Calendar of Courses

March, 2018

UBC Orthodontic Symposium, 2018

March 26-30, 2018

Fairmont Orchid, Big Island, Hawaii
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Clear Aligners: The Evolution of Future Orthodontics


Interdisciplinary Treatment, Orthognathic Surgery and the Role of TADs in Clear Aligner Therapy

Dr. Sandra Tai

Sandra Tai BDS, MS, Cert Ortho, FCDS (BC), FRCD (C), was born in Aldershot, England. She received her graduate training in Orthodontics at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA and graduated with a Certificate in Orthodontics and a Master of Science degree in 1990. Dr Sandra Tai is currently a practicing Specialist in Orthodontics in Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Sandra Tai has been an Invisalign certified orthodontist since 2000 and is currently an Invisalign Top 1% Provider who has treated over 1,200 cases. She was appointed Clinical Assistant Professor in Orthodontics at the University of British Columbia since 1996, teaching in both undergraduate and graduate orthodontic programs. She is also the Coordinator of the Invisalign University Program. Dr. Tai has taught Invisalign at various universities internationally.

Rationale for 3D imaging in Our Practices: how can it improve patient care?

Dr. Lucia Cevidanes

Lucia Cevidanes DDS, MS, PhD has been a faculty in the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, since July 2011. She was previously a faculty in the Department of Orthodontics at the UNC School of Dentistry. Dr. Cevidanes completed specialty training in 1994 and received PhD in 2003. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. Her research interests include 3D imaging to solve difficult clinical problems in orthodontics, with particular interest in health and disease of the Temporomandibular Joints. She currently studies 3D outcomes of treatment approaches, including treatment for craniofacial anomalies and dentofacial deformities. She has both predoctoral and graduate clinical and didactic teaching responsibilities, serving as course director for six Orthodontic courses. She is the Predoctoral Orthodontic Clinic Director and see sees her own patients in the faculty associates practice. Dr. Cevidanes has published over 100 scientific papers on 3D imaging since 2003. Her work has been recognized by the American Association of Orthodontics Graber Award in 2005, the B F Dewel Award in 2006 for the best clinical papers in the AJODO, the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Wuhermann Award in 2011, and the 2014 American Association of Orthodontics Millo Helman Research Award.

Bruised, Broken and Bedeviled Teeth: Managing the Unexpected Dental Injury (Part 1 and 2)

Dr. Anthony DiAngelis

Anthony DiAngelis DMD, MPH is currently a professor at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and chief emeritus of dentistry at Hennepin County Medical Center. He is a 1969 graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and received an MPH from the University of Minnesota in 1976. Throughout his academic career, Dr. DiAngelis maintained a private practice in Minneapolis. He is a frequent guest lecturer both nationally and internationally. In 2006, he and his colleagues had the distinction of having their clinical research published in the New England Journal of Medicine, considered the leading medical journal world-wide, not typically known for publishing dental research. In 2007, the American Academy of Periodontology awarded him and his colleagues with The Clinical Research Award for the outstanding published manuscript of the year with direct clinical relevance and application to the practice of periodontics. In 2013, to mark its 100th anniversary, the Journal of the American Dental Association celebrated this milestone by spotlighting twelve articles that had had a significant impact on dental care and the dental profession over the preceding 100 years.


Mastering Adult Minimal Sedation: Inhalation and Oral Sedation in Dentistry

April 13-15, 2018

This hands-on course offers instruction in all aspects of adult minimal sedation to include nitrous oxide/oxygen inhalation and oral sedation, as well as 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 machines. Participants have the option to register for the full three days to certify for combined oral and inhalation adult minimal sedation, for two days (Saturday & Sunday) to complete the mastering nitrous oxide/oxygen permitting course, or for one day (Friday) to complete a mastering adult minimal sedation permit renewal course.

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with Dr. Jason Goodchild, Dr. Mark Donaldson and Dr. Scott Dickinson

Bone Grafting: Ridge Augmentation & Socket Preservation with Bone Grafting for Future Implant Placement

Saturday, April 14 & Sunday, April 15, 2018

This two-day course is designed to teach dentists the procedure of lateral ridge augmentation via guided bone regeneration. Bone healing patterns, grafting materials & membranes, indications & management of complications will be addressed in detail. Atraumatic Extraction and Socket Preservation with bone grafting will also be addressed in detail. This course includes up to two live demo surgeries and hand-on surgeries in simulation (animal mandibles).

