Calendar of Courses


Research Day 2017, Dental Implants with Dr. David Kennedy , Dr. Mark Kwon, Dr. Dimitrios Karastathis, Dr. Anthony McCullagh , Dr. Ravindra Shah, Ms. Penny Hatzimanolakis, Dr. George Giannelis , Dr. David French , Dr. Charles Shuler, Dr. Edward Putnins

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Research Day 2017 will mark the 10th anniversary of this annual event. In recognition of this milestone, the Faculty of Dentistry is reprising the important clinical topic of implants. The program will examine ongoing research and current published evidence that may significantly impact implant placement and care in today’s clinical practice.
A diverse and dynamic group of dental and dental hygiene faculty, graduate students and distinguished alumni will present their research and clinical perspectives. They are advancing understanding in the areas of implant placement, restoration, long-term stability and best practices for the care of both stable and disease-associated implants. Collectively, all are working to improve patient care and oral health.

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Adventure & Learn Maui, Hawaii 2017

January 30 - February 3, 2017

Maui, Hawaii, Fairmont Kea Lani
Join us for this exciting, unique learning opportunity... not to be missed!

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The role of dentists in a sleepy world Oral Appliances: the good and bad news

Dr. Fernanda Almeida, received her DDS from the university of Sao Paulo, Brazil and her PhD from the University of British Columbia. She is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Orthodontics in the Faculty of Dentistry at The University of British Columbia. She also sees patients in a private practice restricted to the treatment of sleep disordered breathing. She has recently been awarded the WW Wood Teaching Award for her outstanding contributions to the educational progress of the undergraduate dental students at UBC. In the field of Dental sleep medicine, she was the recipient of the Pierre Robin Award from the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (2011) and the Meier-Ewert Award from the German Dental Sleep Society (2012) for significant, original and sustained contributions evidenced by publications, and academic appointments and other efforts. Dr. Almeida is associate editor for the journal Sleep & Breathing and Journal of Dental Sleep Medicine and is board certified by the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine.

Oral Healthcare for Patients with Cancer

Dr. Charles Shuler

Charles F. Shuler, DMD, PhD is the Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia. Prior to UBC he was a faculty member at the University of Southern California for 18 years. At USC he served as the Director of the University of Southern California Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology holding an endowed chair position as the George and Mary Lou Boone Professor of Craniofacial Molecular Biology. He also served as the Director of the Graduate Program in Craniofacial Biology and the Associate Dean for Student and Academic Affairs at the USC School of Dentistry. Dr. Shuler received his B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin, his D.M.D. from Harvard School of Dental Medicine, his Ph.D. in Pathology from the University of Chicago and his Oral Pathology specialty education at the University of Minnesota and the Royal Dental College, Copenhagen, Denmark. He has been active in assessing and managing clinical oral pathology patients with soft and hard tissue lesions. He maintains an active research program funded by the United States National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research that is focused on evaluating the molecular regulation of the secondary palate to better understand the etiology of cleft palate birth defects.

The Hammer and the Nail: A two part series on the current developments in Oral Implantology.

Dr. William Liang

William (Bill) Liang B.Sc., DMD, FAGD, DICOI, FAAID, Diplomate, American Board of Oral Implantology,, attended the University of British Columbia and received his Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology in 1981 and his Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree in 1983. He has been practicing dentistry in Surrey, BC for the past 33 years. His practice is focused on adult restorative and implant dentistry. He is part time clinical faculty at UBC and he currently serves on the board of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. Dr. Liang is Board Certified by the American Board of Oral Implantology/ Implant Dentistry and is the Director of the AAID Vancouver MaxiCourse. In his spare time, he participates in triathlon events and is active with the Peace Arch/ White Rock Rotary Club.


Annual Ski Seminar at Whistler with Dr. Harald O. Heymann,

Thursday - Saturday, February 23-25, 2017

Adhesive and Restorative Dentistry: Separating Fact from Fiction
Applied Esthetic Principles for Treatment Success
Conservative Concepts for Non-Extreme Makeovers: Bleaching, Veneers or What?

