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Continuing Dental Education

How Not to Kill Your Patient: Importance of the Medical History – a live webinar

Christine Blass, DMD (Hon)BSc, DDS, MSc (ORTHO) FRCD(C)

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This course is part of the Association for Continuing Dental Education Joint Live Webinar Series.


This course is part of the Association for Continuing Dental Education Joint Live Webinar Series*

Course Description

Dentists are confronted daily with a wide array of medical complexities in the process of delivering high quality patient care. The large amount of information available on each disease process can make sorting through things daunting and inhibit dentists from providing care to certain populations. In addition, communicating with the medical community also has its own pitfalls. This course is set up to be a brief overview of the medical history and to highlight the most common complications in each of the seven physiologic systems. It includes important facts, relevant tests, and other key information when it comes to treating the medically complex patient. It also goes over the importance of medical consults and key things to ask for when completing them to encourage high quality responses.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Gain a general knowledge about important pitfalls in the medical history
  • Gain confidence in medical topics related to dentistry
  • Provide information on how to write a concise medical consult


Dr. Christine BlassDr. Christine Blass is the program director for the UAB hospital based Advanced Education in General Dentistry and General Practice Residency programs, where she oversees six residents. As a lifelong Blazer, Dr. Blass earned her BS and DMD degrees, as well as a GPR certificate at UAB. After graduation, she practiced in private practice in the Birmingham area, the state prison system, and maintained a volunteer faculty position with UAB. In 2019, she transitioned to adjunct faculty at the residency and took over lecture responsibilities in the dental school. In January 2021, she assumed the role of program director of both the advanced dental education programs. Dr. Blass also maintains a secondary appointment as an associate scientist for the Center for Clinical and Translational Science as well as membership on the UAB Head and Neck Tumor Board. She primarily lectures to the dental students and locally on the management of medically complex patients.

Course Logistics

Friday, February 10, 2023

Online Webinar

The dental professional

8:00am – 9:30am Pacific Standard time


1.5 hours


*The University of Washington in conjunction with the Association for Continuing Dental Education (ACDE), along with 30 of its member schools jointly presents the “ACDE Webinar Series”

This series features university-based key opinion leaders presenting numerous topics on multiple dates and times. Presentations are available to meet every dental health care professional’s schedule and interests.

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The University of Washington is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.
ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between the University of Washington and Oregon Health Sciences University.

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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 1.5 continuing education credits.