University of Puerto Rico
Medical Sciences Campus
School of Dental Medicine
Continuing Education and Professional
Studies Division

Courses Offered

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  • May
  • June


[Online Registration]

Wednesday, May 10, 2017    3 hrs.                                                                                                                                                                                      
Location: Auditorium B-103 - UPR School of Dental Medicine
Duration of the Activity: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Registration / 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Course
Tuition: $60.00 Dentist / $40.00 Auxiliary Personnel                       

Speaker: Dr. Mirna L. Pacheco Rodríguez

Dr. Mirna L. Pacheco Rodríguez is an Associate Professor and Director of the Expanded Functions Dental Assisting Program at the Medical Science Campus of the University of Puerto Rico.  She possess a Doctorate in Education with specialization in Curriculum and Teaching, a Masters in Supervision and Educational Administration from the Interamerican   University of Puerto Rico, a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences (Concentration in Education), an Undergraduate Degree in Dental Hygiene, and a Associate Degree in Expanded Functions Dental Assisting Program of the Medical Sciences Campus, University of Puerto Rico. For sixteen years she has labored in the Faculty of the Expanded Functions Dental Assisting Program.  She is a member of the American Dental Hygienist Association (ADHA), and the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).


This course will be presented to Dentist, Dental Hygienist and Dental Assistant. The topic to be discuss will be halitosis and oral health, advice and treatment for patients. Also will be explain: definition, myths and realities, classification, categories, detection and equipment, ways to corroborate bad breath, treatments, diagnosis, systemic conditions, oral conditions, home care, products and equipment and nutrition.


  • They will define correctly the term halitosis.
  • They will identify correctly the main causes of halitosis.
  • They will recognize the two basic classifications of halitosis.
  • Identify the most commonly used dental equipment for bad breath detection.
  • Recognize ways to corroborate if you have bad breath.
  • Identify correctly the key points to educate the patient about halitosis.
  • Distinguish the different resources to treat the condition of halitosis.
  • They will recognize the importance of good oral hygiene for the maintenance of the oral cavity
    of patients.
  • They will identify products in the current market to combat halitosis.
  • They will identify the chemical components recommended by the American Dental Association for products that combat halitosis.
  • They will evaluate the three aspects necessary to recommend products that  combat halitosis.


[Online Registration]
Friday, May 19, 2017

Location: Auditorium B-103 - UPR School of Dental Medicine
Duration of the Activity: 7:30 am – 8:00 am
Registration / 8:00 am – 12:00 m Course
Tuition: $75.00 Dentist / $45.00 Auxiliary Personnel                      

Speaker (s): Dr. Lorena Ibarra
  Dr. Laura Echeverría
  Dr. Humberto Vázquez
  Dr. Juliana Iral
  Dr. Lilliem Socarras
  Dr. Nanette Figueroa
  Dr. Edgar Perales
  Dr. Javier Calero
  Dr. Grisel Martínez
  Dr. Glenda Rodríguez


The course will be offered by Pediatric Dentistry Residents with the aim of contributing to the professional community innovative and updated information in the area of pediatric dentistry.  First year residents will discuss the following topics: The use of bioactive material Activa in special care dentistry.  Strategies for trauma   prevention in vulnerable populations and correlating parenting styles with child behavior and dental treatment.  Second year residents will give a comprehensive literature review of the etiology, prevalence, diagnosis and treatment of Molar incisor hypomineralization (MIH), also relating the clinical picture of hypomeneralization of systemic origin affecting one or more first permanent molars (FPMs) that are associated frequently with affected incisors.


  • To familiarize with the definition of bioactive materials in dentistry and various available alternatives.
  • To learn detailed information of the bioactive material Activa and its applicability in special care dentistry.
  • To discuss scientific literature regarding parents of patients in pediatric dentistry.
  • To familiarize with cases that provide a diversity of parenting styles and the experience in the Pediatric Residency dental clinics.
  • Distinguish etiological associations with systemic conditions or environmental insults during the child’s 3 years that have been implicated with MIH.
  • To describe the diagnosis, prevalence, supposed etiological factors, and features of hypomineralized enamel in molar incisor hypomineralization.
  • To recognize and compare a sequential approach to management and treatment of MIH.

BLS for Healthcare Provider (CPR) - 5 hrs.

[Online Registration]

Thursday, June 8, 2017                           
Location: Room 500 (fifth floor), School of Health Professions EPS
Duration of the Activity: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Registration / 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm Course
Tuition: $75.00 Dentist & Auxiliary Personnel                    

Speakers: Mr. Luis Meléndez / Mr. Eduardo Pérez


The American Heart Association designed the BLS for Healthcare Providers course to prepare a wide variety of healthcare professionals to recognize several life-threatening emergencies and to provide CPR, use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and relieve choking in a safe, timely, and effective manner.

The course includes adult, child and infant rescues skills in both the out-of-hospital and in-hospital settings.


At the end of the BLS course participant will be able to:

Cognitive Objectives:

  • Describe the steps of CPR
  • Describe the signs and actions for severe airway obstruction in the responsive and unresponsive victim.
  • Describe the links in the chain of survival.
  • Describe the sings of four common life threatening emergencies in adults.
  • Activating the emergency response service.

Psychomotor Objectives:

  • Activating the emergency response system.
  • Giving breaths for adult, child, and infant victims.
  • Giving compressions for adults, child, and infant victims.
  • Performing 1-and-2 rescues CPRS for adults, child, and infant victims.
  • Using an AED for victim’s >   year of age.
  • Relieving choking in the responsive and unresponsive victim of any age.


[Online Registration]
Wednesday, June 14, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Location: Auditorium B-103, School of Dental Medicine
Duration of the Activity: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Registration / 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Course
Tuition: $60.00 Dentist / $40.00 Auxiliary Personnel

Speaker: Lydia M. López

Dr. Lydia M. López is Professor at the School of Dental Medicine of the University of Puerto Rico and has been working in this field as a researcher and clinician.


This lecture will provide the participants with the new classification of caries entitled ICDAS or based on the international caries diagnosis and assessment system.  The conference will cover the pitts diagram of caries process, etiology of dental caries, balance theory, caries risk assessment, new update in primary prevention therapy, new dental products for caries arrest as silver diamine fluoride and others.  We also will discuss new concepts of minimal intervention and the application of ICDAS system to clinical settings.


  • Know the ICDAS system.
  • Define the caries process.
  • Know balance therapy.
  • Know the characteristics of silver diamine fluoride.
  • Define de caries risk for children and adults.
  • Define the etiology of dental caries.