Continuing Education Course Listing

christensen_webThe UMSOD Office of Continuing Education offers nearly 400 hours of continuing dental education courses each year. We are dedicated to lifelong learning and strive to provide continuing education programs that will have an immediate impact on your ability to provide excellent patient care and grow your practice.

Check this site often, as more courses are added frequently.

Have a question? Email umsodce@umaryland.edu or call 410-706-2282. We hope to see you at an upcoming course.

UMSOD Implantology Continuum Course

Implantology Continuum Course 

This two-year program is designed to impart to participants the knowledge; skill set and confidence needed to deliver one of the most highly sought services in dentistry today. Dental implants offer not just cosmetic appeal for patients but a more solid foundation for a longer-term investment in their oral health. Dental implants have become the gold standard when it comes to restoring partially and completely edentulous patients. The main purpose of this course is to help dentists and their patients benefit from everything that dental implants have to offer. By integrating comprehensive implant dentistry into their practices, participants can elevate their practices to a higher level.

For full course information, click here. Now accepting registrations for August 2024 start.  

Courses for Maryland State License Renewal

Online Courses

Online Courses (Click Here) 

Please Note: Once you have registered and accessed an online course, no refund will be provided.

  • Online Proper Pharmacologic Prescribing and Disposal for Dental Practitioners
    In partnership with the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners, the University of Maryland School of Dentistry is offering the continuing education course "Proper Pharmacologic Prescribing and Disposal for the Dental Practitioner", online. This is a two (2) hour continuing education course.
    This course is approved by the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners.
  • Online MATE Part 1 Treatment and Management of Patients with Opioid or Other Substance Use Disorders
    This 2-hour course is structured as two credits towards the new eight-hour DEA requirement for any practitioner with a DEA license or new applicants for the same. The objective for this new DEA requirement, as per the DEA website, is to “promote understanding of SUDs as well as their identification, treatment, and management”.

    In December 2022, the U.S. Congress passed an omnibus spending bill that included the Medication Access and Training Expansion (MATE) Act. This new law requires prescribers of controlled substances, including dentists, to complete eight hours of one-time training on safely prescribing controlled substances (Schedules II, III, IV, and/or V) in order to receive or renew their registration with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

    This new requirement goes into effect on June 27, 2023.

    This new DEA requirement is only a one-time training requirement.

    This continuing dental education course is meant to aid dental practitioners in their understanding of the scope of substance use disorder, how it affects our community, and how we can make a difference in decreasing its devastating effects. 

    Outline:
    1. Describe the background of the current opioid epidemic.
    2. Describe what the DEA and FDA are doing to help decrease deaths from the opioid epidemic.
    3. List commonly abused legal and illegal medications implicated in substance use disorder.
    4. Describe the current accepted criteria for substance use disorder.
    5. Understand how to use screening tools to help identify patients who may have a substance use disorder.
    6. Describe the factors that predispose to substance use disorder.

  • Online MATE Part 2 Treatment and Management of Patients with Opioid or Other Substance Use Disorders

    This 2-hour course is structured as two credits towards the new eight-hour DEA requirement for any practitioner with a DEA license or new applicants for the same. The objective for this new DEA requirement, as per the DEA website, is to “promote understanding of SUDs as well as their identification, treatment, and management”.

    In December 2022, the U.S. Congress passed an omnibus spending bill that included the Medication Access and Training Expansion (MATE) Act. This new law requires prescribers of controlled substances, including dentists, to complete eight hours of one-time training on safely prescribing controlled substances (Schedules II, III, IV, and/or V) in order to receive or renew their registration with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

    This new requirement goes into effect on June 27, 2023.

    This new DEA requirement is only a one-time training requirement.

    This continuing dental education course is meant to aid dental practitioners in their understanding of the scope of substance use disorder, how it affects our community, and how we can make a difference in decreasing its devastating effects. 