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Harald O. Heymann, DDS, MEd, graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry. He is past Chair and Graduate Program Director of the Department of Operative dentistry and currently is the Thomas P. Hinman Distinguished Professor of Operative Dentistry at the UNC School of Dentistry. Dr. Heymann is particularly active in the clinical research of esthetic restorative materials and participates in a dental practice devoted largely to esthetic dentistry.
He is a member of the Academy of Operative Dentistry, the International Association of Dental Research, and is Past-President and a Fellow of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry. He is also a Fellow in the International College of Dentists, the American College of Dentists, and the Academy of Dental Materials. He also serves as a consultant to the ADA.
The author of over 200 scientific publications, Dr. Heymann also is Co-Senior Editor of The Art and Science of Operative Dentistry, historically, the #1 selling dental textbook in the world. Dr. Heymann is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry. Dr.Heymann has given over 1,400 lectures on various aspects of esthetic dentistry worldwide and has received the Gordon J. Christensen Award for excellence as a CE speaker.

Palm Springs Dental Practice Transition Seminar & Golf Weekend

Friday - Sunday, February 24-26, 2017

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa Rancho Mirage, California - Please contact Ruth Chatel to book your accommodations 604-220-4830,
Join us for this exciting, unique learning opportunity... not to be missed!

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Building your Unlimited Practice

Judy Larocque

Judy Larocque, has been involved in dental practice management and transition services since 1985. Before becoming co-owner of Experdent Dental Advisors with Henry Doyle, Judy led the consulting division of ExperDent Consultants Inc., and Mercer Advisors. In 2008, Judy moved to Montreal where she continued to provide consulting and transition services to the Quebec and Maritime market. In 2013, Henry and Judy began working with together once again to provide consulting and valuations for dental practices across Canada.

Digital Dentistry

Mike Brost

Mike Brost, brings over 17 years of experience in the dental industry and has lectured extensively across Canada and the United States to dental students, dentists and team members. Mike has always been a perpetual student of the industry as a whole, with a keen interest in digital solutions, restorative options, and comprehensive dentistry.

Dental Practice Transition Options

Panel speakers: Henry Doyle, Matthew O’Brian, Rob Wild, Brian E. Rudy, Howard Kutner, Michael Kutner

Henry Doyle, graduated from the University of Alberta with an Economics degree and a Bachelors of Education. Henry worked in the banking industry for 15 years with CIBC, Newcourt and Citibank. In 2006, Al Heaps and Henry negotiated their own transition. Henry joined the company in 2007 and purchased Al Heaps & Associates Inc., in 2009, a company that specializes in valuating and selling dental practice across Canada from BC to the Maritimes.

Howard Kutner, LLB and LLM (Masters of Business Law), joined Kutner Law LLP after articling and working as an associate at a Bay Street law firm. Michael’s practice at Kutner Law has an emphasis n assisting medical and dental professionals with their business needs, including buying and selling of dentistry practices, incorporation of medical and dental corporations, estate and real estate law.

Michael Kutner, BA, JD, LLB, joined Kutner Law LLP after articling and working as an associate at a Bay Street law firm. Michael’s practice at Kutner Law has an emphasis n assisting medical and dental professionals with their business needs, including buying and selling of dentistry practices, incorporation of medical and dental corporations, estate and real estate law.

Matthew O’Brien, is the Regional Manager Professional Banking for TD supporting the Pacific Region. In his role Matt focuses on providing banking solutions to dentists and other professionals. TD has a strong customer based focus including best in class hours and customer service.

Brian E. Rudy, B.Sc., LL.B. is a partner at Synergy Business Lawyers in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is an experienced corporate lawyer who practices corporate commercial law, with a focus on privately-held corporations and entrepreneurs. Brian’s practice includes a focus on health professionals, and Brian assists dentists with associate agreements, cost share agreements, commercial leasing, practice transitions, employment law, real estate law, estate planning, College regulatory issues and other legal matters that arise in the course of a dentist’s practice. He has presented on numerous occasions at dental conferences across British Columbia, including Pacific Dental Conference, and is a regular speaker across British Columbia on legal matters relating to dentists and their business affairs.

