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Continuing Dental Education

Course Information

Winning the War Against the Germs Within - Strategies for Identifying and Subduing the Enemies!

Course Closed Course Has Already Been Held
Date: Friday, November 1, 2013
Time: 1:15pm - 4:30pm
Credit: 3 hours
Location: The Friday Center
Cost: $135.00 Dentist
$105.00 Team Member
Sponsor: Diagnostic Sciences & General Dentistry


Course Description
Identification and appropriate treatment of oral infectious diseases is becoming an increasingly more important part of medical and dental practice throughout the world as increasing numbers of resistant organisms threaten to thwart our strategies to eliminate them and provide safety and relief for our patients and ourselves. Antibiotic resistance is becoming a huge problem throughout the world due to prescribing for the incorrect diseases, prescribing suboptimal doses and prescribing for reduced amounts of time. A number of non-infectious diseases of the oral cavity are often erroneously treated as infectious diseases, increasing the problem even more. In this course, Dr. Murrah will increase your ability to identify infectious lesions and their masqueraders so that patients can be treated appropriately and so that the risk to others for infection is avoided. Patients, providers and their families will all benefit from the knowledge gained in this course. Dr. Murrah will address human papillomavirus, herpes, coxsackie, candida, varicella, actinomyces and others. Our theme is: pass the knowledge along and not the disease!

1. Participants will be able to describe specific treatment protocols for managing common pathogens.
2. Participants will be able to describe mistakes that are commonly made in treating infectious conditions in the mouth.
3. Participants will be able to describe multiple oral lesions that are mistakenly identified as infectious diseases.
4. The knowledge gained will enable the health care provider to feel safer as a practitioner in a world full of germs and will provide him/her with the information to educate patients so that they will feel safer, as well!

Dr. Valerie Murrah currently serves as a professor and chair of the School of Dentistry Department of Diagnostic Sciences and General Dentistry. She also holds a joint appointment with the UNC School of Medicine in the pathology and otolarynology.

Dr. Murrah obtained her D.M.D. from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville before pursuing her advanced training in oral and maxillofacial pathology at the University of Minnesota and her anatomic pathology training at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. She served on the faculty at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry from 1983-87 where she was Director of the Oral Diagnosis and Emergency Clinics and the school's first Infection Control Committee Chair. In 1988, Dr. Murrah joined the Department of Pathology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. In 1994, she moved to Atlanta and joined the Pathology Department at Emory University School of Medicine where she served as research director for the Division of Oral, Head and Neck Pathology.

Dr. Murrah has received teaching awards from multiple universities. Her research focuses on tobacco and viral co-factors in oral carcinogenesis and aspects of gene therapy for oral cancer.

- M.S., Oral Pathology, University of Minnesota, 1983
- D.M.D., Dentistry, Southern Illinois University, 1980
- MA. Ed., Education, Washington University, 1977
- B.A., Biology, Washington University, 1972

Refund Policy
Since considerable advance planning is necessary for this continuing education program, a registration refund, less a $50 fee, will be issued for cancellations received by October 25, 2013. The cancellation fee is necessary to cover materials and facilities costs incurred for each participant, which are non-refundable to us. No refunds will be issued after October 25, 2013.

The University reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course due to unforeseen circumstances. In the event of cancellation or postponement, the University will fully refund registration fees but is not responsible for any related costs or expenses to participants, including cancellation fees assessed by hotels, airlines, rental car or travel agencies.

Disclosure Statement
In accordance with the ADA CERP Standard V., everyone involved in planning or presenting this educational activity will be required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests and this information will be made available to participants at the start of the activity.