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with Dr. Tassos Irinakis & Dr. Ali Sadeghi of the West Coast Institute


Fundamental Principles of Periodontal Instrumentation

Saturday, May 5, 2018

This full day seminar and hands-on clinical simulation session is intended for registered dental hygienists and will focus on improving fundamental principles of non-surgical periodontal instrumentation from knowledge translation to clinical hands-on activities. The session’s activities will enhance your skill set and provide you the confidence to care for the more complex peri¬odontal client. The full day will provide knowledge on innovative instrument designs and solution driven approaches to meet the inevitable challenges of mechanical periodontal instrumentation for powered and non-powered instruments.

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with Penny Hatzimanolakis

The Basic Rules of Occlusion

Saturday, May 5, 2018

This evidence-based presentation will overview occlusion as related to TMD, parafunction, non-apnea dental orthotics, and oral rehabilitation.

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MICHAEL J. RACICH, DMD, Dipl ABOP, Dipl ICOI, FAGD, a graduate from University of British Columbia, has a general dental practice emphasizing comprehensive restorative dentistry, prosthodontics and TMD/ orofacial pain. Dr. Racich is a member of many professional organizations and has lectured nationally and internationally on subjects relating to patient comfort, function and appearance. He is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry and the American College of Dentists as well as a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Dr. Racich has published in peer-reviewed scientific journals such as the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry and the International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry and has authored the books: The Basic Rules of Oral Rehabilitation (2010), The Basic Rules of Occlusion (2012), The Basic Rules of Facially Generated Treatment Planning (2013), and The Basic Rules of Being a Dental Patient (2016). Currently he mentors the didactic/clinical FOCUS Dental Education Continuum (study clubs, proprietary programs, coaching, 2nd opinions only).

Surgical Assisting and Sterile Set Up for Implants and Grafting Procedures

Saturday, May 12, 2018

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.

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with Jody Field, Penny Anderson, Teena Dhensaw

Lectures: May 23-25 (Wed – Fri), 2018

Clinic Session: May 26-30, 2018 (Sat – Wed)

2018 Orthodontic Module for Certified Dental Assistants and Registered Dental Hygienists

This advanced training program in orthodontics enables Certified Dental Assistants, regulated by The College of Dental Surgeons of B.C., to acquire the designation in expanded duties in Orthodontics. It is also an opportunity for Dental Hygienists, regulated by the College of Dental Hygienists of B.C., to obtain formal advanced education in this area.

The University of British Columbia has been offering the Orthodontic Module since 1979, and the team of instructors is very committed to making this a valuable and successful learning experience. As the clinical portion of this course can be difficult for participants, it is a pre-requisite that those attending have a minimum of ONE year of clinical experience in a dental practice. Participants are also required to have a current active license to practice in British Columbia and should have good vision for close work (or effective corrective lens).

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Wednesday – Friday, May 23-25, 2018

2018 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 23rd – Friday May 25th 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 2018 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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The Complete Clinician: Comprehensive Treatment Planning & Surgical Placement for Implants via Computer Guided Technology

Didactic Session: May 24–27, 2018 or September 20-23, 2018

Clinical Session: October 20–21, 2018 or November 3-4, 2018

This course will run over two sessions for a total of 6 full days of education and training. The didactic session will run twice giving participants the option to choose May 24-27, 2018 or September 20-23, 2018. You will also have the option to choose between two clinical session dates: October 20-21 or November 2-4, 2018. This is an intense hands-on surgical course that will train you one-on-one to diagnose and perform implant surgery on your patient. The course is perfectly tailored to the novice implant dentist and to the surgeons who wish to incorporate computer guided technology into their implant practice! Learn to place implants in a friendly and stress free teaching environment. Our mentors are certified specialists in prosthodontics, periodontics and oral surgery.

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with Drs. Tassos Irinakis, Ali Sadeghi and Kevin Aminzadeh of the West Coast Institute

NDEB Clinic Examination Candidate Orientation

May 31, 2018

The Faculty of Dentistry, University of British Columbia is pleased to offer NDEB candidates a three hour orientation session to familiarize themselves with our Dental Clinic.

