Experts will influence the future practice of dentistry when they speak for the USC School of Dentistry and American Academy of Oral Medicine Symposium, November 5-6.
Advancing medical and dental therapies combined with the aging of America is changing the treatment needs of the average dental patient. An increasing number of dental patients manifest medical, mucosal, salivary and chronic pain problems. Rapid advancements in managing these problems reveal that knowledge learned in dental school is often lacking or obsolete. The contemporary dentist has an obligation to learn the new methods available to deal with the ever-changing issues of managing patients with medical, mucosal, salivary, and chronic pain problems.
Dr. Glenn Clark, Professor of Diagnostic Sciences and Director of the center for Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine at USC, is very excited about the upcoming symposium. "I am thrilled that the leadership of the AAOM chose Los Angeles and USC as the host site for the symposium. L.A. is a very large city with more than 18,000 practicing dentists. Bringing national leaders in oral medicine to present their latest findings is fantastic!"
More than 350 different debilitating and sometimes deadly diseases and disorders affect the oralfacial complex. The symposium will highlight the latest information addressing four specific themes: genetics and oral cancer, infectious diseases and pharmacology, oral mucosal and salivary gland diseases, and chronic oralfacial pain. The keynote speaker Dr. Harold Slavkin, Dean of the USC School of Dentistry and founding director of the Center for Craniofacial and Molecular Biology at USC, will present a lecture on how genetics will change lives in the next five years. Each session will end with a question and answer session and a discussion by an expert panel.
Registration for this two-day symposium can be made online by visiting www.aaom.com where registration forms can be downloaded. You can also e-mail Dr. Glenn Clark at [email protected] to request a registration form.
The cost of the symposium varies for dentists and dental team members. Registration is preferred by Oct. 15, 2004, but later registration will be accepted for an extra fee.