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Leading the Way to the Safest Dental Visit™ is OSAP's annual educational conference; 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 2016 OSAP Annual Conference, 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.

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Educational Highlights by Day (Subject to change until final program posted)


  • Preconference programs for educators, consultants and corporate members


  • Optional Early-bird Session: Medical Device Reprocessing: Identifying the Gaps in Reprocessing Dental Devices
  • Dr. John S. Zapp Memorial Keynote Lecture featuring nationally known author, speaker and consultant Andy Goodman (The Goodman Center) address "Framing the Infection Control Story: Advice from a World-Class Storyteller"
  • Regulations/Recommendations Panel
  • Antibiotic Resistance in Dentistry
  • Emerging and Reemerging Diseases
  • Lessons Learned from a Recent Outbreak in Georgia
  • Concurrent sessions
    • 50+ Tools & Apps for More Effective IP&S
    • Instructions for Use (IFUs): A Critical Part of Device Marketing and Use
    • Responsible Antibiotic Prescribing


  • HIV, HCV, HPV: Going Viral
  • Compliance Briefs
    • 7 Questions to Determine if Your Practice is In or Out of Compliance
    • Gameification as a Compliance Tool
    • Using Basecamp to Efficiently Manage Compliance Projects
    • Parasitic Infections and the Dental Patient
    • Team Effort to Evaluate and Measure the Success of an Infection Control Program
    • How am I Held Accountable to the CDC Guidelines? Aren't They Just Recommendations?
    • First, Do No Harm - Key Lessons I've Learned to Help Ensure the Safety of Free Dental Clinics
    • Patient Safety Strategies to Prevent Adverse Events Caused by Dental Students
    • Dental Unit Waterline Testing at the VA - Lessons Learned
    • Resource to Understand Infection Control CE Requirements by State
  • Concurrent Sessions
    • New CDC Summary & Checklist
    • Opiod Safety
    • Global Infection Prevention Best Practices
    • Compliance in Multi-Location Settings
    • Infection Control Products: What Do Clinicians Need?
    • Time-out! (Patient Safety Strategy for Dentistry)
  • Workshops
    • Storytelling
    • Updating OSAP's DUWL Position Paper
  • Buckle Your Seatbelts - Checklists that Work


  • Certification Workshop
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Pre-Conference Workshops                     

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


  • An Intuitive Approach to Becoming a Better Educator and Trainer. An experience communications coach in dentistry, Katherine Eitel Belt will describe a revolutionary training program that borrows from nature to enhance teaching effectiveness, influence others and build expertise within the community. 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 round table session offers a supportive environment to discuss common conundrums and practice the techniques demonstrated in the previous lecture. Additionally, potential lecture content and curriculum design for patient safety will be described.
  • Consultants' Breakout: Infection control consultants will have the opportunity to spend more time with Ms. Eitel who will demonstrate how to create discover-based learning and methods to gain buy-in from learners to produce proficiency, confidence and mastery of the material.
  • Corporate 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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Post-Conference Workshop                   

Certifying Dental Infection Preventionists: Employing a flipped-classroom format, certification expert Cindy Durley will highlight the key differences between Assessment-Based Certificates and Professional Certification programs, and how digital badging may be used for additional professional recognition. The workshop will also describe a new OSAP/DANB initiative designed to advance dental safety. This workshop is free for OSAP Annual Conference attendees however participants must register in order to receive the prework required to fully participate.


OSAP is pleased to welcome World Class infection prevention and safety experts to its 2016 Annual Conference.  Click HERE for the 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 2016 OSAP Annual Conference 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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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 2016 OSAP Annual Conference.  Click HERE to download the Annual Conference Justification Toolkit.

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