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7th Annual Oral Pathology Institute for Educators

7th Annual Oral Pathology Institute for Educators

Wednesday-Friday morning, July 8-10, 2015

Would you like to refresh your ability to identify and manage oral pathologic lesions? Are you looking for more effective ways to evaluate your students’ learning?

In this 7th Annual Oral Pathology Institute for Educators, you will receive an update in the recognition and management of oral pathologic lesions as well as valuable tips to enhance your teaching methods. Institute faculty will engage you with informative and interactive presentations in a relaxed atmosphere. Through case studies, lectures and small group activities, you will receive updates on: 1) neoplastic lesions, 2) HPV and oropharyngeal cancer, 3) pediatric oral and maxillofacial pathology, 4) osteonecrosis of the jaws, 5) correlating basic and clinical sciences relative to pathology, 6) radiographic interpretation of pathologic lesions, 7) autoimmune disorders, 8) evidence-based decision making, and 9) how to write good test questions and other key teaching strategies.


Through this interactive learning experience, you will be able to:

  • discuss the basic principles of neoplasia.
  • explain the role of HPV in oropharyngeal cancer.
  • recognize distinguishing features of pediatric oral and maxillofacial pathologic conditions.
  • discuss the etiology of osteonecrosis beyond bisphosphonates.
  • identify key radiographic features of pathology within the jaws.
  • discuss the etiology, clinical characteristics and oral manifestations of autoimmune disorders.
  • interpret the results of a published research article and the applicability of its findings.
  • compose multiple choice questions that accurately test for learning.
  • develop more effective instructional strategies.
Who Should Attend

Dentists, dental therapists, dental hygienists and dental assistants who teach oral pathology and would like to improve their knowledge and instructional skills should attend this continuing dental education institute.

Please Note: The Institute is limited to educators. If you do not teach oral pathology but are an educator interested in updating your skills, you are welcome to attend.

Educational Methods

Illustrated lectures, case studies and small group exercises.

Please Note: Participants should bring a laptop or mobile device for use during the Institute.

Course Instructors

Mansur Ahmad, B.D.S., Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Division of Oral Medicine, Diagnosis and Radiology, Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry; Diplomate and Past President, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology.

Alice Curran, D.M.D., M.S., Associate Professor, Department of Diagnostic Sciences, University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. This course is under the direction of Dr. Curran.

Patricia A. Lenton, B.S.D.H., M.A., C.C.R.P., Director, Oral Health Research Center, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

Sandra Myers, D.M.D., Associate Professor, Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

Jane O’Brien, M.A., Associate Director, Center for Educational Innovation, Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, University of Minnesota.

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