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ON-GOING (September 2022 - August 2023) | HANDS-ON AT UBC

Limited Enrolment

General dentists who have taken a basic orthodontic course, or who are recent graduates of UBC, or who have had exposure since graduation to fixed appliance principles and practice are eligible to join this advanced group.

This course provides detailed instruction in diagnosis, treatment planning and specifics of treatment procedures for general practitioners who already have some familiarity with orthodontic procedures. It is emphasized that these sessions provide practical experience, on an ongoing basis, with the practitioner's own patients. This course is not limited to theoretical concepts and laboratory procedures. Case presentations and discussions on treatment planning will be held at each session and will supplement clinical treatment of patients.

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BENJAMIN PLISKA, DDS, MSC, FRCD(C) is 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 sleep medicine.

Siddharth (Sid) Vora, BDS, MSD, PhD, is currently an Assistant Professor of the University of British Columbia Faculty of Dentistry. He obtained his dental surgery degree from the University of Mumbai, India, in 2002; a Doctor of Philosophy (Oral Biology) in 2009 from Boston University; and a Master of Science in Dentistry and a Certificate in Orthodontics from the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle in 2012. Dr. Vora was a faculty member at UW. He was also a senior Fellow at Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Institute.


ON-GOING (October 2022 - June 2023) | LIVE WEBINAR

New members are always welcome! Dr. Shuler's study club starts in October and meets once a month.

This study club will guide dental professionals to develop an approach to recognize and manage oral soft tissue changes that can be incorporated into their daily clinical practice. The group will examine case studies of oral soft and hard tissue lesions that have been seen in dental clinical settings. Each case will be reviewed with respect to the process of recognizing the tissue change and establishing the process for moving to a final diagnosis. Participants in the course will be encouraged to bring examples from their own private practices and all cases reviewed will have been initially identified in a general dental practice.

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CHARLES SHULER, , BSc, DMD, PhD, Professor, UBC was the Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry of the University of British Columbia for ten years, finishing his second five-year term June 30, 2017. He is now a professor of oral pathology in the Department of Oral Biological and Medical Sciences at UBC Dentistry and teaching oral pathology/medicine. Prior to being appointed at 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 Chair 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 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 has had an active research program funded by national granting agencies that focused on evaluating the molecular regulation of the soft and hard tissues of the secondary palate to better understand the etiology of craniofacial birth defects and pathologic changes of the tissues



Thursday, December 8,2022 | 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (Pacific) | LIVE WEBINAR

The speaker will discuss common pathologies of the orofacial complex and the clinical, pathologic, and radiographic features (when applicable). This session will also address the clinical manifestations of common ulcerative lesions in the oral cavity. Also covered will be oral cancer, HPV related oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma, and other HPV related oral lesions. The oral systemic disease connection will be discussed.

ELIZABETH ANN BILODEAU DMD, MD, MSED, earned her BS, DMD, and MSEd degrees at the University of Pennsylvania. At the University of Pittsburgh, she received her MD and subsequently completed graduate training in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center earning a Certificate in Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology. Dr. Bilodeau joined the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 2011. She serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Oral Biology. She is Board Certified in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and serves as the UDHS Oral Pathology Biopsy Service Laboratory Director, participating in faculty biopsy service. She has authored over 50 peer reviewed publications as well as book chapters and invited articles. She serves as the Director of Education for the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and has represented the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology by serving as a member and as a consultant member of the American Dental Association’s Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition. Her research interests include the clinicopathologic, immunohistochemical, and molecular features of various odontogenic and salivary tumors


Saturday, December 10, 2022 | LECTURE AND HANDS-ON at UBC

Fractured teeth with sufficient root support can often be rescued by a combination of surgical crown lengthening and prosthodontic rehabilitation. Treated anterior teeth for better esthetics also often requires surgical crown lengthening. The focus of this lecture and hands-on program is to provide general practitioners the necessary background information and practical training using animal mandibles to perform surgical crown lengthening procedure.

HANNU LARJAVA, DDS, PHD, DIPPERIO graduated from the University of Turku, Finland,in 1978 (DDS) and earned his PhD from the same institution in 1984. He then specialized in periodontics (1987) and moved to the NIH for a postdoctoral fellowship. In 1988, Dr. Larjava was invited to the University of Alabama in Birmingham where he spent 1.5 years as an Associate Professor performing research work and clinical teaching. After a short time in Finland, Dr. Larjava was appointed as the Chair, Division of Periodontics at the University of British Columbia in 1993 which position he currently retains. He has also served for many years as the Director and Acting Director of Graduate Periodontics. Currently, he is also the Head of Oral Biological and Medical Sciences department. Dr. Larjava has an active research interest in the pathogenesis of periodontal disease and oral wound healing supported for many years through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the National Institutes of Health, Foundations and other sources. He has published over 180 publications in peer-reviewed international journals. Dr. Larjava has lectured nationally and internationally in numerous CE courses and conferences.

RANA TARZEMANY, DDS, PHD, DIP. PERIO, FRCD(C), DABP received her dental degree (DDS) from Azad Tehran Dental School, and completed her graduate studies in the field of combined PhD and Diploma in Periodontics at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She is a certified periodontist, a Fellow of Royal College of Dentists of Canada FRCD(C), and a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and Dental Implant Surgery (DABP). Currently, she serves as an Assistant Professor of Teaching and the Director of the Graduate Periodontics Program at UBC Faculty of Dentistry. She practices as an associate periodontist in Vancouver. In her research, which centers around the molecular mechanisms of wound healing and scar formation, she has received outstanding recognition and academic achievements. Rana is the recipient of numerous prestigious national and international awards including in 2015, the highly prestigious international Volpe Competition that recognizes the best periodontal research from the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. She was the first Canadian to win this competition.


January 30 - February 3, 2023 | FAIRMONT ORCHID RESORT

Dr. Hannu Larjava, DDS, PhD, Dip Perio
Maintenance of Dental Implants and How to Avoid Long-term Complications
Blueprint for Anterior Esthetics with Natural Teeth and Implants

Dr. Ernest Lam, DMD MSc, PhD, Dip ABOMR, FRCD(C)
Variants of Normal Radiologic Anatomy that May Simulate Disease on Panoramic Images
10 Radiologic Diagnoses Every Dentist Should Know

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Please reserve your hotel accommodation as soon as possible as rooms will sell out quickly. All reservations must be booked directly through Jane Patrick at North South Travel


February 24 - 26, 2023 | FOUR SEASONS RESORT

Friday, February 24:
How a synergistic approach to complex restorative problems results in superior outcomes for dental patients (PART ONE),

Drs. Benjamin Pliska and Roxana Saldarriaga

Saturday, February 25:
How a synergistic approach to complex restorative problems results in superior outcomes for dental patients (PART TWO),

Drs. Benjamin Pliska and Roxana Saldarriaga

Sunday, February 26:
From the single anterior tooth to full mouth rehabilitation (PART TWO),

Dr. Roxana Saldarriaga

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