    Outline:
    1. Describe the background of the current opioid epidemic.
    2. Describe what the DEA and FDA are doing to help decrease deaths from the opioid epidemic.
    3. List commonly abused legal and illegal medications implicated in substance use disorder.
    4. Describe the current accepted criteria for substance use disorder.
    5. Understand how to use screening tools to help identify patients who may have a substance use disorder.
    6. Describe the factors that predispose to substance use disorder

  • Online MATE Part 3 Drugs For Treatment of a Substance Use Disorder (Medication Access and Training Expansion Course (MATE))
    This 2-hour course is structured as two credits towards the new eight-hour DEA requirement for any practitioner with a DEA license or new applicants for the same. The objective for this new DEA requirement, as per the DEA website, is to “promote understanding of SUDs as well as their identification, treatment, and management”.

    This continuing dental education course focuses on equipping dental professionals with the knowledge and skills to effectively manage patients with opioids and other substance use disorders (SUDs). Participants will gain insights into the appropriate clinical use of all drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of substance disorders.
    This course is approved by the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners.
  • Online Implicit Bias
    To support clinicians and members of the oral health team in advancing health equity and promoting population-level health, this course is designed to explore how bias influences health outcomes with a specific focus on vulnerable and historically excluded populations. This course will immerse oral health professionals in an educational journey that goes beyond numbers and epidemiological data to introspection and reflection of personal biases and exploration of differences among the professional’s race, ethnicity, and cultural norms to those of patients serviced. At the end of the course, participants will be able to lead, contribute and participate in organizational practices and changes across the culture of dentistry in supporting population-level oral health outcomes and promoting oral health equity. Moreover, participants will leave the course with resources to support inclusion in their clinical practice. This course will discuss implicit bias, the effects of structural and systemic racism, and strategies to address using effective communication techniques presented in modules within the curriculum.
    This course is approved by the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners. This is a one-time requirement.
  • Online Antibiotic Premedication and Published Recommendations

    Every decade or so since 1955 the American Heart Association (AHA) has reviewed previous recommendations relative to antibiotic premedication in patients undergoing medical or dental surgery. This course describes the latest review by the AHA published in 2021 on antibiotic premedication to prevent infective endocarditis.

    In addition, part 2 of the course describes the latest publications on orthopedic, implant patients undergoing invasive dental procedures and the published position statements from the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons in Prevention of Prosthetic Joint Infection. After completing these two parts, the clinician will be up to date on the most recent published guidelines relative to both categories of patients. 

  • Online - Understanding the Challenges of Color Matching in Cosmetic Dentistry
    This comprehensive continuing education course delves into advanced shade-matching techniques for dental professionals seeking to refine their skills in achieving precise and aesthetically pleasing restorations. By the conclusion of the course, attendees will possess a comprehensive understanding of the interplay between color, light, and tooth shade, enabling them to elevate their restorative dentistry practice through the integration of advanced shade-matching techniques and technologies. 

In-Office Trainings

  • Management Of the Airway and Emergencies of The Sedated Patient in Your Dental Office

    Are you and your team prepared if a medical emergency occurred during your patient’s dental procedure?

    This course will be given in the providing dentist’s office with their staff. We will come to you and bring manikins, monitors, and practice medications to simulate sedation emergencies. During this course we will use a combination of your emergency resources and equipment along with the equipment we will bring.

    This is a participatory course that will include a short didactic component, but largely focus on the management of common as well as rare events in the dental office. The participants will all have an opportunity to practice airway skills, oxygen administration, and administration of emergency drugs to the manikins during simulated emergencies.

    This training will count toward a class 1, 2, or 3 sedation and general anesthesia permit renewal, and the requirement for a course in airway and emergencies. We follow an outline of the requirements to obtain a sedation/anesthesia permit in most states.

    Our team is prepared to review either adult or pediatric emergencies. 

    Maximum registration is eight (8) participants per office. 

