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Dental Society Courses

Courses appearing below are sponsored by various district dental societies. To list a course, send complete course information to Jackie Hammond at the MDA office.

NOTE: The MDA encourages local dental societies to publicize courses and speakers online and in the MDA Journal's Continuing Education listings. These listings are published when submitted and should not be considered a definitive list or master calendar of all component CE courses offered in the state of Michigan. Local societies planning CE events are urged to contact other components when scheduling courses to avoid conflicting dates.

Friday, Oct. 9, 2015 — Macomb District Dental Society

Dr. Charles J. Defever All-Day Memorial:
Multidisciplinary Management of Complex Restorative Cases

Speakers: Prasanna-Kumar Shivapuja, BDS, MDS, DDS, MS; Robert Stewart, DDS, MS; James Lepczyk, DDS
Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Royal Park Hotel, 600 E University Dr, Rochester, MI 48307 (map)
Cost: $205
CE Credits: 6
Contact: Drs. Chris and Michelle Gorecki at (586) 751-7777

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015 — Livingston  District Dental Society

The Art of "Change Talk":
Evidence-Based Behavioral Medicine Techniques to Optimize
Patient Adherence and Clinical Outcomes

Speaker: Gregory W. Petersburg, DO
Time: 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: 3125 Golf Club Road, Howell, MI 48843 (map)
CE Credits: 2
Contact: Dr. William Metz at (810) 229-6318

More than 75 percent of all medical problems that now cause people to consult health care professionals are largely preventalbe or remedial through health behavior change. Yet, patient adherence to preventive recommendations and therapies suffers at less than 28 percent. The "directive" communication style taught to clinicians is a significant contributor to this problem. "Change talk," or motivational interviewing, provides a modern, evidence-based alternative to the outdated direct persuasion approach to changing patient behavior, by helping patients resolve ambivalence and activating the patient's own motivation for change to improve their health. Motivational interviewing results in statistically significant improvements in patient adherence to lifestyle behavior changes, as well as increased patient and provider satisfaction.

This timely session provides dentists with essential new and practical interviewing and communication skills that can readily be incorporated into any health care setting. This session involves audience skill-building activities. It is highly recommended that practice staff members attend.

At the conclusion of the session, the practitioner and staff members will be able to:

  • explain how the current provider-patient interview and communication styles contributes to very low patient adherence rates for both chronic disease treatment and preventive lifestyle recommendations;
  • recognize and address patient levels of readiness and confidence to make healthful behavior changes;
  • help patients resolve their ambivalence to change;
  • transition from a traditional directive style to a guided style of communication;
  • demonstrate the essential motivational interviewing skills that increase patient self-motivation for change and improve patient adherence to behavioral and lifestyle recommenations; and
  • integrate motivational interviewing into his/her clinical practice, particularly those emphasizing prevention and/or behavior modification.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 — Livingston  District Dental Society

"Do Dentistry, Not Time"
Clinical Records Prevent Criminal Records

Speaker: Roy S. Shelburne, DDS
Time: 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Crystal Gardens Banquet Center, 5768 E Grand River Ave, Howell, MI 48843 (map)
CE Credits: 2
Contact: Dr. William Metz at (810) 229-6318

Dr. Shelburne went to prison in 2008 and was released in 2010 after learning a series of lessons the hard way. There are ways to protect and defend a dental practice and to prevent what happened to him from happening to you. You can protect your practice in the event of a Board complaint, insurance audit, malpractice claim, or criminal complaint.

Dr. Shelburne found that his records and systems were faulty. He learned that it is critical and possible to implement protocols and form a defensive systemic approach to record-keeping. To be prepared for any challenge the whole dental team must be careful, concise, complete, and diligent — not just the doctor.

Learning and implementing this no nonsense team approach to record-keeping could mean the difference between success and failure in the event of an action or challenge to your practice. “I’m passionate about helping my colleagues understand that if it’s not in your dental record, you didn’t see it, you didn’t say it, you didn’t do it, it didn’t need to be done, and it doesn’t exist from the legal perspective,” he said.

Seminar attendees will learn to:

  • understand that what you don’t know can hurt you and that ignorance is no excuse;
  • assimilate and maintain records that can both protect and defend;
  • understand the necessity of due diligence and how to conduct records review and internal audits to accuracy and insure accuracy and excellence.

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