Dentist: Three Drug Classes Every Dentist Should Know: Module I - Antibiotics, 2nd edition

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About Course #L0896

Review Date: January 2, 2019

Expiration Date: October 30, 2021

Original Release Date: September 4, 2015

Across the United States, dentists prescribe 10.4% of all outpatient antibiotics, making them the top antibiotic prescribers after primary care physicians. After completing this intermediate-level course, the participant will be able to discuss the differences among antibiotics typically prescribed for orofacial infections. The principles learned will also be directly applicable to the appropriate selection of antimicrobial therapy for the pregnant or breastfeeding patient and will aid in recognizing those patients with a significant allergic history and how to best and safely treat them.

AGD Subject Code: 340

Course Objectives

  • Discuss the pathogens most commonly associated with orofacial infections.
  • Describe the characteristics of antibiotics and the timing of their usage.
  • Differentiate among specific antibiotics.
  • Identify the indications and contraindications for antibiotic usage.

Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

This course is an extraction of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, course #L0943 Three Drug Classes: Antibiotics, Analgesics, and Local Anesthetics, 2nd Edition.

About the Author(s)

Mark Donaldson, BSP, RPH, PharmD, FASHP, FACHE, received his baccalaureate degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and his doctorate in clinical pharmacy from the University of Washington. He has further completed a residency at Canada's largest tertiary care facility, Vancouver General Hospital, and is the current Associate Principal for Vizient Pharmacy Advisory Solutions. Dr. Donaldson is a clinical professor in the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Montana in Missoula and clinical associate professor in both the School of Dentistry at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon, and the Faculty of Dentistry at UBC in Vancouver.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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