2024 Courses

July

  • Local Anesthesia for Dental Hygienists
    This course fulfills MSBDE educational requirements for registered dental hygienists.  Through a combination of lectures and hands-on lab work, participants will gain skills in the implementation of local anesthesia.  Attendees will participate in two days of didactic learning, including hands-on demonstrations, followed by a written examination. On the third day, participants will administer local anesthesia to a lab partner including proficiency testing. Coursework includes readings and a homework assignment. Course participants must pass the written and proficiency clinical examination with a 75 or greater. This course prepares the participant to successfully pass the CDCA written local anesthesia examination for certification by the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners.
  • Lasers for Periodontics - What Do We Know and What Do We Do?
    This lecture will describe the most current understanding of the use of lasers for periodontal and peri-implant therapy as well as for restorative and aesthetic periodontal tissue modifications. Questions and discussions are highly encouraged. Appropriate literature citations will also be included.
  • Oral Pathology In Kids: Soft Tissue & Hard Tissue Anomalies
    This course was prepared for the clinical dentist to recognize and identify and discuss the treatment considerations with soft tissue lesions, localized gingival lesions, and hard tissue anomalies for pediatric dental patients.
  • Simplifying decision making in hard and soft tissue grafting (for both teeth and implants)

    Clinicians are often faced with challenging situations where hard or soft tissue deficiencies exist (either around teeth or around implants). They may be uncertain of the appropriate treatment sequence to follow, or the appropriate grafts to use, or the correct restorative/surgical approach, to ensure long-term success.

    This lecture discusses how the above decisions can be simplified, and guides the clinicians with easy clinically relevant take-home points, which are evidence-based. We discuss the evidence- based SRA (Sequential Ridge Augmentation) protocol, and the RSC (Restorative Surgical or Combination) protocol , and how it applies to daily clinical decision-making.

    Lastly, the case-specific graft materials (autogenous or otherwise) to be used, will also be elaborated upon. This lecture is appropriate for both new graduates, as well as clinicians with a few years of practice experience. 

  • Comprehensive Dentistry Touch-ups: Enhancing Restorative, Pediatric Care, and Patient Communication

    Join our comprehensive dentistry touch-ups course designed to refine your skills in restorative dentistry, pediatric patient care, and effective communication. This course is tailored for dental professionals seeking to elevate their daily practice and deliver exceptional patient-centered care.

    Embark on this journey to elevate your practice and enrich your patient care approach through a comprehensive blend of knowledge, practical insights, and interactive learning. Join us to unlock new dimensions of success in the realm of dental care."

August

  • Nitrous Oxide Administration and Monitoring for the Dental Hygienist
    This course fulfills MSBDE educational requirements for registered dental hygienists. The first portion of this course will consist of four hours of lecture, followed by a written examination. Attendees will also participate in a two-hour practical demonstration and proficiency testing where they will administer and monitor nitrous oxide. Coursework includes readings and a homework assignment. Course participants must pass the written and proficiency examination with a 75 or greater. This course prepares the participant to successfully pass the CDCA written nitrous oxide examination for certification by the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners.
  • Exploring New Ways to Conserve Tooth Structure
    Techniques to save tooth structure in restorative and fixed prosthodontics procedures. 
  • Oral Health Care Considerations for Victims of Human Trafficking
    In this presentation, participants will be able to describe the current situation of human trafficking plaguing the United States and learn practices to help identify potential victims in the dental practice. Additionally, an emphasis on trauma-informed care will be discussed to help equip dental professionals in treating this population.
  • Dental Sports Medicine: Managing Your Patient “Who is an Athlete”
    Athletes participating in various sports experience a complex array of oral health issues. The association between biochemical physiology, oral habits, and related factors and the increase in prevalence of carious lesions will be discussed. These oral health conditions can impact the athlete’s ability to perform well and participate in both training and competitions. Most importantly, many of these athletes have no awareness of their own oral health issues.

    Thus, the need for the formal establishment of pre-participation dental screening examinations has been documented. Based on a literature review and many years of usage, a newly designed “Combination Pre-participation Dental Screening and Triaging Form” has come to the forefront. The practical application of its use will be demonstrated.

    The program will highlight other areas of concern when managing your patient – “Who is an Athlete”? These topics include smokeless tobacco (ST) use, hazard awareness and a unique approach to an ST cessation, the emergence of E-cigarette usage, mouthguard use, and bacterial contamination, and the ideal properties of a mouthguard. 

