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The Oral Systemic Link: Creating Collaborative Initiatives

Monday, December 10, 2012 - 8:00am - 4:00pm

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Collaboration and interprofessionalism are hallmarks of innovative health care delivery.  The symbiosis of oral health and systemic health provides the perfect backdrop for interprofessional learning.  This conference will focus on dental hygiene and nursing collaborations and address the larger issues of professional cross-fertilization, institutional challenges, shared goals in providing optimal patient care, and ways to surmount challenges related to access to care and fragmented care delivery. 

Target Audience:

Attendees will include dental hygienists, nurses, other health professionals, educators in the health professions, and clinical/public health practitioners. The conference goal is to provide information and stimulate ideas related to interprofessional education, research, and practice.


Upon completion of this conference, participants will be able to: 

  1. Raise awareness of the potential for interprofessional education in nursing and dental hygiene
  2. Highlight how the oral-systemic link, societal demographics, and access to care issues drive the dental hygiene/nursing symbiosis
  3. Suggest learning experiences that help students understand the value of diverse team members’ contributions to optimal patient health care
  4. Recommend workshop ideas for individual attendees’ interprofessional initiatives at their respective institutions
Location: University of Maryland, Founding Campus
University of Maryland School of Nursing
655 W. Lombard Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Hotel: University of Maryland rates may be available if requested in advance.

Registration Rates:

Registration (through October 8)     $170
Late Registration (October 9-October 29) $200
University of Maryland Faculty and Staff (through October 8) $75
University of Maryland Faculty and Staff (October 9-October 29) $100
University of Maryland Student Rate  (50 available) $25


Continuing Education:

The University of Maryland School of Dentistry designated this activity for 6 Continuing Dental Education hours.

PACE logoBaltimore College of Dental Surgery, University of Maryland is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider #300126
FAGD/MAGD Credit Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement.
Approval Dates: 10/1/2011 to 9/30/2015


Continuing Education LogoBaltimore College of Dental Surgery, University of Maryland is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider 11/1/2011 to 12/30/2015 -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. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at

Continuing Nursing Education:

4.5 Contact Hours available

The University of Maryland School of Nursing Office of Professional Education is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This conference is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from the Colgate-Palmolive Company.

For more information, contact or 410-706-3767.

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