Continuing Dental Education

Infection Control, Emerging Infectious Diseases, and Vaccines Update: During and After COVID-19

John A. Molinari, PhD

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Note: We've recently changed this course to 4 hours due to feedback received that shorter webinars are preferred at this time. We hear you!!!

This course is offered in partnership with Oregon Health Sciences University Continuing Dental Education. Please register through link on course page.

This course is offered in partnership with Oregon Health Sciences Continuing Dental Education Department.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the world to face a new normal. Delivery of health care has been significantly impacted as a result of SARS-CoV-2 emergence. This seminar will provide an update on COVID-19 along with discussion of other occupational respiratory and bloodborne infection risks for dental health-care professionals. Reinforcement of standard precautions and health care worker vaccines will be emphasized as major components of effective infection prevention, as well as transmission precautions necessitated by aerosolized microbial challenges. Current information pertaining to personal protective equipment (PPE) protection and air quality modifications for dentistry will also be discussed in light of the most recent CDC, ADA, NIOSH, and OSHA recommendations. Hand hygiene, vaccine updates, and other preventive measures (e.g., instrument reprocessing, disinfection, and dental water asepsis) provide additional frameworks for this presentation. When considered together, infectious disease challenges and prevention strategies will be used to reinforce the application of standard precautions during patient treatment. The most recent evidence-based information is also discussed to address certain issues where perceptions and misuse of infection control procedures and products are in conflict with scientific and clinical knowledge.

Course Objectives:

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants should be able to:

  • describe current science-based information pertaining to COVID-19
  • understand the most recent updates for CDC recommendations and OSHA requirements for infection control in dentistry
  • discuss governmental infection prevention modifications necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • understand the rationale for effective, hand hygiene procedures as fundamental components of an infection control program.
  • describe challenges bloodborne and respiratory infections present to dental healthcare workers
  • comprehend the most current vaccination recommendations for dental personnel
  • describe recent technology advances and protocols for instrument processing and sterilization
  • understand how to effectively monitor reprocessing and sterilization procedures
  • describe the use of disposables and disinfectants used in environmental surface asepsis.
  • describe factors which can lead to dental unit waterline (DUWL) contamination.
  • comprehend practical strategies which can minimize DUWL contamination.


John MolinariJohn Molinari is Professor Emeritus at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, where he served for 32 years as Chairman of Biomedical Sciences and Director of Infection Control. He has also been Director of Infection Control at The Dental Advisor in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where his laboratory was involved in research studying new infection control technologies and products. He has published over 500 scientific articles, reports, and chapters in the areas of microbiology and immunology, and lectures nationally and internationally on topics dealing with infectious diseases and infection control. Dr. Molinari is also co-author of the text Cottone’s Practical Infection Control in Dentistry.

Course Logistics

Friday, September 25, 2020

Live Webinar via Webex

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

Course: 8:30am – 12:30pm PDT

TUITION – price includes lunch
$100/Team Member (dental hygienist, dental assistant, office staff)
$108/Current Dues Paying UW Dental Alumni Member

4 hours

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


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University of Washington designates this activity for 4 continuing education credits.