Annual Session 2012 Recap…Your comments please

We had a great Annual Session this year.  A big Thank You to the UDHA BOT and Annual Session Committee and all those who help put it together and to all those who attended this year.  Here is a short recap of the events.

The meeting was held September 6-8, 2012 at The Little America in Salt Lake City.  Many thanks to The Little America and their hard working team.  They did a beautiful job again for us this year.  We received many complements on this venue, the food, the free parking, the location and more.  It is too bad the meeting will not be able to be held here for another year.  The price of a hotel and it’s service fees are just too high for our association to keep up with year after year.

House Of Delegates this year was exceeded our expectations.  Thursday night we gathered for dinner and a meeting to discuss and vote on issues facing UDHA and Utah Hygienists.   Along with those who came to observe and participate we had a better turnout then we have had in years.   Thirty visitors, the Speaker and Secretary of the house, the BOT and 28 Delegates.  This year’s meeting was very educational and informative for all.  We appreciate all the enthusiasm shared about their passions and opinions.  Your participation made HOD the great meeting is was!

Friday and Saturday the Continuing Education meetings got underway, with 16.5 CE’s available and separate tracks for different needs the meeting halls were very interactive, enjoyable and educational.  Here is a summary of our courses and speakers this year.

 Representative Tim Cosgrove – Get Involved in Legislative Issues
This year we want to help you get the word out about how important your job as an RDH is.  Rep. Cosgrove will be speaking in order to get us off on the right foot.  He will be discussing how we can better understand and be involved in our own career and legislative issues affecting the underserved population in Utah.  Don’t miss this lecture!



Detective Mike Wekluk and Detective Todd Davis – Pharmaceuticals and Illicit Drugs Can Effect Your Office
Local Detectives will give you an upfront experience with the reality of drug abuse in Utah.  They will discuss the emerging trends in the use and distribution of pharmaceutical and illicit drugs.  You will learn how to detect these problems in your patients.

Karen Hays, RDH, BS
– Ca
ries Intervention: Infectious Disease or Infectious Smile
Dental caries is a chronic infectious disease affecting children and adults.
This course will address trends in caries epidemiology, describe new diagnostic technologies and discuss minimally invasive approaches to managing this disease. With earlier detection, the clinician will be able to redirect management from a restorative (surgical) approach to a medical (preventive) approach.

The Ins and Outs of Polishing Why, Why Not and When?  This course focuses on clinical applications and scientific research regarding many facets of dental polishing procedures. The ideal, acceptable and practical parameters for selection of polishing treatment, including the rationale and indications for different polishing techniques and agents. Selective polishing, air polishing, traditional polishing, restorative considerations and therapeutic intervention discussed.

Noel Taxin from Utah Department of Professional Licensure – Ethics in Practice
This course is geared for the new or soon to be RDH.  We want to amplify your ethical and professional accountability, while promoting ethical conduct and professionalism in dentistry.

 Tricia Osuna RDH, BS, FAADH – What is it?  How do I use it?  Today’s dental products and treatment options
Today’s dental hygiene visits require an exhaustive knowledge of products, instruments and equipment. Our profession has changed and grown to a new level which offers us continuous challenges to recognize the new advances in technology and their use in dentistry. As professionals providing health services, we should be at the pulse of
clinical devices and treatment, while being able to recommend product protocols for use in the office. The process of care (assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, implementation and evaluation) requires us to understand what these products are, how to use them, contemporary treatment options, how to implement the procedures and evaluate what is and what is not working for us as individuals and as clinicians. We will also discuss ergonomic options to protect ourselves as clinicians.

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