  • Anterior Composite Restorations-The Perfect Recipe
    Matching the natural color and shape of anterior teeth can be challenging. Over the years, I have perfected a technique to predictably restore more than 90% of the anterior teeth using a few composite resin shades and a secret ingredient. This course is for dentists eager to learn the technique and get to know some tips and tricks for diastema closure.
  • Dental pain, How does it happen?
    To provide an overview of the organization of the brain and spinal cord, cranial nerves, branches, structure and their functions. To trace and understand motor and sensory pathways. Integrate this knowledge into clinical situations in dentistry. 

September

  • Vital Pulp Therapy Using Direct Pulp Caps in Permanent Teeth: An Alternative to Root Canals?
    The dental pulp is connective tissue that lives protected inside the hard tissues of the tooth. When this soft tissue is exposed to trauma, caries, or damage (such as tooth fracture), the tissue is at risk of infection that will eventually proceed to pain and necrosis of the pulp. In permanent teeth, the current standard of care in situations of infected pulp tissue is to proceed directly to root canal treatment. But, remember the best treatment results happen in teeth that preserve the vitality of the pulp. Lately, a potential alternative has gained clinical popularity – vital pulp therapy. Vital pulp therapy (VPT) attempts to treat the infection without the complete removal of the dental pulp tissue. The purpose of this course is to explain the clinical procedures associated with vital pulp therapy, to discuss the specific cases where vital pulp therapy should and should not be used, and to touch on the success rates reported in current research.
  • The use of artificial intelligence in dentistry
    The field of artificial intelligence (AI) has experienced spectacular development and growth over the past two decades. With recent progress in digitized data acquisition, machine learning and computing infrastructure, AI applications are expanding into areas that were previously thought to be reserved for human experts. When applied to medicine and dentistry, AI has tremendous potential to improve patient care and revolutionize the health care field. In dentistry, AI is being investigated for a variety of purposes, specifically identification of normal and abnormal structures, diagnosis of diseases and prediction of treatment outcomes. This presentation will review some current and future applications of AI in dentistry.
  • Introduction to Dental Cone Beam CT
    This continuing dental education course offers a comprehensive introduction to dental Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT). Geared toward today's dental practitioner, participants will gain a solid understanding of CBCT fundamentals, including physics, radiation biology, safety protocols, and dosimetry.
  • Preparation for Dental Trauma Management
    his lecture will review patient management, patient history work up, office preparation, equipment, instrument, supplies preparation, as it relates to dental trauma. Course will also review four case studies.
  • Diagnosis and Management of Athletic-Related Traumatic Dental Injuries
    Dental trauma is a common dental emergency, particularly in children and young adults. The ability of the dental team to diagnose and manage dental trauma in the short and long term can make a monumental difference in patient-related outcomes. The course will overview real-life patient-based examples highlighting the different types of athletic-related traumatic dental injuries, their initial and long-term management strategies as well as prevention protocols that are recommended to minimize the effect of such injuries. 
  • Quick and Easy Update in Operative Dentistry
    You will learn about the current status on how to treat and manage caries in this fast paced 2-hour course. We will discuss the new products in the market and how they perform as well as the tips and tricks for creating great restorations.
  • Management of traumatic crown fractures with and without pulpal exposures in children and adultsThis course provides an overview of the diagnostic procedures, emergency and definitive treatments of crown fractures of the permanent teeth. Additionally the course will provide long-term follow up recommendations and procedures based on the most recent guidelines by the International Association of Dental Traumatology and peer-reviewed literature. 
  • Laser in Periodontal Pocket Treatment
    Despite the controversy the use of the laser could maximize successful non-surgical treatment. The gold standard in periodontal pocket treatment is a proper eradication of pathological bacterial strains inside infected pockets through the means of mechanical debridement. However, root architecture and its particular anatomic variations make establishing effective debridement protocol difficult in non-surgical periodontal therapy using traditional tools, such as curettes or ultrasonic scalers. Laser therapy as a quest for alternative treatment has a growing recognition for its antibacterial qualities, safeness, and broad spectrum of use. Lasers have been used in non-surgical periodontal treatment as alternatives or adjunct methods to mechanical scaling and root planing (SRP). Erbium family laser is used for decontamination and debridement of periodontal pockets and root surfaces in nonsurgical treatment as it displays strong bactericidal and detoxification effect. Due to antibacterial properties, the neodymium and diode laser may eliminate antibiotics from our treatment protocol. Using evidence-based laser guidelines would enable dentists to provide more efficient non-surgical periodontal care. The lecture will provide based of the state-of-the-art practical procedure periodontal pocket treatment, which are predictable and driven by choosing proper chromophore for each laser.
  • “Digital” Complete Removable Protheses - Part 1
    In this two session series Dr. El Gendy  will cover the following  involving digital dentistry and removable prothesis.