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Cast Gold Restoration

June 4-8, 2018

Learn how to produce beautiful long lasting gold restorations. This is an intensive hands-on clinical 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.

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with Dr. Margaret Webb

Fall Courses


Local Anaesthesia for Dental Hygienists

September 22 & 23 and October 12 & 13, 2018

Local Anaesthesia for Dental Hygienists is a three and one half day course, designed to teach and evaluate participants on basic and current concepts of local anaesthesia, and administration of local anaesthetic agents. To participate in this course, registrants must hold a conditional license with the College of Dental Hygienists of BC. This course is held over two weekends in September/October. For further details and to register.

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A Comprehensive Review of Local Anaesthesia for Dental Hygienists

September 22 & 23, 2018

Concurrent to the Full Local Anaesthesia program, we also offer the A Comprehensive Review of Local Anaesthesia for Dental Hygienists. This is a non evaluation review program held over one weekend in September. This course is specifically for registered dental hygienists who have taken a local anaesthesia program, but would like a review course, or who are required by the College of Dental Hygienists of BC to take a review program. For further details and to register.

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Smile Design Excellence 2018, Live Patient Program

September 28 & 29 and October 19 & 20, 2018

How do you design smiles with beauty and functionality in mind? How do you integrate your team into a smile design process to maximize patient comfort & satisfaction?
What are the core principles you need to know before you plan your case? How can you test your designs to guarantee success? Answer these critical questions and more in VDEC’s life-changing 4-day, hands-on smile design course for experienced and aspiring dentists alike! Specially designed to transform your whole team into smile design experts, each registration fee includes one dentist and three dental team members.

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with Dr. Wilson J. Kwong, VDEC

The Three Endodontic Skills You Need to Know to Grow Your Practice

Saturday, September 29, 2018

A General Practitioner Course Specifically Designed to Learn the New Skills, the New Tools, and the New Techniques of How to DO Endo.

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John West, DDS, MSD is the founder and director of the Center for Endodontics and continues to be recognized as one of the world’s premier educators in clinical and interdisciplinary endodontics. John West received his DDS from the University of Washington in 1971 where he is an Affiliate Associate Professor. He received his MSD in endodontics at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine in 1975 where he is a clinical instructor and has been awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award. Dr. West has presented unrivaled endodontic continuing education across the world while maintaining a private practice in Tacoma, Washington. He co-authored Obturation of the Radicular Space with Dr. John Ingle in Ingle’s 1994 and 2002 editions of Endodontics and was senior author of Cleaning and Shaping the Root Canal System in Cohen and Burns 1994 and 1998 Pathways of the Pulp. He has authored Endodontic Predictability in Dr. Michael Cohen’s 2008 Quintessence text Interdisciplinary Treatment Planning: Principles, Design, Implementation, and Michael Cohen’s 2010 Quintessence text Interdisciplinary Treatment Planning Volume II: Comprehensive Case Studies and is lead author of Esthetic Management of Endodontically Treated Teeth in Ronald Goldstein’s 2016 third edition of Esthetics in Dentistry. He is a Thought Leader for Carestream Digital Dental Systems and serves on the editorial advisory boards for: The Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry, Practical Procedures and Aesthetic Dentistry, The Journal of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry, Dentistry Today, and is associate editor for Endodontic Practice/US.


Application of Autologous Growth Factors (PRF and CGF) in Implant Dentistry

November 17, 2018

This comprehensive one day hands-on course will cover both the science and clinical application of PRF (platelet rich fibrin) and the latest protocol, CGF (concentrated growth factors) in clinical practice.

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Paul Jang, DMD, FCDS(BC), FRCD(C) is a clinical assistant professor in the graduate periodontics program at UBC and maintains a private practice focusing on periodontal regeneration and implant surgery. He completed his post-graduate periodontal specialty training at the University of Illinois at Chicago and he is board-certified in Canada and USA. He is the past president of the BC society of periodontists and is the founder and director of the Northwest Dental Implant Study Club. Dr. Jang lectures nationally and internationally on the subject of periodontal plastic surgery, application of growth factors in bone and soft tissue regeneration, and full arch implant rehabilitation.

Contemporary Oral Surgery for the General Dentist: A Simple and Predictable Approach to
Minimally Invasive Oral Surgery

November 24, 2018

This course is designed for the novice and advanced clinician. All concepts and techniques can be applied the next day in your office.

