CE Seminar: The Opioid Epidemic - What Dental Professionals Should Know
Oct 05
October 05, 2019 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
UIC College of Dentistry

The Opioid Epidemic is a focus for all healthcare professionals; training personnel to reduce opioid substance use is a national priority. With the support of the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Pediatric Dentistry Department at UIC COD is proud to present this 4 hour CE program. We engage a Pediatric Dentist, a Dental Pain Specialist, a Psychiatrist and a Pharmacist to share their expertise and latest strategies on educating dental professionals to address issues of opioid abuse in pain management and identify and refer individuals with substance use disorders.

Our speakers will present current thinking on opioid topics that dental professionals will find practical and useful in clinical practice.

This is a free event providing 4 hours of CE Credit.

Register Online


What You Will Learn

  • To understand the current opioid crisis: latest statistics

  • To correctly manage acute and chronic orofacial pain and appropriately prescribe opioids and alternatives for adults and children

  • To identify clinical situations that may require prescription of opioids

  • To identify adults and children with opioid use disorders and refer for treatment

  • To recognize opioid seeking behaviors by patients and legal guardians of pediatric patients

  • How to correctly store and dispose of opioids and use the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

  • Best approaches to discuss opioid use disorder with patients and legal guardians of pediatric patients

  • When and where to refer for opioid addiction treatment

  • How to deliver safe dental care for patients who are addicted to opioids and those undergoing treatment for opioid abuse



The program will be held at the College of Dentistry, Lecture Hall South, 4th floor. Registration begins at 8:00 am. The program will be held from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. A continental breakfast will be provided.


CE Credit

Registration is complementary. The program will award 4 hours of CE credits.


About the Speakers

Christopher Holden MD is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Director of Addiction Psychiatry at University of Illinois College of Medicine.

Jasjot Sahni DDS FAAOP is Clinical Assistant Professor in Oral Medicine and Facial Pain Clinic at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry.

Ian Marion DDS MS is Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry and Director, Pre-Doctoral Pediatric Dentistry at University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry.

Adam Bursua, PharmD, BCPS is the Medication Safety and Quality Coordinator UI Health and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy.


Additional Learning Resources

Opioids – Information for Dentists: National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) 

The Opioid Crisis:  American Dental Association (ADA)

Comparison of Opioid Prescribing by Dentists in the United States and England: JAMA Network


Oral Cancer Chicago Walk In Memory of Susan Chang 2019
Sep 14
September 14, 2019 8:00 am to 11:00 am
UIC’s Les Miller Field (Curtis Granderson Stadium)

The Oral Cancer Foundation’s Third Annual Chicago Walk, in memory of Susan Chang, will take place on Saturday, September 14, from 8-11 a.m. at UIC’s Les Miller Field at Curtis Granderson Stadium (the UIC baseball/recreation fields) located at 901 W. Roosevelt Road. Please consider joining or supporting the UIC COD team. Dr. Beth Miloro, Clinical Assistant Professor, OMDS, is organizing College participants. Contact her at bmiloro@uic.edu.

Donate and Register Online


Online registration closes at 12 PM on September 13, 2019. After this date please register in person the morning of the event with cash/check/money order made payable to The Oral Cancer Foundation.The first 200 walkers/runners on-site will receive a free OCF bag!

Event Information

Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 8:00 AM - 11:30 PM

Les Miller Field at Curtis Granderson Stadium
901 West Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608

Registration: 8:00AM- 9:00AM
FREE Oral Cancer Screening/Raffle Sign-up/Kids Zone: 8:00AM-9:00AM
Opening Remarks: 9:00AM- 9:05AM
Speaker: 9:05AM -9:25AM
YOGA Warm-Up: 9:30-9:55AM
Walk Commencement: 10:00AM
Closing Remarks/Announcement of raffle winners: 11:00AM


Message from the Organizers

My mother, Susan Chang, was a remarkable woman. She was a brave and selfless woman who gave everything for everyone else; a person that words just cannot describe. She lost her life too soon at the age of 59 to nasopharyngeal carcinoma, a rare form of head and neck cancer.  This walk is a labor of love to honor my dear mother. This 1st annual walk will mark the one year anniversary of her passing, however her legacy will live on in our efforts to save others.

