MasterTrack 6 is Here
April 8 @ 8:00 am - April 11 @ 5:00 pm$500
Thank you for your interest in our MasterTrack program beginning April 2021. We have finalized the curriculum and secured the speakers as well as the venue.
We only have 40 spots and there are 55 people on the wait list. Please email me to let me know that you’re interested.
- $500 deposit is required to register for this course – due by Dec 1st! (applied to your first year tuition)
- Total for 2021 – $4,500. The first half ($2,000) will be due on December 1, 2020. The second half ($2,000) will be due on February 15, 2021.
Registration includes breakfast and lunch.
After you attend each session, you will come back and present a case that you did the following session.
Credits: 112 participation units (upon completion of your protocol presentations—that’s less than $41 per unit!)
If you have any questions or concerns, please email or call me. I look forward to seeing you when MasterTrack 6 begins in April 2021!
April 8 – 11, 2021
October 7 – 10, 2021
April 7 – 10, 2022
October 6 – 9, 2022
Location: Marriott Irvine Spectrum, 7905 Irvine Center Dr, Irvine, CA 92618 (15 minutes from John Wayne Airport in Orange, CA)
MT 6 Year 1 Curriculum
SESSION 1 – 2021
Session 1 – Day 1
Photography, Digital Imaging, and PowerPoint
Thursday April 8th with Dr. Guy Acheson
This course will provide the basis to allow participants to present protocols to the group in a Power Point format. AACD guidelines will be covered and the latest equipment and techniques will be discussed. Dr. Acheson is a founding member and past president of the Sierra-Sacramento Component of CAGD. He received his MAGD in 1998 and has lectured extensively in Photography and Digital Imagining and acted as a moderator for case presentations in all the previous MT programs. This session of 8 hrs of lecture will, with presentation in the fall session, give you 24 participation units in Electives.
Friday & Saturday April 9th & 10th with Dr. Foroud Hakim
Sponsored by Voco Corp, Ultradent and MicroDental Labs
This hands-on course will focus on contemporary tooth colored restorations. Time will be split between direct esthetic restorations vs. the world of indirect, modern ceramic restorations including full and partial veneers. The focus will be on the principles of adhesion, material science driven selection rubrics and delivery techniques for optimal patient outcomes. Dr. Hakim is an Assistant Professor and Clinical Chair; Department of Integrated Reconstructive Dental Science at Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. He has lectured internationally, has several publications and authored two chapters in the 2010 text, Esthetic Dentistry in Clinical Practice. These two sessions of 16 lecture hours will provide, with presentation, 32 hours of participation units in Operative Dentistry.
Anatomy of Oral Anesthesia
Sunday April 11th with Dr. Alan Budenz
The pharmacologic mechanisms and delivery techniques of local anesthesia will be covered. Appropriate use of various local anesthetics and how to solve some of the difficulties that arise in obtaining profound anesthesia will be discussed. Dr. Budenz is a Professor of Anatomy and Chair of the Department of Diagnostic and Emergency Services at Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. This 6-hour lecture, with homework, will provide 12 participation units in Basic Science
SESSION 2 – 2021
Thursday & Friday October 7th & 8th Dr. Avi Schetritt
Sponsored by Anutra
This two-day program will review periodontal diagnosis, prognosis and surgical therapy. The principles of flap design, soft tissue grafting, and crown lengthening will be covered. The program will include hands-on labs to apply the techniques discussed. At the end of the lecture participants will also have an understanding of free and connective tissue grafting, suturing techniques, post-op care and management and autologous growth factors (PRF, PRGF). Dr. Schetritt has a private Periodontology practice in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He is a Senior Editorial Reviewer for” Implant Dentistry Today,” (Official Journal of ICOI). He currently lectures throughout the country and in Canada. These two sessions will provide, with presentation, 32 participation units in Periodontics.
Saturday October 9th Drs. Hakim, Acheson & Budenz
Participants will present and discuss homework projects from the previous session in operative, basic science and photography. Participation is necessary to receive full credit in these categories. Those who do not present will be given hour for hour lecture credit only.
