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Adventure & Learn, BIG ISLAND, Hawaii, February 3 – 7, 2020

Annual Ski Seminar, Whistler BC, February 28 – March 1, 2020

Al Heaps & Associates, Palm Springs Dental Practice Transition Seminar and Golf Weekend, March 13 – 15, 2020

UBC Annual Spring Break Symposium, MAUI, Hawaii, March 23 – 27, 2020

2020 Spring Courses

Certificate in Dental Practice Management

February 28 - March 1, April 17 - 19, May 1 - 3, 2020 (Friday - Sunday)

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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 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.

The program consists of three 3-day modules.


This program provides the following takeaways in an integrated, applicable manner, focused on dental practices:

Business Strategy
• Identify your goals and evaluate business challenges and opportunities
• Understand industry trends as they affect your practice and dentistry
• Consider numerous ways to reduce your costs
• Appreciate all of the advantages and disadvantages of new technology

• Assess your own practice, and identify and measure Key Performance Indicators
• Determine what your practice is worth
• Interpret your Financial Statements to uncover hidden costs
• Evaluate cost structures and cash flow

Leading People
• Broaden your understanding of effective leadership
• Build a culture that reflects your strategy and values
• Design an effective performance management and reward system
• Address one-on-one challenges; lead others to lead themselves

Services Marketing
• Understand what drives patient behavior and how patients evaluate your practice
• Identify problem areas in service delivery that frustrate both patients and staff
• Implement techniques to measure patient perceptions and satisfaction
• Improve service delivery to increase patient satisfaction and staff morale

• Identify what drives efficiency in your practice
• Streamline your Service Operations
• Understand cost drivers in your service
• Design your operations to meet your strategy

Dr. Jim Armstrong is the CEO of Aarm Dental Group. He is an MBA trained dentist through 2 MBA programs 12 years apart; and a past president of the BCDA. Jim serves on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Dental Association.

Dr. Mahesh Nagarajan is an Assistant Professor in the Operations and Logistics Division at the UBC Sauder School of Business. He teaches supply chain management, applied game theory and inventory management.

Mr. Scott Sinclair is a lecturer at the UBC Sauder School of Business. He has been actively involved in professional accounting education for more than 30 years.

Dr. Anthony Boardman is the Van Dusen Professor of Business Administration at the UBC Sauder School of Business. His interests include strategic analysis and implementation and the effects of ownership on performance.

Dr. Tim Silk teaches brand management, new product development and consumer behaviour at the UBC Sauder School of Business. His work focuses on consumer behaviour in pricing.

Dr. Daniel Skarlicki is the Edgar Kaiser Professor and Chair of Organizational Behaviour at the UBC Sauder School of Business, where he also teaches marketing and behavioural sciences.


The Basic Rules of Occlusion

April 3 - 4, 2020

The Basic Rules of Occlusion outlines an evidenced-based practical approach to the understanding and implementation of occlusal therapy in everyday practice. Whether a dental generalist, dental specialist, denturist or dental technician, The Basic Rules of Occlusion sooner or later will apply clinically as dental practitioners facilitate stomatognathic stability. An understanding of these Basic Rules will enhance all aspects of dental practitioner practice for the benefit of all the stakeholders. By the end of the program, basic occlusal therapy will become a routine part of the participant’s treatment genre, providing patients with an incredible service that is cost effective, efficacious, and exciting to do.

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

April 4 - 5, 2020

This 2-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. Participants will learn about the role soft tissue grafting has in assisting bone grafting and improving the esthetics of implant cases. Treatment planning of participants’ cases will be discussed if such cases are brought to the mentors by the dentists. Suturing techniques will also be demonstrated. There will be one or two LIVE demo surgeries performed on patients by the course mentor(s). All dentists will perform hands-on surgeries in simulation on animal mandibles.

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TASSOS IRINAKIS, DDS, MSC, DIP. PERIO, FRCD(C) is a Certified Specialist in Periodontics and one of the current leaders in comprehensive implant patient care and implant education for dental professionals. He served as the Director of the Graduate Periodontics & Implant Surgery program at the University of British Columbia for nearly a decade. Dr. Irinakis is an Associate Clinical Professor in the faculty of dentistry and has published several articles on implants and bone grafting in peer reviewed journals. He has lectured nationally and internationally and holds three private practices in Vancouver , Nanaimo and Courtenay, BC.

