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Miscellaneous Courses

Friday, March 11, 2016 — The Francis B. Vedder Society

Controversies in Restorative Implant Dentistry

Speaker: M. Nader Sharifi, DDS, MS
Time: 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. (Registration/Continental Breakfast at 8 a.m.)
Where: Lansing Center, 333 E Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48933 (map)
Cost: FREE/members; $50/Life Members; $160/Guests
CE Credits: 6

This lecture will address the following primary topics:

  1. Longevity of various treatment options for single crowns, short, long, and full arch bridges on natural teeth and implants.
  2. Screw retained vs. cemented crowns in implant dentistry.
  3. Implications of immediate placement and immediate load.
  4. Custom abutments vs. stock abutments and abutment material selection.
  5. Learn number and location of implants for overdentures and attachment selection.
  6. Introduce the concept of converting the failed dentition to a fixed implant bridge.

About the Speaker

Dr. Sharifi holds a certificate in prosthodontics and a Master’s degree in biomaterials from Northwestern University. He received his dental education at the University of Illinois. Dr. Sharifi has presented more than 400 lectures covering numerous topics on restorative dentistry earning him recognition from esteemed study groups, societies and associations across the nation and internationally. He currently maintains a full-time private practice of adult general dentistry in Chicago.

Hotel Accommodations

A block of rooms is being held at a reduced rate for Vedder members at the Radisson Hotel, which is connected to the Lansing Center. You must callu register on or before February 15, 2016. Parking is available behind & underneath the Lansing Center from Museum Drive or at the Grand Avenue parking structure with the skywalk.

Saturday, March 19, 2016 — Michigan Dental Assistants’ Association

Hiring, Firing and Everything in Between:
A Human Resources Primer for Dentists and Dental Business Assistants

Inclusive Care Practices: A Workshop on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) and similarly identified Patients

Speakers: Mary Govoni, CDA, RDA, RDH, MBA; Ariana Bostian-Kentes and Tynishia Walker, U of M Ann Arbor, Spectrum Center
Time: 9 a.m. - noon (lunch 12-1 p.m.) and 1 – 4 p.m.
Where: Bavarian Inn, Frankenmuth (map)
Cost: See below
CE Credits: 6
Contact: Laurel Fowler at 586-415-7110

Morning Course

In most dental practices, the dentist, office manager or the business assistant (aka “the front desk person”) also doubles as the human resources manager for the practice. Unfortunately, these team members don’t always have training or the most up-to-date information regarding employment law, hiring practices, managing employee records, and how to dismiss an employee without inviting a wrongful discharge lawsuit. This program will address all of those issues and more, and provide resources for dental teams to develop policies and procedures manuals for the practice to help make human resources issues more manageable.

Afternoon Course

This workshop on LGBT-inclusive care practices uses a social justice framework to guide participants through a curriculum that bridges knowledge of healthcare disparities for LGBT populations, common terminology describing gender and sexual-ity, standards of care for transgender people, and recognizing workplace bias with best practices for meeting the needs of LGBT pa-tients in a healthcare setting. We will discuss personal awareness, knowledge, skills, and taking action as it relates to the topics we’ve covered in the training and how participants may apply what they’ve learned in their practice.

Course attendees will learn how to:

  • build knowledge of one’s identities and how they affect interpersonal interactions;
  • recognize health care disparities for LGBT populations;
  • gain understanding of terminology related to gender and sexuality;
  • develop skills and confidence to intervene in bias situations; and
  • identify multiple strategies for creating an LGBT-inclusive atmosphere in your practice.


Full Day: $75 American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) member; $125 nonmember and ADAA E-Members.

Half Day: $50 American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) member; $75 nonmember and ADAA E-Members.

Dental Assisting Students, Dental Hygiene Students, and Dental Students: $35 full day (must specify school and be currently enrolled).

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