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ADA Foundation to offer CE courses, series at ADA 2015

September 18, 2015

By David Burger

Washington — International volunteerism. Financial planning. Give Kids A Smile.

These are just some of the topics that the ADA Foundation will present during ADA 2015 – America's Dental Meeting Nov. 5-10 in Washington, D.C.

The ADAF is offering a series of presentations in its booth, #1523, while also sponsoring three continuing education courses.

Dr. Hollander
The three CE courses are:

  • Elements of Financial Planning for Medical Professionals (course 7326), 1:30-3 p.m. Nov. 7. Speakers will include Mary McGrath of Cozad Financial Services, Jane Hays of The Downey Group and a member of the Foundation's Investment Subcommittee.
  • New Developments in Oral Health Research (course 7327), 3:30-5 p.m. Nov. 7. The course will include a review of the developments and research at the Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center, presented by Drs. Thomas Hart, Diane Bienek and Jeffrey Kim.
  • Go Global: Reigniting Your Compassion for Dentistry (course 8301), held from 8-10:30 a.m. Nov. 8. Dr. Brian Hollander, Nancy Kelly, Brian Penniston, and 2015 Humanitarian award winner Dr. Frank Serio will teach the course, which will provide personal perspectives on international volunteering, international oral health programs, strategies to improve oral health in developing nations, and more. Dr. Serio has been doing volunteer dentistry for over 25 years and has many pearls to pass on. Dr. Hollander is a dental practitioner based in Anchorage, Alaska, after spending 30 years as a practitioner in Kathmandu, Nepal. A native of Oregon and graduate of the Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry, he said his passion for serving the underserved all over the world is kindled by his love of exploration coupled with compassion. "I never felt like I was stuck in a rut," he said. "Every day was exciting. It made me feel very alive."

In addition to the three courses described above, the ADAF will offer four shorter presentations offered at different times at the ADAF booth, located adjacent to the ADA Welcome Center:

  • Give Kids A Smile: Through GKAS, volunteers have provided free oral health services to more than 5 million underserved children since 2003. Learn about what GKAS has to offer, meet other program coordinators and get expert advice on running the program. Offered at 11 a.m. Nov. 6 and 10 a.m. on Nov. 7.
  • ADA Foundation Grants, Scholarships and Awards: Learn about the wide range of ADAF funding opportunities and get answers to questions about the application processes. Offered at 10 a.m. Nov. 5, noon Nov. 6 and noon Nov. 7.
  • VRC: Meet scientists working at the VRC and learn about their cutting-edge research efforts, including nanoscience and tissue engineering, and studies focusing on molecular and cell biology and more. Offered at 11 a.m. Nov. 5 and 10 a.m. Nov. 6.
  • International Volunteering: Explore the wide range of overseas volunteering opportunities, including how to select and organization with which to volunteer, how to prepare and what to expect. Offered at noon Nov. 5 and 11 a.m. Nov. 7.

Registration for ADA 2015 is open online at Fees increase after Oct. 9.

For a list of courses planned, visit

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