Continuing Dental Education

CE1712: Mini-Residency in Clinical Oral Pathology

Dolphine Oda, BDS, MS

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Course Description

This course covers a wide spectrum of oral diseases. The first day of the course is in a lecture format, while the second half-day is a hands-on clinical session.

Day 1: The first day is lecture format. It is seven hours long and discusses the most common and important oral diseases that every dental practitioner should understand for optimum patient care. These include oral cancer (tobacco, HPV, and lichen planus-associated), immune-mediated diseases such as lichen planus and mucous membrane pemphigoid, single and multiple oral swellings, pigmented lesions, oral manifestations of viral and GI diseases, metastatic diseases, and few common bone diseases. The information shared is concise, clinically applicable and up to date. It is presented in an organized manner with tools to avoid potential pitfalls. Clinicians will leave this program with essential information on each disease that they can use immediately to improve their everyday practice of diagnosing oral diseases.

Day 2: The second day is an interactive four-hour session. A few days before the course starts, the attendees will receive 25-30 unknown cases along with patient histories and clinical and/or radiographic imaging. These cases will be representative of the topics covered on the first day of the course. The attendees are encouraged to review these cases and develop their own differential diagnoses prior to the course. In class, we will review each case’s clinical presentation with thorough descriptions of the clinical and/or radiographic images, and the audience will be given time to ask questions and provide their differential diagnoses. A formal differential diagnosis will then be provided for each case. Each disease on the formal differential diagnosis will be discussed with a view to its plausibility as a diagnosis. The histology will be presented for each case and the final diagnosis will be discussed in detail, including typical clinical presentation, treatment, and prognosis.

Note: Attendees at Saturday’s class will have the option to earn up to 4 additional hours of self-study CDE credit, free of charge, for developing their own differential diagnoses prior to the course.

Course Objectives

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

  • Differentiate between benign and malignant red and white lesions and non-healing ulcers.
  • Differentiate between the behaviors of HPV-induced and tobacco-induced oral cancer.
  • Understand pigmented lesions of the mouth.
  • Understand the most common immune-mediated diseases of the mouth.
  • Recognize the oral manifestations of viral and GI diseases.
  • Understand single and multiple oral swellings.
  • Develop applied differential diagnoses for diseases of the mouth.


Dolphine OdaDolphine Oda is Professor of Oral Pathology in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the School of Dentistry, University of Washington, and the Director of the UW’s Oral Pathology Biopsy Service. Dr. Oda is on the medical staff at the University of Washington Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center. In 2013, she was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Oral Cancer Foundation for over 30 years of service to oral cancer patients. In 2009, she was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award, the UW’s highest honor for outstanding teaching, and has been awarded an additional 30 teaching awards within the School of Dentistry. Dr. Oda’s research interests include molecular changes in oral carcinogenesis and HPV and oral cancer. She has over 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 holds a Washington State dental license. She is also a member of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, the International Association of Oral Pathologists, and USCAP.


  • Dr. Oda 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

Friday and/or Saturday, October 6 and/or 7, 2017

The Mountaineers Club
7700 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115

University of Washington
Health Sciences Center, Room D-209
Seattle, WA 98195

This course is designed for specialists, dentists, dental 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

Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:00am – 8:30am
Course: 8:30am – 12:30pm

TUITION – price includes lunch on Friday only:
Friday – Until October 4, 2017(after, $25 more)
$251/Current Dental Alumni Member

Saturday – Until October 4, 2017 (after, $10 more)
$99/Dental Hygienist, Dental Assistant and Office Staff
$143/Dental Alumni Member

Note: You do not have to attend both days – you can attend just one, but Dr. Oda has designed this class as a whole, so don’t miss out on the goodies she has to share with you!

CREDITS: 7 hours for Friday; 4 hours for Saturday; up to 4 hours self-study for preparation for Saturday’s class

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University of Washington designates this activity for 7 continuing education credits for Friday; 4 continuing education credits for Saturday; and up to 4 hours self-study for preparation for Saturday’s class.