When, Why, and How to Help your Patients with Hard and Soft Tissue Abnormalities
  • Friday, October 28, 2022 
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Location: Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA



The registration period has closed for this event.


MARK LERMAN, D.M.D. Professor and Chair, Department of Diagnostic Sciences, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine; Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology

ARUNA RAMESH, BDS, DMD, MS, Dr. Aruna Ramesh is a full-time Professor and Associate Dean for Academic affairs at TUSDM. She has been a faculty member at TUSDM since 2001. She received her MS in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, School of Dentistry in 2000 and DMD from TUSDM in 2004. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (ABOMR) and a fellow of the American College of Dentists. She has served as the elected Councilor of Scientific Affairs and Public Policy for the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (AAOMR).  She currently serves as the OMFR Commissioner with the National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards and a site visitor for OMFR programs. She is involved with educational, research, patient care and administrative responsibilities. She has a private practice limited to Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology.

Course Details

Distinguishing benign pathology from clinically significant diseases may be challenging even for experienced clinicians. Providers must determine whether further evaluation or a biopsy is indicated and how to strike the right balance between potentially alarming patients unnecessarily and the risk of delaying the diagnosis of a malignancy.


This full-day course will help clinicians identify mucosal disease and radiographic pathology, including variants of the normal anatomy and atypical presentations that vary from classic textbook pictures.


The hands-on portion of the program is designed to allow general dentists, specialists, residents, and students to feel comfortable performing uncomplicated soft-tissue biopsies under local anesthesia in out-patient settings by providing instruction in biopsy technique on synthetic mucosa.


Attendees are asked to bring their smartphones, laptops, tablets, or other WiFi-enabled devices to participate in differential diagnosis exercises.

Learning Objectives
  • Prepare differential diagnoses of commonly encountered soft-tissue oral infections, immune-mediated diseases, and tumors
  • Develop management strategies including pharmacologic treatment
  • Compare punch and scalpel biopsy techniques
  • Participate in systematic analysis of radiographic pathologies, including atypical findings and abnormalities
  • Prepare differential diagnoses for radiographic presentations
  • Participate in case-based discussions


All Dental Health Professionals


Great for the whole team!

CE Credits

Participation: Credit Hours - 6

AGD Code: 730

Course Fee

$495 (Dentist)

$445 (TUSDM Faculty)

$445 (Tufts Alumni)

$195 (Staff)




Remaining Seats: 10

COVID-19 Rules and Regulations

Tufts University is committed to promoting a safe campus environment and therefore requires all members of the university community to be vaccinated and boosted when eligible. (You are eligible for a booster shot if you completed a 2-dose vaccine seriese.g., Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, etc. six or more months ago or received a Johnson & Johnson/Janssen single-dose vaccine two or more months ago.) Visitors attending events on campus are required to show proof of vaccination/booster shot in advance of their arrival.

In accordance with the university's current COVID safety protocols, disposable face masks must always be worn indoors when not eating or drinking.

Prior to visiting Tufts University Dental School, you will be required to fill out a pre-screening survey regarding COVID-19 each time you are scheduled to be in the building. Any event attendee with symptoms that could be related to COVID-19 must not engage in group activities and should seek medical advice right away. Please see the Coronavirus and Health Safety Policy below for more information.

Refund Policy

Full tuition refund or credit will be given for cancellations received at least two weeks prior to the course start date. Refunds or tuition credit will not be given after that time or to no-shows.

Coronavirus and Health Safety Refund Policy

For the health and safety of our participants and school community, all participants are required to adhere to the most current COVID-19 policies listed on the registration page. If these school policies change, all participants will be notified of the change and the registration page will be updated. If a participant does not adhere to the vaccination/booster requirements or mask policy, they are not eligible for a refund and cannot join the event. If a participant is unable to join the day of due to symptoms or a positive COVID test, they will be eligible for a full refund. If you have any questions, please contact dentalce@tufts.edu.

Wait List

If a CE course obtains enough registrations where a wait list is established, the CE office will notify individuals with unpaid registration balances and ask them to pay their balance to secure their place in the course. If payment is not made to secure their place, the CE office has the right to offer that place to a paying individual on the wait list.

Enrollment and Cancellation Policy

The Office of Continuing Education reserves the right to close registration when an enrollment limit is reached and to cancel, modify, or alter content or faculty for any course if circumstances indicate the need for such a change. If the school finds it necessary to cancel a course, a full refund will be granted. All attempts to contact registrants will be made as soon as possible in the event of a course cancellation. The school will not be held responsible for any losses due to travel arrangements made by the registrant.

In the event of inclement weather (such as a snow emergency) or other extenuating circumstances, the Office of Continuing Education may be forced to cancel or postpone a course. If a course has been canceled, we will contact participants by the phone number and/or email address provided. You may call or email our office on the day of the course if you are uncertain of a course's status.

Educational Method

Live Lectures and Hands on workshops including computer demos.


Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

1 Kneeland St
Boston, MA 02111

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About Us


Tufts University, School of Dental Medicine is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. Approval Date 11/15-12/19.


We may be reached by email at DentalCE@Tufts.edu, and by phone at 617-636-6629.

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