Calendar of Courses


7-day Hands-on Surgical Course with Drs Sadeghi, Aminzadeh, and Irinakis of the West Coast Institute

Session 1: Fri-Sun, September 22-24, 2017
Session 2: Thurs-Sun, Nov 2-5, 2017

Tailored to the novice and intermediate level clinician that wishes to receive a solid foundation and start planning, placing and restoring implants the very next day!

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Treatment Planning Implant Restorations for the Partially and Completely Edentulous Patient with Dr. Brian K.S. Kucey and Dr. Steven Sadowsky

Saturday, September 23, 2017

This presentation will highlight the clinical experiences of 30 years of implant dentistry in a prosthodontist private practice. The first part will be devoted to partially edentulous implant patients, with long term follow-up cases to illustrate the pros and cons of treatment decisions, complications, and their resolution. The second part will show long term results of complete arch implant treatments.

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A Comprehensive Review of Local Anaesthesia for Dental Hygienists

Saturday, September 23, 2017

A two-day comprehensive review designed to teach and revisit basic and current concepts of local anaesthesia and administration of local anaesthetic agents. Come and participate in two full days that include lectures and an opportunity for hands-on practice of clinical techniques. Participants must be currently registered to practice in British Columbia. As participants practice on each other, you must be able to receive local anaesthesia or you must provide a stand-in for your partner.

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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. This course will run over 2 sessions for a total of 7 full days of education and training. Our mentors are Certified Specialists in Prosthodontics, Periodontics and Oral Surgery.

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Smile Design Excellence 2017
Live Patient Program with Dr. Wilson Kwong

Friday & Saturday, Sept 29 & 30, 2017
Friday & Saturday, October 27 & 28, 2017

Develop your eye for esthetic excellence along with all the diagnostic fundamentals, techniques and core principles you will need to achieve full and effective case acceptance. Join VDEC for some serious fun! Discover how to help your patients realize their lifelong dream of having a beautiful, healthy smile without any pain or physiologic compromise.

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Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office

October 21, 2017

This course will review methods of reducing the likelihood that a medical emergency will occur by learning how to predict who may have a medical emergency and what that emergency is likely to be. As well, the use of emergency drugs will be discussed along with a discussion regarding the newest (as of November 2015) protocols for basic cardiac life support and the use of an automated external defibrillator.

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Dr. David Isen, BSc, DDS, FADI. David's dental clinic is an anaesthesia-based practice in Toronto treating patients who require intravenous sedation or advanced techniques in local anaesthesia. Many of these people have special medical needs or are dental phobic. David is the immediate past president of the Ontario Dental Society of Anesthesiology. As a lecturer, he has presented numerous lectures for both Western University's and University of Toronto's Continuing Education Program. David has given over three hundred presentations throughout North America and around the world on topics related to local anaesthesia and medical emergencies in the dental office. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Dentistry International, The International College of Dentists and The Pierre Fauchard Academy. David is the author of numerous journal articles. He also has peer-reviewed articles for a variety of dental journals and as well has acted as a consultant for dental and pharmaceutical companies.

Mastering Adult Minimal Sedation: Inhalation and Oral Sedation in Dentistry

October 20-22, 2017

This two part 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.

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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, FACHE 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 VHA, 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 seventeen 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. He is board certified in healthcare management and is the current President of the American College of Healthcare Executives’ Montana Chapter. Dr. Donaldson is the 2014 recipient of the Bowl of Hygeia for the state of Montana.

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.

Posterior Composites: A Rapid, Simplified Placement Technique
- A Lecture, Demonstration and Participation Course

October 28, 2017

In this presentation, Dr. Jackson will show a greatly simplified and efficient procedure for placing posterior composite restorations based on new materials and technology. The predictable, standardized protocol will clearly show a significant reduction in both time and effort when placing these restorations.

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Dr. Ronald Jackson, DDS, FACD, FAGD, FAACD, is a 1972 graduate of West Virginia University School of Dentistry. He has published over 80 articles on esthetic, adhesive dentistry and has lectured extensively across North America and abroad. Dr. Jackson has presented at all the major U.S. scientic conferences as well as to Esthetic Academies in Europe, Asia and South America. He is a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry, a Fellow in the American Academy of Cosmetic
Dentistry and a Diplomate in the American Board of Aesthetic Dentistry. Dr. Jackson practices in Middleburg, Virginia emphasizing comprehensive restorative and cosmetic dentistry.


Soft Tissue Grafting for the General Practitioner
Two day Hands-On course with Two Live demo surgeries


This course introduces the participants to various aspects of soft tissue grafting and periodontal plastic surgery. Topics covered will include autogenous connective tissue grafts (CTGs), autogenous free gingival grafts (FGGs), utilizing allograft materials from the market, pedicle flaps, etc. There will be two live demo surgeries by the Course Mentors on their patients along with the opportunity to practice various grafting techniques on animal mandibles.

