To Biopsy or Not to Biopsy: Interactive Soft Tissue Oral Pathology for the Dental Practitioner

Dolphine Oda, BDS, MS

Friday, November 1, 2013

Washington State History Museum
Mount Tahoma Auditorium
1911 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402

This course is designed for dentists, hygienists and dental assistants.

Download Course Application Form
Register Online (available until two days before the course).

Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:00am – 8:30am
Course: 8:30am – 4:30pm

TUITION – price includes lunch:
Until October 30 (after, $10 more)
$251/Current Dental Alumni Member

CREDITS: 7 hours

* This course is eligible for a 10% tuition discount if you are a current member of the UW Dental Alumni Association.

Course Description

This course is structured as an interactive series of lessons. The instructor will ask the audience to engage in decision making, identifying whether or not certain oral lesions should be biopsied, watched, or referred. It will cover a total of seven topics: six in soft tissue pathology and one in bone pathology. The focus will be on the detection of lesions in their early stages for optimum treatment results. This exciting and enjoyable course will cover common diseases, uncommon but important diseases, and, most importantly, potential problem cases that can be avoided through careful examination and interpretation of the clinical data. This course will also offer an applied differential diagnosis for each lesion with reasons why certain lesions should be included and others not. The seven disease categories addressed include tobacco induced oral cancer, human papilloma virus induced oral cancer, chronic immune diseases, viral infectious diseases, single soft tissue swellings, oral pigmented lesions and bone necrosis. The emphasis will be on each lesion’s clinical presentation, early detection, ideal management and ways to prevent recurrence. Each disease will be presented through clinical photographs and/or radiographs with an applied clinical differential diagnosis, followed by a complete discussion of the disease process, clinical presentation, etiology, treatment, prognosis and complications if applicable. This course will provide up-to-date information on chemicals and drugs causing oral diseases, including the area of bone necrosis and oral pigmentation. Clinicians will leave this program with ample knowledge, renewed interest, and enthusiasm for the field of oral pathology. This energetic course will provide necessary information directly applicable to improving the everyday practice of diagnosing oral diseases.

Course Objectives

As a result of attending this course, you will:

  • Identify the difference in clinical presentation of tobacco and HPV induced oral cancer.
  • Discuss the most common and important oral epithelial and soft tissue lesions.
  • Explore the latest technology regarding oral cancer detection.
  • Determine what to biopsy and when.
  • Formulate an applied differential diagnosis specific to each disease.
  • Recognize chemicals and drugs that cause oral diseases including bone necrosis.


Dr. Oda

DOLPHINE ODA is a Professor of Oral Pathology in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Oda is on the medical staff at University of Washington Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center. Although Dr. Oda’s main commitment is to patient care through the biopsy service in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, teaching is her passion. She has taught students of all ages—from elementary school kids to pathology residents—with enthusiasm and zeal. To date, she has been honored with 28 teaching awards, the latest being a highly prestigious University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Award.

Dr. Oda’s research is in the field of molecular changes in oral carcinogenesis. She has 70 papers published in refereed journals and publishes a popular monthly column called “Case of the Month”. Dr. Oda is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and she holds Washington oral pathology and dental licenses. She is also a member of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, the International Association of Oral Pathologists, and the United States Canadian Academy of Pathology.

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The University of Washington is a member of the Association for Continuing Dental Education.

University of Washington designates this activity for 7 continuing education credits.

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