The American Academy of Oral Pathology (AAOP) was officially organized in 1948, and, in 1950, Oral Pathology was approved as a specialty by the American Dental Association. The Academy was renamed the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (AAOMP) in 1995, when the official name of the specialty changed from Oral Pathology to Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. The American Board of Oral Pathology was approved by the American Dental Association in 1950, and became the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (ABOMP) in keeping with the official name changes of the specialty and of the sponsoring organization.
The American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (AAOMP) endeavors to represent the interest of oral and maxillofacial pathologists (OMPs) within the profession itself, in the dental and medical community, and to the public at large.
The objectives of the Academy are:
- To promote the highest standards in education, research and the practice of oral and maxillofacial pathology.
- To elevate the scientific and professional status of those practicing this specialty of dentistry.
- To advance the science of oral and maxillofacial pathology and to improve laboratory service to dentists, to hospitals and to the public through study and education.
- To encourage closer cooperation of oral and maxillofacial pathologists with other dentists, with physicians and with other pathology organizations.
- To aid in establishing standards for the performance of various laboratory procedures and to monitor and assist regulatory agencies in the establishment of standards for the operation of oral and maxillofacial pathology laboratories.
- To aid in maintaining and strengthening the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.
- To aid in the maintenance of the Registry of Dental and Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology of the American Registry of Pathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, D.C.
- To recognize and support the practice of forensic odontology as part of the practice of oral and maxillofacial pathology.
- To promote oral and maxillofacial pathology as a career.
- To represent and promote the value of oral and maxillofacial pathology to other medical and dental organizations, legislative bodies and governmental agencies.