Nowak Professorship - Pediatric Dentistry Course

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Program Purpose

This fast-paced and interactive conference will discuss a variety of contemporary pediatric topics on oral pathology and oral manifestations of systemic disease presented by recognized national and international leaders in dentistry, pharmacy, and pediatric medicine. The course is targeted to all dental and medical providers who treat children. It has been designed to increase the comfort level and expertise of the entire health care team when it comes to treating today’s pediatric patient, from infancy through adolescence, including those individuals with special health care needs.

The course has been structured to bring together health care providers from multiple disciplines and to increase the expertise of attendees regarding oral manifestations of systemic disease, allergic reactions, immunocompromised patients, anti-neoplastic therapies, common pediatric oral pathologies, oral biopsy techniques, and treatment regimens for painful oral conditions. This course will impart valuable information and aims to bridge the divide between medicine and dentistry, enriching attendees on topics that are relevant to pediatric patients of all ages.


Course Fees

DDS $265

Assistants/ Hygienist $150

University of Iowa Faculty and Staff  $60

Credit hours: 6.25

Speaker Information

Catherine M. Flaitz, DDS, MS 

Dr. Catherine Flaitz is clinical professor and chair, Division of Diagnostic Sciences, University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine and adjunct faculty, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Children’s Hospital Colorado. In addition, she is the dental school liaison for the Center for Bioethics and Humanities, CU Anschutz Medical Campus. Dr. Flaitz earned her dental degree from Creighton University and received specialty certification in both pediatric dentistry and oral and maxillofacial pathology from The University of Iowa College of Dentistry. She participates on multiple editorial boards including section editor for Pediatric Dentistry and the Journal of the American Dental Association. Currently, she is vice president, American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology, and serves on the Clinical Investigation and Abstract Committee, American Academy of Oral Medicine and consultant, Council of Clinical Affairs, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She has been a recipient of multiple teaching and research awards, including the 2023 Honorary Fellowship from the American Academy of Oral Medicine. Dr. Flaitz is a prolific author including two color atlases on oral diseases. She enthusiastically shares her clinical and research experiences and passion for teaching in a practical way.

Diana Bayer, DO

Diana Bayer, DO, is a clinical associate professor of allergy/immunology in the University of Iowa Stead Family Department of Pediatrics. She completed medical school at Des Moines University, pediatrics residency at Wayne State University/Children's Hospital of Michigan (Detroit), and allergy/immunology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital (Houston). She is originally from Iowa and enjoys caring for and strives to improve the quality of life for children with atopic disease, including such diagnoses as food allergy, allergic rhinitis, and asthma, as well as evaluation for and management of primary immunodeficiency diseases, in which she has a special clinical interest.

Stephen L. Rumelhart, PA

Steve Rumelhart graduated from the University of Iowa Physician Assistant Program in 1986. He has served as a staff physician assistant in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant since 1987.

John Hellstein, DDS, MS

Dr. John W. Hellstein graduated from the School of Dentistry at University of Missouri at Kansas City in 1982. He received an MS in Stomatology and a Certificate in Oral Pathology from the University of Iowa in 1991. Since 2002, he has been appointed within the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Medicine and Radiology and is currently Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at the University of Iowa. Current interest has centered on osteochemonecrosis of the jaws and he was part of past ADA “Expert panels” on the subject. Recent book chapters have centered on vesiculo-ulcerative diseases of the oral cavity as well as odontogenic cysts and tumors. During a 20-year military career, he served with the U.S. Army Dental Corps in many capacities and he retired as a Colonel in 2002. His past and present professional positions include: Chair and vice chair ADA Council on Scientific Affairs, President AAOMP, President and Director American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Director of Education AAOMP. Commissioner on Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) He is also on the Medical Advisory Board for the Basal Cell Carcinoma Nevus Syndrome Organization.

Juan Cuellar Castro, DDS, MS

Dr. Castro is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology. He graduated from the College of Dentistry at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia, and received a Certificate in Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology and Master of Science from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. He worked in general practice with the Colombian Air Force, as a specialist in private practice and as a faculty at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. With a lengthy tradition in the field of oral & maxillofacial radiology of over 91 years, he is the third generation in his family dedicated to this specialty

Amy R. Dunleavy, PharmD

Dr. Amy Dunleavy is a Clinical Pharmacist in the Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. Amy currently serves on the AAPD Council on Clinical Affairs as an Expert Consultant. Her areas of expertise include management pharmacologic management of chronic conditions and preparation of compounded products for treatment of oral conditions.  