Sunday October 10th Dr. Alan Budenz
A broad overview of the art and science of oral diagnosis and treatment planning with emphasis on health history, oral pathology and caries management. This 6-hour lecture with protocol presentation will yield 12 units of participation in Oral Diag. /Oral Med.
SUBJECT CATEGORY Participation Credits Given Participation Credits Needed
ELECTIVES 24 30
OPERATIVE 32 30
BASIC SCIENCE 12 12
ORTHODONTICS 12 12
ESTHETICS 32 30
Year 2 Curriculum
SESSION 1 – 2022
This course will help participants meet the challenge of providing predictable complete and partial dentures in a timely manner. Diagnosis, treatment planning, simplified component selection and design considerations for complete and partials will be covered. Valuable tips and time saving techniques will be presented.
This is an in-depth course, which will illustrate implant prosthetic treatment planning as well as indications for the various restorative components and techniques available today. Topics will include impression taking for stud and bar over dentures as well as fixed-detachable prosthesis. Clinical tips and troubleshooting of common implant prosthetic problems and how to avoid them will also be reviewed.
Presentations in Oral Diagnostics and Periodontics
Each student will give a 10 to 12-minute Power Point presentation based on work done since the last session. This will be moderated by the previous speakers and the group will ask questions and make appropriate comments. Presenters will receive double lecture credit in the hands-on category for these two subjects. An additional 8 hours hands on credit will be given to those who participate in the category of Periodontics.
This course will cover the basic orthodontic knowledge needed to diagnose and make treatment decisions concerning growth and development problems in children. You should be able to treat patients who have problems with space maintenance, crowding and cross-bites. Adult minor tooth movement procedures including crowding and forced eruption of anterior teeth and up-righting of molars will be covered. Appliance design using both fixed and removable approaches and clinical exercises will be taught.
Thursday and Friday
This two-day lecture/hands on work shop will start with the latest materials and advances in esthetic dentistry. The first day will include the ten principles of smile design and indirect posterior inlay/onlays and when each is appropriate. Tetracycline staining, crooked teeth and diastema closure will be discussed. A quick and easy way to provisionalise 8-10 units in 15 minutes will be shown. On the second day clinicians will place direct composites, prepare and fabricate provisionals for inlay/onlays, veneers and all ceramic crowns.
Presentations in Removable Prosthetics and Special Patient Care
Each student will give a 10 to 12-minute Power Point presentation based on work done since the last session. This will be moderated by Drs. DiPonziano and Shapira. The group will make appropriate comments and ask questions. Presenters will receive double credit in the hands-on category for these two subjects. An additional 8 hours, hands on credit will be given to those who participate in the category of Removable Prosthetics.
Special Patient Care
This presentation will be geared towards serving the dental needs of our increasing population of geriatric patients. This course will help you to become familiar with the aging process. You will develop an understanding of the interview process of the geriatric patient. Diagnosis and treatment planning will be emphasized, and you will learn about the most common medications used by aging patients and their physiologic side-effects.
Subject Category Participation Credits Participation Credits Needed
Periodontics 32 30
Oral Diagnosis 12 12
Removable Prosthetics 40 30
Special Patient Care 12 12
Year 3 Curriculum
SESSION 1 – 2023
Thursday and Friday
Critical essential elements of success, including pulpal breakdown, root canal system anatomy, access cavities, and irrigation solutions, working length, new instrument designs, cleaning and shaping strategies will be addressed. Participants in the hands-on session will have the use of an endo motor and other tools required to do advanced root canal treatment. Diagnosis, access and instrument selection will be covered. The use of Nickel Titanium rotary and reciprocal files will be demonstrated. Different filling techniques will be covered including ThermaFill and a system for back filling canals. Students may elect to bring extracted teeth or work on blocks. All necessary equipment and supplies will be courtesy of Dentsply Sirona.
