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Infection Control: Gaining the Edge is OSAP's annual educational symposium; a richly constructed conference combining world class education with valuable networking activities. You will leave with new information, resources and products to help you better address your infection prevention and safety challenges. You also will meet new colleagues who share your interest in this critically important topic area.

After attending the 2015 OSAP symposium, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe current and emerging issues related to infection prevention and safety in oral healthcare settings; 
  2. List new resources, tools and networks to optimize compliance;
  3. Identify important attributes to develop and enhance global leadership for the optimal delivery of infection prevention and safety.

The course descriptions and educational objectives may be downloaded HERE.

SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE (downloadable version)

8 am -6 pm Conference Check-in and Badge Distribution
9 am International Orientation
9 am-12 pm Self-guided Tours of National Museum of Dentistry (ticket required - see registration form for details)
1-2 pm IC Coordinators Program - CDE 1 Eve Cuny MS; Kathy Eklund RDH, MHP
2:15-4:15 pm

Consultants Preconference - CDE 2
Getting Published/Getting Booked

Kevin Henry and Vanessa Emerson
Educators Preconference - CDE 2
6 Sigma/IC App
Beth Gray RDH, MS; Sorin Teich DMD, MBA; Fady Faddoul DDS, MS
2:30-4 pm  Corporate Forum  Mike Smurr and Marguerite Walsh 
4:15-5 pm Membership Meeting for All OSAP Members
5-7 pm Exhibitor Wine & Cheese and Research Abstracts (CDE - 1 for Scientific Abstracts)
FRIDAY 6:30-10 am Conference Check-in and Badge Distribution           
6:30-7:30 am

First Timers Continental Breakfast (pre-registration required)

7:30-8:30 am Coffee with Exhibitors
8:30-9:15 am
Opening Ceremonies, Awards and Greetings from CDC
9:15-10:15 am
Dr. John Zapp Memorial Lecture: Diseases Update, C-Diff and Antibiotic Resistance - CDE 1 L. Clifford McDonald MD, FACP, FSHEA
10:15-10:30 am Break
10:30 am - 12 pm Federal Compliance Agency Briefing-CDE 1.5 Jennifer Cleveland DDS, MPH; CAPT Renee Joskow, DDS, MPH; Michael Pannell PhD, CIH; Susan Runner DDS, MA; Stephen Tomasino, PhD; Shannon Mills, DDS (Facilitator)
12-2 pm Box Lunch with Exhibitors

2-3 pm




a. Global HIV Update - CDE 1 David Reznik DDS 
b. A New Mobile Platform to Monitor Infection Control Compliance - CDE 1 Sorin Teich DMD, MBA; Fady Faddoul DDS, MS 
c. Special Interest Groups  - CDE 1 (Sterilization Certifications for FQHCs)
d. Infection Control Challenges with Humanitarian Mission Trips - CDE 1 Francis Serio DMD, MS, MBA 
3:15-4:15 pm Adaptation of Airline Crew Resource Management Principles and Checklists to Dentistry - CDE 1 H. Mark Pinsky DDS 
4:15-5:15 pm Interprofessional Collaboration to Advance Safety - CDE 1 Richard Valachovic DMD, MPH
5:15-5:45 Infection Control Leadership Attributes - CDE .5 John Molinari PhD
5:45-7:30 pm 19th Annual Auction
 SATURDAY 6:30-7:30 am Instructions for Use (IFUs) - CDE 1 Charles Hughes
7:30-8:30 am Coffee with Exhibitors
8:30-9:30 am The Dental Patient Safety Initiative - An Update - CDE 1
Elsbeth Kalenderian DDS, MPH, PhD 
9:30-10 am Break with Exhibitors
10-11 am
a. Developing a Culture of Patient Safety Within the Royal Canadian Dental Corps - CDE 1
Shoba Ranganathan LLM, MHSA, MSc, CHE; LCol Brenda Joy CD, BSc, DDS, MSc, Dip Perio
b. Special Interest Groups - CDE 1 (New Product Needs for Infection Control)
c. Dental Unit Waterlines - What's New and/or Noteworthy? - CDE 1
Shannon Mills DDS; Nuala Porteous BDS, MPH
d. 6 Sigma Methodology (repeat) -CDE 1 Beth Gray RDH, MS
11:15 am-12:15 pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS (Pick One)
a. Global Roundtable - From Guidelines to Compliance - CDE 1 Fiona Collins BDS, MBA, MA; Liliana Donatelli; Andrew Smith BDS, PhD
b. Manufacturer's IFUs - CDE 1 (REPEAT)
Charles Hughes
c. How to Set Up a Post-exposure Management Program in Your Facility - CDE 1 Kathy Eklund RDH, MHP 
d. D-Prep: What is it and why is it important? - CDE 1 Louis DePaola DDS, MS 
12:15-1:30 pm Lunch
1:30-2:30 pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS (Pick One)
a. What's New on Infection Control for Handpieces? - CDE 1 Andrew Smith BDS, PhD
b. Quality Improvement Challenges from the Patient Point of View - A Case Study Exercise - CDE 1  Elsbeth Kalenderian DDS, MPH, PhD 
c. IC Coordinators Roles & Responsibilities- (repeat) CDE 1 Eve Cuny MS; Kathy Eklund RDH, MHP
d. Anatomy of a Disease - CDE 1
Fiona Collins BDS, MBA, MA
2:45-3:45 pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS (Pick One)
 a. Eye Safety - CDE 1 Peter Arsenault DMD, MS
b. The Power of Clean and Instrument Flow - CDE 1  Peggy Spitzer RDH, MA; Lt Col Kelli Mack DDS 
c. What's Noteworthy or New Regarding  Infection Control in the Dental Lab? - CDE 1  Gary Morgan CDT 
d. CDC's One World Campaign and Relevance to Dentistry - CDE 1 Larry Williams, DDS 
4-5 pm  Capstone: New Resources, Tools and Networks to Optimize Compliance - CDE 1  Eve Cuny MS; Shannon Mills DDS 
5:30 pm Baltimore Harbor Cruise (ticket required - see registration form for details)
7 pm Dinner around town  
 SUNDAY 8-9 am Special Interest Groups -(Compliance Challenges and Solutions)  CDE 1
9-11:30 am  Committee Meetings 