    The conventional way of fabricating Complete Removable Prosthesis has not changed in the past 50 years. The process involves multiple clinical appointments.  Each appointment requires considerable amount of time and material used both clinically and in the laboratory. This means, the whole process is subject to human processing errors, inaccuracies, and further increased time and cost.

    Digitally fabricated Complete Removable Prosthesis will revolutionize the way dentists are treating completely edentulous patients. In the past few years, digitally designed and manufactured Complete Removable Prosthesis have improved significantly due to advancement in scanning, designing, and manufacturing.

November

  • Advanced Uses of Dental Cone Beam CT
    Elevate your expertise in Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) with this comprehensive continuing education course designed for dental professionals seeking to deepen their understanding and proficiency in advanced CBCT techniques.  This course will provide an advanced 3D radiographic anatomy module as well as a more advanced discussion of radiation biology and radiation safety. 

December

  • Infection Control In The Era of COVID-19 | Proper Pharmacologic Prescribing and Disposal | Abuse: The Regulations, and the Impact of COVID-19
    These courses satisfy the continuing dental education credits required for Maryland dental re-licensure in infection control, abuse and neglect, and prescription drug monitoring and disposal.
  • Infection Control In The Era of COVID-19: What Dental Practitioners Need to Know May 2024The cluster of severe pneumonia cases caused by a novel coronavirus first reported in Wuhan, China in December of 2019 has now circled the globe. To date millions cases have been reported and the number of cases in the USA as well as worldwide are increasing at an alarming rate. The cause of these infections was shortly identified as a novel of coronavirus similar to the SARS coronavirus that emerged in 2003. Although similar to SARS this new virus has been identified as a novel, never reported virus now called SARS-CoV-2. This virus causes a severe acute respiratory syndrome in some patients and this disease has been named COVID-19 (coronavirus disease-2019). Unfortunately, this virus is capable of very efficient person-to-person transmission and was declared a pandemic by March of 2020. The alarming spread of this infection in the USA has had a dramatic adverse impact on dental practice. This program will provide dental providers with the latest information on the epidemiology, testing, treatment and management of COVID-19. The latest COVID-19 vaccines and vaccination strategies will be discusses. Additionally, this program will provide dental providers with the latest information on the management of COVID-19 in the dental office. Paramount to controlling this pandemic are the principles of respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette and enhancements in respiratory protection that may need to be implemented. Emphasis will be placed on compliance issues and how a practical, cost effective “safe workplace” can be achieved in 2020. This course fulfills CDE requirements for infection control and requirements for annual OSHA training.
  • Proper Pharmacologic Prescribing and Disposal for Dental Practitioners (Dec 2024)
    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 MSBDE (COMAR 10.44.22) requirement for re-licensure, which must be completed every other renewal cycle for re-licensure.
  • Abuse Regulations for the Dental Team: The Impact of COVID-19 December 2024
    The program reviews the Maryland regulations regarding abuse and neglect. The dramatic increase in the use of alcohol and drugs, resulting in escalating cases of abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic. The signs, symptoms and oral manifestations of domestic abuse; as well as the timeframe, hotlines and required reporting forms are presented. Screening questions are provided to enable practitioners to evaluate clients suspected or identified as suffering from abuse. This situation reinforces our legal and ethical responsibilities to our patients, to remain vigilant, and report suspected or identified cases of abuse and neglect.  This course fulfills CDE requirements for Preventing  Abuse and Neglect as it relates to Maryland law,  which must be completed every other renewal cycle for re-licensure.