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Vaccinations by Dentists: A New Role in Primary Care
What role can dentists play in providing vaccinations for their patients? This webinar addresses why dentists should be considered primary care providers, and how their background makes them well-trained for providing vaccines. Participants will learn about the collaborative process for developing and passing legislation, the additional training recommended for dentists to include vaccinations as part of their scope of practice, and its implementation in the state of Oregon. Come and get an overview of the vaccines most likely to be initiated first in dental practice, learn about potential barriers as well as vaccinations amid the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and about current and future opportunities for dentists in the overall healthcare system

Jan 27, 2021 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Phillip T. Marucha, D.M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Periodontology @Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry
Dr. Marucha received his dental medicine degree from the University of Connecticut’s School of Dental Medicine and remained there for a certificate in periodontology and a doctoral degree in immunology. In 2007, he became an American Dental Education Association Leadership Institute Fellow and is also a Fellow of the International College of Dentists. As a faculty member at The Ohio State University, he developed a training program that provided opportunities for students, residents, and faculty to be engaged in research. He served as Associate Dean for Research, director of graduate studies, Chair of Periodontics at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry and as Dean of the OHSU School of Dentistry, where he sought to advance dental education. In addition to his work as a clinician and leader, Dr. Marucha has been an active researcher and mentor, with a clinical and educational focus on the integration of oral health into the health care system