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What's New in Infection Control? | Proper Pharmacologic Prescribing and Disposal for Dental Practitioners | The Scope of Abuse: Regulations for the Dental Team410-706-2282

Saturday, Dec. 6 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry

Presented by: Louis DePaola, DDS '75, MS, Christine Wisnom, RN, BSN, and Richard Wynn, PhD

Speaker Biographies:

Dr. DePaola

Louis DePaola, DDS ’75, MS is assistant dean of clinical affairs at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine. Dr. DePaola serves as the executive director of biosafety and continuous quality improvements at the School of Dentistry, and the director for dental training for the PA-Mid-Atlantic AIDS Education and Training Center.




Christine Wisnom

Christine Wisnom, RN, BSN is a Nurse Educator for the AIDS Education and Training Center in the Department of Oncology and Diagnostic Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Nursing. Her primary areas of interest are infectious diseases and infection control, and she lectures locally, nationally and internationally on these topics. Chris served as both a member, and as the chair, of the Infection Control/Biosafety Committee at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry for many years. She has published numerous articles and abstracts in both medical and dental journals.




Dr. Wynn

Richard L. Wynn, PhD, is professor of pharmacology at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. Dr. Wynn has served as a dental researcher and teacher of dental pharmacology and dental hygiene pharmacology for his entire professional career. He holds a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy and a doctorate in pharmacology from the University of Maryland. Wynn chaired the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry from 1980 to 1995. Previously he chaired the Department of Oral Biology at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. Wynn has authored over 300 publications and has given over 500 continuing education seminars, nationally and internationally.



Course Description - What's New in Infection Control?

Learn about the signs and symptoms of Ebola, as well as related infection control procedures for dental care providers. Dr. DePaola will also present an update on the newest Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines that impact infection control and the delivery of health care. He will discuss the principles of respiratory etiquette to lessen the spread of influenza, as well as steps to reduce the impact of potential pandemic influenza, such as bird and swine flu. Emphasis will be placed on compliance issues pertaining to the CDC Guidelines. This course fulfills the CDE requirement for infection control and requirements for annual OSHA training.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the participants should be able to:

  • Understand the routes of infectious disease transmission and how to break the chain of infection
  • Know the updated recommendations for standard precautions
  • Develop a practical and cost-effective infection control methodology 
  • Know how to achieve dental unit waterline quality that will meet CDC/ADA recommendations

Course Description: Proper Pharmacologic Prescribing and Disposal for Dental Practitioners

Every dentist seeking renewal must complete a two-hour board-approved course on proper prescribing and disposal of prescription drugs. Dentists who do not prescribe prescription drugs are not exempt. For dentists holding drug dispensing permits, the course may not be taken to fulfill the continuing education requirements contained in SB 603, Chapter 267, Laws of Maryland 2012. This course fulfills the new MSBDE (COMAR 10.44.22) requirement for relicensure.

Course Objectives:

The goal of this course is to articulate and inform licensees about the new Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners requirements (COMAR 10.44.22) and to address the role that dental practitioners play in preventing prescription drug abuse.

Topics to be covered:

  • Proper prescription writing
  • Review of DEA schedule of controlled substances
  • The most commonly abused prescribed drugs
  • Opioid dependency and educating patients when prescribing
  • Alternatives to opioid therapy for treating patients experiencing pain
  • Prescribing for non-patients or family members without a documented history of treatment 
  • Prescribing for non-dental purposes
  • Recognizing the dependent patients and the “doctor shoppers”
  • Self-prescribing and diversion
  • Availability of support services for dependent practitioners 
  • Safeguarding prescription pads and the use of electronic prescribing
  • Best practices for appropriate handling and disposal of medications and controlled substances

Course Description - The Scope of Abuse: Regulations for the Dental Team

This program provides guidelines for evaluating possible signs and symptoms of domestic abuse and neglect in children and adults. It reviews “red flags” that alert dental health care providers to a potentially abusive situation. State laws and regulations, including the format for reporting suspected cases, will be reviewed. The presentation will include screening questions for identification of potential victims and a resource page which provides the names and phone numbers of local and state authorities. This program satisfies the requirement for a two-hour board approved program on Abuse and Neglect in Maryland for dentists and hygienists.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the participants should be able to:

  • Comprehend the optimum method of obtaining a history 
  • Understand the importance of examination and evidence collection
  • Integrate the local and state Abuse Resource Directory and sample “reporting form” into their office policies and procedures
  • Notify the authorities, within the designated time frame, when encountering suspected cases of abuse and/or neglect 


  • Dentist: $325
  • Team Member: $195

CDE Credits:

  • 6 CDE credit hours - lecture

The University of Maryland School of Dentistry has designated this activity for six (6) Continuing Dental Education hours.


  • Entire Dental Team

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