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Dr. Tassos Irinakis, DDS, MSc, Dip.Perio, FRCD(C), received his Specialty diploma and Master's degree at The University of British Columbia. Dr. Irinakis is an Associate Clinical Professor at the Faculty of Dentistry at UBC. He served as the Director of the Graduate Periodontics & Implant Surgery program for nearly a decade. Dr. Irinakis is a reviewer for the Journal of Periodontology and Oral Surgery journals and serves as a member of the editorial advisory board for the Journal of Implant & Advanced Clinical Dentistry and the Journal of Clinical and Practical Implantology. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and a member of numerous professional organizations. He has conducted clinical research on Implants & Sinus Bone Grafting and has authored several scientific articles on these topics. He lectures nationally and internationally with focus on Advanced Bone Grafting and Aesthetic Periodontal & Implant Dentistry. He holds private practices in Vancouver and Courtenay, BC.

Farzan Ghannad, DDS, MSc, Dip.Perio, FRCD(C) is a certified specialist in Periodontics and received his Specialty Diploma and Masters degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC). He completed his dental degree in Heidelberg, Germany and has conducted research and published in the field of Implant Dentistry. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and member of numerous professional organizations. Dr. Ghannad is an Associate Clinical Professor at the Faculty of Dentistry at UBC and lectures nationally on all aspects of periodontal therapy, including soft tissue grafting, regeneration and implant dentistry. He practices in Vancouver, North Vancouver, BC as well as Saskatoon, SK.

January, 2018

Adventure & Learn Maui, Hawaii 2018

January 29 - February 2, 2018

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

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Digital Dentistry – What You Need To Know About the What, How and Why

Dr. Jonathan A. Ng

Dr. Jonathan A. Ng, BMedSc, DDS, MSc, Dip. Pros., FRCD(C) is a Certified Specialist in Prosthodontics. He obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from the University of Alberta and his Prosthodontic specialty at the University of British Columbia. His private practice is in Vancouver, Canada where Dr. Ng specializes in complex prosthodontic care and rehabilitation, which includes the surgical placement of implants, implant prostheses, as well as fixed and removable prostheses. Dr. Ng is also on staff as a Prosthodontist at the BC Cancer Agency treating medically complex patients. Dr. Ng works closely with the emerging technology and has written a thesis and published numerous articles on the topic of digital dentistry. As such, Dr. Ng offers a perspective of the current technology that is up-to-date and evidence based.

Aesthetics & Function of Ceramic Restorations

Dr. Chris Wyatt

Chris Wyatt, BSc, DMD, MSc, FRCD(C), Dip Pros, is a Certified Specialist in Prosthodontics and a Professor and Head of the Division of Prosthodontics and Dental Geriatrics at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Dentistry. He has published numerous papers in the field of prosthodontics, implant dentistry, dental caries, and geriatrics. In 1998, Dr. Wyatt was the recipient of the Killam Teaching Award and is the 2009 recipient of the W.W. Wood Award for "Excellence in Dental Education." Dr. Wyatt is past President of the Association of Prosthodontists of Canada and the BC Society of Prosthodontists, and is an active member of the Canadian Dental Association, British Columbia Dental Association, and the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia. In addition to lecturing and providing continuing education courses on Prosthodontics within and outside of Canada, he enjoys treating patients with prosthodontic concerns in his private practice.

Endodontics: Contemporary Root Canal Instrumentation and Obturation

Dr. Jeffrey Coil

Jeffrey M. Coil, DMD, MSD., PhD., FRCD(C), FADI, FACD, is a Certified Specialist in Endodontics, and is the Director of Graduate Endodontics, at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Dentistry. He received his undergraduate, dental and doctorate degrees from UBC, and his Graduate Endodontic training at the University of Washington. He is an editorial consultant for the CDA Journal and on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Journal of Endodontics. He is past president of the Canadian Academy of Endodontics, and mentors the Northwest Endodontic Study Club and Seminar.

February, 2018

Annual Ski Seminar at Whistler, 2018

February 8-10, 2018

Four Seasons Resort, Whistler, BC

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Single Implant Restoration: A Step by Step Approach

Dr. Nariman Amiri

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.

Advances & Controversies in Endo You Should Know


Endo vs. Implants: To Save or Not to Save (Why and How)

Dr. Manor Haas

MANOR HAAS, DDS, CERT ENDO, MSC(D), FRCD(C) is a Certified Specialist in Endodontics who is extensively and passionately involved in continuing education (lectures and workshops) to general dentists and specialists. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and is on Staff at the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry and the Hospital for Sick Children. He maintains a full time private practice limited to Endodontics and Microsurgery in Toronto. Dr. Haas has lectured internationally on nearly all aspects of modern Endodontics. He has never had any financial or proprietary interest in any endodontic product.


Continuing Dental Education at The University of British Columbia reserves the right to cancel courses if deemed necessary by low enrolment, instructor cancellation or other unforeseen issues. In case of course cancellation a full refund will be issued.