MAPD Winter 2013 Continuing Education

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

SETE: Smiling Ear to Ear
Legal and Ethical Considerations in Treating the Adolescent Patient

AM Session 8:30a.m. - 12:30p.m.

Presented by Pamela Zarkowski, JD, MPH

Course Overview

This presentation will highlight current ethical and legal challenges in treating the adolescent patient. Patients presenting to dental offices bring with them familial, cultural and health belief challenges. Treating the minor patient requires an awareness of the legal protections afforded the provider and the patient. Topics reviewed include informed consent, confidentiality and privacy related issues, including modifying records of minor patients. The rights afforded emancipated minors and minors in the state of Michigan will also be discussed. Challenges to treating adolescent patients with risk taking behaviors affecting oral health will also be highlighted. Participants will be asked to discuss ethically and legally sound “best practices” based on vignettes presented during the session.

Course Objectives

1. Review of Michigan law impacting on the rights of minors in obtaining health care.
2. Discussion of Medical Record Rights in Michigan as it relates to fees, modification and HIPAA.
3. Review of issues related to treating children that present with distinct circumstances: emancipated minor, child of divorced parents, unaccompanied to the dental office and other similar situations.
4. Review of current challenges in treating adolescent patients including obesity, sexual activity and other risk taking behaviors will be incorporated.

Luncheon 12:30p.m. - 2:00p.m.

Current Concepts on the Identification and Management of Periodontal Diseases in Adolescents

PM Session 2:00p.m.- 4:00p.m.

Presented by Anthony Neely, DDS, MDentSc, PhD

Course Overview

Periodontal disease is generally considered a problem of adulthood. However, epidemiologic evidence indicates that adolescents are not immune to periodontal destruction. Although most periodontal disease among adolescents is limited to gingivitis, rare cases of the localized aggressive form of periodontitis can be found. Unfortunately, those children diagnosed with this form of periodontitis often suffer tremendous attachment loss and bone loss at an early age. The onset of the disease is extremely rapid and affects permanent first molars and incisors. The damage can often be so extensive that tooth loss becomes inevitable. Fortunately, if identified early the disease can often be treated successfully with non-surgical and/or surgical therapy in conjunction with systemic antibiotics. Regenerative periodontal surgery may be needed to correct some of the residual bony and soft tissue defects left in the wake of this destructive disease.

Course Objectives

1. Update on the epidemiology and etiology of aggressive periodontitis
2. Methods for early recognition and therapies for management of the disease


The Henry, Dearborn, MI
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Includes continental breakfast, a networking lunch and afternoon refreshments.

MAPD Dentist - $205; MAPD Allied Staff - $105
Dentists - $230; Allied - $125
UDM Alumni: Dentist - $207; Allied - $112.50


8:30 AM to 4:00 PM; Registration table opens half an hour before the course begins.

CDE Credits

6 hours (Lecture)

This course is co-sponsored with the Michigan Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (MAPD).