School of Dentistry

Continuing Dental Education

Providing timely and practical continuing education for dental professionals

Miniresidency in Nursing Home and Long-term Care for the Dental Team

Miniresidency in Nursing Home and Long-Term Care for the Dental Team

Wednesday-Saturday, October 12-15, 2016

Would you like to expand your capacity to treat older adults in private practice? Would you like to know how to develop and provide a dental program for a long-term care facility?

This compact continuing dental education program will give you relevant and practical information from numerous speakers who are accomplished in their disciplines related to geriatric care. You will receive up-to-date medical, dental and administrative information on:

  • current long-term care options and settings;
  • state and federal dental regulations;
  • long-term care administration and staffing;
  • patient transfer training;
  • designing a nursing home dental program;
  • dental program staffing;
  • selection of clinical delivery systems;
  • quality assurance and program evaluation;
  • integration of long-term care into private practice;
  • communication and documentation systems;
  • writing effective nursing home orders;
  • preventive oral health care and staff inservice training;
  • fundamentals of geriatric medicine;
  • interaction with medical directors and other medical staff; and
  • management of common clinical challenges, including medical problems, drug therapy, ethical and legal issues, and treatment planning.

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Why you should select the Geriatric Miniresidency at the University of Minnesota
  • The Geriatric Miniresidency is a university-based continuing dental education program that has been refined for over 25 years and has trained dental professionals from across the United States, Canada, and around the world.
  • The Miniresidency is comprised of an interprofessional faculty with extensive expertise in all aspects of geriatric care from across the health sciences.
  • The University of Minnesota’s Oral Health Services for Older Adults Program is nationally known and has won the Geriatric Oral Health Care Award from the American Dental Association.
  • The program is conveniently scheduled on four consecutive days permitting minimal time away from home and practice.
  • The course is held in a modern long-term care environment with excellent facilities and services.

You will take away from this program the knowledge and skills to:

  • establish a dental program in long-term care facilities including contracts, staffing, communication systems, and selection of clinical delivery systems.
  • work effectively with nursing home administrators as well as medical and nursing staff.
  • perform ergonomically sound and safe patient transfers from wheelchairs.
  • document and bill for services provided in long-term care facilities.
  • employ quality assurance and program evaluation strategies.
  • modify communication and patient management as needed.
  • incorporate principles of medical management for older adults into the dental treatment plan.
  • apply appropriate practices for informed consent, use of restraints, interpretation of advance directives and other ethical and legal concerns in working with older adult patients.
  • integrate long-term care into a private practice.
Who Should Attend

All members of the dental team who want to expand their knowledge and dental services for older adult patients and who want in-depth knowledge of how to meet the oral health needs of residents in a variety of long-term care settings.

Educational Methods

Illustrated lectures, discussion, demonstrations, observation and tour of long-term care facilities.

This course is under the direction of Stephen K. Shuman, D.D.S., M.S., Associate Professor and Director, Oral Health Services for Older Adults Program, Department of Primary Dental Care, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry; Dental Director, Walker Dental Clinic, Walker Methodist Health Center, Minneapolis.


Here’s what past attendees have liked about the miniresidency:  

“Small groups, easy to ask questions/spend time with presenters, very approachable and passionate presenters.” Dr. Tyler Berkey, Park Falls, WI

“It gave me a broad/better understanding of the complexities.”

“It is easily the best course I have attended in 37 years as a dentist.”

“Very comprehensive in its approach. It teaches potential systems and provides tools that can be implemented on Monday after taking the course. Any one interested in working in a long-term care setting or on elderly patients should consider taking this course.” Dr. J. Jerald Boseman, Salt Lake City, UT

“Whether or not you go back and start working with nursing homes, the course is relevant to your practice.” Dr. John Eliassen, Port Royal, SC

“Accessing the appropriate people for decisions.” Dr. Gerry Dubin, Gaithersburg, MD

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