"Oral Health in the 21st Century: Implications for Dental and Medical Education, Training and Practice"

R. Bruce Donoff, MD, DMD

CE Credit hours:1

The delivery of oral health care is confronted with several factors promoting change. Improved science is leading to medical treatment of surgical disease include dental decay and periodontal disease. Our population is aging so older patients with more chronic diseases visit the dentist. A better understanding of the whole patient is needed. Lastly, we need to confront the issue of access to oral health care for all.

Upon completion, participants will be able to understand:

  • Why are medicine and dentistry siloed?
  • Can a solution improve the primary care practice of medicine and oral health access?
  • How realistic is the status quo for the dental profession?

R. BRUCE DONOFF, MD, DMD received his DMD from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) in 1967 and his MD from the Harvard Medical School in 1973. Dr. Donoff’s professional career has centered on Harvard’s Faculty of Medicine and the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Donoff is the Dean of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He has made major contributions in research with interests in wound healing, bone graft survival, sensory nerve repair and oral cancer. He is an acclaimed author and lecturer and helped launch the Harvard Initiative - Integrating Oral Health and Medicine.

Dr. Donoff served twelve years on the Board of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation and is former President of the Friends of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. He is the editor of the MGH Manual of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the Massachusetts Dental Society Journal. He currently is a member of the Council on Dental Education and serves on the Licensure Committee and chairs the Dental Admission Test Committee.