Two high quality seminars brought to you by two outstanding professionals, each designed to specifically meet your continuing education needs. Sign-up for one, or both! The seminars are free of charge to Maryland AGD members.


Infectious Control

Featuring Lori Serna-Pate, RDH, MEd

8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

2L CE Credits

AGD 148


Featuring Richard L. Wynn, PhD

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

2L CE Credits
AGD 010 

Course Description:

Meeting the infection control needs of every dental practice should not be an overwhelming process.  An understanding of the applicable laws, prevention techniques and a common-sense approach can produce a simple effective, ongoing program that protects patient and providers alike.  A review of current research will provide a scientific basis for infection control policies.  Understanding the required protocols and procedures that would be evaluated during a compliance inspection will be included.  The course is designed to help satisfy the annual training requirement for MOSH compliance as well as provide infection control continuing education credits required for Maryland dental renewal of license.

Course Description:

Proper Pharmacologic Prescribing and Disposal for Dental Practitioners is a continuing education course designed to articulate and inform licensees about the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners requirements (COMAR 10.44.22) and to address the role that dental practitioners play in preventing prescription drug abuse.

Every dentist seeking renewal must complete a two-hour board-approved course on proper prescribing and disposal of prescription drugs. Dentists who do not prescribe prescription drugs are not exempt. For dentists holding drug dispensing permits, the course may not be taken to fulfill the continuing education requirements contained in SB 603, Chapter 267, Laws of Maryland 2012. This course fulfills the new MSBDE (COMAR 10.44.22) requirement for relicensure.

This seminar will cover:


  • Proper prescription writing

  • Review of DEA schedule of controlled substances

  • The most commonly abused prescribed drugs

  • Opioid dependency and educating patients when prescribing

  • Alternatives to opioid therapy for treating patients experiencing pain

  • Prescribing for non-patients or family members without a documented history of treatment

  • Prescribing for non-dental purposes

  • Recognizing the dependent patients and the “doctor shoppers”

  • Self-prescribing and diversion

  • Availability of support services for dependent practitioners

  • Safeguarding prescription pads and the use of electronic prescribing

  • Best practices for appropriate handling and disposal of medications and controlled substances

About the Speaker:

Lori Serna-Pate has been in the dental field for over 30 years.  She studied Microbiology at San Diego State University and soon found out that she enjoyed being around people too much to be in a lab all day.  Loma Linda University is where Lori became a Dental Hygienist. 


Her love for microbes led her to volunteer to be the Infection Control officer wherever she practiced.  She has been enjoying helping others with Infection Control and Regulatory compliance needs for 20 years now. 


Her interactive and entertaining courses employ a practical approach to enable health professionals to survive the changing array of communicable disease laws and work safely in today’s dental office. 


Since coming to Maryland in 2015 she has enjoyed presenting programs for MAGD, MSDA, various Dental Societies as well as Dental Study groups

About the Speaker:

Richard L. Wynn, PhD, is Professor of Pharmacology at the Dental School, University of Maryland, Baltimore. He was awarded the BS in Pharmacy, MS and PhD degrees all from the University of Maryland. He was a practicing pharmacist for 10 years. He chaired the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Maryland Dental School from 1980 to 1990, and the Departments of Pharmacology and Biochemistry, 1990-1995. Previously he chaired the Department of Oral Biology at the University of Kentucky Dental School in Lexington. His research laboratories have contributed to development of fentanyl-type intravenous anesthetics, inhalant anesthetics and agents for control of chemotherapy-induced nausea. He has to his credit over 400 publications including original research articles, textbooks, book chapters, and monographs. He has given continuing education seminars since 1975 to dental professionals in the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe. He is the lead author and chief editor of Drug Information Handbook for Dentistry, now in its 25th edition, published by LexiComp, Inc. He is the lead dental content author for the LexiComp Online Dental Web Applications including Iphone, Ipad and Android platforms. He is a consultant to the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners in course development for opiate prescribing and disposal for Maryland licensees. His chief interest is in teaching pharmacology to dental and dental hygiene students, and in keeping dental professionals informed of current and new drug information relative to dental practice.