Pharmacology: Money Makes the World Go Round, But Drugs Make it Spin!

Saturday, March 3, 2018
The registration period has closed for this event.

 9:00am to 5:00pm 

Lunch and snacks included

Continuing Education

Lecture: Hours - 7


Registration open through 3/2/2018 8:59 PM EST


Did you know that more than 20% of hospital admissions are due to adverse drug reactions? Just because dentists prescribe less than 10% of all available drugs, your patients may be taking others from the 90% with which you are not familiar. Since polypharmacy is the norm, especially in the over 65 year old population, this course should be considered essential to every practice setting today.

Do you have patients who are already on one prescription medication before they come to your office? How about four prescription medications? Did you know that the likelihood of a drug interaction in a patient on five medications is greater than 50%? What if you are the prescriber who writes that fifth prescription? With so many new medications, herbal products, over-the-counter drugs, and supplements available on the market, how can you be confident that the prescription you write is compatible with what your patient is currently taking?

This interactive program looks at some of the more common drugs and drug interactions 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. The program will include a discussion on managing patients on antiplatelet as well as anticoagulant medications and, since patient safety is our number one concern, a review of the seven essential drugs you must be familiar with to manage any medical emergencies. Even though the right answer always includes dialing 9-1-1, you can start the chain of survival in your office. After all, when an adverse drug reaction occurs due to a drug interaction, who is more at risk - you or your patient?

Objectives to be covered:

þ Describe the potential for drug-drug interactions and articulate strategies to avoid or manage them.

þ Understand the principles of drug metabolism including liver enzyme induction and inhibition.

þ Recognize reputable databases and references and how to utilize these tools to evaluate drug therapies and herbal interactions.

þ Discuss the new antiplatelet and anticoagulant medications and management issues for patients who take these.

þ Know how to use the essential drugs recommend for the minimal dental emergency kit.







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

Contact Information

Contact the Continuing Dental Education Department for more information:


OHSU School of Dentistry CLSB Building- 3rd Floor lecture hall in Atrium Room 3A003A

2730 SW Moody Ave
Portland, OR 97201

Click here for directions


Early Bird Special if you register before February 3, 2018

  • Dentist: $470
  • Staff: $370


Registration after February 3, 2018

  • Dentist: $495
  • Staff: $395

  • Schnitzer Lot: $10 a day or go online the day before and purchase a ticket for $8.

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.