Research Design–Postgraduate Program in Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry: Level III

Research Design

Friday-Saturday, May 4-5, 2018

This evidence-based course will help you to filter out unsupported claims and to screen for the most reliable dental materials and products for your patients.

Benefit from a team of university-based scholars/clinicians who will show you how to critique information and develop a research proposal based on your strengths and interests. You do not have to be a scholar or a graduate student to conduct a research project and write a research report. University faculty will mentor you through the process.

Learn How To

  • Determine levels of evidence and clinical implications
  • Evaluate information from the scientific community and the dental industry
  • Identify a research topic based on your unique perspective
  • Conduct a computer search focused on your research topic
  • Develop a research proposal—moving beyond the mystique of “dental research"
  • Write a research paper—stretching through the “writer’s block” phase

Training Methods

Illustrated lectures, discussion, computer searches.

Meet the Experts

Gary C. Anderson, DDS, MS, Interim Dean and Associate Professor, Department of Developmental and Surgical Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

Donald Nixdorf, DDS, MS, Associate Professor and Acting Director, Division of TMD & Orofacial Pain, Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

Paul S. Olin, DDS, MS, Director, Dental Implant Program; Associate Professor, Division of Prosthodontics, Department of Restorative Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Dr. Olin is the Director of the Postgraduate Programs in Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry: Levels I–III at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

Joel D. Rudney, PhD, Assistant Dean for Research; Professor, Division of Basic Sciences, Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

Nicole R. Theis-Mahon, MLIS, Health Sciences Libraries Collections Coordinator and Liaison Librarian to the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

Bonita L. VanHeel, Principal Laboratory Technician, Minnesota Dental Research Center for Biomaterials and Biomechanics, Department of Restorative Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.



  • Final registration will begin at 7:30 AM on Friday.
  • 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 refreshment breaks mid-morning and mid-afternoon each day.
  • Lunches are included.

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

Course details

Special instructions

Please note that on weekends, you must enter Moos Tower from the second floor (the Washington Avenue entrance located below street level) or use the tunnel from the Washington Avenue parking ramp to access Moos Tower.

Credits & attendance

Because credit is earned on an hour-per-hour basis, your credit will reflect the hours that you attend the program. However, if you are taking this module in order to complete the "Certificate Program in Contemporary Restorative and Esthetic Dentistry" you will need to complete all of the hours listed. If you miss part of a module, you will need to make up the credits. Please keep in mind, especially when making your travel arrangements.

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, $595 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

Moos Health Sciences Tower
515 Delaware Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Moos HS Tower is located on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Campus, at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Harvard Street SE.

Get directions to Moos Tower and the Washington Avenue Parking Ramp.


Parking is available in the Washington Avenue Ramp. The Washington Avenue Ramp is located at 501 Washington Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455.

You will need to push the button on the stationary box in order to receive a parking slip and activate the gate. Detailed instructions for exiting the ramp will be provided during the program. Parking charges will be billed to Continuing Dental Education.

If the ramp is FULL or EVENT PARKING is in place, please inform the attendant that you are attending a Continuing Dental Education conference in the School of Dentistry.

PLEASE NOTE: If you park anywhere besides the Washington Ave. Ramp, you will be responsible for the parking fees.

The Graduate Minneapolis hotel guests only: If you are staying at the Graduate Minneapolis (formerly the Commons Hotel), we encourage that you make parking reservations directly with the hotel. We cannot validate parking for overnight stays. Validated parking is only available during course hours.


Hotel accommodations are available at the Graduate Minneapolis, located directly across the street from the Dental School. To reserve your room at the special Continuing Dental Education rate:

  • Call the Graduate Minneapolis, 612-379-8888, and ask for in-house reservations. Tell the reservationist the dates of your stay and that you want a room under the reservation for “Continuing Dental Education.” Ask the reservationist to enter your name for one of the rooms at the special Continuing Dental Education rate.
  • If you are outside the United States or do not wish to call, please email with the dates you intend to stay and ask to have your name entered for one of the reservations under “Continuing Dental Education.”

Link to a list of hotels near campus

Enrollment is limited to 18.



A $595 deposit is due at the time of registration. The balance of the tuition is due by April 6, 2018. (Registrations made after April 6, 2018, will be paid in full at the time of registration).


16 hours

Minnesota Credits
16 elective

Eligible for AGD Mastership credit in basic sciences.


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


6-410 Moos HS Tower  
(Lynda J. Young Conference Room)
Minneapolis Campus

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