Continuing Dental Education
The Department of Dentistry & The Northwest Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
Pamela O. Hunt, RDH, BS
Director, Continuing Dental Education
Mary C. Brogdon, RDH, BS
Senior Program Assistant, Continuing Dental Education
The mission of the Continuing
Dental Education Program at Wake Forest School of Medicine was originally
established in 1972 with the Northwest Area Health Education Center. The program has always been guided by long-range
planning which has been demonstrated through the adaptation of changing
community needs. The program provides
education and training to meet dental healthcare workforce needs through
education and service sectors.
Goals & Objectives:
- To provide continuing dental education programs with particular
focus on clinical dentistry applications for Dentists and Staff.
- To provide customized continuing dental education programs based
on needs assessments.
- To ensure that programming is in direct response to regulatory and
technological changes in dentistry.
- To ensure continuing education is accessible for rural dental
professionals in North Carolina as part of the mission of the Northwest
Area Health Education Center.
- To ensure that all continuing education/continuing training meets
or exceeds requirements mandated by the North Carolina Dental Practice
- To target educational activities toward the improved supply,
recruitment, retention, geographic distribution, generalist-specialist
balance and quality of health care professionals and support personnel,
with attention to the need for improved minority representation in North
- To ensure that all continuing dental education activities
developed are in compliance with the ADA CERP recommendations of “sound
scientific basis in order to adequately protect the public”.
The Continuing Dental Education Program at Wake Forest School of Medicine provides a variety of post-graduate continuing education for dentists and other dental professionals on a local and national level:
- Rotations and training for dental students
- Clinical training of dental residents
- 30+ continuing dental education programs for dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, and other dental staff (250+ hours annually)
- Clinical/hands-on training programs
- In-service training for clinical staff/faculty
Wake Forest School of Medicine, Department 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.
** Concerns or complaints may be
addressed to: Pamela O. Hunt, RDH, BS, Director, Continuing Dental Education at
firstname.lastname@example.org or to the ADA
CERP at www/ada.org/cerp **
Department of Dentistry: DISCLAIMER
"Institutions providing dental education have an obligation to disseminate new knowledge related to dental practice. In doing so, some information or presentations may include controversial materials or commercial references. The Department of Dentistry acknowledges that there is potential risk to participants using limited knowledge when incorporating new techniques and procedures into their practices, especially when the continuing education program has not provided them with supervised clinical experience in the techniques or procedures to ensure that they have attained competence. Sponsorship of continuing education courses by the Department of Dentistry of Wake Forest School of Medicine does not imply endorsement of a particular philosophy, product or procedure by this institution."