School of Dentistry

Continuing Dental Education

Providing timely and practical continuing education for dental professionals

Clinical Grand Rounds for the Dental Team

Clinical Grand Rounds for the Dental Team

First Thursday evening of November & December 2015; and February, March & April 2016

Would you like treatment planning solutions for your patients with complex medical and dental problems?

University of Minnesota faculty can help you with your challenging treatment planning decisions. Participation in this case-based series will give you insights into a variety of dental disciplines that can improve your clinical results and also avoid patient complaints. Conveniently scheduled in the evening, you will enjoy short programs, dinner, and interaction with colleagues, faculty, staff and students. You will want to take advantage of this low-cost/high-value continuing dental education opportunity created especially for you and your dental team.

Programs/Course Details

This program is offered in partnership with the School of Dentistry Alumni Society.


You will enhance your knowledge in assessing and treating:

  • gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)—medical and dental implications. (November 5, 2015 – Dr. Tom DeMeester & Dr. Nelson Rhodus)
  • periodontally involved patients. (December 3, 2015 – Dr. Roger Ettel)
  • orofacial pain presenting as tooth pain. (February 4, 2016 – Dr. Don Nixdorf)
  • patients with cleft lip and palate, using an interdisciplinary approach. (March 3, 2016 – Dr. Gary Anderson, Anna Thurmes CCC-SLP & Jo Artz, RN)
  • implant supported prosthesis for the edentulous arch. (April 7, 2016 – Dr. Ranier Adarve)
Course Outline

6:00 PM - Registration and dinner
6:30 PM - Clinical cases presented
7:45 PM - Question and answer session
8:00 PM - Adjourn

Who Should Attend

Dentists, dental therapists, dental hygienists and dental assistants interested in keeping up to date with important, evolving practices in all areas of clinical dentistry.

Educational Methods

Illustrated presentation of clinical cases, discussion


Ranier M. Adarve, D.M.D., M.S., M.H.P.E., Prosthodontist, Associate Professor, Division of Prosthodontics, Department of Restorative Dentistry, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Dr. Adarve maintains a part-time private practice in Apple Valley, Minnesota.

Gary C. Anderson, D.D.S., M.S., Associate Professor and Program Director, Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Clinics and Acting Chair, Department of Developmental and Surgical Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

Jo Artz, R.N., Nurse Coordinator, University of Minnesota Cleft-Craniofacial Program. Ms. Artz provides interdisciplinary care coordination and patient-centered care for patients with cleft and craniofacial anomalies.

Tom R. DeMeester, M.D., Professor and Chairman Emeritus, Department of Surgery, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Dr. DeMeester is renowned for his work in foregut and esophageal diseases and considered one of the world authorities on GERD.

Roger G. Ettel, D.D.S., M.S., Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Periodontology, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry; Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology; consulting faculty, Hennepin County Medical Center. Dr. Ettel is currently in full-time clinical practice limited to periodontology in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.

Donald R. Nixdorf, D.D.S., M.S., Associate Professor, Division of TMD and Orofacial Pain, Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

Nelson L. Rhodus, D.M.D., M.P.H., Distinguished Professor and Director, Division of Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis and Radiology, Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry; Diplomate, American Board of Oral Medicine.

Anna Thurmes, M.A., CCC-SLP, Program Coordinator and Speech-Language Pathologist, University of Minnesota Cleft-Craniofacial Program. Ms. Thurmes has 12 years’ experience specializing in cleft and craniofacial speech disorders, structural and motor speech disorders, and pediatric feeding.


Here's what your colleagues are saying about the Clinical Grand Rounds series: 

“Good refresher for daily practice.” 

“Information that I can take back to the office and use.”

“Very interesting and informative.”

“Current practicing speakers with no conflict of interest.”

“The case examples were very interesting and brought the information to life.”

“Good variety of cases - representative of potential cases to be treated in my practice.”

“Good real world examples.”

“Informative and well presented.” 

Previously Recorded Webcasts

A link to the recorded webcast presentations will be posted on our website Clinical Grand Rounds Recorded Sessions within a week of each session. When you view only this recorded version of a session, you may earn 1.5 hours of “elective” credit per session for Minnesota relicensure requirements. However, you will need to keep track of the date and time of your completion in case of a Board of Dentistry audit of your continuing dental education records.

PLEASE NOTE: When you attend a "live" presentation of Clinical Grand Rounds or a "live" webcast, you earn core continuing dental education credit in diagnosis and treatment planning and receive a certificate of attendance.

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