Unit Zero: Dental Educators Summit on Caring for People with Disabilities

NYU Dentistry Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities

Course Background / Overview

In February 2019, NYU Dentistry opened the Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities (OHCPD). Housed in an ultramodern 8,000-square-foot facility, the Center is designed to provide comprehensive dental care for people with physical, cognitive, and developmental disabilities or medical conditions that prevent them from receiving care in a conventional dental clinic. In addition to offering much-needed clinical services to patients, the OHCPD provides a unique training opportunity for our students. As we train the next generation of dentists, we seek to offer unique clinical care opportunities and challenges that extend the clinical skills and experience of our students — as well as those of other dental providers.

The U.S. Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) requires all predoctoral dental education programs across the country to educate and train students on managing and caring for patients with disabilities. In order to meet this challenge and have a transformative impact on the care/access provided to patients with disabilities, we aim to promote the lessons learned in the Center to become a model of statewide DDS education for treating patients with disabilities. The first step in this process is to facilitate a basic understanding of the concepts and a practical application of educational and treatment strategies grounded in a shared language across institutions. 

Through the generous support of the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, we are pleased to offer "Unit Zero," a two-day, CE-granting symposium for dental educators at any New York State institution. Faculty participants will benefit from a speaker panel that includes advocates, clinicians, administrators, and third-party payers. 

Registration

The course is being offered three times this fall; please  register for only one course. It is free to attend and is open to all dental educators in the State of New York. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.

All attendees must be in compliance with current University health and safety COVID-19 policies.

Participants will receive 8 continuing education credits upon completion.

A limited number of zoom-based registrations will be available for the November session

Speakers & Agenda

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OCTOBER 14-15, 2022
Day 1 (9:00 am – 1:00 pm)
  • A Day in the Life by Barbie Vartanian
  • History and Importance of Understanding People with Disabilities, presented by Dr. Steve Perlman
Coffee Break
  • Getting to Know You: The Medical, Behavioral, and Social History, and its Role in Treating Patients with Disabilities, presented by Dr. Nancy Dougherty
  • Provision of Care, presented by Dr. Rita Billelo
Day 2 (9:00 am – 1:30 pm)
  • Multisensory Simulation and Accommodation Techniques, presented by Ben Hudson
  • Robotics in Dentistry by Richard Margolin
  • Transitioning the Pediatric Patient with Special Needs Toward a Lifetime of Oral Healthcare As An Adult, presented by Dr. Allen Wong
Coffee Break
  • Applied Behavioral Analysis: Understanding & Implementation, presented by Kelly McKinnon
  • A More Equitable Future, presented by Dr. Mali McGuire
NOVEMBER 11-12, 2022
Day 1 (11:00 am – 3:00 pm)
  • History and Importance of Understanding People with Disabilities, presented by Dr. Steve Perlman
  • Getting to Know You: The Medical, Behavioral, and Social History, and its Role in Treating Patients with Disabilities, presented by Dr. Nancy Dougherty
  • Provision of Care, presented by Dr. Rita Billelo
Day 2 (9:00 am – 1:30 pm)
  • Multisensory Simulation and Accommodation Techniques, presented by Ben Hudson
  • Transitioning the Pediatric Patient with Special Needs Toward a Lifetime of Oral Healthcare As An Adult, presented by Dr. Allen Wong
  • Applied Behavioral Analysis: Understanding & Implementation, presented by Kelly McKinnon
  • A More Equitable Future, presented by Dr. Mali McGuire