Continuing Dental Education

CE1863 Interactive Oral Pathology

A strategic way of learning how to diagnose and manage oral diseases

Dolphine Oda, BDS, MS

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This course will take place in Tacoma, WA.

This course was rescheduled from Friday, September 21, 2018.

A preview of some of the cases that will be covered at the March 15th class. Test your knowledge! UnknownsMarch15OPUWCDE

Course Description

Teaching and learning interactively can be challenging, but it is highly effective and rewarding for the audience. This energetic, engaging course creates an environment in which attendees can make a differential diagnosis and consider how to interact with the patient regarding a certain clinical presentation. It is open to audience commentary in order to test attendees’ knowledge of everyday oral pathology conditions. Some of these have benign-looking clinical presentations when, in actuality, they are serious and be malignant conditions; others are the exact opposite: looking aggressive but carrying a perfectly benign diagnosis. The course will cover the following subjects: soft tissue and bone lesions, including diseases of the surface epithelium, focusing on early detection of cancer; gingival swellings in adults and children; palatal swellings, focusing on salivary gland pathology; oral ulcers, focusing on immune mediated diseases, but also covering the oral manifestation of gastrointestinal diseases; brown spot(s), focusing on drug-induced spots and oral malignant melanoma; papillary lesions, focusing on oral HPV-associated diseases; unilocular radiolucencies, focusing on aggressive oral cysts and cancer metastasis; and multilocular radiolucencies, focusing on aggressive odontogenic neoplasms, completely radiopaque lesions (single and multiple), and the latter’s association with Gardner’s syndrome. Every category will start with several clinical cases which will be presented anonymously, seeking the audience’s chosen diagnosis from a prepared differential diagnosis using teaching clickers. Each case will serve as the basis for an in-depth discussion of the associated topic as mentioned above. Each condition will be discussed, focusing on the clinical presentation, final diagnosis, treatment, recurrence rate, and overall prognosis. Clinicians will be provided with tools to base their judgment on facts, not uncertain conjecture. This enthusiastic 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 be able to:

  • Use facts to determine whether or not to biopsy a lesion.
  • Identify early signs of oral cancer.
  • Know what to watch for when keeping patients on followup.
  • Know when to rebiopsy a lesion that was already biopsied.
  • Formulate an applied differential diagnosis specific to various oral diseases.
  • Understand the oral manifestation of certain systemic diseases.
  • Understand the relationship between HPV and oral cancer and whether or not testing for HPV is helpful.
  • Understand radiolucent and radiopaque lesions of the jaw


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, March 15, 2019

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

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

TUITION – price includes lunch:
Until March 13 (after, $25 more)
$260/Current Dental Alumni Member

CREDITS: 7 hours

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