What's New in Dentistry: Trade Secrets 2018 - Mastering New Challenges in Dentistry

Trade Secrets 2018: Mastering New Challenges in Dentistry

Friday, January 19, 2018

It’s a new year. Start seeing your patients and practice differently. “What's New in Dentistry: Trade Secrets 2018 - Mastering New Challenges in Dentistry” is the engine for change you’ve been looking for! 

Practical discussions in examination, diagnosis and treatment planning, and case discussions are combined with tools and techniques that help advance connections with your patients and reignite the passion for your practice. Experience systems and technology that will help you exceed your patients’ expectations - and yours!

Complete three of your licensure core subject areas with this one day program:

  1. Communications
  2. Management of Medical Emergencies
  3. Diagnosis & Treatment Planning

Learn How To

  • Connect with kids and parents, aging patients and their caregivers
  • Create a team atmosphere that fosters a world-class customer experience
  • Communicate care plans and re-engage patients
  • Craft inspired messages that attract and retain patients
  • Unpack esthetic principles for your practice
  • Analyze how teeth move through bone
  • Evaluate minimally-invasive orthodontic techniques
  • Select technologies of the trade to improve efficiency and esthetic outcomes
  • Interpret cases: from diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes
  • Uncover the importance of collecting diagnostic data and imaging in assessment of the prosthodontic patient
  • Assess the periodontal, endodontic, restorative, and occlusal prognosis of the dentition
  • Develop a treatment plan for a complex prosthodontic patient following a systematic approach to diagnosis
  • Discuss new opioid prescribing guidelines
  • Analyze clinical implications of prescribing opioids
  • Manage risk and learn to identify drug seekers 

Training Methods

Lecture, discussion, case studies, table review

Meet Our Experts

Heather J. Conrad, DMD, MS, prosthodontist; Associate Professor and Director, Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics, Division of Prosthodontics, Department of Restorative Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Dr. Conrad graduated from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada, with a Doctor of Dental Medicine in 1997. While working full time in private practice, she became a Sessional Lecturer and Course Coordinator for the year two Fixed Prosthodontics class at the University of Saskatchewan. After six years, she decided to leave private practice and pursue an academic career by enrolling in post graduate studies at the University of Minnesota. She completed the Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics and Master of Science degree in 2006.

James Miller, DDS, MS, Board Certified (ABO) orthodontist, Advances in Orthodontics Golden Valley, MN; Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Orthodontics, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Dr. Miller founded the Faculty Practice at the University of Minnesota in 2006 which is a critical access provider clinic to an underserved patient population. Dr. Miller has given over 60 invited lecture presentations locally, regionally, and nationally and has authored original research in orthodontics, dentistry, social sciences, microbiology, and bone biology.

Richard D. Nadeau, DDS, MPH, Director, Division of Comprehensive Care; Clinical Professor, Department of Primary Dental Care; Director, Clinical Treatment Planning, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Dr. Nadeau served as Director of the Emergency Clinic at the School of Dentistry from 1994 to 2001. He was in private practice in Minneapolis until joining the School of Dentistry faculty in 1993.

Kit Welchlin, MA, is a highly sought-after communications presenter and world-class keynote speaker. Kit purchased his first company at age 21 and by 26 was CEO and Chairman of the Board of three companies in three states. He has been an instructor with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, where he has been repeatedly nominated Outstanding Faculty. Mr. Welchlin is a Professional Member of the National Speakers Association and was inducted into the Minnesota Speakers Association Hall of Fame. He has delivered more than 3,000 communications-based seminars to 500,000 professionals over the past 26 years


  • Final registration will begin at 8:00 AM.
  • Continental breakfast will be available during registration.
  • The program will run from 8:30 AM to 3:45 PM.
  • There will be 15-minute refreshment breaks mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
  • Lunch is 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 date.

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.


List of hotels near campus.


$305 dentist

$175 senior citizen dentist, dental therapist, dental hygienist, dental assistant, office team member

$155 second and each additional dental therapist, hygienist, assistant or office team member


6 hours

Minnesota Credits
1.5 core (Patient Communication)
1.5 core (Management of Medical Emergencies)
3 core (Diagnosis & Treatment Planning)


8:30 AM to 3:45 PM


Continuing Education & Conference Center
Room 135
St. Paul Campus

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