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Continuing Dental Education

Oral Diseases that Every Dental Professional Should Know

Dolphine Oda, BDS, MS

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Registration will be completed through the University of British Columbia.

In an effort to mitigate the risk of being exposed to the Coronavirus, this course will be offered as a live webinar.


Course Description

This is an all-day course designed to cover seven categories of oral diseases that present as clinically benign-looking when, at times, some carry a serious diagnosis. This course is helpful to dentists, dental hygienists, dental specialties and dental professionals that feel an Oral Pathology review is in order for them and their team.

The morning portion of this course is dedicated to soft tissue pathology. It will cover the variability in the clinical presentation of oral squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), which includes association with tobacco, HPV infection, and lichen planus. The morning course will also discuss the oral manifestation of low-risk HPV. The session will continue covering epithelial diseases to include oral ulcers in areas of immune-mediated diseases, drug-induced, and those that are an oral manifestation of systemic diseases.

The afternoon session will continue to cover soft tissue pathology as well as bone pathology. The soft tissue pathology will cover single swellings of the oral cavity, reactive, benign, and malignant lesions affecting the gingiva, palate, buccal mucosa, and lips. It will also cover oral pigmented lesions. Jaw pathology will cover unilocular radiolucent and completely radiopaque lesions. The unilocular radiolucencies will include odontogenic cysts; cyst-like, benign and malignant primary neoplasms; and cancer metastasis to the jaw. The completely radiopaque lesions will include osteosclerosis, osteomas, and Gardner’s syndrome.

Every category will start with one or more unknown cases with a differential diagnosis (DDX) discussed interactively with the audience. These cases will serve as the basis for the discussion of each topic. Clinicians will leave this program with ample knowledge to base their judgment on facts. This course will provide 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:

  • Identify oral SCC lesions at early stages of development
  • Differentiate between benign and malignant lesions
  • Formulate an applied DDX to different categories of oral diseases
  • Learn about the oral manifestation of certain systemic diseases
  • Learn about HPV low-risk and cancer forming
  • Learn about radiolucent and radiopaque lesions of the jaw
  • Learn about cancer metastasis to the jaws and the oral soft tissue


Dr. 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 78 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.

Course Logistics

Friday, May 1, 2020

Mount Baker Theatre
Walton Theatre
104 North Commercial Street
Bellingham, WA 98225

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

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

TUITION – price includes lunch
Until March 27, 2020- after, $20CAD more
$375CAD/Dentist – approximately $285USD
$225CAD/Team Member (dental hygienist, dental assistant, office staff) – approximately $170USD
* Please note – registration fees will be charged in Canadian dollars at the rate of exchange on the date of purchase.

7 hours

For unlimited enrolment courses, registrants withdrawing one week prior to the course date will be refunded less an administration fee of $75CAD. No refunds will be granted for cancellations made less than one week prior to the course date. Continuing Dental Education at The University of British Columbia reserves the right to cancel courses, or switch instructors if deemed necessary by low enrolment, instructor cancellation or other unforeseen issues. In case of course cancellation a full refund will be issued.


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The University of Washington and the University of British Columbia are ADA CERP Recognized Providers.
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 the University of British Columbia.

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The University of Washington and University of British Columbia are members of the Association for Continuing Dental Education.

University of Washington and University of British Columbia designate this activity for 7 continuing education credits.