Evidence-Based Craniomaxillofacial Trauma Surgery

Evaluate your practice using highest-quality evidence on best practices and clinical decision-making

Dec 11-12, 2021, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Description

    Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) is an approach to clinical decision-making that requires thorough knowledge of current literature, clinical expertise, and a comprehensive understanding of patient preferences. Several clinical research studies applying EBM to CMF—in regards to short and long-term outcomes of rigid fixation—have identified disparities between actual surgeon practice and evidence that supports best practices. 

    Rather than relying on single-surgeon experience, this advanced AO CMF Symposium will use highest-quality evidence as the basis for discussion and presentations related to best practices and clinical decision-making. Participants will be asked to evaluate their own clinical practices in this context and identify any barriers that exist to their implementation of evidence-based recommendations. 

    Areas of clinical decision making to be presented will include perioperative antibiotic use in facial trauma; appropriate use of postoperative imaging; management of postoperative analgesia; and optimal management of patients with co-morbidities or substance abuse issues that may impact the timing of surgery.  The theme of evidence will tie together lectures and cases presentations on surgical complications and quality improvement in CMF and will frame presentations on treatment debates in the management of condylar, frontal sinus and orbital fractures.  Advancements in imaging, virtual surgical planning, and other surgical adjuncts will be analyzed to critically appraise the evidence in areas of patient safety and cost concerns.

    Learning will be delivered through

    • Lectures
    • Small group case-based discussions with a 5:1 participant-to-faculty ratio
    • Using an audience response system (ARS) to determine current practice patterns and identify opportunities to introduce EBM into clinical practice
  • Learning objectives

    Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to
    Discuss evidence based literature on specific treatment options identified
    Evaluate pros and cons of each treatment option and approach
    Assess current trends and variations against available evidence
    Appreciate the importance of continuity of care and its impact on patient outcomes
    Develop appropriate post-operative plan for patient
    Effectively code for billing and documentation
    Recognize the importance of effective pain management
    Analyze approaches to pain management and its impact on patient outcomes
    Identify the assessment tools and measures that are available related to clinical, patient and process outcomes
    Discuss the application and use of the tools identified
    Utilize appropriate tools to assess pain, QOL and productivity in patients
    Review evidence and literature to identify optimal treatment options

  • Who should attend

    Practicing surgeons, fellows, and residents PGY 4 and above.

  • Location, time, and tuition


    Date and time

    • December 11-12, 2021


    • Residents: USD $350.00
    • Attending: USD $500.00

Course Chairs

Sydney Butts, MD, FACS

Sydney Butts, MD, FACS

SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Salvatore Lettieri, MD, FACS

Salvatore Lettieri, MD, FACS

Mayo Clinic



Loyola University


  • Travis Tollefson, MD, MPH, FACS (Director)
  • Thomas Dodson, DMD, MPH, FACS
  • Alan Herford, DDS, MD, FACS
  • Clinton Humphrey, MD, FACS
  • Kerry Latham, MD, FACS
  • Daniel Meara, MS, MD, DMD, FACS
  • Stephen Metzinger, MD, MSPH, FACS
  • Andrew Murr, MD, FACS
  • David Powers, MD, DMD, FACS, FRCS(Ed)
  • James Swift, DDS, FACS

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