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 October, November & December 2015

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:

  • patients requiring prosthetics in the esthetic zone. (October 1, 2015 – Dr. Donna Hecker)
  • 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)
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


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.

Donna M. Hecker, D.D.S., M.S., private practice limited to prosthodontics in Chanhassen and Burnsville, Minnesota. Dr. Hecker is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics, and a Fellow of the Academy of Prosthodontics. She serves as a consultant for the Cleft Lip and Palate Team at Children’s Hospital and is prosthodontist consultant to the Minnesota Board of Dentistry. Dr. Hecker served as the Director of the Maxillofacial Prosthetic Clinic at the University of Minnesota from 1998-2003.

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.


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

“Really good and lots of useful clinic information.”

“Excellent case presentations.”

“Types of cases I’ve seen in my practice and gave specifics on treatment and also gave great online source to help answer questions on treating these cases.”

“Excellent presentations and extremely fact-based. I learned alot!”

“Great access to U of M School of Dentistry.”

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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