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It's the 88th ADAA Annual Session.

San Francisco, California October 18-20, 2012


A full program is available for you to participate in and enjoy at the ADAA Annual Session, held in conjunction with the ADA Annual Session running Thursday, October 18, to Sunday, October 21, at the Moscone Center, North, South and West Buildings. Whether you're looking to expand your education, participate in ADAA Governance, network with other dental professionals or renew friendships and acquaintances, the ADAA Annual Session offers something for everyone.

Attendees register just once, through the ADA Annual Session registration system at Registration begins Wednesday, April 11. You can then choose from among more than 280 educational courses, many geared toward dental assistants and the entire dental team. (See page 32 and pages 34-36 for some dental assisting course descriptions.)

ADAA Governance is an exciting opportunity to take part in shaping the future of ADAA. Please note that delegates to the ADAA House of Delegates must be registered for the ADA Annual Session in order to be credentialed. ADAA members who are registered but are not credentialed as delegates may attend any ADAA Forums or Council meetings or may be seated in the guest section of Be House of Delegates.

Peruse the latest dental-related products and services and network with distributors and manufacturers at the ADA World Marketplace Exhibition, featuring more than 600 exhibiting companies.

You will also have the opportunity to attend the ADA Opening General Session on Thursday, October 18, featuring 2012 Distinguished Speakers, economist Robert Reich and columnist George Will.

Explore the vibrant and historic streets of San Francisco. The city is home to countless attractions, including Golden Gate Park, Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown and the Castro District, just to name a few, and offers a variety of fine dining selections to appease any palate. Be sure to take advantage of all San Francisco has to offer.

ADAA will headquarter at: JW Marriott San Francisco--Square 500 Post Sleet, (comer of Post and Mason) San Francisco, CA 94102 415-771-8600

Thursday, October 18

Leadership Seminar 12:00-3:30pm

Come join others from around the country as together we learn how to incorporate new ideas for growth, develop techniques to develop leaders and grow your own leadership skills. Seating limited for this event, so register early. Seminar availability subject to adequate registration and attendance numbers. Fee: $30 (includes boxed lunch).

Friday, October 19

New Delegate Orientation 7:00-8:00am

District Caucus & Credentialing 8:30-10:00am

First House of Delegates 10:30am-12:30pm

This is the legislative and policy-making body of the ADAA. The HOD shall transact all business of the ADAA as stated in the Bylaws, and shall elect the general officers. Open to ADAA members and invited guests only.

Meet the Candidates

Immediately following the First HOD, take an opportunity to meet fellow members running for office.

Reference Committees: Bylaws, Budget & Resolutions 2:00-3:30pm

Participate in discussion about issues presented to the HOD.

Open Hearing:

American Dental Association (ADA) Commission on Dental Accreditation--Proposed DA Standards Revisions 3:30-4:30pm

The ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) will be presenting an overview of the proposed changes to the accreditation standards for dental assisting education programs. The session will provide the opportunity for you to review information affecting academic programs and to provide your feedback regarding the same. The information you share will be considered by ADA--CODA in determining what will need to be implemented in your dental assisting curriculum.

Balloting 4:00-5:30pm

Delegates elect officers and trustees according to balloting procedures as stated in the Bylaws. Open to delegates ONLY--credential cards and badges are required to ballot.

Information Session

Fellowship/Mastership 4:30-5:30pm ADAA Members who are in the process of obtaining Fellowship/Mastership bring your questions and paperwork, and get your answers immediately from two ADAA Masters.

Saturday, October 20

District Caucuses 7:00-8:30am

Convocation 9:00am

ADM members who have achieved Fellowship or Mastership will be recognized during Convocation.

Second House of Delegates 9:30am-1:00pm

Open to ADAA members only.

Installation of Officers

Immediately following the Second HOD, the new 2012-2013 ADAA Officers will be installed.

Member Forum for Education, Legislation, Credentialing/Licensure 2:00-3:30pm

"You have spoken and your voice has been heard!" The Member Forum has been designed in response to the overwhelming requests for discussion regarding education, legislation and licensure. The program will include three brief presentations by nationally known speakers regarding these related issues followed by member dialogue. The focus of the session is to provide the opportunity for discussion so that you can share your ideas regarding our future direction. Please join us for this interactive session by outlining suggested strategies for enhancing ADAA and meeting your professional needs!

Student Forum 2:00-3:30pm

This interactive session has been designed for dental assisting students based on your feedback. It will be a wonderful opportunity for you to network with students from across the country and to share and exchange ideas regarding student activities and your suggestions for the ADAA of the future. Light refreshments will be served along with a free raffle of a Coach[TM] item and other door prizes. Please join your fellow students at this exciting session just for you!

ADAA President's Reception 4:00-6:00pm

Join us in welcoming and congratulating our new leadership for the coming year at the 88th Annual Installation of ADAA Officers and Trustees. Ticketed event: $30. This event sponsored in part by a grant from Colgate

The ADAAF Silent Auction will take place Thursday, October 18 through Saturday, October 20 (details forthcoming).

A raffle to benefit ADAAF will also take place during Annual Session (details forthcoming).

Unless otherwise noted, all ADAA governance and events will take place at the JW Marriott.

Stay tuned to future issues of the Journal for more information about ADAA governance, events and education at the 88th Annual Session in San Francisco.

This schedule is subject to change. For the most current information, check the ADAA webiste:

Dental Assisting Roundtable Learning, Course Code: 5125 Speaker: Jen Blake, CDA, EFDA, MADAA Thurs., Oct. 18 10:00am-1:00pm CE Hours: 3.0 By 9/21:$50 Staff After 9/21:$70 Staff

Join this popular opportunity to have fun while trading ideas with other dental assistants in a small group setting while you are introduced to new products and techniques. Come away energized with new ideas for your practice and lots of product samples. Each session covers different topics.

Also presented: Thurs., Oct. 18, 2:00-5:00pm, Course Code 5126

Sponsored in part by an educational grant from the American Dental Assistants Association Foundation

The Impact of Green Dentistry on Infection Control, Course Code: 5349 Speaker: Mary Govoni, CDA, RDA, RDH, MBA Thurs., Oct. 18 10:30am-1:00pm CE Hours: 2.5 No Fee

Dentistry can lessen its impact on the environment by adopting environmentally--friendly business strategies. This course will cover practice protocols and how they impact the environment, as well as patient and health care worker safety.

Also presented: Fri., Oct. 19, 2:00-4:30pm, Course Code 6347

Sponsored in part by an educational grant from OSAP

The Patient Care Coordinator, Course Code: 5105 Speaker: Shannon Pace--Brinker, CDA Thurs., Oct. 18 10:30am-1:00pm CE Hours: 2.5 By 9/21: $15 Dentist/$10 Staff After 9/21: $30 Dentist/$25 Staff

The role of the patient care coordinator has evolved over the years, having begun as a hybrid to connect the clinical and behavioral dimensions in the practice. What each practice needs is a gifted communicator who can focus on the wants and needs of the patient. It is not about the dentistry, but the patient.

Diabetes and the Dental Professional, Course Code: 5133 Speaker: Phyllis Martina, MBA, RDH Thurs., Oct. 18 2:00-4:30pm CE Hours: 2.5 By 9/21: $15 Dentist/$10 Staff After 9/21: $30 Dentist/$25 Staff

The prevalence of diabetes continues to rise in the U.S. as does the number of dental patients affected by the disease. This program addresses oral health in the diabetic patient and provides management considerations. An overview of diabetes will be discussed, along with its oral manifestations, consequences and treatment options.

Anxious and Special-Needs Dental Care: It Makes Sense as Well as Dollars, Course Code: 5334 Speaker: Harvey Levy, DMD Thurs., Oct. 18 2:00-4:30pm CE Hours: 2.5 No Fee

Drugs, nitrous oxide, and specific techniques work 97 percent of the time in treating anxious and special-needs patients. Drugs and reversals are presented, plus a hand-held X-ray unit, instant imaging, self-developing film, special wraps, mouth props, and more are demonstrated. Operatory dentistry will also be discussed.

Total Team Concept for Effective Scheduling, Course Code: 5114 Speaker: Lois Banta Thurs., Oct. 18 2:00-4:30pm CE Hours: 2.5 By 9/21:$15 Dentist/$10 Staff After 9/21:$30 Dentist/$25 Staff

Learn the main secrets of effective scheduling. lt seems so simple, but it's not. In reality you've got last minute cancellations, procedures that take longer than expected, grumpy patients in the reception room, grumpier staff members blaming each other (or the dentist). Good scheduling guarantees happier doctors, staff and patients. When everyone is happy, your bottom line will be healthier.

Be the Best You Can Be: A Seminar for Dental Assistants Only, Course Code: 6141 Speaker: Jen Blake, CDA, EFDA, MADAA Fri., Oct. 19 8:00-10:30am CE Hours: 2.5 By 9/21: $15 Dentist/$10 Staff After 9/21: $30 Dentist/$25 Staff

This course is a fun, fact filled, interactive look at dental assisting past, present and future. What is the buzz about evidence-based dentistry? Is dental health really connected to overall health? Are you communicating with your team and patients? This course is appropriate for all dental assistants--new, seasoned and in--between.

Sponsored in part by an educational grant from the American Dental Assistants Association Foundation

Women's Weight Loss Wisdom, Course Code: 6350 Speaker: Kary Odiatu Fri., Oct. 19 8:00-10:30am CE Hours: 2.5 No Fee

Be the superwoman your dental team and patients think you are--you deserve more energy and enthusiasm! Hear the newest research on healthy bones, weight loss, stress reduction, healthy bowels, and disease prevention. Get insider tips to enjoy more health and happiness.

Wrestling to Dancing: Using Motivational Interviewing to Improve Patients' Oral Hygiene Behaviors, Course Code: 6346 Speaker: Delwyn Catley, PhD Fri., Oct. 19 8:00-10:30am CE Hours: 2.5 No Fee This course is an introduction to the principles and methods of an empirically supported method of patient counseling for encouraging patient behavior change. The course will be interactive and will include opportunities to practice the methods described.

Sponsored in part by an educational grant from Proctor & Gamble Company

From My Side of the Chair, Course Code: 6129 Speaker: Shannon Pace--Brinker, CDA Fri., Oct. 19 2:00-4:30pm CE Hours: 2.5 By 9/21: $15 Dentist/$10 Staff After 9/21: $30 Dentist/$25 Staff

Today's esthetic practice requires the chair side dental assistant to be knowledgeable in more areas of clinical practice than ever before. The myriad of new materials and techniques available to the esthetic dentist require the chairside assistant to be timely and proficient to deliver optimal patient care.

Using Evidence-Based Methods to Help Smokers Quit: Principles and Practice, Course Code: 6142 Speaker: Delwyn Catley, PhD Fri., Oct. 19 2:00-4:30pm CE Hours: 2.5 By 9/21:$15 Dentist/$10 Staff After 9/21:$30 Dentist/$25 Staff

This course will provide attendees with an overview of the current understanding of smoking behavior and empirically supported clinical approaches to helping patients quit smoking. This course will include opportunities to practice these intervention methods discussed.

Sponsored in part by an educational grant from Proctor & Gamble Company

Office Maintenance for Dental Professionals, Course Code: 7145 Speaker: Ryon Waddington & Rick Gross, MBA Sat., Oct. 20 8:00-10:30am CE Hours: 2.5 By 9/21: $15 Dentist/$10 Staff After 9/21: $30 Dentist/$25 Staff

Are you getting the most out of your handpieces, equipment and utility room products? This course will help you to keep your products sterilized, clean and running for the lifetime of the product. We will touch on chairs, units, lights, vacuums, compressors, handpieces and more.

Sponsored in part by an educational grant from DentalEZ Group

Sports Dentistry, Trauma Treatment and Trauma Prevention, Course Code: 7104 Speaker: Ray Padilla, DDS Sat., Oct. 20 8:00-10:30am CE Hours: 2.5 By 9/21: $15 Dentist/$10 Staff After 9/21:$30 Dentist/$25 Staff

This course will address trauma recognition and treatment of dental injuries. A review of athletic mouthguards, including pressure thermoformed and various mouthguard designs will be shown. In-house fabrication of splints, implant stents, positioners, retainers and denture repairs will be demonstrated.

Beyond Facebook, Course Code: 7347 Speaker: Lawrence Emmott, DDS Sat., Oct. 20 2:00-4:30pm CE Hours: 2.5 No Fee

What happens in San Francisco stays on ... Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Social media is an amazing phenomenon Hat has revolutionized how we use the Internet and how we interact. However, social media is not just Facebook; it is a whole array of use--generated online content.

Simple Tips for Going Green in the Dental Practice, Course Code: 7349 Speaker: Kevin Henry, MA Sat., Oct. 20 2:00-4:30pm CE Hours: 2.5 By 9/21: $15 Dentist/$10 Staff After 9/21: $30 Dentist/$25 Staff

Going green doesn't mean giving up electricity or reverting back to the Stone Age. It does, however, mean a new way of thinking and awareness in the dental office. In this lecture, learn how you can help to save the environment by taking small steps in each room of the dental office.

Sponsored in part by an educational grant from PennWell

Digital Dental Photography: Hands-On Edition, Course Code: 7217 Speaker: Martin Goldstein, DMD Sat., Oct. 20 2:00-4:30pm CE Hours: 2.5 By 9/21:$215 Dentist/$165 Staff After 9/21:$235 Dentist/$185 Staff

This course will cover the basics of digital photography as it applies to dentistry. A variety of clinical uses for digital photography will be highlighted in the hopes of expanding the everyday use of digital photography in the dental practice. Hands-on use of a single lens reflex camera is provided.

Battling and Beating the Demons of Dental Assisting, Course Code: 8307 Speaker: Kevin Henry, MA Sun., Oct. 21 8:00-10:30am CE Hours: 2.5 No Fee Every day, dental assistants face a variety of challenges in their job. How those challenges are met can affect the professional and personal lives of these valuable team members. In this course, learn how to identify the issues that can get under your skin and how to deal with them.

Sponsored in part by an educational grant from PennWell




A ticket is required for ALL ADAA continuing education courses, even if the course is "no fee." Please plan ahead and register for courses today! Tickets may be obtained through advance registration online at Registration may be done on--site up until the day before the scheduled course (based on availability). Early registration and ticket purchase is recommended, as seats are limited.

CE course and event tickets are available on a first--come, first--served basis. Tickets for fee courses, Education in the Round and workshops guarantee your seat for the duration of the course. Tickets for no--fee courses hold your seat until the published start time of the course.

All courses will be held at the Moscone Center, North, South and West buildings (unless otherwise noted). The facility name and room number will be printed on each course ticket. Please make sure to bring your tickets for continuing education courses with you.

Course Handouts

In a continued effort to minimize paper waste, traditional course handout materials will be available online beginning on Friday, September 21 (not all courses will have handouts). These materials will not be printed for distribution on-site. If you wish to have these materials to reference during the course, please be sure to download them in advance. Visit for details.
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Title Annotation:American Dental Assistants Association
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Date:Mar 1, 2012
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