University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine

Systemic Factors Affecting Pain Experience

Sunday, February 6, 2022

11:00 AM-1:00 PM Eastern


Live Webinar Online


Registration open through 2/5/2022 11:59 PM


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Course Description

Course Description:

According to CDC guidelines, 20% of American adults (50 million) live with chronic pain, and 8% (20 million) have high-impact chronic pain! A higher prevalence of chronic pain and high-impact chronic pain exists among US women. Pain is defined by the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) as “An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with, or resembling that associated with, actual or potential tissue damage”. Pain is a very subjective phenomenon. The experience of pain anywhere in the body is influenced significantly by systemic factors including, but not limited to, genetics, nutritional status, metabolic diseases, psychological factors, immunological conditions, endocrine disorders, sleep disorders, and more recently, COVID-19 infection. This 2 hour presentation is meant to enumerate the salient features of systemic diseases affecting pain experience.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. To have an overview of how systemic factors affect pain
  2. To understand systemic conditions that may predispose the patient to increased pain
  3. How to do a case work-up of a patient with a possible systemic condition that affects his/her pain experience
  4. To learn to investigate the reasons for unexplained chronic pain including TMD and orofacial pain
  5. How to maximize the efficiency of systems review and catch the red flags for chronic pain early



This course is part of the ACDE Webinar Series. (see right)


This course is hosted by: Rutgers School of Dental Medicine


Davis Thomas, BDS, DDS, MSD, MSc Med, MSc


Dr. Davis Thomas completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) from India. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from New York University. In 1998, he went on to complete one year of Advanced Education in General Dentistry at NYU. In 2002, he established his first practice in Oakhurst, NJ and while in private practice, he took several Continuing Education courses at reputed US dental and medical schools in the field of TMJ/TMD and Orofacial Pain. He went on to complete Post Graduate Fellowship and Masters in TMD and Orofacial Pain at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) in 2005. Dr. Thomas completed his Masters in Sleep Medicine (MSc Med) with the University of Sydney, Australia in 2016. In 2019, he completed his Masters (MSc) in Clinical Pain Management under the University of Edinburgh, UK. Dr. Thomas now continues his research in Pain Management at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, where he is also an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Diagnostic Sciences Division. The experience and education Dr. Thomas has acquired over the years has allowed him to lecture extensively all around the world. He has been a commissioned officer in the United Sates Army since 2001. He is also an Attending at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, NJ and at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Dr. Thomas is currently a distinguished professor at Sechenov Medical University, Moscow, Russia; adjunct clinical professor at the Rochester Medical School and he is an adjunct faculty at College of Dental Surgery, Manipal, India. Currently, he is the director for OFP/TMD/Sleep medicine courses for Roseman University/Smile USA Academy.


Date: Sunday, February 6, 2022
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM


Live Webinar Online



All Registrants - $69

There are No Discounts for ACDE Series Courses.

Credit: Live Webinar Lecture: Credit Hours - 2
Course #: 66922W
AGD Code: 130



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ACDE Webinar Series



  • The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine is a member of The Association of Continuing Dental Education (ACDE)
  • ACDE brings together individuals who represent college- and university-based continuing dental education programs associated with accredited dental schools in Canada and the United States.
  • We are here to serve you, the dental professional, in delivering high quality, evidence-based continuing dental education programs to meet your educational needs.


The ACDE Webinar Series:

  • ACDE and 31 of its member schools are jointly providing a series of live webinars featuring university-based key opinion leaders.
  • Each lecture is hosted by a different school, but CE Verifications of Participation will be provided by the school with which you registered.

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Live Webinar Online



Live Webinar Lecture: Credit Hours - 2

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