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Continuing Dental Education

Annual Patricia McLean Symposium for the Dental Hygienist

Dentists and dental teams welcome and encouraged to attend.

Date & Time
Saturday, April 1, 2017

9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Mid-morning coffee break and networking sandwich lunch is included in course fee.

Continuing Dental Education: Credits - 5


Columbia University Irving Medical Center - RB

Russ Berrie Medical Pavillion
1150 St. Nicholas Avenue (at W.168th St.), New York, NY 10032

Public Transport: A, C and #1 train to 168th St. station

$125 hygienists, $110 CDM alumni & staff

Note: A limited number of scholarships are available based on financial need - to apply for support, call 212/305-6881 or inquiries email to:

Course brochure:

Click here to open 2017PatriciaMcLeanSymposiumBrochure.pdf


9 am-12 pm - Purnima Rathi Hernandez, DDS, MA, BCBA, MA

Working with Individuals with Special Health Care Needs: Practical Tips

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry defines special health care needs (SHCN) as including “any physical, developmental, mental, sensory, behavioral, cognitive, or emotional impairment or limiting condition that requires medical management, health care intervention, and/or use of specialized services or programs.' An indirect assessment via patient / parent interview can be helpful in the development of an individualized special health care plan. Practical tips on how to manage SHCN patients will be discussed with a focus on patient preparation, behavior management and anxiety reduction.

Learning Objectives

An overview of special health care needs focusing on mental health, medical, behavioral, and physical disabilities.

Care Coordination - Patient Behavior interview and development of special health care plans

Practical Tips when working with individuals with SHCN - Focus on Autism Spectrum Disorders, sensory dysfunction, anxiety disorders / phobias and medically fragile.

12-1 pm: Networking sandwich luncheon

1-3 pm - Shirley S. Birenz, RDH, MS, FAADH

(for Cheryl Westphal Theile, RDH, EdD)

Risk Assessment leading to Culturally Sensitive Care

Risk assessment is an integral aspect of patient-centered care. Complete assessment of the patient's risk of disease or prognosis for health is directly linked to their culture and health beliefs. Application of cultural assessments, motivational interviewing and focused oral health care managerial roles will be addressed leading to total patient-centered care.  

Learning Objectives

Discuss risk assessment strategies for oral and systemic health.

Apply motivational interviewing  and other active listening techniques to develop comprehensive care plans.

Apply cultural assessments to develop patient-centered care plans.

3 pm - Course concludes

For additional course details, please visit the CE website at


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