Better Medicine, Better Dentistry

Saturday, April 27, 2019
The registration period has closed for this event.

 9:00am to 5:00pm 


Continuing Education

Lecture: Hours - 7


Registration open through 4/25/2019 8:59 PM EST


Have you ever had to face the prospect of treating a medically-complex patient? Have you ever had a patient needing treatment for a dental emergency who has more than one underlying chronic disease? What about your patients of record who are on more than five medications? Remember that diabetic patient you had last week who was also on a blood thinner? Should you have stopped their anticoagulant? And what about that cardiac patient you were called about after hours? Was it wise to give them a postoperative antibiotic prescription?

Providing dental care to anxious, fearful and medically-complex 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, fear and avoidance. Feelings of apprehension create psychological obstacles that prevent dental patients from seeking and receiving care and once they do, the dentist is then faced with treating their oral health needs in the face of multiple chronic diseases, medications and herbal supplements. The simple approach to, “drilling and filling” has just been cranked up a few more notches.

This interactive program looks at some of your most critical patients, common disease states and their management with a particular focus on the dental realm. Case studies will augment the delivery of key points and a problem-based learning approach is encouraged so that each participant's questions are addressed. Most importantly, you will learn implementable strategies to successfully treat medically-complex patients on Monday morning; after all, our goal is to make sure all dental appointments are not just successful for your patient, but also for you and your staff.

Educational objectives to be covered:

þ Discuss the principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics and their clinical applicability.

þ Describe the four main risk factors to consider when treating medically-complex patients.

þ List the characteristics of the ideal sedative for in-office use.

þ Describe the different types of antibiotics available and how to match the right drug to the right bug.

þ Understand the perfect analgesic recipe to keep (almost) all of your patients out of pain.







Dr. Mark Donaldson received his baccalaureate degree 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 has practiced as a clinical pharmacy specialist, clinical coordinator and director of pharmacy services at many healthcare organizations in both Canada and the United States.  He is currently the Associate Principal of Clinical Pharmacy for Vizient’s Advisory Solutions, and lives in Whitefish, Montana.


Dr. Donaldson is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Montana in Missoula, Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Dentistry at the Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland, Oregon, and affiliate faculty in the School of Dentistry at UBC. He has a special interest in dental pharmacology and has lectured internationally to both dental and medical practitioners. He has spent the last 25 years focusing on dental pharmacology and dental therapeutics, and is a leader in the field.


Dr. Donaldson has published numerous peer-reviewed works and textbook chapters. He currently serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal Healthcare Executive and the Journal of the American Dental Association, and is a reviewer for over ten other different journals. He is board certified in healthcare management and is the Past-President and current Regent of the American College of Healthcare Executives’ Montana Chapter. Dr. Donaldson was named as the 2014 recipient of the Bowl of Hygeia for the state of Montana and is the 2016 recipient of the Dr. Thaddeus V. Weclew Award. This award is conferred by the Academy of General Dentistry upon an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the medical, dental and pharmacy literature. In 2019, Dr. Donaldson was conferred by the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) in Ottawa with the, “Special Friend of Canadian Dentistry Award.” This award is given to an individual outside of the dental profession in appreciation for exemplary support or service to Canadian dentistry and/or to the profession as a whole.

Oregon Health & Science University is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

Target Audience

This course is designed for dentists, hygienists, dental assistants and office staff

  • Speaker has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • The staff of the OHSU Dental School Office of Continuing Dental Education have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Contact Information

Contact the Continuing Dental Education Department for more information:


OHSU CLSB Building Room 2S060

2730 SW Moody Ave
Portland, OR 97201



  • Dentist: $295
  • Staff: $195


  • Schnitzer Lot: $13 a day or go online the day before and purchase a ticket for $11.

Schnitzer Lot is free on Saturday and Sunday

Buy online (discount)

  • Collaborative Life Sciences Garage: $22 a day

Buy onsite 24/7

Map of the OHSU South Waterfront

Public Transportation


Portland's streetcar stops at the corner of S.W. Moody and S.W. Meade, which is across the street and just south of the Collaborative Life Sciences Building. Patients and visitors may ride a TriMet bus downtown and transfer to the Portland streetcar. The closest streetcar stop to the downtown transit mall is at S.W. 5th and Market. The streetcar accommodates bikes and wheelchairs.
Streetcar schedules and fare information

MAX and Bus

The South Waterfront/SW Moody Ave. Station on the MAX Orange Line is located right outside the Collaborative Life Sciences Building. MAX Orange Line trains run every 15 minutes most of the day, and can accommodate bikes and wheelchairs.There are also a number of bus routes that serve the South Waterfront.

Tri-Met's website

Portland Aerial Tram


The aerial tram connects the south waterfront district to the OHSU Marquam Hill Campus. Patients and their families who have vouchers from their OHSU clinics are able to ride the tram at no cost.

Local Eateries

Restaurants within walking distance of the school:

  • Cha Cha Cha Taqueria
  • Elephants Delicatessen (located inside building)
  • Lovejoy Bakery
  • Starbucks (located inside building)
  • The Gantry Food Pod at Zidell Yards


  • Speaker has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • The staff of the OHSU Dental School Office of Continuing Dental Education have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.