Clinical Schedule

6:30 - 7:30am Breakfast and Opening Ceremonies


A gifted communicator and storyteller, portrait photographer Platon shares his experience photographing an eclectic mix of world leaders, celebrities, our men and women in the military, members of the civil rights movement, and human rights champions. He takes his audience on a roller coaster of emotions—from laughter to tears—with the most poignant and mesmerizing stories behind the photos. He answers the question, “Who is this person?” His presentation includes highlights from his book, Power, chronicling more than 100 heads of state including Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Nick Clegg, Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Medvedev, and Hugo Chavez. He also shares the stories from his photo essays on the U.S. military, civil rights movement, his work with Human Rights Watch which includes the leaders of the Egyptian revolution, his photo for TIME of Aung San Suu Kyi, and most recently, photographing Edward Snowden in Moscow for his exclusive interview with Wired magazine. His presentation promises to leave you wanting more.

Upon completion of this session, attendees should be able to:

  • See how a photograph can capture a person’s truth.
  • Feel inspired to connect more with people.

Lecture, Up to 1.0 Hour
Self-Improvement, AGD Subject Code 770
Speaker Bio


During the last decade, numerous successful options have been proposed to extend the survival probability of many biomechanically and periodontally compromised teeth. In addition, many successful options to replace lost or missing teeth more predictably have also improved. As a result, making the decisions of whether to save teeth or replace them has become increasingly difficult and confusing. Ironically, the additional available data has led to analysis paralysis for the clinician and even more uncertainty for the patient. This presentation will create a more logical, evidence-based approach for critical decision keys that will determine the needs of the dentition commensurate with individual patient risk factors. It will also become apparent that when dentists restore or replace teeth, they are being challenged to provide an outcome that now outperforms the patient’s natural dentition!

Upon completion of this session, attendees should be able to:

  • Determine whether to retain or extract a tooth.
  • Create a decision-making process for how best to replace a missing tooth.

Lecture, Up to 1.15 Hours
Fixed Prosthodontics, AGD Subject Code 610
Speaker Bio


This presentation will outline the required management of risk factors in a step-by-step method to maximize long-term success of ceramic materials in extensive reha- bilitations. Ceramic material selection will be discussed according to esthetics rendition, strength properties according to the state of attrition, and the cause of tooth wear.

Upon completion of this session, attendees should be able to:

  • Select ceramic materials for optimum esthetics and strength accordingto the severity of the attrition.
  • Manage VDO options and rehabilitation sequence.

Lecture, Up to .75 Hour
Esthetic/Cosmetic Dentistry, AGD Subject Code 780
Speaker Bio


During the first two days of Symposium, 18 teams will participate in a trivia competition in the main ballroom. Each team will be presented with general trivia questions, dental quizzes, and intellectual brain teasers, all on the big screen. The teams will be judged both by the number of correct answers and by the time taken to respond to each question. At the end of the first two days, three teams will emerge to compete in Dental Jeopardy. The overall tour- nament champions will take away $3,500 in SSC prizes.

Upon completion of this session, attendees should be able to:

  • Enhance their clinical judgment acumen.
  • Become more aware of dental and non-dental historical facts.

Lecture, Up to 1.5 Hours
Interdisciplinary Topics, AGD Subject Code 149


Innovation and new techniques emerge almost weekly and clinicians are often tempted to experience new trends losing sight of the most important factors in treating patients. Diagnosis, treatment plan, prognosis, and minimally invasive therapeutic alternatives are the fundamentals in treating patients in an ethically and professionally oriented manner. This lecture examines fully edentulous and transitional patients as well as the treatment process from multiple points of view in an effort to balance the very complex process of making a diagnosis on one hand, with the need for simplicity and coherence on the other.

Upon completion of this session, attendees should be able to:

  • Learn the most appropriate diagnostic phase and treatment plan.
  • Evaluate the prognosis and therapeutic alternatives for each specific clinical case.

Lecture, Up to 1.0 Hour
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, AGD Subject Code 310
Speaker Bio

12:30 - 1:30pm Lunch


This single elimination competition begins on Day 1 of Symposium with 18 teams offering their rationale for treatment and treatment plans for a case they received during the summer of 2019. Many of these teams will have had treatment planning sessions with their entire study clubs in the fall to gain additional feedback prior to designing their case plans. By the end of this session, the field will be narrowed to six teams. Meanwhile, those not on teams will have the opportunity to participate by formulating their own treatment planning ideas in small groups in the audience. Winners in this first round will be selected by a panel of expert clinicians serving as judges.

Upon completion of this session, attendees should be able to:

  • Gain greater insight into the treatment planning strategies presented so that they can apply the stated principles and treatment concepts into everyday practice.
  • Improve their treatment planning abilities.
  • Assess the risks and rewards in each of the treatment plans presented.

Competing Teams

Central Ohio Dental Forum—Director, Fred Sakamoto
Comprehensive Care Club—Director, Jason Souyias
Dallas Study Club—Director, Steve Sherry
Dental Study Club of Northwest Indiana—Director, Gene Ranieri
Elite Dental Group—Director, Scott Frank
Evolve Alberta—Director, Duncan Brown
Great Plains Study Club—Director, Richard Oakley
Jersey Coast Dental Forum—Director, Anthony M. Di Cesare
Milwaukee Study Club—Director, Eddie Morales
Mountain West Dental Forum—Director, Nicholas Shumaker
Santa Barbara Dental Study Group—Director, Drew Ferris
Seaside Study Club—Director, Wael Garine
Seattle Study Club of Atlanta—Director, Colin Richman
Seattle Study Club of Oakbrook—Director, George Mandelaris
Select Study Club—Director, James Woodyard
Sfumato—Director, Jason Stoner
Triple Crown Study Club—Director, David Mugford—Returning Champions
Winnipeg Progressive Dental Study Club—Directors, Tim Dumore and Paresh Shah

Lecture, Up to 1.5 Hours
Interdisciplinary Topics, AGD Subject Code 149


Antibiotics play a critical role in the everyday practice of dentistry, but serious and even fatal complications can result when they are used improperly. Of equal concern, the overuse of antibiotics has led to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which is now a global public health crisis. Issues to be covered:

  • Finally, a resolution on antibiotic premedication for prosthetic joints.
  • 2017 update on antibiotic prophylaxis regimen for patients with valvular disease.
  • Is antibiotic prophylaxis required before implant surgery, and if so, should it continue post-surgery?
  • Why treat localized infection differently than spreading infection?
During this session, Dr Fang will bring needed clarity to the appropriate therapeutic and prophylactic use of anti- biotics in dentistry.

Upon completion of this session, attendees should be able to:

  • Know when it’s appropriate to prescribe antibiotic premedication.
  • Understand the guidelines for prescribing antibiotics to treat oral infections.

Lecture, Up to 1.0 Hour
Infection Control, AGD Subject Code 148
Speaker Bio

6:30 - 9:00pm Welcome Reception