Click HERE for links to the presentation slide decks and other resources sorted by speaker and topic. Note, this continues to be updated as speakers supply additional materials.

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Pre-Conference Workshops                     

Back by popular demand are the optional pre-session workshops. These workshops are complimentary to OSAP Symposium registrants but attendees must sign-up to ensure their seat is reserved.


  • What is an Infection Control Coordinator? This session will describe the role and responsibilities for this important function for every dental practice. A 1-hour session just prior to the Educators and Consultants breakouts. Everyone is invited to attend.
  • Educators' Breakout: this 2-hour session is specially designed by and for educators who teach infection control and safety in oral healthcare institutions. The session will include presentations and discussion time to optimize peer learning.
  • Consultants' Breakout: similar to the Educator's Breakout, this session addresses the specific needs, challenges and successes that infection control and safety consultants face every day in their in-office visits as well as working with groups and companies.
  • Corporate Members' Forum: this is an annual opportunity for OSAP Corporate members to hear about OSAP's future plans for its corporate community as well as provide valuable feedback to the OSAP Board of Directors.

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Special Interest Groups            

OSAP members have expressed a need for more time built into the annual symposium to discuss issues for a better understanding of the nuances and to collaborate on potential solutions. To address this, OSAP is introducing a new “Special Interest Group (SIG)” format in 2015.

The OSAP SIGs will be round-table sessions for facilitated conversations around issues of import for OSAP attendees. Discussion will be informal to foster collaboration and identify solutions. A facilitator will guide discussion and the group will define the issue, discuss their experience with the issue - what has worked, what hasn't. The group will identify available resources that may be shared to address the issue and finally determine how OSAP can help advance the group's interest in developing solutions.

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OSAP is pleased to welcome World Class infection prevention and safety experts to its 2015 Symposium. Click HERE for a complete list of faculty.

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Continuing Dental Education

OSAP is an ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (CERP) Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

OSAP designates this activity for up to 18 continuing education credits.

Participants requesting professional continuing education credits will receive a CE verification form to record the CE numbers for the specific courses they attend. To receive continuing education credit, participants must sign in at the conference, attend the sessions, record the assigned CE number for each lecture attended (note: CE verification numbers are announced at the end of each session), and complete the required evaluation forms. Attendees maintain their CE verification form as proof of participation in the educational programming.


All participating faculty are expected to disclose to the audience any significant financial interest or other relationship with:

  1. the manufacturer of any commercial products and/or provider of commercial services discussed in an educational presentation and
  2. any commercial supporters of the activity.

CE Disclaimer

The Scientific Program of the 2015 OSAP Annual Symposium is planned and presented by the OSAP Educational Program Committee to provide attendees with a relevant and rewarding continuing educational experience. However, neither the content of a course nor the use of specific products in lectures or workshops should be construed as indicating endorsement or approval by OSAP of the views presented or the products used.

Speakers and authors of CE activities are required to present a balanced view of therapeutic options, use generic names of products whenever possible, and refrain from marketing or promoting any products or commercial services. Speakers and authors of CE activities are required to disclose to participants any financial, commercial, or promotional interest in a product or company that may influence their presentations. However, OSAP shall not be liable for a speaker's failure to disclose such interest.

Please be advised that courses, speakers or scheduling may change without notice.

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OSAP announces a call for scientific abstracts to be presented during the 2015 Symposium on Thursday, May 28. The objective of the call is to advance development of OSAP's dental infection prevention and patient/provider research agenda specifically related to:

  • prevention and control of healthcare associated infections (HAIs) among dental patients.
  • prevention and control of occupationally acquired injuries and infectious disease among dental healthcare personnel. 

The DEADLINE for submission of abstracts is Friday, April 24, 2015. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by Tuesday, April 28, 2015. All non-student applicants with accepted abstracts will be granted a $100 discount on symposium registration. NOTE TO STUDENTS: All full-time students with abstracts that have been accepted will receive a special student-abstract rate of $75 for the symposium if registered by May 1, 2015.

Click HERE to download the Abstract Submission Form and additional details.

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The current economy is forcing everyone to carefully manage budgets. Meeting attendance is especially scrutinized to ensure the investment of time and money is worth the price.

OSAP has assembled materials to help participants prepare a thoughtful justification that clearly demonstrates the value of attending the 2015 OSAP Symposium.  Click HERE to download the Symposium Justification Toolkit.

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Also available to review: OSAP 2014 Symposium Content, OSAP 2013 Symposium Proceedings, OSAP 2012 Symposium Content, OSAP 2011 Symposium Content

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