When you walk in the Oral Cancer Foundation Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the Oral Cancer Foundation (OCF) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support oral cancer survivors.

Thanks to Walkers and Donors like you, OCF has been able to fund multiple published research that aids in the fight agaist oral cancer.

Welcome Back! (2019)
Sep 03
September 03, 2019 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
UIC College of Dentistry

Join the college community for our annual College Welcome Back Event, “Altogether Extraordinary,” hosted by the College Student, Faculty, and Staff Relations Committee. A welcome celebration will take place from 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. on the fifth floor. A Success at the College Presentation will be held from 1 p.m. -1:30 p.m. in Lecture Hall South.

Enter to win prizes in a free raffle. Enjoy snacks and refreshments. 

We hope to see you there!  This is a welcome back you don't want to miss.


Presented by:

UIC College  of Dentistry Student, Faculty, and Staff Relations Committee


Healthcare Simulation Week 2019
Sep 16 to Sep 20
September 16, 2019 9:00 am to September 20, 2019 5:00 pm

Join UI Health and the seven UIC Health Sciences colleges in the national celebration of Healthcare Simulation Week 2019 on September 16-20. This campaign is focused on bringing greater awareness to the extraordinary simulation assets that exist across UI Health. Join your classmates and colleagues in exploring the wide variety of educational and health delivery methods here at UIC / UI  Health where simulation is making a difference in the training and experience of our students and clinical experts.

As leaders in health care delivery, translational research and education across multiple diverse disciplines, UI Health is committed to training the health care leaders of the future. One element of modern education for practitioners and students today is through medical simulation techniques.


Simulation at UIC / UI Health

Using specially trained actors, advanced manikins of all ages and high-tech environments, learners at UIC can practice clinical communication and decision making skills, and get hands on training in medical diagnosis, treatment and care.

UIC Health Sciences simulation by the numbers

  • UIC has more than 5 dedicated simulation labs
  • That occupy about 52,000 square feet of space, including an mock operating room
  • Educate more than 20,000 learners each year
  • Provides more than 50,000 hours of learning each year
  • All seven health sciences colleges at UIC incorporate simulation into their courses

Learn more about Simulation at UIC / UI Health  


UIC is a University for the Future

UIC health sciences educational programs utilize high-tech, high-fidelity, hands-on simulation labs across many health care disciplines. Simulating healthcare delivery is an important part of improving Access to Excellence for health sciences education and clinical practice. UIC is proud to deliver positive Public and Social Impact as a leader in educating future doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, public health, social work and applied health professionals. 


Oral Health Education Simulation at UIC

Watch these videos to learn more about how we use simulation in our dental and other health sciences training curriculums.


video-play65.png  VIDEO:  Simulation in Oral Health Training

As leaders in health care delivery, translational research and education across multiple diverse disciplines, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry and UI Health are committed to training the health care leaders of the future. A key element in our curriculum is training using medical simulation techniques. Watch as our students utilize the latest in dental health simulation technology to change the future of oral health.


video-play65.png  VIDEO:  IGNITE a new future in surgical simulation

IGNITE a new future in surgical simulation from Illinois Medicine on Vimeo.

University of Illinois College of Medicine's chief of the division of general, minimally invasive and robotic surgery, Pier Giulianotti, MD, FACS describes a new future for surgery, simulation and the innovative medicine that is happening here. Dr. Giulianotti holds the Lloyd Nyhus Chair in Minimally-Invasive and Robotic surgery and has been the first surgeon in the world to perform a significant series of complex robotic procedures and has personally performed more than 2,000 robot assisted surgeries.



UI Health Sciences New Student Welcome 2019
Sep 10
September 10, 2019 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Arthington Mall - Student Center West Quad

All new health sciences students are invited to join the celebration for refreshments and networking among other the seven UIC health sciences colleges for a welcome picnic on campus.