Rob Wild promotes TD’s Professional Practice Financing Programs within the Prairie Region consisting of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, with a specialty in Dental Professionals. Rob provides banking and financing advice with solutions to collaborate with industry experts and wealth partners. Rob uses his over 16 years’ experience to assist dental professionals in financing their practice purchase, buy in, or start up.


UBC Orthodontic Symposium 2017: Advances in Orthodontics

Monday – Friday , March 20-24, 2017

Big Island, Hawaii, Fairmont Orchid
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Sleep Medicine and Orthodontics - Current Understanding and Controversies

Dr. Benjamin Pliska

Benjamin Pliska, DDS, MS, FRCD(C), is an Assistant Professor of the University of British Columbia Faculty of Dentistry and maintains a private practice in Vancouver as a certified specialist in Orthodontics. Dr. Pliska is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario School Of Dentistry, and obtained his Certificate in Orthodontics and Master’s Degree in Dentistry from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Pliska lectures both locally and internationally
on his research interests, which include airway imaging and paediatric sleep medicine.

Surgery First Orthodontics

Dr. Junji Sugawara

Junji Sugawara DDS, PhD, is currently a Director at the SAS Orthodontic Centre, Ichiban-cho Dental Office, Sendai, Japan, and a Visiting Clinical Professor at the Division of Orthodontics, School of Dental Medicine, University of Connecticut, Farmington, USA. He graduated from Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan in 1973 and worked there for over 30 years. He is an active member of the Edward H. Angle Society (North Atlantic Component) since 2004. The Skeletal Anchorage System (SAS) utilizing the titanium miniplates as temporary anchorage devices and Surgery First are recent key interests and he has given many lectures on these subjects in the United States, Europe, South America, Australia, Middle East and Asia.

Oral Pathology – A Review for the Orthodontist

Dr. Samson Ng

Samson Ng, BSc(Pharm), DMD, MSc, RCD(C), FDSRCSEd, Dip. ABOM., Dip. ABOMP, is a Canadian and American Board certified oral medicine specialist and oral & maxillofacial pathologist. He is currently appointed as clinical assistant professor at the University of British Columbia, attending staff at the Department of Dentistry of the Vancouver General Hospital, Regional Practice Leader in the Program of Oral Oncology/Dentistry in the BC Cancer Agency and pathology consultant at PMI pathology Lab. Dr. Ng also operates a private practice which provides comprehensive oral medicine and pathology consultations, with a special interest in oral mucosal and temporomandibular joint diseases.

Orthodontic Considerations in the Mixed Dentition

Dr. David Kennedy

David Kennedy, B.D.S., M.S.D., F.R.C.D. (C), is board certified in both Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics. He is the first Canadian to receive Fellowship in the Royal College of Dentists of Canada in both specialties. He has served as an Examiner for the Royal College as well as its President, and a guest examiner for the American Board of Orthodontics. He has published extensively and has lectured both nationally and internationally on Early Orthodontic Treatment. Dr Kennedy is a Clinical Professor and Co Clinic Director in Graduate Orthodontics at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

Periodontal Therapy for the Orthodontic Patient

Dr. Michelle Lee

Michelle M. Lee, DMD, MSD, FRCD(C), received her dental degree from McGill University and completed two years of training in hospital dentistry and general practice at the niversity of Washington, Seattle, WA. Dr. Lee received her certificate in Periodontics and a master of science from the University of Washington. She returned to Vancouver in 2007 to practice with her father, Dr. Kenneth K.S. Lee, also a periodontist and prosthodontist and maintains a full-time private practice. Dr. Lee is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and a Fellow of the ITI.


