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CU School of Dental Medicine Celebrates 50 Years with Free CE Day

Sessions will explore hot topics in dentistry from AI and 3D printing to cannabis and fentanyl.

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Written by SDM Comms on August 28, 2023

Colorado dentists, alumni and faculty of the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine (CU SDM) are invited to a free continuing education (CE) program on September 15, 2023, at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. Three (3) CE credits are offered, and early registration is encouraged as space is limited. 

CU-SDM-50Year-Logo-black+gold"At the School of Dental Medicine, our aim is to provide quality continuing education courses taught by leaders in their field," said Deidre Callanan, RDH, DC, MPH, assistant professor and director of continuing education. "Through these courses, dental professionals will enhance their knowledge and learn more about the latest techniques and developments in the dental profession." 

Dean Denise Kassebaum, DDS, MS, will begin the program with a special welcome and introduction, followed by our keynote and subsequent presentations. All sessions are just 20 minutes each so attendees can get a taste of several hot topics in one afternoon. 


Thought-provoking sessions and esteemed speakers 

Keynote Address
Bruce Dye, DDS, MPH 
Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation Chair in Oral Health Equity 
Professor and Chair, Department of Community Dentistry and Population Health, CU School of Dental Medicine 

“I’m looking forward to presenting a broad view of the evolving oral health landscape as a means to provide appropriate context and a springboard for the presentations to follow that are being delivered by our distinguished speakers,” said Dye. 


Using AI to Read EHR Data to Inform Clinical Decision Making

Mellissa Haendel, PhD 

Chief Research Informatics Officer, CU Anschutz Medical Campus 

Professor, Biomedical Informatics, CU School of Medicine 

The Promise of 3D Printing Technology in Medical and Dental Applications 

Jeffrey Stansbury, PhD 

Senior Associate Dean for Research and Professor, CU School of Dental Medicine 

David Gozalo, DDS, MS 

Associate Professor, Restorative Dentistry, CU School of Dental Medicine 

Putting the Mouth Back in the Body – Strategies for Shared Healthcare

Mark Deutchman, MD

Professor, Family Medicine, and Director, Rural Track, CU School of Medicine 

Cannabis: Updates and Considerations for Dental Professionals 

David Kroll, PhD 

Professor and Director, Master’s Degree and Certificate Programs in Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 

What Dentists Should Know about the Fentanyl Crisis

Rob Valuck, PhD, RPh 

Executive Director of the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention 

Professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences  

The Oral Microbiome and Antibacterial Dental Coatings 

Devatha Nair, PhD 
Associate Professor, Craniofacial Biology, CU School of Dental Medicine 

Inflammation: Lessons Learned and Improved Periodontal Treatments for the Future 

Sangeetha Chandrasekaran, BDS, MS, MS 

Professor and Chair, Division of Periodontics, CU School of Dental Medicine 




Guests are invited to tour the CU School of Dental Medicine’s new Dental Advanced Simulation Hub (DASH) after the event, along with a 50th anniversary reception commemorating the school’s past, present and future. 


Event Details  

Friday, September 15, 2023 

1 - 4:30 p.m. CE Sessions 
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. DASH Tours and Reception  

Elliman Conference Center 
Anschutz Health Sciences Building 
Anschutz Medical Campus 

Three (3) CE credits are offered. 



Topics: Research, Faculty, Alumni