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Differential Diagnosis of Oral Lesions: An Interactive Program

Differential Diagnosis of Oral Lesions: An Interactive Lecture Program

Friday, November 7, 2014

Would you like to feel more comfortable diagnosing oral lesions that present to your practice?

Development of a working differential diagnosis is one of the most difficult tasks in the diagnostic sequence. You can build your confidence with the diagnosis of oral lesions by spending a day at the University of Minnesota with Dr. John Alonge, a talented surgeon and teacher with over 30 years of clinical experience. Clinical case presentations focusing on a variety of pathological conditions and the use of an audience response polling system will help engage you in the decision making process. Biopsy techniques, treatment and prognosis of various lesions will also be reviewed. You will leave this program with a fresh perspective of oral pathology and the information needed to identify and diagnose oral lesions encountered in daily practice.


Through your participation in this continuing dental education course, you will be better prepared to:

  • recognize the diagnostic process required to formulate a differential diagnosis.
  • utilize a practical classification scheme to refine your clinical diagnosis.
  • formulate differential diagnoses on soft tissue and radiographic lesions.
  • recognize the etiology and management of various oral pathological conditions.
  • determine when to biopsy and when to refer for treatment.
Who Should Attend

Dentists interested in developing their ability to successfully formulate a differential diagnosis of oral lesions. Dental hygienists interested in learning how to better assess oral lesions. Any member of the dental team looking for a refresher course in oral pathology.

Educational Methods

Illustrated lectures, discussion and audience response system

Guest Speaker

John L. Alonge, M.S., D.D.S., is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and a Diplomate of the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology. He is currently in private group practice in Erie, Pennsylvania. Dr. Alonge received his dental degree and master’s degree in anatomy from University of Maryland School of Dentistry and completed the U.S. Air Force General Practice Residency. He served as Chief of Outpatient Oral Surgery at Hickman AFB in Hawaii prior to entering formal Oral and Maxillofacial Residency Training at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Upon completion of his surgery training in 1990, Dr. Alonge was assigned to Wright-Patterson USAF Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio where he served as Oral Surgery Training Officer for the Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency Program. He separated from the Air Force in 1994 to enter private practice in Erie. As a result of his years of teaching, Dr. Alonge has extensive experience in all subspecialty areas such as dentoalveolar surgery, dental implants, corrective jaw and facial surgery. He has been a featured speaker at regional, state, national and international meetings.

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