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Continuing Dental Education

The Department of Dental Hygiene at The University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque strives to improve and enhance oral health care through education, research and patient care. The department is committed to providing continuing dental education (CDE) to practicing dental hygienists, dentists, dental technicians and dental assistants so that they maintain and continuously improve their knowledge and skills throughout their professional lives.

The CDE program ranges in scope from clinical and laboratory education to formal conferences with internationally recognized speakers. CDE focuses efforts on providing education to New Mexicans, but encourages national and international attendance. The program's goals are to:

  • Improve the knowledge and clinical skills of dental professionals
  • Introduce dental professionals to new ideas and techniques as they become available
  • Develop and maintain lifelong habits of study, education and receptivity to changing ideas in the practice of dental hygiene and dentistry
  • Encourage understanding of the ethical and legal issues affecting the practice of dental hygiene and dentistry
  • Foster interdisciplinary education and promote collaborative practice for underserved communities

CDE activities and services include hands-on clinical experiences, targeted training in new therapeutic techniques, lectures, panel discussions, workshops, symposia and the use of electronic technology.

Summer Symposium

The Division of Dental Hygiene hosted the Focus on the Future [PDF] Summer Symposium in 2018 and published the white paper from this symposium in the Summer of 2019.  This was the beginning of a state-wide initiative to strengthen the viability of the dental hygiene profession in New Mexico, unify the voice of dental hygienists in New Mexico and improve the oral health of all New Mexicans. 

Journal Club

The dental residency program hosts Journal Club and case presentations throughout the year. Continuing education credits are offered for Dental Medicine courses, which are accredited by the American Dental Association's Continuing Education and Recognition Program. Community dentists are invited to attend. Contact the department for more information.
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