Presentations in Special Patient Care and Esthetics
The participants will give a short presentation to the group and moderator. Pertinent comments and questions will be raised by those in attendance. Those who attended the previous lectures and present will be given up to 12 hours of hands-on credit in Special Patient Care and 40 in Esthetics.
This 6-hour lecture will serve as an update in current techniques and materials used to treat children. A variety of topics will be covered including Stainless Steel Crown preparation including the “open-face” technique and celluloid strip crowns. Pulp therapy and traumatic injuries to primary and young permanent teeth will be taught as well as diagnosis and treatment planning for space maintainers. Inhalation sedation and current protocols for behavior management will also be discussed.
Thursday and Friday
This is an advanced course for GPs. The material covered is taught in the first year of an oral surgery residence program. Techniques will be taught to enable general
dentists to simplify difficult extractions, doing them more quickly, safely, predictablyand atraumatically. Covered topics will include impacted third molar extractions, multiple extractions and bone grafting.
Presentations in Endodontics and Pediatric Dentistry
The participants will give a short presentation to the group and moderators. Pertinent comments and questions will be raised by those in attendance. Those who attended the previous lectures in April and present will be given up to 12 hours of hands-on credit in Pediatric Dentistry and up to 40 in Endodontics.
Anxiety and Pain Control
This course will be an intensive review of anxiety and pain control. Participants will be introduced to current concepts of providing minimal and moderate sedation techniques for optimal patient satisfaction. Participants will also receive up to date clinical and epidemiological information regarding responsible opioid prescribing along with effective post-operative pain management strategies.
Subject Category Participation Credits Participation Credits Needed
Endodontics 40 32
Pediatric Dentistry 12 12
Oral Surgery 40 32
Sedation Dentistry 12 12
Year 4 Curriculum
SESSION 1 – 2024
Thursday and Friday
This lecture and hands-on workshop is designed to provide the GP with the ability to treat the simple implant dentistry indications seen in their practice. Topics to be covered include; patient communication and motivation, diagnosis and treatment planning, radiographs and CT scan interpretation, record keeping and failure avoidance. Surgical placement & restoration of implants will be taught.
Oral Surgery and Sedation Presentations
The participants will give a short presentation to the group and moderator. Pertinent comments and questions will be raised by those in attendance. Those who attended the previous lectures and present will be given up to 12 hours of hands-on credit in Sedation Dentistry and 40 in Oral Surgery.
Occlusion / Fixed Prosthetics I
This session will serve as an introduction and form a foundation for the three-day program in October. Topics to be covered include: differential diagnosis of head and neck pain, TMD and occlusion (how and when are they related?), medications and splint therapy used to effectively treat TMD, management of occlusal forces, tooth wear, para-function and bruxing. There will be a review of the literature and a discussion on articulator selection. Participants are urged to bring mounted study models of potential patients for discussion with the group.
The participants will give a short presentation to the group and moderator. Pertinent comments and questions will be raised by those in attendance. Those who attended the previous lectures and present will be given up to 40 hours of hands-on credit in Implant Dentistry.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Occlusion / Fixed Prosthetics II
These three sessions will prepare the participants for their final presentation in October. Participants will evaluate mounted study casts, dental x-rays and TMJ tomograms and develop treatment plans for patients with a variety of occlusal and skeletal disorders. The class will learn the new classifications of malocclusion, esthetic guidelines, related to maxillary and mandibular dysphasia, facial thirds, the E line and the relationship to anterior tooth wear and the Curve of Spee. Occlusal vertical dimension; can and how much it should be altered. Two step occlusion, segmented rehabilitation and maintaining the OVD and the centric relation position will also be covered.
Occlusion / Fixed Prosthetics Presentations
Completed cases will be presented for comments by the presenter and the group. Those who have attended the previous four days of instruction with the presenter who show up on this day will receive 64 hours of hands on credit in Fixed Prosthetics/Occlusion.
Subject Category Participation Credits
Fixed Prosth/Occlusion 64*
*May be allocated between two subject codes at the direction of the Course Director
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