Course Schedule

8 a.m.                      Registration, College of Dentistry, First Floor

8:30 a.m.                 Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:35–10  a.m.          "Open Wide and Detect a Mouthful of Important Clues Associated with Systemic Diseases" - Catherine M. Flaitz, DDS, MS

At the end of this presentation, participants should be able to:

  • Identify common oral soft lesions that have a systemic or behavioral disease connection.
  • Detect important tooth-related problems that are associated with systemic diseases.
  • Discover key questions that help link general health problems with atypical oral findings.
  • Recognize serious signs and symptoms that require medical consultation and referral.
  • Develop a differential diagnosis to guide other health care providers when a systemic or behavioral health problem may be linked

10–10:15 a.m.            Break 

10:15–11:30 a.m.       "Allergic and Immunologic Disorders & the Intersection of Pediatric Dentistry” - Diana Bayer-Bowstead, DO

At the end of this presentation, participants should be aware of the following:

  • Define anaphylaxis.
  • Describe the treatment of anaphylaxis.
  • Describe the clinical presentation of hereditary angioedema.
  • Describe the clinical features of primary immunodeficiency diseases (inborn errors of immunity), including potential oral and dental anomalies.

11:30a.m.–noon         “Oral Complications Associated with Antineoplastic/Immunosuppressive Therapy” - Stephen L. Rumelhart, PA

At the end of this presentation, participants should be aware of the following:

  • Identify common oral lesions as a consequence of anti-neoplastic/immunosuppressive therapy.
  • Familiarize yourself with treatment options for these oral lesions.

Noon–1:15 p.m.    Lunch 

1:15–2:15  p.m.      “Considerations for oral pathology biopsies" - John Hellstein, DDS, MS

At the completion of the program, participants should be able to:

  • Better understand how to base their biopsy sample according to their differential diagnosis.
  • Understand the difference in submission of soft tissue biopsies, mixed soft tissue in hard tissue biopsies is well as hard tissue submissions.
  • Understand the benefits and drawbacks of both scalpel biopsies and laser biopsies.

2:15–3:15 p.m.         Radiographic Features of Common Jaw Lesions in Children” - Juan Cuellar Castro, DDS, MS

At the completion of the program, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize common artifacts of conventional radiographic modalities and how they affect the interpretation process.
  • Identify normal anatomy and common variations in the jaws in pediatric patients.
  • Recognize the radiographic features of the most common jaw lesions in the pediatric population.

3:15–3:30 p.m.           Break

3:30–4:30 p.m.     “A Little Help from Drugs When the Mouth Hurts – Selecting the Best  Options for Children"  - Amy R. Dunleavy, PharmD  & Catherine M. Flaitz, DDS, MS

At the completion of the program, participants should be able to improve the practitioner’s ability to:

  • Select the appropriate therapeutic and palliative agents for the management of oral lesions.
  • Understand the goals and indications when recommending specific treatment options.
  • Explore practical tips for delivering topical medications.
  • Recognize potential side effects of medications and topical agents.

4:30 p.m.                   Adjourn


Refund Policy

  • Fees paid will be refunded less a $55 per person processing fee following notice of cancelation. Refunds will not be granted for cancellations received after the course begins. 

Accreditation Statements

The university of Iowa, College of Dentistry, 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.

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics. The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team.

Physician: The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Pharmacist: The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine designates this knowledge-based activity for a maximum of 6.25 ACPE contact hours. Credit will be uploaded to the NABP CPE Monitor within 60 days after the activity completion. Pharmacists must complete the online evaluation and provide their NABP ID and DOB (MMDD) to receive credit.   UAN:  JA0000310-9999-23-050-L01-P

Other Provider: All other participants will receive a certificate of participation for this conference upon completion of the online evaluation. It is the responsibility of each attendee to determine if the continuing education programs they attend meet the requirements of their professional licensure board.

Friday, October 20, 2023 8:00am to 4:30pm
Dental Science Building
Galagan B,C
801 Newton Road, Iowa City, IA 52246
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