Best Practices: COVID-19 Testing in the Dental Office

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Course Description:
This course presents information about currently available COVID-19 tests, their application in dental practices, testing protocols, and compliance issues related to testing. Over the past ten months, several tests for COVID-19 have become available. Some are laboratory-based and some are point-of-care tests. They vary in their approved applications and many are used “off-label” for an unapproved purpose. This course will present the limitations of the most popular tests and discuss which tests are preferable for screening asymptomatic patients.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the applications and limitations of antibody and antigen/viral RNA tests for COVID-19
  • Describe the currently approved uses of antigen and molecular tests and understand the sensitivity and specificity of these tests
  • Know how to apply for a CLIA Certificate of Waiver to allow point-of-care testing

Presenters:

Gary T. Chiodo, DMD, FACD

Dr. Gary Chiodo of Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) was appointed as the interim dean of the University of Washington School of Dentistry in 2018. From 2014 to 2017, Dr. Chiodo served as vice president and system compliance officer/organizational integrity with PeaceHealth, a non-profit chain of hospitals, medical clinics, and laboratories located in Alaska, Washington, and Oregon. At OHSU, he was a longtime faculty member in the Department of Public Health Dentistry, earning promotion to full professor in 1992. He served as the interim dean at OHSU from 2012 to 2014. Dr. Chiodo received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Portland State University in 1974 and his DMD from the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center in 1978. He earned a Certificate in Health Care Ethics from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 1992. For two decades at the start of his career, he practiced at an OHSU public health dental clinic that treated the majority of identified HIV-positive persons in Oregon and southwest Washington. He is now Professor Emeritus at OHSU. He has served on state and national committees related to public health, ethics, and infectious diseases. He has lectured internationally on these issues and has published more than 100 related peer-reviewed articles.

In March 2020, the University of Washington Board of Regents approved Dr. Chiodo’s appointment as permanent dean and professor for the University of Washington School of Dentistry.

Disclosures: There are no conflicts of interest or disclosures to report for this CDE offering.

Refunds: You do not need to cancel your registration if unable to participate. We will send future educational opportunities that may better fit your schedule. 

Content Expert: Gary T. Chiodo, DMD, FACD, University of Washington, School of Dentistry

ADA CERP Recognized Provider

Arcora Foundation is an ADA CERP Recognized 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. Arcora Foundation designates this activity for one continuing education credit.

Target Audience: This course is designed for dental professionals.

If you have questions or would like more information about this course, please contact Karen Lewis at klewis@ArcoraFoundation.org or 206-528-7344.

Original Release Date: January 2021

Expiration Date: January 2024