Risk Management – Avoiding Lawsuits

UCSF Parnassus Campus - N-217

Online registration is closed, you may register on-site

This course will discuss current medicolegal issues in general dentistry and the dental specialties. It will include the experience of surgeons, pathologists, and attorneys. Presentations will be illustrated with case histories from the perspective of defending dentists, and providing expert testimony. Faculty will cover how the risk landscape has changed over the years and emphasize contemporary issues including:

  • Malpractice related to enlarged follicles around unerupted teeth, oral pathology including delayed diagnosis of tumors, and many more specific situations encountered in daily dental practice.
  • Nerve damage during dental procedures.

Course Benefits:

  • Discuss concerns that practitioners have with regard to the current standard of care in a number of different issues
  • Review possible liability issues with purchasing cone-beam CT scanners
  • Discuss delayed the concerns regarding diagnosis, misdiagnosis, and delays in treatment where pathology is concerned

Educational Objectives:

  • Define how to minimize the risk of wrong tooth extraction
  • Apply improved informed consent in your practice
  • Diagnose and manage oral pathology lesions
  • Describe how to prevent, evaluate and manage nerve injuries related to dental treatment

Intended Audience:
This course should be of value to general dentists, dental specialists, dental hygienists and dental assistant.


M. Anthony ‘Tony’ Pogrel, DDS, MD, FRCS, FACS
Professor, Associate Dean for Hospitals, Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, UCSF School of Dentistry

Dr. Pogrel received his dental degree from Liverpool University, England, and his medical degree from Aberdeen University, Scotland. He remains a full-time faculty member with a full scope oral surgery practice.

Richard Jordan, DDS, MSc, PhD, FRCPath
Professor of Oral Pathology, Pathology and Radiation Oncology, UCSF School of Dentistry

Dr. Jordan is Director of Oral Pathology in the Dermato pathology and Oral Pathology Service and co-director of the NRG Oncology Biobank. He is board certified in both oral medicine and oral and maxillofacial pathology in the US and Canada, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists.

Arthur Curley, JD
Senior Trial Attorney, Bradley, Curley, Asiano, Barrabee & Crawford, PC

After graduating from UC Berkeley with honors in 1970, Arthur obtained his JD in 1974 from the University of California, Hastings School of Law, in San Francisco.

CDE Coursework Units:
7 Category I Units

Dentist - $299
Auxiliary - $229

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Tuition includes continental breakfast, electronic course materials (if available), and parking.

Tuition refund, less a $50 cancellation fee, will be issued only for cancellations received in writing at least 3 business days prior to the start date of the course. No refunds will be issued for late cancellations or no-shows. We reserve the right to cancel any course due to circumstances beyond our control; under those circumstances we will refund all course fee payments. Please be aware that UCSF School of Dentistry CDE is not responsible for reimbursement of nonrefundable airline tickets or any other travel expenses in the event that a course is cancelled