ALI SADEGHI DMD, MD, FRCD(C) is a board-certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. He obtained his Doctorate of Medicine degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City as part of his 6-year oral and maxillofacial residency training in the same hospital. He is currently the Department Head of Dentistry and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Lions Gate hospital in North Vancouver and Assistant Clinical Professor at UBC Dentistry. Dr. Sadeghi lectures nationally and internationally on all aspects of Implant Surgery and has private practices in Vancouver and Port Coquitlam, BC.

Mastering Adult Minimal Sedation: Inhalation and Oral Sedation in Dentistry

April 24 - 26, 2020

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 nitrous oxide and oxygen delivery units. The three day course satisfies the requirements for state or provincial dental boards or colleges who require 21 hours of continuing education to certify for combined inhalation and oral adult minimal sedation. The two day course is designed to achieve certification in nitrous oxide/oxygen inhalation sedation, with 14 hours of continuing education.

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JASON H. GOODCHILD, DMD received his undergraduate degree from Dickson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He went on to receive his dental training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine (Philadelphia, PA). He is currently the Director of Clinical Affairs at Premier Dental Products Company (Plymouth Meeting, PA) involved in developing and educating dentists on new materials and techniques to improve clinical practice. He is also Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences at Creighton University School of Dentistry (Omaha, NE), and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine (Newark, NJ). Dr. Goodchild has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and lectures internationally on the topics of treatment planning, treatment of medical complex dental patients, restorative dentistry, pharmacology, emergency medicine in dentistry, enteral sedation dentistry, and dental photography. He has been an invited speaker for the Academy of General Dentistry and American Association of Dental Examiners. He is a reviewer for the Journal of the American Dental Association, General Dentistry, Compendium, and Quintessence International. Dr. Goodchild maintains a private general dental practice in Havertown, PA.

MARK DONALDSON, BSP, RPH, ACPR, 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 completed a residency at Vancouver General Hospital, and has practiced as a clinical pharmacy specialist, clinical coordinator and director of pharmacy services at many healthcare organizations in both Canada and the United States. He is currently the Senior Executive Director, Pharmacy Advisory Solutions for Vizient, in Whitefish, Montana. Dr. Donaldson is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Montana in Missoula, Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Dentistry at the Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland, Oregon and Adjunct Professor, in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia. He has a special interest in dental pharmacology and has lectured internationally to both dental and medical practitioners. He has spent the last 20 years focusing on dental pharmacology and dental therapeutics, and is a leader in the field. Dr. Donaldson has published numerous peer-reviewed works and textbook chapters. He currently serves on the Editorial Boards for the Journal of the American Dental Association, Compendium and ACHE Healthcare. He is board certified in healthcare management, was named as the 2014 recipient of the Bowl of Hygeia for the State of Montana and was the 2016 recipient of the Dr. Thaddeus V. Weclew Award. This award is conferred upon an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the art and science of dentistry by the Academy of General Dentistry.

Porcelain Veneers: A Step by Step Approach

Saturday, April 25, 2020

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 preparation, impression and temporization of typodonts on the 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.

Bugs, Pus and Dysbiosis, Oh My! Understanding the Bidirectional Relationship of Oral and Systemic Health

Thursday, April 30, 2020 (evening)

This program will review the current scientific literature on dental diseases and their association with systemic health. The program will support the participant with screening, approaches and management of oral-systemic connections into clinical practice to achieve comprehensive patient-centred care plans.

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PENNY HATZIMANOLAKIS, MSc, Clinical Associate Professor, UBC, received her education at the University of British Columbia, completing both a Bachelor (2004) and Master degrees (2009) in Dental Sciences. In 1994, she obtained her diploma from Vancouver Community College in Dental Hygiene. As a UBC educator, she’s involved with the Periodontics graduate and undergraduate Dental and Dental Hygiene Degree Programs. Chairs the DH Admission and is the DH 4th year coordinator. As a researcher, she focuses on periodontal and implant diseases. She’s published and co-authored in multiple peer-reviewed journals and a conference and webinar speaker for multiple organizations. As a clinician, she practices with a periodontics/prosthodontics specialty team from the year 2000. As part of the dental community, she’s a board member on the Pacific Dental Conference and supports Dental Hygienists and their teams in achieving the highest standard of care, through her company, UpScale Consulting.


