Continuing Dental Education

CE1780 Embracing the “Doctor” In Dental Medicine:

The Dental Team In Comprehensive Health

Sara Gordon, DDS, MS

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This course will be presented in Tacoma, WA.

Course Description

The dental profession is embracing its growing role in systemic health management. Cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, immune deficiencies, autoimmune diseases, anemias, and infections are only a few of the diseases in which oral and systemic manifestations are intertwined. We will use common and uncommon clinical cases from dental practice to discuss the emerging concept of the Oral Physician, review oral and systemic pathology, and demonstrate the difference that the dentist can make in patients’ overall health, within the context of the overall healthcare team.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, both dental and non-dental healthcare teams should be able to:

  • Describe their respective interprofessional roles in the promotion of good oral and systemic health.
  • Perform a very thorough head and neck cancer screening examination, with an emphasis on the orofacial complex.
  • Describe oral manifestations of selected systemic diseases.
  • Explain key systemic manifestations of selected oral diseases.


Dr. GordonSara Gordon is a Professor of Oral Medicine and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Washington, School of Dentistry.

She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada in both Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine, and a Fellow in Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Educated in Canada, she practiced general dentistry for 8 years in Nova Scotia before completing specialty studies. She has taught oral medicine and general, systemic, and oral pathology in the USA since 1997. She is a past president of the Canadian Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Oral Medicine. She is a site consultant for oral pathology, for the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation, and is secretary of the Section of Academic Affairs of the American Dental Education Association.

She has taught more than 120 continuing education courses, and authored or co-authored nearly 100 journal articles, textbook chapters, posters and abstracts. She is fascinated by the convergence of oral health and systemic health.


  • Dr. Gordon 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, May 4, 2018

Washington State History Museum
Mount Tahoma Auditorium

1911 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402

This course is designed for oral healthcare providers.

Download Course Application Form
Register Online (available until the Wednesday before the course)

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

TUITION – price includes lunch:
Until May 2, 2018 (after, $25 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.

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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.