Restorative Update 2017: Materials and Clinical Techniques with Dr. Richard Stevenson

In partnership with the University of Washington in Bellingham, WA ~ Friday April 7, 2017

Come hear the latest on restorative dental materials and techniques, and what you should include in your dental practice.
Topics will include:
• What the clinical research tells us about bonding
• Using glass ionomers to improve longevity of composites
• Class II composite filling techniques
• Blocking out to save tooth structure
• Understanding the latest ceramic materials
• Preparation designs for e.max and Zirconia
• Veneer preparation variations
• Cements - what to use where and how
• Surgical Caries management
• Pulp capping and managing pulp exposures
• Developing an occlusal functional diagnosis
• Preventing restoration fractures using a 5 step system
• Impression materials and techniques
• Provisional restorations
• Implant abutment designs
• Implant impressioning
• Implant delivery considerations.

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is a Professor of Clinical Dentistry, and Chair of Restorative Dentistry at UCLA. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Stevenson was the Director of Professional Program for International Dentists and the Director of Advanced Education in General Dentistry. He was awarded Faculty of the Year by his students 4 times and was UCLA’s distinguished alumnus in 2011. Dr. Stevenson is Board Certified in Operative Dentistry and a Mentor of two Tucker Study Clubs.

Porcelain Veneers: A step by step approach with Dr. Nariman Amiri

Saturday April 22, 2017

Porcelain veneers offer our patients a valid option to improve the colour, shape and alignment of their anterior teeth. However, it is essential for a successful treatment to follow an appropriate case selection and to implement specific clinical protocols. Clinicians need to master how to properly treatment plan and execute tooth preparation, impression, temporization and cementation to achieve expected outcomes.
The focus of this hands-on program is to provide general dentists with key factors in achieving predictable esthetic outcomes with porcelain veneers. In the didactic section of this full day course, a comprehensive review of prosthodontic treatment planning as well as indications and contraindications for porcelain veneers will be provided. A systematic approach to tooth preparation, impression, temporization and cementation will be discussed. The hands-on component will be focused on reparation, impression and temporization of typodonts on the maxillary anterior teeth

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Nariman Amiri, DMD, MHI, Certificate in Prosthodontics, FRCD(C), is a graduate of the University of British Columbia in dentistry and is a board certified specialist in Prosthodontics from the University of Iowa. Dr. Amiri is in full time private practice in his state of the art clinic in Vancouver, dedicated to Prosthodontics and Implant dentistry and as part time clinical professor for graduate and undergraduate clinics in the Department of Prosthodontics at UBC. Dr. Amiri is the organizer and principal mentor for two study clubs (Boundary Prosthetic and Treatment Options in Prosthodontics) and lectures extensively in meetings and societies including UBC Continuing Education.

Inhalation and Oral Sedation in Dentistry: Mastering Adult Minimal Sedation with Drs. Jason Goodchild, Mark Donaldson and Scott C. Dickinson,

Friday—Sunday, April 28-30, 2017

This two part, three day hands-on course offers instruction in all aspects of nitrous oxide/oxygen inhalation, including effective methods in dealing with anxiety control in general practice. Participants will learn various techniques and will have the opportunity to try several types of systems.
Part 1 (Friday and Saturday) is designed to achieve certification in nitrous oxide/oxygen sedation and Part 2 (Sunday) is designed for those who have successfully completed Part 1 or have previously completed a certification course in nitrous oxide/oxygen sedation (documentation required) or have completed an undergraduate program, and focuses on minimal oral sedation.

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Jason Goodchild, DMD, is a graduate of Dickson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He received his dental training at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine, where he maintains a faculty position as Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Oral Medicine. Dr. Goodchild is also Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Oral Diagnosis, Department of Diagnostic Sciences, New Jersey Dental School, and has a practice in Havertown, Pennsylvania. He has published numerous articles and spoken to many State Dental Boards on the topic of enteral sedation dentistry. Dr. Goodchild has been an invited speaker for the Academy of General Dentistry and American Association for Dental Examiners. He is a reviewer for the Journal of the American Dental Association, General Dentistry, and Quintessence International, and has served as a grant reviewer for the National Institute of Health.