Oral Diseases That Every Dental Professional Should Know
Bellingham, WA

Friday, May 1, 2020

Presented with DDX, this full day course, in partnership with the University of Washington and held in Bellingham, WA is designed to cover seven categories of oral diseases that present as clinically benign-looking when, at times, some carry a serious diagnosis. This course is helpful to dentists,dental hygienists, dental specialties and dental professionals that feel an Oral Pathology review is in order for them and their team.  The morning portion of this course is dedicated to soft tissue pathology. It will cover the variability in the clinical presentation of oral squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), which includes association with tobacco, HPV infection, and lichen planus. The morning course will also discuss the oral manifestation of low-risk HPV. The afternoon session will continue to cover soft tissue pathology as well as bone pathology.Every category will start with one or more unknown cases with a differential diagnosis (DDX) discussed interactively with the audience. Clinicians will leave this program with ample knowledge to base their judgment on facts. This course will provide information directly applicable to improving the everyday practice of diagnosing oral diseases.

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DOLPHINE ODA, BDS, MSc, is Professor of Oral Pathology in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the School of Dentistry, University of Washington, and the director of the UW’s Oral Pathology Biopsy Service. Dr. Oda is on the medical staff at the University of Washington Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center. In 2013, she was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Oral Cancer Foundation for over 30 years of service to oral cancer patients. In 2009, she was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award, the UW’s highest honor for outstanding teaching, and has been awarded an additional 30 teaching awards within the School of Dentistry. Dr. Oda’s research interests include molecular changes in oral carcinogenesis and HPV and oral cancer. She has 78 papers published in refereed journals and publishes a popular monthly column called Case of the Month. Dr. Oda is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and holds a Washington State dental license. She is also a member of the AmericanAcademy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, the International Association of Oral Pathologists, and USCAP.

Two Lectures:
1) The New Periodontal and Peri-Implant Classification System: What You Need to Know,
2)  Implant Maintenance The Entire Dental Team Must Know

Saturday, May 2, 2020

The New Periodontal and Peri-Implant Classification System: What You Need to Know - This comprehensive lecture will review the important updates of the new classification system and distill the information into a user-friendly fashion to aid in creation of a diagnosis and coincident treatment algorithms.
Implant Maintenance the Entire Dental Team Must Know - This course for both dentists and dental hygienists is geared towards the prevention of disease and treatment algorithms around implants. Course attendees will be provided with an updated understanding of the concepts required for the maintenance of dental implants vs. natural teeth.

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PHIL WALTON, DDS, MMSc, FRCD(C), US Board Certified, Diploma of Periodontics, earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Toronto. Prior to pursuit of his graduate dental studies, he completed externships at the University of Michigan and overseas at King’s College School of Medicine and Dentistry in London, England. Dr. Walton completed his Master’s degree in Periodontology at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. His practice includes conventional periodontal therapy for tooth maintenance, periodontal plastics as well as advanced regenerative techniques and implant rehabilitation. His current area of focus lies in immediate implant placement and temporization for both single, multiple and full arch reconstruction. Dr. Walton is a Fellow of the Royal College of Canada and a US Board Certified Diplomate of Periodontics and Implantolgy. He maintains an affiliation to University of Toronto, and Harvard as a clinical instructor, international research fellow, admissions committee member and active alumnus.

The Orthodontic Module 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.
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NDEB Clinic Examination Candidate Orientation
The Faculty of Dentistry offers a three hour orientation session during which NDEB candidates can familiarize themselves with our dental clinic setting. NO GUIDANCE OR ADVICE will be given regarding the assessment.The Faculty of Dentistry offers a three hour orientation session during which NDEB candidates can familiarize themselves with our dental clinic setting. NO GUIDANCE OR ADVICE will be given regarding the assessment.

UBC's NDEB orientation session is not held or endorsed by the National Dental Examination Board of Canada.

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