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Innovative CE is on the fast track

ADA Annual Session offers several unique learning options

August 01, 2012

By Stacie Crozier, ADA News staff

San Francisco—Dental professionals can make the most of their time at the ADA Annual Session Oct. 18-21 when they choose a new Fast Track continuing education course.


Fast Track courses feature three fast-paced continuing education topics bundled into one three-hour course. The eight Fast Tracks target a variety of audiences and topics, including: women dentists, new dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, team building, leadership, business office and health and prevention.

“The Fast Track courses were designed to integrate with today's busy pace of learning new and vital information in a personal setting,” said Dr. Mark Huberty, 2012 program chair for the Council on ADA Sessions. “Participants will learn from three speakers on three topics presented in a rapid-fire, three-hour sequence.”

Most courses are appropriate for dentists and team members. No-fee Fast Track course options are available each day:

  • Team Building Fast Track, Oct. 18, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (course 5303). Segments include Total Team Concept for Effective Scheduling, Team Building Best Practices: How To Play Nice in the Sandbox and Fire Up Your Team on All Cylinders and Top Ten Tips of Terrific Teamwork. The course was developed in cooperation with the American Association of Women Dentists.
  • Leadership Fast Track, Oct. 18, 2-5 p.m. (course 5330). Segments include Increasing Your Net, Leadership and Decision-Making Strategies and Having Them After Hello: A Leadership Mindset for Team Engagement. The course was developed in cooperation with the American Association of Women Dentists.
  • Women Dentists Fast Track, Oct. 19, 8-11 a.m. (course 6301). Segments include Stress Busting Tips to Keep You Laser Focused, Juggling Life's Demands and Coming Out On Top and Women's Health Across the Lifespan. The course was developed in cooperation with the American Association of Women Dentists.
  • Dental Hygiene Fast Track, Oct. 19, 2-5 p.m. (course 6331). Segments include The Joy of Ultrasonics, Top Ten Infection Control Mistakes We Make and Dental Implants: Assessment and Maintenance Strategies.
  • New Dentist Fast Track, Oct. 20, 8-11 a.m. (course 7303). Segments include Practice Transitions That Work, Critical Financial Decisions the New Dentist Must Get Right and The Eight Most Important Drug Interactions. The course is co-presented by the ADA New Dentist Committee.
  • Health and Prevention Fast Track, Oct. 20 8-11 a.m. (course 7314). Segments include Move Your Body-Elevate Your Life, 32 Teeth and 100 Birthdays and Get Fit, Get Smarter.
  • Business Office Fast Track, Oct. 20, 2-5 p.m. (course 7331). Segments include Playing the Accounts Receivables Game”¦Your Way, Extraordinary First and Last Impressions and Critical Communications: Using Practice Management Programs to Unlock Technology in Your Practice. The course is sponsored by CareCredit.
  • Dental Assisting Fast Track, Oct. 21, 8-11 a.m. (course 8302). Segments include Vaccine Recommendations, High-Impact Communications and Lead By Example. The course is sponsored by CareCredit.

Dental professionals who want to save time and money should register for the new Annual Session Course on preventive equipment maintenance, Work Smarter, Not Harder: Preventive Equipment Maintenance. This course, just added to the continuing education lineup, will be presented six times in the Preventive Equipment Maintenance Zone in the ADA CE Hub on the exhibit floor.

“Saving time and money and reducing frustration in the office is the focus of the PEM Zone,” said Dr. Huberty. “This information can be implemented Monday morning after the Annual Session for immediate, significant and continued results.”

Participants will rotate through six stations to learn how to perform upkeep for the treatment room, X-rays, sterilization, mechanical room, handpieces and small equipment. Presenters will provide a brief lecture and a chance for participants to practice hands-on maintenance skills at each station.

Course dates, times and codes are Oct. 18, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (course 5801) or 2-5 p.m. (course 5802); Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (course 6801) or 2-5 p.m. (course 6802); and Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (course 7801) or 2-5 p.m. (course 7802). Cost is $150. Each course section is limited to 60 participants.

Another unique opportunity for dentists is the ADA's new hands-on cadaver workshops.

The seven-course series, to be held at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, offers dentists the opportunity to revisit the anatomical sciences for very specific hands-on learning opportunities, Dr. Huberty added.

“There is no substitute for hands-on training or a strong foundation of the basics when learning a new skill set or taking your skills to the next level,” said Dr. Huberty. “The cadaver course series is designed to quickly, comfortably shorten the learning curve for maximum results.”

Courses will focus on biopsy techniques, crown lengthening, local anesthesia, temporomandibular joint, mini implants, masticatory system anatomy, and socket grafting and bone regeneration.

2012 hands-on cadaver workshops include:

  • Biopsy Techniques for the General Practitioner—A Hands-On Cadaver Course, Oct. 18, 8:30-11:30 a.m., cost is $595 (course 5221);
  • Crown Lengthening Workshop—A Hands-On Cadaver Course, Oct. 18, 2-5 p.m., cost is $595 (course 5223);
  • Local Anesthesia Human Cadaver Dissection Workshop, Oct. 19, 8:30-11:30 a.m., cost is $595 (course 6221);
  • Cadaver Dissection of the TMJ and Associated Structures, Oct. 19, 2-5 p.m., cost is $595 (course 6225);
  • Socket Grafting and Regenerating Bone Using Allograft—A Hands-On Cadaver Course, Oct. 20, 8:30-11:30 a.m., cost is $595 (course 7221);
  • Mini Dental Implants in 2012—A Hands-On Cadaver Course, Oct. 20, 2-5 p.m., cost is $695 (course 7225);
  • Anatomy of the Masticatory System: Clinical Application and Dissection—A Hands-On Cadaver Course, Oct. 21, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., cost is $995 (course 8221).

The ADA's continuing education lineup also includes nearly 200 lectures, 80 workshops, six Education in the Round live-patient courses and Pre- and Post-Session CE courses. Annual Session goers can also take advantage of numerous hands-on learning opportunities in the ADA CE Hub, including the Laser Pavilion, the Tech Expo, the 3-D Imaging Center and the CAD/CAM Stage.

Visit for details, course descriptions, speakers and to register.