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ADA councils, agencies offer variety of Annual Session CE

Seats in several hot topic courses are still available

October 01, 2013

New Orleans—The ADA is offering a variety of continuing education courses at the 2013 Annual Session that showcase the latest developments in dentistry today. Annual Session-goers can choose from a variety of courses presented by ADA councils and agencies that range from a look at group practice models, to community dental health topics to international research and volunteerism.

CDP course focuses on group practice

Dental practice models are the focus of an Annual Session course presented by the ADA Council on Dental Practice.

The Growth of Group Practice and Implications for the Profession (course 5375) is scheduled for Oct. 31 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. There is no fee for the course, and participants can earn up to 2.5 hours of continuing education credit.

Dr. Todd Marshall, CDP member who also serves on the board of directors for Park Dental, a group practice in Minnesota owned and governed by dentists, will moderate the course, and Marko Vujicic, Ph.D., managing vice president of the ADA Health Policy Resources Center, Dr. Howard Bailit, Ph.D., professor emeritus at the University of Connecticut Health Center, and Michael Graham, ADA senior vice president of government and public affairs, will serve as panelists.

They will discuss what the growth of group practices—from partnerships of a few dentists to large multi-state organizations—forecast for the future of dental care delivery. Panelists will also talk about whether the current fiscal, demographic, economic and health care reform forces and the student debt load of new dentists will drive further growth in the group practice model.

Presenters: Dr. Howard Elson of McKeesport, Pa., discusses how dentists can bring Medicaid patients into a dental practice as Dr. Sidney Whitman of Hamilton Square, N.J., listens, during the second ADA Medicaid Provider Symposium in July of 2010. Drs. Elson and Whitman are among the presenters for the Annual Session course, Maintaining Your Sanity and Practice Viability as a Medicaid Provider.

Course offers how-tos for aspiring Medicaid providers

A new Annual Session course presented in partnership with the ADA Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations is designed to help dental professionals navigate the complex issues associated with being a Medicaid provider.

This free program, Maintaining Your Sanity and Practice Viability as a Medicaid Provider (course 5302) will be held Oct. 31, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

“It can be very rewarding working with Medicaid patients,” said Dr. Sidney A. Whitman, a pediatric dentist in Hamilton Square, N.J. and one of the course presenters. “However, the road to success can be very difficult. This course will give you a synopsis of pitfalls to avoid and solutions to reduce your chances of negative interactions with the insurance administrators of the program.”

The course, he said, explains common misconceptions and fears associated with being a Medicaid provider to help dental professionals find personal and professional rewards in providing care for this underserved population group.

The course will focus on how to implement efficient, productive practice protocols to enhance practice viability; recognize and avoid fraud and abuse allegations; and learn to be a positive advocate for Medicaid providers.

“Being a Medicaid provider takes a staff that can communicate with the patients,” Dr. Whitman said. “Navigating the system requires becoming educated on the nuances of your particular state's system.”

Dr. Whitman will be part of a panel of expert presenters, including Drs. Allen Finkelstein, Charles Czerepak, Thomas Underwood, Nagaraja Murthy, Lynn Mouden, Howard Elson and Steven Geiermann and Mary Foley, executive director of the Medicaid CHIP State Dental Association. These presenters will share effective practice models and opportunities/challenges regarding compliance, fraud, advocacy and more.

CAPIR presentation eyes Federally Qualified Health Centers

Another CAPIR track course returning for its fifth year is The ABC's of FQHCs, which is designed to help dentists and their staff learn how federally funded health centers work and how private practices can collaborate with them to improve the community's oral health.

This free course (course 6330) is set for Nov. 1, 9-11:30 a.m. Presenters include Drs. A.J. Homicz, Jane Grover, Steven Geiermann and Lee Francis, M.D., all experienced FQHC providers and/or administrators. Participants will learn about the mission, operation and fiscal management of FQHCs, the implications of community based prevention programs provided by community health centers and how to identify areas for public/private collaboration to improve community oral health.

Dr. Vasconcellos

Brazilian clinician presents winning research

Dr. Andréa Araújo Vasconcellos, the winner of the annual scientific contest at the Congresso Internacional de Odontologia de São Paulo, or CIOSP, in São Paulo, Brazil, will showcase her presentation Oct. 31 at the ADA Annual Session.

Dr. Vasconcellos will present the free course, pH of Candida albicans Biofilm Modulates the Susceptibility to Fluconazole (course 5315), Oct. 31, 3-5:30 p.m. at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Dr. Vasconcellos earned her dental degree at Federal University of Ceará, Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil. She also holds a master's degree from and is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Campinas, Piracicaba, São Paulo.

Dr. Vasconcellos will discuss the influence of different pH values (4.0, 5.5 or 7.0) of planktonic cells and biofilm of C. albicans in susceptibility to fluconazole, including cell quantification, bioactivity, enzyme production and biofilm structure. Participants will learn to identify the behavior of C. albicans biofilms exposed to fluconazole; characteristics and virulence attributes of C. albicans biofilms; and understand how environment conditions, such as pH, influence the susceptibility of C. albicans to fluconazole.

This course is sponsored by the ADA and the São Paulo Dental Association (APCD), and facilitated by the ADA Division of Global Affairs.

Division of Global Affairs offers CE on international volunteerism

Dental professionals with a passion to make a difference on a global scale, travel and experience new cultures can learn about effective international volunteerism in the Annual Session course I Do, I Teach, I Volunteer.

This free program (course 6336) will be presented Nov. 1 from 9-11:30 a.m. Drs. Marshall Gallant and Jack Levine, experienced global volunteers, will discuss how international volunteerism can support lasting, sustainable improvements to the oral health of communities in need worldwide. Dr. Sherwin Shinn, the 2013 ADA Humanitarian Award recipient, will be a guest speaker. The presenters will share strategies to improve oral public health in developing nations through education and training, personal perspectives on international oral health programs and more.

Participants who take this course will learn to understand how oral health clinicians can create solutions to global health problems, how to make improvements in oral health through education and how to implement volunteer strategies that produce results.

The ADA Division of Global Affairs is presenting the course through the ADA International Development Subcommittee.

For more details on these or other Annual Session CE courses, or to register, visit