PAGD Supercourse - Harrisburg Area

When:  Aug 19, 2022 from 08:30 AM to 03:30 PM (ET)
All regulatory required coursework for dentist, hygienist, and EFDA licensure, as well as required courses for office administration. Cost for attending is $150 for AGD/PAGD members and staff, $200 for nonmembers.

Concurrent Sessions

8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: OSHA Compliance and Safety Program Development, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

The program is designed to assist private-sector employers in the Commonwealth in understanding and voluntarily complying with applicable safety/health regulations enforced by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The objectives of this course are to:

  • Help employers recognize workplace hazards
  • Assist employers in developing and maintaining effective safety and health management programs

AGD Subject Code - 550 Practice Management


8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: The Opioid Crisis:  Rational Pain Management Strategies for Dentists by Michael Mermigas, DDS, FAGD

A review of effective pain management strategies for dentists.  The lecture includes the evaluation of patients at risk of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and appropriate referral.  The pharmacology of opioids and non-opioid analgesics will be emphasized


Upon completion of the program the attendee will be able to:

  • Evaluate dental patients with dental pain and prescribe appropriate analgesic regimens
  • Recognize dental patients at risk for Opioid Use Disorder/Substance Abuse Disorder and refer them for appropriate evaluation and treatment
  • Understand the pharmacologic principals involved in selecting analgesics commonly used in dental practice.

AGD Subject Code - 340 Pain Management and Anesthesia

General Sessions

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Radiation Safety for the Dental Professional by Julie Cleary MSEd, RDH

At this workshop, dental radiology expert Julie Cleary, RDH, MS Ed will discuss a review of radiation exposure and safety guidelines for dental radiographers, and advantages and disadvantages of different imaging techniques, with emphasis placed on ways to maximize diagnostic benefit while minimizing radiation risk.

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
  • Recognize common radiographic exposure errors and how to correct them.
  • Value and practice radiation protection procedures relating to the concepts of A.L.A.R.A. and A.L.A.D.A.
  • Describe the factors that determine biological effects of radiation in tissue.
  • Identify the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s regulations with regard to dental radiography.

AGD Subject Code - 730 Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology


1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse for Dental Professionals
 by Steve Neidlinger, CAE

The goal of this course is to help dental professionals gain an understanding of their role as mandated reporters in meeting your legal obligations in the area of child protection as per the Child Protective Services Law (CPSL). Attendees will be able to describe and apply current information on the CPSL, recognize elements and indicators of child abuse and neglect, and demonstrate reporting procedures.

AGD Subject Code - 130 Electives


University of Pittsburgh Child Welfare Resource Center
403 East Winding Hill Road
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
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