The celebration will feature Second City faculty member and UIC Business Professional Development Program's Ranjit Souri, MBA - as he presents "Improvisation for Healthcare Professionals."

The event will also feature other opportunities to connect with student groups and organizations that specifically have cross-cutting interprofessional interest for health sciences students including the IHI Open Chapter and UIC Diversity & Cultural Centers.

More information and RSVP



Urban Health Program (UHP) Dentistry Open House
Oct 03
October 03, 2019 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
UIC College of Dentistry

Join the UIC College of Dentistry Urban Health Program (UHP) in our annual open house.

Prospective students will participate in pre-dental activities, a tour of the dental school, and a personal statement writing workshop. All activities will be led by the Student National Dental Association and the Hispanic Student Dental Association.

This event is designed for underrepresented minority pre-dental students interested in the DMD program.  

Are you a dentist trained outside of the US? Check out our DMD-AS webinar specifically designed for foreign trained dentists

Register online



About the Urban Health Program at UIC College of Dentistry

The mission of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Urban Health Program (UHP), is to recruit, retain and graduate African American/Black, Latinx, and American Indian pre-college, undergraduate pre-health, graduate and professional students with interest in the health sciences. 

We are committed to providing avenues for early exposure to the dental professions for students from traditionally underrepresented groups; academic enrichment opportunities for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from underrepresented populations who are interested in or pursuing degrees in the Oral Health Sciences; and supporting and participating in community health initiatives and programs, particularly those that are concerned with addressing oral health disparities and community health.

Learn more about the Urban Health Program


dentist office team
Aug 31
August 31, 2019 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
UIC College of Dentistry

In this special continuing education credit seminar,  Daniel J. Melker will discuss the importance of the TEAM approach in successful long-term management of challenging restorative and periodontal cases.  The program will be held at the College of Dentistry, Lecture Hall South, 4th floor. Registration begins at 8:00 am. The program will be held from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Registration is complementary.

This course will emphasize the TEAM approach in treating comprehensive periodontal and restorative cases and includes: 

  • Diagnosis as it relates to restorative treatment and the understanding of key principles of the TEAM approach in the maintenance of guarded teeth.
  • Understand Biologic Shaping as an adjunct to conventional periodontal surgery and the importance of core buildups and provisionalization.
  • Understand the periodontal and restorative aspects of cosmetic dentistry and surgical treatment strategies for altered active and passive eruption to create the ideal esthetic result.
  • Discuss the predictability of this approach for long-term success.

CE Credit

The program will award 6 hours of CDE credits.


About the Speaker

Daniel J. Melker

Dr. Melker attended the University of Florida from 1966 to 1969 and Emory University from 1969 to 1973. He completed his specialty training in Periodontics from Boston University School of Dentistry in 1975. Dr. Melker has been in private practice for the past thirty nine years in Clearwater, Florida. Dr. Melker lectures nationally and internationally including presentation in Periodontics and Prosthodontic residency programs across the country. Dr. Melker has published articles in The International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry, Academy of General Dentistry, Contemporary Esthetics, Dentaltown, JIACD, Chairside Dentistry and Dentistry Today. Dr. Melker is also a two-time Gold Medal recipient from The Florida Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Melker clinical research activities include studies investigating the utilization of Actisite® tetracycline delivery system and Emdogain enamel protein matrix in bone regenerative procedures.  


Registration and More Information

To register, email at: maguzman@uic.edu

Questions? Call: 847-413-5787 or email at: maguzman@uic.edu



About the TEAM Approach

This presentation will demonstrate the importance of the TEAM approach in successful long-term management of challenging restorative and periodontal cases.  The TEAM approach begins and relies on the restorative dentist’s ability to incorporate bonded composite resins and provisionalization of a structurally compromised tooth or teeth. Thereafter, the surgeon creates a cleansable, biologically compatible root surface through biologically driven surgical principles. The result of the TEAM approach is successful, long-term retention of the severely compromised dentition.