at the Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel. This course is Full and Closed and the Wait List is Closed as well. The "OMSA Fall 2018 Northern California" course dates and location have not been set yet. Please check back periodically for updated OMSA course information.