Patricia McLean Symposium for the Dental Hygienist 2015


 Columbia University College of Dental Medicine - Continuing Education Course

Annual Patricia McLean Symposium for the Dental Hygienist

Open to all dental staff, including dentists.

 Registration will remain open thru Saturday morning.

Date & Time:

Saturday, March 28, 2015
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Mid-morning coffee break and networking sandwich lunch is included.

Continuing Education Credits: 5*

Location:  Columbia University Medical Center, Russ Berrie Medical Pavilion, 1150 St. Nicholas Avenue (at W. 168th Street), New York, NY 10032

Education Fee:  $125 Hygienists; $110 CDM Alumni; CDM Faculty/Staff

Note: A limited number of scholarships, based on financial need, are available through the Patricia McLean Fund for Dental Hygiene. Applications must be in writing to: Melissa Welsh, CE Director, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine.


Thomas (Tom) A. Viola, RPH, CCP

Pharmacology daily practice; writer and speaker


John Grbic, DMD, MS, MMSc.

Professor of Dental Medicine (in Oral Biology and Periodontics)

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine

AM SESSION: The Chamber of Medication Secrets


Course Description:  

This session discusses drugs used to self-medicate and the dental considerations associated with their use.


Course Objectives:   

At the completion of this lecture, you will be able to:


1. Identify the most commonly used prescription drugs, non-prescription drugs, herbal products, nutritional supplements and illicit substances used in self-medication.
2. Describe the licit and illicit uses of these products and their clinical dental considerations.
3. Describe techniques useful in obtaining a complete and accurate medication history.

PM SESSIONAn Update on Anti-Resorptive Therapy and Osteonecrosis of the Jaw in Dental Patients


Course Description:  

This lecture will review the medical rationale for using bisphosphonates and other anti-resorptive therapies in the treatment of patients with osteoporosis and bone metastase. We will discuss the diagnosis, pathogenesis, and epidemiology of Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ) in dental patients. The dental management of patients at risk for ONJ will be presented. 


Course Objectives:   

At the completion of this lecture, you will be able to:

1. Understand the importance of anti-resorptive therapies (bisphosphonates and denosumab) in the management of patients with osteoporosis and bone metastases.

2. Diagnose an osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) lesion and understand the risk factors and some of the potential pathogenic mechanisms involved in the development of ONJ.

3. Understand the dental management of osteoporotic and cancer patients taking anti-resorptive therapy.


Tom Voila In addition to his daily practice of the profession of pharmacy, Tom Viola also serves the professions of dentistry, dental hygiene and dental assisting as an educator, published writer and professional speaker. Tom is a member of the faculty of seven dental hygiene and dental assisting programs, as well as several national board exam review courses. He is a contributor to several dental professional journals, with columns appearing regularly in AGD Implact and RDH Magazine. In addition, Tom currently serves as the Subject Matter Expert for Mosby's Dental Drug Reference. Tom has presented hundreds of continuing education courses, nationally and internationally, in the areas of dental pharmacology and local anesthesia. His past presentations include the Dr. Peter Fedi Periodontics Lecture at the Midwest Dental Conference, the Liberty Dental Conference, the Big Apple Dental Meeting, the Continuing Education Series at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, and the Symposium of the International Dental Professionals of Switzerland. 

Dr. Grbic is professor and director of the Division of Oral Biology and the Center for Clinical Research in Dentistry at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. He has authored numerous articles in the scientific literature and has been an investigator in clinical trials of new modalitites of periodontial treatment. His research interests include the diagnosis, pathogenesis and pharmacotherapeutic management of periodontal diseases, and the interaction between systemic and oral health. Dr. Grbic has practiced over 20 years and his expertise includes periodontics (surgial and non-surgical) and implantology.

REGISTRATION: The fastest way to register for courses is online. You can also submit a completed CE registration form by fax to 212-342-5179 or by mail to: Continuing Education, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, 630 West 168th Street, Box 20, New York NY 10032. Registration may also be done by phone at 212-305-7124. Please make checks payable to: Columbia University. Early registration is advised to guarantee a place in all courses.

TUITION & FEES: Retired alumni not requiring CE credits may audit courses at no charge, dependent on space availability.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellation of a course will result in a refund or credit. Refunds are granted only if notification is received in writing at least 72 hours prior to the course. Columbia University cannot assume responsibility for losses due to participants' travel arrangements. Tuitions for no-shows will be forfeited.

CE CREDIT  Columbia University College of Dental Medicine is an ADA CERP recognized provider 11/01/2013-12/31/2017. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Please contact your local licensing authority for CE credit hour guidelines and regulations.

Participants: Continuing Education credits awarded for participation in the CE activity may not apply toward license renewal in all states. It is the responsibility of each participant to verify the requirements of his/her licensing board(s) and to report credits to the appropriate authority. *Some states such as PA and NY do not accept credits for practice management courses. For the convenience of practitioners living in those states, Columbia will provide a certificate for partial credit for the portion of the course eligible for CE credits.

COLLEGE POLICY   Sponsorship of a course by Columbia University College of Dental Medicine does not necessarily reflect the philosophy of the College or endorsement of a procedure or product. We reserve the right to modify course content or faculty at any time.

Professor of Dental Medicine (in Oral Biology and Periodontics)

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine

Professor of Dental Medicine (in Oral Biology and Periodontics)

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine