Dental Convention at Valley Forge PA counts toward Continuing Education Credits for Certified or Registered Dental Assistants
Conventions can be a great avenue for professionals to share and expand their knowledge and experience. This spring, students in the Dental Assistant program at the Voorhees campus of the Harris School of Business attended part of the 27th Annual Valley Forge Dental Conference. Held on March 6, 7, and 8 in Valley Forge, PA, the convention provided new learning experiences for students.
Students attended a four-hour lecture entitled “Non Odontogenic Toothache: A Guide to Accurate Diagnosis,” presented by Dr. Scott DeRossi. What is “odontogenic toothache”? In common (odontogenic) toothaches, the dentist can usually pinpoint what is causing the toothache by examining the tooth itself and the surrounding gum area. With non odontogenic toothaches, the diagnosis is more difficult and in some cases, there could be a systemic disease that is manifesting in oral cavity. Dr. DeRossi’s program discussed the link between overall health and oral health. He covered such topics as diabetes, oral lesions, oral cancers, heart disease, eating disorders, and salivary gland diseases.
Dr. DeRossi is an Associate Professor of Oral Medicine, Director of the Clinical Center for Oral Medicine, and Chairman of Oral Health and Diagnostic Sciences at the Georgia Health Sciences University College of Dental Medicine. He earned his dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia in 1995.
Students found Dr. DeRossi’s lecture to be interesting and informative. Attending a convention lecture is one of the ways to earn continuing education (CE) credits. Each year, certified/registered dental assistants are required to earn at least 12 CE credits.
In addition to the lecture, students also experienced dental marketing through meeting various vendors. They learned about the products and technologies that the vendors were selling, and enjoyed collecting free dental products and free gifts.
To top of a rewarding day, two Dental Assistant students–Qiana Singh and Brandi Happold—were the lucky winners of the door prize. All told, it was a successful educational experience for all involved.
If you or someone you know is interested in the Dental Assistant program at the Harris School of Business, please contact us today at 1-800-510-7920, or fill out our easy online form. In addition to the Dental Assistant programs, Harris offers many other programs in the field of heath care, such as Medical Assistant, Health Claims Specialist (medical billing and coding), Pharmacy Technician, and Certified Nurse’s Assistant. Call us today, and take the first step toward exploring a new career!