Miniresidency in Geriatrics and Long-term Care for the Dental Team

Miniresidency in Geriatrics and Long-term Care for the Dental Team

Wednesday-Saturday, October 9-12, 2019

This compact program will give you relevant and practical information from speakers who are experienced experts in their disciplines related to geriatric care.

You will receive up-to-date medical, dental and administrative information on:

  • fundamentals of geriatric medicine
  • geriatric medical management issues (medical risk assessment; dementia care, etc.)
  • oral effects of drug therapy, medication management, and avoiding drug-related complications
  • treatment planning principles and strategies
  • management of common ethical and legal issues (informed consent, advanced directives, etc.)
  • recognition and management of potential elder abuse and neglect
  • root caries management
  • preventive dental care for older adults
  • patient management tips to improve access to care and patient comfort and communications
  • managing difficult patient behaviors
  • safe patient transfer techniques
  • communication and documentation systems (electronic and paper)
  • designing and implementing dental programs for long-term care facilities and residents:
    • understanding the long-term care system and settings
    • state and federal dental regulations in long-term care
    • long-term care administration and staffing
    • designing an effective dental program (staffing, clinical delivery models and equipment)
    • contracts and financial management
    • quality assurance and program evaluation
    • integration of long-term care into private practice
    • writing effective nursing home orders
    • preventive care issues and staff inservice training
    • effective interaction with long-term care administrators, medical directors, and nursing staff

Why You Should Select the Geriatric Miniresidency at the University of Minnesota

  1. The Geriatric Miniresidency is a university-based program that has been refined for over 25 years and has trained dental professionals from across the United States, Canada, and around the world
  2. The Miniresidency is comprised of an interprofessional faculty with extensive expertise in all aspects of geriatric care from across the health sciences
  3. 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 and the 2016 Innovation Award from LeadingAge, the national association of over 6000 non-profit aging services organizations
  4. The program is conveniently scheduled on four consecutive days permitting minimal time away from home and practice
  5. The course is held in a modern long-term care environment with excellent facilities and services

Learn How To

  • Incorporate principles of medical management for older adults into the dental treatment plan
  • Recognize common drug-related oral health problems and employ safe prescribing practices
  • Manage root caries, preventive care and other common dental challenges in older adults
  • Employ effective treatment planning principles and strategies
  • Apply appropriate practices for informed consent, behavior management, interpretation of advance directives and other ethical and legal concerns in working with older adult patients
  • Perform ergonomically sound and safe patient transfers from wheelchairs
  • Improve accessibility and comfort of dental services for older adults
  • Establish an effective dental program in long-term care facilities, including contracts, staffing, communication systems, and selection of clinical delivery systems
  • Work effectively with nursing home administrators, medical directors, and nursing staff
  • Document and bill appropriately for services provided in long-term care facilities
  • Integrate long-term care into a private practice

Training Methods

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

Meet Our Course Director

Stephen K. Shuman, DDS, MS, 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 Methodist Dental Clinic, Walker Methodist Health Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota.


  • Final registration will begin at 7:30 AM on Wednesday.
  • Continental breakfast will be available during registration and on each subsequent day.
  • The program will run from 8:00 AM to 5:15 PM each day. There will be 15-minute breaks mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Lunch is included, and will be served from approximately 12:15 to 1:00 PM each day.

If you have special dietary needs or are disabled and have special needs, please contact us at least two weeks prior to the program date.

Course details

Special instructions

All course participants will receive the textbook, Essentials of Clinical Geriatrics, by Robert L. Kane, Joseph G. Ouslander and Itamar B. Abrass, as well as a USB flashdrive with extensive course readings and reference materials.

What to wear

We suggest that you bring a jacket or sweater to help you adjust to the seemingly inevitable changes in meeting room temperature.

Refund policy

A full refund will be issued if you cancel at least one month (30 total days) before the program. If you cancel less than 30 days prior to the program, $395 will be deducted from your refund. For registrations charged to your credit card the refund will be credited to your account. No cash refunds will be issued on charged registrations.


Location & parking


Walker Place
3701 Bryant Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55409
(612) 827-8500

As you enter Walker Place, you will be directed to the lower level meeting room. If you happen to enter Walker Methodist Health Center, which is located on the same block as Walker Place, please ask the reception staff to direct you to Walker Place.

View directions and course map.

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The small parking lot on the corner of 38th and Bryant Avenue can be used (enter on 38th). On-street parking is also available around the Walker campus, but be sure to obey posted parking regulations (e.g., 1 hour parking zones).

Enrollment is limited to 17.


$1,295 dentist

$995 dental therapist, dental hygienist or dental assistant

A $395 deposit is due at the time of registration. The balance of the tuition is due by September 11, 2019. 


32 hours

Minnesota Credits

32 Fundamental Credit Hours
Includes CORE Subject Areas:

  • Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
  • Ethics
  • Management of Medical Emergencies
  • Patient Communication
  • Record Keeping

Includes MANDATORY Subject Area:

  • Infection Control


8:00 AM to 5:15 PM (each day)


Walker Place
Walker Methodist Health Center
Minneapolis, MN

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