Continuing Dental Education

CE1615: Dental Pharmacology – Keeping Your Patients Safe

Will the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor?


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Course Description

Did you know that more than 20% of hospital admissions are due to adverse drug reactions? Although dentists prescribe less than 10% of all available drugs, your patients may be taking many others from the 90% with which you may not be familiar. Since polypharmacy is the norm, especially in the over 65-year old population, this course is essential to every practice setting today.

Do you have patients who are already on one prescription medication before they come to your office? How about four prescription medications? Did you know that the likelihood of a drug interaction in a patient on five medications is greater than 50%? What if you are the prescriber who writes the fifth prescription? With so many new medications, herbal products, over-the-counter drugs, and supplements available on the market, how can you be confident that the prescription you write is compatible with what your patient is currently taking?

This interactive program looks at some of the more common drugs and drug interactions and their management with a particular focus on the dental realm. Case studies will augment the delivery of key points and a problem-based learning approach is encouraged so that each participant’s questions are addressed. After all, when an adverse drug reaction occurs due to a drug interaction, who is more at risk – you or your patient?

This course will also provide updates on antibiotic selection and therapy, pain and anxiety control, the State Prescription Drug Database, Osteonecrosis of the Jaw with bisphosphonates and much more!

Course Objectives

As a result of attending this course you will be able to:

  • Outline what constitutes a good medical history.
  • Recognize and avoid some of the pitfalls of potential drug interactions.
  • Understand pharmacokinetic principles and how they apply to your practice.
  • Discuss why some usual medications are NOT always the drugs of choice.
  • Describe the most effective “recipe” for post-operative pain control.
  • Understand appropriate antibiotic prescribing and current guidelines for prophylaxis (especially for cardiac and orthopedic patients).
  • Keep your patients safe with improved prescribing practices.


Dr. Mark DonaldsonMark Donaldson received his baccalaureate degree from the University of British Columbia, and his Doctorate in Clinical Pharmacy from the University of Washington. He has further completed a residency at Canada’s largest tertiary care facility, Vancouver General Hospital, and is the current Director of Clinical Pharmacy Performance Services for VHA, living in Whitefish, Montana. Dr. Donaldson is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Montana in Missoula, and Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Dentistry at the Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland, Oregon. He has a special interest in dental pharmacology and has lectured internationally to both dental and medical practitioners. He has spent the last seventeen years focusing on dental pharmacology and the art of dental therapeutics, and has become a leader in this field of study. Dr. Donaldson has a number of published works in the peer-reviewed literature and spent three years in Japan focusing on cross-cultural communication and internationalization. He currently serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of the American Dental Association. He is board certified in healthcare management and is the current President of the American College of Healthcare Executives’ Montana Chapter.


  • Dr. Donaldson has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • The staff of the University of Washington Office of Continuing Dental Education have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Course Logistics

Saturday, October 8, 2016

University of Washington
Health Sciences Center
Turner Auditorium, Room D-209

Seattle, Washington 98195

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:
Early Bird until August 27, 2016
$161.10/Dental Hygienist, Dental Assistant and Office Staff
$225.90/Current Dental Alumni Member

Until October 6, 2016 (after, $25 more)
$179/Dental Hygienist, Dental Assistant and Office Staff
$251/Current Dental Alumni Member

* This course is eligible for a 10% tuition discount if you are a current member of the UW Dental Alumni Association.
** This course is eligible for an “Early Bird Discount” if you register six weeks or more before the course.

7 hours

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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.