Continuing Education


2015 Kenneth Cantwell Lecture/ Margaret M. Ryan Dental Hygiene Update

Date/Time: Saturday, September 19, 2015: 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

Tuition: Alumni/ OHSU Faculty- Free, Staff of OHSU Alumni- $20,  Non-Alumni- $75

Location: 2730 SW Moody Avenue, Portland, OR 97223

Robert Genco, DDS, PhD, will address the causes, prevention and treatment of oral diseases and their association with systemic diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Registration is now available here.

Pharmacology You Can Use!

Better Medicine, Better Dentistry


Instructor: Mark Donaldson, BSP, PHARM D, FASHP, FACHE

Date/Time: Saturday, September 26, 2015: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Credits: 7 Lecture Credit Hours
Tuition: Dentists- $399 Dental Auxiliary- $199
Location: Oregon Medical Association (OMA)
11740 SW 68th Pkwy. Portland, OR 97223

Providing dental care to anxious and fearful patients continues to be a major challenge facing dentists. Despite advances in management techniques and treatment delivery, patients‰ preexisting opinions and experiences contribute to dental anxiety and fear. Feelings of apprehension create psychological obstacles that prevent dental patients from seeking and receiving care. This dynamic lecture will cover the pharmacological basis of therapeutics, taking the principles of academia into the realm of clinical practice. Treatment strategies and protocols will be discussed in a comprehensive, case-based approach to help practitioners better understand their patients and the medications they prescribe. Keeping patients safe in the dental chair, and following through with appropriate antibiotic and analgesic therapies, if indicated, to maintain that comfort and safety is paramount. This informative and entertaining day will provide Dentists, Hygienists and Team Members with the tools to navigate this ever-changing field and keep their patients safe and improve prescribing practices.


  • Discuss the principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacogenomics.
  • Match the right drug at the right dose to the right patient and the right procedure.
  • Understand why some drugs work and some don‰t for postoperative dental pain.
  • Achieve optimal patient care through appropriate antibiotic prescribing practices.
  • Understand the medications used for safe and effective minimal sedation using oral and inhalational techniques
Speaker: Mark Donaldson received his B.Sc.(Pharm.) from the University of British Columbia, and his Doctorate in Clinical Pharmacy from the University of Washington. He completed a residency at Vancouver General Hospital, and is the current Director of Pharmaceutical Services at the Kalispell Regional Medical Center in Kalispell, Montana. Dr. Donaldson is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Montana in Missoula, and Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Dentistry at the Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland, Oregon. He has a special interest in dental pharmacology and has lectured internationally to both dental and medical practitioners. He has been a primary author and investigator for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Consensus Development Committee to define the guidelines for enteral sedation in the United States, as well as an invited expert to compose a whitepaper on Enteral Conscious Sedation for the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). Dr. Donaldson is a reviewer for the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy and General Dentistry, and sits on the Editorial Board for the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA).