TMD and Orofacial Pain Miniresidency



Call (612) 625-1418 or (800) 685-1418, or email to be added to our priority notification list for the next course offering.

Would you like to know which patients will benefit from TMD treatment in your practice? Have you been searching for clinical training in TMD diagnosis and treatment planning?

This hands-on continuing dental education program will give you clinically relevant and evidence-based information from several speakers who are accomplished in their disciplines related to TMD and orofacial pain diagnosis and management. You will receive background information on: 1) differential diagnosis of TMD, orofacial pain and headaches, 2) related anatomy, 3) medical history review, 4) TMJ examination techniques, 5) initial treatment for acute TMD patients, 6) splint therapy, 7) TMJ radiography, 8) physical therapy evaluation and treatment, 9) behavior therapy, 10) surgical management of TMJ disorders, 11) management of TMJ locks, and 12) evidence-based treatment outcomes.

You will benefit from one-on-one mentoring and examining a typical TMD patient. The small group format will enable you to discuss patient cases and to direct your specific questions to the appropriate experts.


You will bring back to your practice knowledge and skills in how to:

  • identify healthy from unhealthy joints.
  • determine how to proceed when your patients have TMD symptoms.
  • identify the muscle and joint causes of TMD pain.
  • discern the type of splint therapy needed for each patient.
  • identify indications for surgical intervention of TMJ pathology.
  • conduct a comprehensive TMD and orofacial pain examination on your patients.
  • identify when to treat and when to refer.
  • work with a physical therapist and a health psychologist during the course of patient treatment.

Who Should Attend

Dentists who want to increase their level of dental care for patients who are experiencing TMD, headache and other orofacial pain conditions and who want to ensure that their patients receive appropriate dental as well as physical and behavioral therapy.

Physical Therapists who want to expand their knowledge and skill with TMD and orofacial pain treatment and who want to team with dentists in their community.

Educational Methods

Illustrated lectures, discussion, patient demonstration and patient experience with diagnosis and treatment planning of TMD disorders.

Course Director

This course is under the direction of Eric L. Schiffman, D.D.S., M.S., Professor, Division of TMD and Orofacial Pain, Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences, School of Dentistry; and includes faculty from the Division of TMD and Orofacial Pain.


  • Final registration will begin at 7:30 AM on Monday.
  • Continental breakfast will be available during registration and on each subsequent day.
  • The dentists' program will run from 8:00 AM to 6:45 PM on Monday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Tuesday, and 8:00 AM to 5:15 PM on Wednesday.
  • The physical therapists' program will run from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Monday, 7:30 AM to 5:15 PM on Tuesday, and 8:00 AM to 5:15 PM on Wednesday.
  • There will be 15-minute breaks mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
  • Lunch is included, and will be served from 12:15 to 1:00 PM (all three days.)

If you have special dietary needs or are disabled and have special needs, please contact us at least two weeks prior to the program date.

Course details

What to wear

We suggest that you bring a jacket or sweater to help you adjust to the seemingly inevitable changes in meeting room temperature.

Refund policy

A full refund will be issued if you cancel at least one month (30 total days) before the program. If you cancel less than 30 days prior to the program, $595 will be deducted from your refund. For registrations charged to your credit card the refund will be credited to your account. No cash refunds will be issued on charged registrations.

Register early to ensure space.

Enrollment is limited to 8 dentists and 8 physical therapists.


24 hours (dentists)
22.5 hours (physical therapists)

Minnesota Credits
10 fundamental 
14 core (Diagnosis and Treatment Planning)

Eligible for AGD Mastership credit in temporomandibular disorders and occlusion.



8:00 AM to 6:45 PM (Monday)
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Tuesday)
8:00 AM to 5:15 PM (Wednesday)

Physical Therapists
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Monday)
7:30 AM to 5:15 PM (Tuesday)
8:00 AM to 5:15 PM (Wednesday)


6-410 Moos HS Tower
(Lynda J. Young Conference Room)
Minneapolis Campus