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56th Annual Colonel Allyn D. Burke Memorial Dental Symposium

Saturday, June 26, 2021 9:00am to 4:00pm

Virtual Event $245 Dentists; $165 Allied Dental Professionals
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Named in honor of Colonel Allyn D. Burke, a graduate of the College of Physicians and Surgeons (now the Dugoni School of Dentistry), this annual program showcases excellence in continuing dental education and honors the long-standing affiliation between military and non-military dental professionals throughout the United States. This year’s Burke Dental Symposium will be a one-day, live interactive webinar featuring two outstanding speakers: Amber D. Riley, MS, RDH, and Jeff Brucia, DDS.

Patients, Pills & Pathologies: Why Medical History Clues are Critical to  — General Dental Treatment
Amber D. Riley, MS, RDH

The number of Americans over the age of 65 exceeds 15% of the population and that number will increase by more than 20% over the next few decades. As patient longevity increases, so will the number of conditions, diseases and potential disabilities these patients will present within our dental chairs.  

On a daily basis, we encounter medically compromised patients with age-related diseases such as cancer, lifestyle-associated factors such as drug use and obesity, and abnormal physical conditions that demand a sharpened focus during treatment planning, delivery of care and periodontal maintenance in general dentistry. These patients require clinicians who have thoughtful insight into medicine and pharmacotherapies, and are capable of deducing findings from patient medical histories and are willing to collaborate with patients’ medical providers to provide optimal dental care. 

You Will Learn

  • Common medical disorders that general dentists encounter in their practice
  • How to recognize neurologic, behavioral and psychiatric disorders, including drug and alcohol abuse 
  • Drug interactions that are significant to dentistry
  • A review of basic epidemiology and pathophysiology
  • Accepted medical therapy and specific dental management recommendations

Overcoming Clinical Challenges in Restorative Dental Practice—An Evidence-Based and Pragmatic Approach
Jeff Brucia, DDS

Balancing a busy day in private practice with the many different materials and techniques we are all exposed to can be confusing, frustrating and overwhelming. Accurate diagnosis, proper material selection and excellent clinical skills are critical to managing teeth with failing restorations, deep caries and tooth cracks. Minimally invasive procedures have proven to provide predictable and long-lasting results when the best techniques are applied. During this fast-paced lecture, Dr. Brucia will use science to support the step-by-step clinical presentations of several cases. He will also introduce advanced restorative and adhesive concepts.

You Will Learn

  • To understand the different adhesive systems and the indications/limitations for use
  • Considerations for complete vs. partial caries removal
  • Diagnosis and clinical techniques for the treatment of cracked teeth

Who Should Attend:

This informative program is open to all dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants.

  • Tuition: $245 Dentists; $165 Allied Dental Professionals
  • Program: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Format: Live, interactive webinar hosted via Zoom
  • Credits: This activity is designated for 6 units of continuing education credit.


Amber Riley, MS, RDH, is a forensic dental consultant for the San Diego County Office of the Medical Examiner. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the International Association of Coroners & Medical Examiners. She is a member of the California Dental Hygienists’ Association and American Society of Forensic Odontology, and an associate member of the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health. She serves as an advisory board member to the Oral Cancer Foundation. She lectures internationally, covering evidence-based, oral-systemic topics for dental professionals, forensic odontology, oral pathology and substance misuse and abuse.

Jeff Brucia, DDS, is a graduate of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry where he is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences. He practices aesthetic and restorative dentistry full-time in San Francisco. Dr. Brucia is the co-director of the FACE Occlusion Study Club and serves as the chair of clinical education. He is the 2011 recipient of the Gordon J. Christensen Recognition Lecturer Award. Dr. Brucia is a fellow of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry and presently serves as academy vice president. He has also been selected by Dentistry Today as one of the top clinicians in dental continuing education.   

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