BAOMS Statement on Inclusion, Equity and Diversity
Sat Parmar, Immediate Past President
As the Immediate Past President of BAOMS (President in 2019) I have always viewed the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery as the natural bridge between the two professions of dentistry and medicine, in a unique position to appreciate the value of inclusion, equity and diversity.
Within our specialty’s broad family we are fortunate to include permanent and temporary staff, trainees and trainers, dentist and doctors, associated dental and medical professions, patients and carers, specialists from our own and other specialties.
OMFS and BAOMS are both strengthened by our diversity. The variety of skills, characteristics, and attributes offered by our members creates vitality and success. Maximising the diversity of our members and leaders allows OMFS to benefit from the rich talents and different perspectives of all.
As an Association, BAOMS profoundly respects, values and promotes diversity and inclusiveness among all the individuals and groups, professionals and volunteers, and also the corporate bodies and other charities with whom we interact, collaborate, and partner.
For OMFS to have a strong future we must recruit, support, and promote talented, diverse surgeons who promote a work environment that embraces and celebrates diversity, promotes inclusiveness, and treats all with dignity and respect.
Insofar as we can, we will aim to promote inclusiveness, diversity and equity as we deliver our charitable objectives to promote the advancement of education research and the development of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Oral Surgery in the British Isles and to encourage and assist postgraduate education study and research in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Oral Surgery.