The increased virtual course offerings follow the change in plans for the biannual on-site education convention CDA Presents in Anaheim, Ca, which was canceled this May, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The California Dental Association (CDA) is offering online courses and live webinars to help dental professionals and their teams obtain required Continuing Education (CE) credits. The increase in course offerings follows the change in plans for CDA’s biannual education convention CDA Presents, which was scheduled to take place in May in Anaheim but was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some of the webinar topics were previously scheduled for CDA Presents, while others focus on the current health crisis and offer guidance to orthodontists on managing stress, modifying emergency treatment protocols, and maintaining patient relationships.

The scheduled lineup for CDA Presents Webinar Week includes:

Monday, May 11

“Ready or Not, Here We Come! Planning the ‘New Normal’ for Reopening Practices”

This course will help attendees implement a strategic plan for getting back to practice with tips for involving the entire dental team in the process. Attendees will learn how to create new patient service systems to maximize efficiency and effectiveness and how to address their patients’ questions and concerns.

Tuesday, May 12

“Ask the Expert: Regulatory Compliance”

Get up to date with the myriad regulatory compliance topics from prescriptions to radiation inspections to infection control and learn about requirements for N95 respirator fit testing and a respiratory protection program. This lecture is presented by CDA Practice Support Regulatory Compliance Analyst Teresa Pichay.

Wednesday, May 13

“Contracting with Plans – Things Dentists Need to Know”

With so many different dental benefit plans on the market, how does a dental professional select the right ones? This lecture by CDA Practice Support Dental Benefits Analyst Cindy Hartwell will focus on the pros and cons of contracting with dental benefit plans.

“Pediatric Oral Pathology: From Soft Tissue Lesions to Canker Sores”

This seminar will provide the latest information on the emerging field of oral pathology in pediatric dentistry. Presenter Juan Yepes, DDS, MD, will use case presentation as the learning and discussion format and will cover the entire spectrum of the most common oral soft tissue lesions in infants, children and adolescents.

Thursday, May 14

“HIPAA Compliance Essentials”

In this session, orthodontists and staff will verify that they have the essential components for HIPAA compliance. CDA Practice Support Regulatory Compliance Analyst Teresa Pichay will review common scenarios to test attendees’ understanding of federal and state privacy and security laws.

“Periodontal Disease, Co-morbidities and COVID-19: Reopen with a Focus on Health and Productivity”

In spite of and because of COVID-19, communicating host immune challenges and the periodontal link to our patients will be more important than ever. This webinar by Kim Miller, RDH, BSDH, will explore strategies to build a robust hygiene schedule that feeds the dental professional’s restorative diagnosis and focuses on periodontal care.

Friday, May 15

“Consent in the Era of COVID-19”

Presented by Art Curley, JD, and sponsored by The Dentists Insurance Company, this course will discuss obtaining patient consent for treatment with the risk of COVID- 19 transmission. Curley will review the new legal standards for infection control and patient management. He’ll also explore the law of consent, informed consent and the legal potential for the assumption of risk by patients. Attendees will receive direction and tips for documenting consent and reducing the risk of claims should a patient or staff member contract COVID-19.

Access to all CDA Presents Webinar Week courses, live webinars, and additional CE credits is available in CDA’s online learning center, which also offers audio recordings from prior CDA Presents. To support members and their dental professional teams in obtaining their continuing education, all online and audio learning courses are available at no cost through June 16.

Additionally, dental professionals whose licensure expires between March 30 and June 30, 2020, now have until Sept. 30 to satisfy any waived CE requirements, as a result of CDA’s advocacy efforts in March.

Enroll in CDA Presents Webinar Week courses and find additional details, including start times.