2019 Symposium


Back to Infection Prevention Basics: Why the Foundations Matter!

Technology, research and innovation continually raise the bar for clinical excellence as well as for infection prevention. While the latest research is critical for patient and clinician safety, it’s essential not to forget the basics of infection control. Infection prevention and sterilization processes are the foundation of every dental practice. As a result, a growing number of states have either adopted the CDC Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings as law or require continuing education in infection control. It’s important to note that one patient complaint or threat of disease transmission can have a signifcant negative impact on your practice. This engaging session will review infection prevention basics in light of the latest techniques and products to help you ensure the safest environment for you and your patients. Take a common-sense approach in your practice by returning to the basics.

Learning Objectives:

• Understand the relationship between infection prevention, patient safety, and legal liability
• Discuss the CDC’s Standard Precautions
• Recognize the difference between CDC and OSHA regulations
• Evaluate your current infection prevention techniques and products
• Enhance your current infection control protocols with evidence-based practical strategies
• Determine how to correctly handle a bloodborne pathogen exposure or failed sterilization test


About Linda Harvey, RDH, MS

As a nationally recognized healthcare risk management and compliance expert, Linda Harvey assists dentists and teams navigate regulatory requirements. She is the founder and President of two compliance-related companies. Linda’s career in dentistry began as a dental hygienist. Since that time, she has worked in corporate risk management and has been recognized as a Distinguished Fellow by the American Society of Healthcare Risk Management. In addition, Linda was honored to consult with the ADA on three separate occasions regarding compliance. During her programs, Linda draws from real world experience, having worked with offices that have undergone HIPAA, OSHA and Infection Control audits. Linda’s goal is to challenge you to look at your infection prevention program from a different perspective.

LGBTQ Cultural Sensitivity

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients experience health disparities as a direct result of social stigma and discrimination. For example, LGBT people use tobacco at rates that are 50% higher than the general population. The LGBT population also experiences challenges in accessing healthcare. They have lower health insurance enrollment in the US than the general population, seek treatment less frequently, and demonstrate limited engagement during treatment. Dental and other oral health professionals receive little training in the language, culture, and psychosocial needs of this population, often contributing to the negative experience of LGBT people in dental care. Using our own research and evidence based treatments, this workshop will offer a foundation of knowledge and concrete suggestions for better serving LGBT patients.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the importance of collecting LGBT data
  • Value the diversity WITHIN the LGBT community
  • Recognize the link between discrimination and health
  • Improve your work with LGBT patients

About Liz Margolies, LCSW

Liz Margolies, LCSW is the founder and Executive Director of the National LGBT Cancer Network, based in New York City. The Network addresses the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people with cancer and those at risk through education, training and advocacy. Margolies travels around the world training healthcare providers to offer more culturally competent and welcoming care to LGBT patients.

“Chairside Justice"

This 50 minute interactive lecture will engage the dental team members in consideration of concepts embedded in the American Dental Association Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct. These concepts will include but not be limited to human dignity, common good, the dental law and restorative justice. The remaining 10 minutes will allow for discussion. As a result of exposures in this session, with increased acuity, participants should: 

  • Readily consider patient care as an expression of restorative justice
  • Readily view our caring as related to the motivating principle of all health car
  • Readily see the ancient concept of commonwealth and current dental law
  • Readily apply ethical principles in inter-professional wellness environments

“Your Role in Dentistry’s Social Contract”

This 50 minute interactive lecture will engage the participants in consideration of responsibilities embedded in the American Dental Association Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct. Dentistry’s Social Contract will be explored through various ethical lenses in times of peace or peril, as well as societal engineering efforts through legislation or philanthropy. The remaining 10 minutes will allow for discussion.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Readily appreciate the relationship between oral wellness and national security
  • Readily view our caring as related to the motivating principle of all health care
  • Readily engage our social responsibilities beyond chair side activities

About David A. Anderson, DDS, MDS, MBHP

Dr. Anderson received his DDS degree from Howard University. He completed general dental practice and prosthodontic residencies in the Veterans Administration then received the MDS degree in Prosthodontics from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. Since completing his military service as a United States Air Force Reserve Lieutenant Colonel in the Dental Corps, he has completed certifcate programs in Health Care Ethics (Duquesne University), Military Medical Ethics (Walter Reed National Medical Center), Intensive Biomedical Ethics (Georgetown University), Public Health Ethics (Tuskegee University) and the MA degree in Bioethics and Health Policy (Loyola University Chicago).

“Hurts So Good!” Management of Dental Pain and Appropriate Opioid Prescribing Practices

Management of acute dental pain is accomplished through a clinical approach that successfully incorporates opioid and non-opioid analgesics. However, this normally occurs outside the dental office, away from our immediate supervision and we are often faced with the difficult task of managing patient pain while also avoiding adverse outcomes for both our patient and our communities. Thus, it is critical for clinicians to accurately identify the need for pain control and associated risks, and to assess the efficacy of analgesic agents to be administered. This program will provide an overview of effective dental pain management and identification of addiction. Special emphasis will also be given to appropriate practices of prescribing opioids and individualized patient care planning.

Learning Objectives:
Upon successful completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the pharmacology and mechanism of action of opioid and non-opioid analgesics.
  • Explain the intended role of opioid and non-opioid analgesics in the management of acute dental pain, as well as situations which may preclude their use, based on a patient’s underlying medical conditions.
  • Describe techniques useful in developing individualized pain management plans as well as strategies useful in identifying potential opioid addiction.
  • Discuss appropriate prescribing practices for opioid analgesics to utilize in everyday clinical situations.

About Thomas Viola, R.Ph.

Thomas Viola, the founder of “Pharmacology Declassifed”, is a board-certifed pharmacist who also serves the profession of dentistry as a clinical educator, professional speaker and published author. Tom is a member of the faculty of ten dental professional degree programs and has received several awards for outstanding teacher of the year. Tom has presented hundreds of continuing education courses to dental professionals, nationally and internationally, in the areas of oral pharmacology and local anesthesia and is well-known for his regular contributions to several dental professional journals. Through his informative, humorous and engaging live seminars and webinars, Tom has earned his reputation as the go-to specialist for making pharmacology practical and useful for all members of the dental team.