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Continuing Education

The following courses are offered through the Rhode Island Dental Association during ​2018.

If handouts are needed, they will be available for download prior to the course. Please check back.

Registration starts at 8:15 am. Please arrive early in order to be seated before the course starts. 

All courses, dates, and locations are subject to change. 


February 21, 2018 ​8:30am-4:30pm (8 CEUs Total)

This full day course on opioids will consist of 3 presentations to fulfill the required eight (8) CEUs for Schedule II prescribers.

​Quidnessett Country Club

 ​If you are a Schedule II prescriber, you must complete this full course in order to meet the Rhode Island requirements.

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Part 1:

Hot Topics: Latest Issues Affecting Pharmacotherapy in Dentistry, Including Issues on Mitigating the Prescribing of Opioids

with Richard L. Wynn, PhD - Professor of Pharmacology, University of Maryland Dental School

8:30am-2:30pm (6 CEUs)

During this lecture, Dr. Richard Wynn will discuss the latest issues affecting pharmacotherapy in dentistry. These issues will include: mitigating the prescribing of opioids, non-narcotic pain relievers to reduce opioid prescribing, drug interactions involving NSAIDs and opioids with other drugs and supplements, the national PDMP concept update and schedule drug prescribing, plus much more.

Part 2:

Nalaxone Training for Dentists

with Erin McDonough

​2:30pm-3:30pm (1 CEU)

Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death for adults in Rhode Island, claiming multiple lives each week. Opioid overdose, involving both prescription pain medications and illicit drugs, is an issue that impacts all RI residents, regardless of socio-economic status, race, age, or gender. Most overdose fatalities are preventable if bystanders and first responders have appropriate training and are prepared to respond in an effective manner. This curriculum is designed to prepare individuals to recognize and respond to an overdose.

Part 3:

A presentation by COAAST

COAAST - Creating Outreach About Addiction Support Together

​3:30pm-4:30pm (1 CEU)

COAAST is a community-centered organization whose programs highlight addiction as a family disease. They believe the opposite of addiction is connection and they use this framework as a guide. This one hour presentation will expose the secrecy that shrouds the topic of addiction by highlighting the importance of support and family.

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OSHA                                                      K. Daw

with Karen Daw, MBA

April 18, 2018 ​9am-12pm (3 CEUs)

*There is a fee for OSHA - please check the course fees on the left hand side or email

​Quidnessett Country Club

 Overwhelmed by rules and regulations? Buried by unnecessary recordkeeping? Unsure of what is required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)? Karen Daw, "The OSHA Lady," provides infection control and safety training in a fun, funny, and informative format! This presentation is designed to help you understand federal laws and guidelines as they pertain specifically to dentistry. Included in the presentation:
   • How to ensure compliance with newsworthy topics like Dental Unit Waterline Safety and properSterilization and Disinfection
   • Global Harmonized System training, mandatory of all dental offices as of 2013
   • OSHA "Top Ten" - it's not what you think!

At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to understand: 
- The top 10 OSHA dental citations and how to avoid them
- Training elements of OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens Standard and how it intersects with CDC Infection Control Guidelines
- How to conduct a Personal Protective Equipment assessment with a mask fitting demonstration
- Contents of an Exposure Control Plan and Post Exposure Protocol as the heart of the OSHA binder
- How to test and maintain dental unit waterlines

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​HR & Compliance

with Christy Durant, Esq. & Pat Quinlan, Esq.

​May 16, 2018 ​9am-12pm (3 CEUs)

​Quidnessett Country Club

This course is designed to be an "everything but the ktichen sink" seminar to answer the most common questions frequently posed to our legal team about everyday issues that arise in operating a dental practice as well as provide education and guidance on proper compliance with the same.  Topics will generally include: Employee handbooks, proper hiring and termination practices, at-will employment, federal and state poster requirements, harassment and discrimination, dental record maintenance, HIPAA/HITECH compliance and office safeguards, and compliance with the Controlled Substances Act. This is an opportunity to have a one-on-one lecture with our legal team and will allow for open discussion time for members to address other topics that are important to their practice.

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