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  • Dentists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Assisting
  • Hours: 3 Contact Hours
    Author(s): Steven E. Davis, MS, LMLP, LCP
    Peer Reviewer(s):Toni M. Roucka, RN, DDS, MA
    Item#: L0770
    Contents: 1 Course Book (34 pages)
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    Ethical Decision Making in Dental Practice, 2nd Edition

    Price $29.95
    Item # L0770
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    Release Date: July 30, 2013

    Review Date: August 1, 2016

    Expiration Date: July 31, 2019

    Ethical questions cannot be answered by “dental science”; rather, it is often necessary to delve into broader, more basic questions that do not have clear-cut answers and require thoughtful reflection by professionals. What does it mean, for example, to be a professional? What are my obligations to this given patient, my colleagues, my community, and to myself? Ethical decision making is also required in relatively narrow questions: What would be in this patient’s best interests? Should I advertise my services in this manner, or even at all?

    This basic-level course introduces the concept of ethical decision making and provides three ethical decision-making models to help dental healthcare providers navigate complex dilemmas. Case studies are used to help reinforce important ideas and provide a practical application of the concepts. The ability to systematically analyze and solve any ethical dilemma is arguably as important as the technical skills required to perform clinical dentistry.


    AGD Subject Code: 555
    Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

    Course Objectives
    • Differentiate between legal and ethical concerns.
    • Describe historical contributions of ethical theories.
    • Explain the relationship between dentistry and professionalism.
    • Describe the principles outlined in the American Dental Association (ADA) Principles of Ethics, Code of Professional Conduct, and Advisory Opinions.
    • Explain the elements and principles of ethical decision making based on case scenarios.

    Steven E. Davis, MS, LMLP, LCP, has more than 23 years of experience as a psychologist and psychotherapist in behavioral and mental healthcare settings. A licensed psychologist in the state of Kansas, Davis earned his master’s degree in applied/clinical psychology from Fort Hays State University. He has been a psychologist and clinician for emergency intervention and screening at Prairie View, a regional behavioral healthcare center, and an adjunct instructor at Newman University, in Wichita. His articles and research have appeared in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, and Psychology in the Schools, among others.

    Toni M. Roucka, RN, DDS, MA, is an associate professor of restorative dentistry at Southern Illinois University, School of Dental Medicine, Edwardsville. She maintains an active nursing license and is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and immediate past president of the American Society for Dental Ethics. Dr. Roucka obtained her DDS degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry and a master’s degree in population health – bioethics from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Dr. Roucka is a nationally recognized speaker on the subject of ethics in dentistry and has taught restorative dentistry at both Marquette Univdersity and the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. As a volunteer, she has provided dental care to underserved populations in Guatemala, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, and Tanzania.

    • 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.
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    • 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.