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6th Annual Oral Pathology Institute for Educators

6th Annual Oral Pathology Institute for Educators

Wednesday-Friday morning, July 9-11, 2014

Would you like to refresh your ability to recognize and manage oral pathologic lesions? Would you like to learn how to make your oral pathology instruction "stick" with your students?

In this 6th Annual Oral Pathology Institute for Educators, you will receive an update in the recognition and management of oral pathologic lesions as well as 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) cancerous oral lesions, 2) oral side effects of cancer therapy, 3) reactive lesions of the oral cavity, 4) developmental disorders and developmental cysts, 5) infectious diseases, and 6) teaching strategies and educational technologies.


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

  • apply contemporary techniques to your oral pathology instruction.
  • discuss basic principles of developmental disorders and cysts of the head and neck.
  • recognize diagnostic features of neoplastic, non-neoplastic and reactive oral lesions.
  • describe key clinical features of pre-malignant and malignant oral lesions.
  • explain the etiology and risk factors for oral cancer.
  • recognize and manage the side effects of oral cancer therapy.
  • describe radiographic features of pathology within the bones of the jaws.
  • develop a differential approach to your radiographic interpretation.
  • discuss the etiology, clinical characteristics and oral manifestations of infectious diseases.
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.

Please Note: This year the Institute will be 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 Method

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

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

Deborah Mayer, Ph.D., R.N., A.O.C.N., F.A.A.N., Associate Professor, Adult and Geriatric Health Division, University of North Carolina School of Nursing, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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 Teaching and Learning, Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, University of Minnesota.

Lynn Solomon, D.D.S., M.S., Associate Professor, Department of Oral and Diagnostic Sciences, Nova Southeastern College of Dental Medicine, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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