Midwestern Faculty CDMA Learning Group Series 2021-2022 (Virtual)

Midwestern Faculty Learning Group Series 2021-2022 (Virtual)

On behalf of the CDMA Continuing Education program, we are pleased to announce the next MWFLG 2021-2022 Series. Each presentation will be 1.5 credit hours. There are six in-person presentations in the Series. The fee is $250 for nine (9) CE hours, and full-time faculty may use Development Funds. The deadline to sign-up is October 8, 2021.

Each presentation will begin at 5:30 pm and end at 7:00 pm.

To register online using Faculty Development Funds, click here.
To register and pay online (not using Faculty Development Funds), click here.
To print a paper registration form for fax or Email submission, click here.

You can also notify Martha Clements at mcleme@midwestern.edu 

October 14: Dr. Trever Siu - MWU CDMA Clinical Experience: Utilization of Lasers for Periodontal Therapy
This presentation provides an overview on the current utilization of dental lasers for the treatment of various periodontal and peri-implant disorders. The audience will receive a review of the common forms of lasers used in the field of dentistry as well as the latest periodontal classification. Concepts pertaining to the use of dental lasers for periodontal therapy will be illustrated through various clinical cases.
Dr. Trever Siu is serving as Clinical Assistant Professor at Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine Arizona. He is a Diplomate of American Board of Periodontology. He received his DMD degree from Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine and his Specialty Certification in Periodontology and Master of Science in Oral Biology at the University of Louisville.


December 9: Dana Devine, D.O. - Oral Epithelial Lesions
A general review and differential diagnosis of white, erosive, and blistering lesions, as well as an update on oral squamous carcinoma.
Dr. Devine is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology. Dr. Devine is Board Certified Anatomic and Clinical Pathologist and has practiced pathology in Phoenix metropolitan hospitals for over 35 years. She has also taught pathology at Midwestern University since 1997. Dr. Devine developed the curriculum for the AZCOM pathology course and pathology sections of the Dental Basic Science courses.


January 13: Christina Dean Blacher, D.M.D. – Utilizing Digital Technology to Grow a Practice
Dr. Blacher will discuss how critically important it is to embrace and integrate digital technologies in today’s modern practice. Among the topics she will discuss will be utilizing digital scanners for education and diagnosis. She will share how she integrated the iTero scanner into her hygiene appointments which led to a significant increase in both Invisalign and restorative production. She will share her verbiage and best practices for closing treatment from periodic and comprehensive exams.
Dr. Blacher attended Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry, she attended Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ to earn her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. Following her academic education, she went on to receive extensive training in many dental topics, including advanced Invisalign training, Botox and dermal fillers for facial pain, and dental implant placement. She is laser certified and considered an Invisalign Preferred Provider. Additionally, her favorite treatments to perform include cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures, and implants.


February 17: Maureen M Perry, D.D.S., M.P.A., MA. Ed. – The Changing Oral Health of Today's Geriatric Patient
Older adults are the fastest-growing demographic for dental practices. Technological advances in medicine, as well as polypharmacy, can present challenges in managing these patients. Medical complexities such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus, physiologic changes, and mobility challenges associated with aging are important considerations in appropriate treatment planning. These topics and real-life cases will be discussed.
Dr. Maureen Perry is a Professor and Director of the Center for Advanced Oral Health at A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ASDOH). She completed a 3-year hospital training program focused on treating patients with medically complex conditions, behavioral health issues, and developmental disabilities. Dr. Perry is a fellow of the former Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities (presently, Special Care Dental Association (SCDA) is a diplomat of the of SCDA and was past president of the SCDA. In addition, Dr. Perry has served as the U.S. council member for the International Association for Disability & Oral Health.


March 10: Shadi Daher, D.M.D., FICD – The Essential Bicon: Surgical and Prosthetic Principles of the Bicon Dental Implants
Dr. Daher will review the principles, procedures, and critical steps to achieve successful surgical and restorative aspects of Bicon Implants. He will also discuss bisphosphonate medications and how to manage the implant patient taking these medications.
Dr. Daher received his Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the American University of Beirut and his Doctor of Dental Medicine and oral and maxillofacial surgery training from Boston University’s Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine.
He is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and was inducted as a fellow of the International College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard Academy. Dr. Daher lectures extensively, both nationally and internationally, on topics of oral and maxillofacial surgery and reconstruction. He has been pioneering in demonstrating surgical techniques via live webcasts.


April 7: Darren Chugg, PharmD, D.M.D. - Tobacco and E-Cigarettes: A Chemical Addiction
This presentation will discuss nicotine as the primary agent in both regular cigarettes and e-cigarettes. Nicotine is highly addictive and causes one to crave or suffer withdrawal symptoms if the cravings are ignored. Nicotine is also a toxic substance. Addiction is mental or emotional dependence on a substance. Regular use of tobacco products leads to addiction in many users. Nicotine is a drug that occurs naturally in tobacco, and it’s thought to be as addictive as heroin or cocaine.
Dr. Chugg graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Idaho with degrees in International Studies and Spanish. During his undergraduate studies, he studied abroad in Guatemala and Costa Rica learning Spanish. Before attending dental school, Dr Chugg studied at Idaho State University College of Pharmacy graduating with High honors. Practicing as a pharmacist for several years, provided great experience relating to patients and their needs. Driving his decision to become a dentist was his desire to help more people achieve great oral and general health! Dr. Chugg completed his dental training at Midwestern University School of Dental Medicine in Glendale, AZ graduating as the Salutatorian.

Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine Arizona is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

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