Mark Donaldson, BSP, RPH, PHARMD, FASHP, FACH, Mark Donaldson received his baccalaureate degree from the University of British Columbia, and his Doctorate in Clinical Pharmacy from the University of Washington. He has further completed a residency at Canada’s largest tertiary care facility, Vancouver General Hospital, and is the current Director of Clinical Pharmacy Performance Services for Vizient, living in Whitefish, Montana. Dr. Donaldson is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Montana in Missoula, and Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Dentistry at the Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland, Oregon. He has a special interest in dental pharmacology and has lectured internationally to both dental and medical practitioners. He has spent the last eighteen years focusing on dental pharmacology and the art of dental therapeutics, and has become a leader in this field of study. Dr. Donaldson has a number of published works in the peer-reviewed literature and spent three years in Japan centering on cross-cultural communication and internationalization. He currently serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of the American Dental Association, and is board certified in healthcare management

Scott C. Dickinson, DMD, received his undergraduate degree from St. Lawrence University and his dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine. After graduation he completed an AEGD while serving in the U.S. Army. During this time Dr. Dickinson received training on and regularly used nitrous oxide and oxygen, oral, and intravenous sedation techniques. During his service in the Army he performed the duties of both a flight surgeon and a general practicing dentist. After leaving the Military he entered private practice where he served as the Vice President of Clinical Support for Aspen Dental Management. In this role he was responsible for the training, new dentist orientation, and continuing education needs of both the company and the over 700 doctors it associates with. He now maintains an active general dental practice in Pensacola Florida where he regularly uses sedation techniques to more comfortably treat his patients.

Clinical Skills Enrichment Course for Foreign Trained Dentists with Dr. Goli Khorsandian

April 29 - May 6, 2017

This course provides Foreign Trained Dentists both didactic and hands-on modules. Participants in this seven-day course are provided with exact manikins and typodonts to practice their clinical skills in an exact clinical setting to the NDEB Clinical Skills component of the NDEB Equivalency Process.

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Goli Khorsandian, BA, MA, DMD
Jeff Coil, DMD, MSD, PhD, FRCD(C)
Ross Bryant, BSc, DDS, MSc, Dip Pros, PhD, FRCD(C)
Neala Welburn, CDA, Instructor Dip., Adult Education Dip., Med


Surgical Assisting and Sterile Set Up for Implants and Grafting Procedures with Ms. Jody Field, Ms. Penny Anderson, Ms. Teena Dhensaw

Saturday, May 13, 2017

This course will prepare surgical assistants to become more effective, knowledgeable, and confident members of the surgical team. Implant and grafting success, is dependent on the skills and knowledge of the all team members.
During this program you will learn the importance of a sterile surgical field, become comfortable with instruments, motors, and surgical procedures. There will be a hands-on portion, where you will be required to scrub, put on sterile gloves and gowns, set up a surgical, operatory and learn the surgical preparation of a patient.

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Jody Field, CDA
has been working in the dental industry for over 25 years. Jody has had the good fortune to work in many specialties including Periodontic, Endodontic, Prosthodontics and Orthodontics. For the past 15 years she has been a product support specialist for Septodont Pharmaceutical, BioHorizons, and Hansamed Dental Pharmaceutical/p>

Penny Anderson, CDA
has been a CDA since 1971. Penny was on the BCDAA council that was instrumental in establishing the CDA program in BC. In 1985 Penny attended the Carl Misch course on Sterile Technique for Implant Dentistry. Since then she has been using her skills in office and to teach sterile techniques in Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary and Edmonton. Ten years ago Penny attended Dr. Astley Smith’s course on HCPRP. This protocol is used on a regular basis in office. She has taught this technique in Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, and Edmonton. Penny encourages dental assistants everywhere to use these techniques in office to ensure healthy surgical procedures for patients