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ALAN JEROFF, DMD graduated from the University of Manitoba Dental School in 1977 and practises in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He completed a mini-residency in Oral Surgery at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, California and was a clinical tutor at the University of Otago School of Dentistry in Dunedin, New Zealand. Dr. Jeroff lectures widely on Oral Surgery at national and international levels. He is an examiner to undergraduate dental students and interviews candidates for admission into the DMD program at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Dentistry. He is presently an assistant clinical professor at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Dentistry and performs all the Oral Surgery procedures including wisdom teeth removal and implant placements at the Burrard Implant Centre Dental Clinic. He is an active participant in study clubs, an aviation enthusiast and an IFR commercial pilot with more than 2500 flight hours in different types of aircraft including gliders and T34 training jets. He currently is a medivac/air ambulance pilot for an organization called Angel Flight, which flies patients for cancer treatments at various cancer centers in British Columbia.

2019 Courses


Adventure & Learn Maui, Hawaii 2018

February 4 - 8, 2019

Maui, Hawaii, Fairmont Kea Lani
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Medical Emergencies in Dentistry: Prevention, Preparation & Management

Dr. Daniel Haas

Daniel Haas, DDS, PhD, FRCD(C), is professor and Dean at the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry. He currently holds the Zwingenberger Decanal Chair and has a cross-appointment with the Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine. In addition to numerous teaching awards, Dean Haas’ scholarship has been recognized internationally with the receipt of: the International Association for Dental Research Distinguished Scientist Award for Pharmacology/Therapeutics/Toxicology research (2004); the Heidbrink Award from the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology (2007); and the Leonard Monheim Distinguished Service Award of the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists (2010). He is the first Canadian to receive each of these three awards. He is also the recipient of the Canadian Dental Association’s Honorary Membership (2016) and the Pierre Fauchard Academy’s Distinguished Dentist Citation (2017).

Genetics in Dental Practice: Are you ready?

Dr. Mary MacDougall

Mary MacDougall, BA, PhD, is the Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia. She earned her Ph.D. in Craniofacial Biology at the University of Southern California, School of Dentistry and her B.A. in Biochemistry at the University of California at San Diego, Revelle College. She has held faculty appointments at three dental schools: University of Southern California, the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (UTHSCSA) and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She served as Associate Dean for Research at both UTHSCSA and UAB where she held the Presidents Council Chair in Dental Research and the James R. Rosen Chair in Dental Research, respectively. She is the founding director of UAB’s Global Center for Craniofacial Oral and Dental Disorders (GC-CODED) and the NIDCR supported training programs DART (UAB) and CO-STAR (UTHSCSA). She served as President of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR, 2005-2006) and International Association for Dental Research (IADR, 2013) and has received the IADR Distinguished Scientist Awards in Pulp Biology Research (2001), Mineralized Tissue Research (2005), as well asthe AADR National Student Research Group Mentor of the Year Award (2003), the AADR Distinguished Mentorship Award (2011), the Burton C. Borgelt/SCADA Faculty Advisor Award from the Student Clinician of the American Dental Association (2012), and the IADR Distinguished Women Faculty Mentor (2017). She is an AADR and American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow. Dr. MacDougall’s research centers on the molecular mechanisms associated with tooth formation, dental tissue-specific cytodifferentiation, extracellular matrix formation and dental genetic dental diseases. She has published18 book chapters and over 150 peer-reviewed articles. Her research has funded by the NIH/NIDCR since 1985; with total career federal funding in excess of 22.5 million dollars.

Conservative Esthetic, Restorative and Preventive Dentistry: Proven Solutions for Clinical Success!

Dr. Harald O. Heymann

Harald O. Heymann, DDS, MEd, is past Chair and Graduate Program Director of the Department of Operative Dentistry and has been the inaugural Thomas P. Hinman Distinguished Professor of Operative Dentistry at the UNC School of Dentistry. Dr. Heymann has been particularly active in the clinical research of esthetic restorative materials and is the author of over 200 scientific publications. 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 has served for many years as a consultant to the ADA. 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 1,500 lectures on various aspects of esthetic dentistry worldwide and has received the Gordon J. Christensen Award for excellence as a CE speaker.

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