Differential Diagnosis of Oral Lesions: An Interactive Lecture Program

Differential Diagnosis of Oral Lesions: An Interactive Lecture Program

Friday, October 27, 2017

So, you think it’s benign? Not so fast!

This important, clinically focused program will help build your confidence in detecting oral cancer and other aggressive oral diseases. Dr. Dolphine Oda, a highly distinguished oral pathologist and teacher, will guide you through numerous clinical case presentations involving benign-looking lesions that were actually found to be a serious malignancy. Each case will serve as the basis for an in-depth and interactive discussion of the differential diagnosis, clinical presentation and final diagnosis. Treatment at every level, recurrence rate, and overall prognosis will also be discussed. You will receive indispensable information to improve your capacity to detect and diagnose a variety of oral diseases that present as: soft tissue and bone lesions, gingival swellings in adults and children, salivary gland and palatal swellings, oral ulcers, brown spots, papillary lesions, and radiolucent and radiopaque lesions.


After attending this continuing dental education course, you will be able to:

  • identify which lesions need to be biopsied and which do not.
  • apply clinical judgment in differentiating between benign and malignant lesions.
  • formulate an applied differential diagnosis specific to various oral diseases.
  • recognize the oral manifestation of certain systemic diseases.
  • integrate knowledge about HPV and oral cancer.
  • interpret radiolucent and radiopaque lesions of the jaw.

Who Should Attend

Dentists, specialists and dental team members who want to improve their everyday practice of identifying and diagnosing oral diseases, and recognizing the difference between normal and abnormal oral conditions.

Educational Methods

Illustrated lectures and discussion

Guest Speaker

Dolphine Oda, B.D.S., M.Sc., Professor of Oral Pathology, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, School of Dentistry, University of Washington; Director, University of Washington’s Oral Pathology Biopsy Service. In addition, Dr. Oda is on the medical staff at the University of Washington Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center. Dr. Oda is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. She is also a member of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, the International Association of Oral Pathologists, and the U.S. and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP). Dr. Oda has received the University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest honor for outstanding teaching, and a lifetime achievement award by the Oral Cancer Foundation for over 30 years of service to oral cancer patients. Her research interests include molecular changes in oral carcinogenesis and HPV and oral cancer. Dr. Oda has published 75 papers in refereed journals and publishes a popular monthly column called Case of the Month. 


  • Final registration will begin at 8:30 AM.
  • Continental breakfast will be available during registration.
  • The program will run from 9:00 AM to 4:15 PM.
  • There will be 15-minute refreshment breaks mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
  • Lunch is included and will be served from 12:15 to 1:00 PM.

Course details

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 week (five working days) before the program. If you cancel less than one week prior to the program a $50 processing fee 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.

Directions, parking & hotel

Directions & Map

Continuing Education & Conference Center
1890 Buford Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108-6092 

The Continuing Education & Conference Center is located on the University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus, just east of the intersection of Gortner and Buford.

Get direction to the Continuing Education & Conference Center


Reserved parking has been secured in Lot 104 (overflow parking in Lot 108), adjacent to the Continuing Education and Conference Center, between the hours of 7 AM and 10 AM. As you pull up to the gate, let the attendant know the name of the continuing dental education program you are attending. Attendees who arrive after 10 AM will have to pay for parking ($6) upon entering the lot. Cash and credit cards accepted.

Please note that if you park anywhere besides Lot 104 or Lot 108, you will be responsible for the parking fees.


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6 hours

Minnesota Credits
6 core (Diagnosis & Treatment Planning) 


9:00 AM to 4:15 PM


Continuing Education & Conference Center
Room 135
St. Paul Campus

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