Teena Dhenshaw, CDA
began her career in Dentistry in 1997. She worked for a GP for ten years, then moved to assisting a periodontist in 2012, where she learned Sterile Surgical Set Up and how to assist surgery. She has assisted many procedures, including Extractions, Implant placement, Implant Explant, Guided Bone Regeneration, Sinus Lifts and Augmentation, Ridge Splits, Soft Tissue Grafting, Biopsies, taking CT Scans, and processing PRF/PRP. Ms. Dhensaw also has assisted Dr. Anderson with his study clubs and taught CDAs how to set-up and care for their instruments and equipment.

Wednesday – Friday, May 24-26, 2017

2017 Orthodontic Module UPDATE for Certified Dental Assistants and Registered Dental Hygienists with Dr. Paul Witt

Like all professions, orthodontic practices and procedures have changed and evolved over the years. Depending upon your experiences in practice since you participated in an Orthodontic Module, your understanding of orthodontic techniques and procedures may not be current. This program will provide you with an up-to-date knowledge base.

The Update is open to CDAs and RDHs who have already completed an accredited Orthodontic Module. You can take this course regardless of whether or not you are currently licensed to practice, or employed. This course is not applicable to participants who are required by the College of Dental Surgeons of BC to be recertified in Orthodontics.

The program will run Wednesday May 24th – Friday May 26th inclusive from 8:30am – 5:30pm. Participants in the Module Update will attend the same lecture sessions as the participants in the UBC Orthodontic Module 2017 Licensing Program, but will not attend the clinical component of the Program. As such, there is no examination or clinical evaluation for participants in the Module Update.

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Paul A. Witt, DDS, Dip Ortho, FRCD(C), graduated in Dentistry from the University of Toronto in 1974 and received a Diploma in Orthodontics in 1979, also from the University of Toronto. Dr. Witt has been teaching orthodontics since 1981 and is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Graduate Orthodontics Program in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia.


Cast Gold Restorationwith Dr. Margaret Webb

Monday - Friday, June 5-9, 2017

This is an intensive hands-on course held at the Faculty of Dentistry at The University of British Columbia on cast gold procedures using techniques developed by Dr. R.V. Tucker. Each day begins with a lecture before proceeding to the hands-on clinical day. In addition to working on individual patient cases, participants will gain a more in-depth understanding of laboratory procedures. Participants are responsible for providing their own assistant, patients, and supplies.

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Margaret A. Webb, DMD, graduated from The University of British Columbia (UBC) and has a private practice in general dentistry in Vancouver, B.C. She is actively involved in the Academy of R.V. Tucker Study Clubs as well as The American Academy of Gold Foil Operators and has been a member of both for many years. She is the cooriginator of the cast gold course for 3rd year dental students at UBC and has taught this one week clinical course through Continuing Education at UBC on an annual basis for 7 years. Dr. Webb received
the Clinician of the Year from the American Academy of Gold Foil Operators in November 2008. Dr. Webb is also a member of the Academy of Operative Dentistry, International College of Dentists and the American College of Dentists. She mentors study clubs in Montreal, Quebec and Victoria, BC.


Certificate in Dental Practice Management, Building a Business Worth Smiling About with Dr. Jim Armstrong, Dr. Anthony Boardman, Dr. Mahesh Nagarajan, Dr. Tim Silk, Mr. Scott Sinclair, Dr. Daniel Skarlicki

Friday - Sunday Sept 29- Oct 1 , 2017, Nov 3-5, 2017, Dec 1-3, 2017

As in all successful organizations, the efficient management of systems, costs and revenues is critical to success. For dental professionals, understanding how to manage these factors and improve customer retention through quality of care are key to developing a sustainable, patient-centric practice.
Designed and delivered by UBC Sauder professors and successful dental practitioners, and based on industry best practices and key measurements, the concepts and skills presented in this certificate program will help you work more effectively with your staff, streamline your systems and make smart decisions for the future.

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This calendar is subject to change.