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DE0910: Antibiotic Stewardship: Steps to Stewardship in Oral Health [Live Webinar]

Date: 4/24/2024 - 4/24/2024
Course Status: Available
Facility: Online
Location: Online
Instructor: Erinne Kennedy
Director: Jenna Lotz
Level: Basic
Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Assistants, DHA
Quota: 5 - 200 students
Tuition: $0.00
Hours: 1.00 (Total CDE); 1.00 (DANB Non-Clinical); 1.00 (AGD - 134)
Joint Sponsorship: No
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Nationally, US dentists prescribe 13 of outpatient antibiotics prescriptions; however, the prescribing habits of dentists are poorly understood. Although the benefits of antibiotics for patient health and wellbeing have been well-documented, these potential lifesavers can also result in a range of adverse reactions including serious population level concerns such as antibiotic resistant infections.

This session will define the challenges with antibiotic use, enumerate the roles of dentists in the future of antibiotic stewardship, and discuss best practices in other healthcare professions. We will review the current evidence base for antibiotic use in dentistry and review best practices for dental clinicians. Lastly, participants will discuss tools, resources, and best practices for antibiotic stewardship in oral health.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
1.   Describe action items for implementation of a stewardship program.
2.   Discuss tools to demonstrate a stewardship commitment within the dental setting.
3.   Compare and contrast resources to educate and train the entire dental team to promote responsible antibiotic prescribing.

Speaker / Presenter:

Erinne Kennedy — For follow-up questions, please contact the speaker at

The speaker has reported one conflict of interest that may relate to the presentation. She has received a CDC grant through OSAP, and both CDC and OSAP promote antibiotic stewardship and will be referenced in the slide presentation. However, these conflicts do not compromise the integrity of this webinar. Dr. Erinne Kennedy is an Ohio State University graduate and comes from Middleport, Ohio. She graduated from the Nova Southeastern University’s College of Dental Medicine in 2015. Dr. Kennedy loved everything about dental school, especially being involved in organized dentistry. While in dental school she was involved with ASDA [American Student Dental Association] as a local vice president and national contributing editor. After dental school Erinne attend a one-year general practice residency at the VA Hospital in Baltimore, MD. Erinne has a passion for community health, and received her certificate for a dental public health residency from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine [HSDM] in 2018. In May 2019, she graduated as the pioneer student at HSDM with a MMSc in dental education. She has a passion for antibiotic stewardship and has been a part of the American Dental Association [ADA] expert panel for developing the guideline on the Use of Antibiotics for the Emergency Management of Symptomatic Irreversible Pulpitis, Symptomatic Apical Periodontitis, and Localized Acute Apical Abscess. Also, she hosted the first state training on antibiotic stewardship in combination with The Forsyth Institute and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in April 2019. She created and released a state toolkit, website, and training specifically for oral health clinicians on antibiotic stewardship clinical practice. Additionally, she has a passion for understanding burnout among dental faculty and conducted a region survey to measure burnout among dental faculty. She is a contributing editor for Dental Economics, and on the Junior Editorial board for Dental Entrepreneur Women [DeW]. Dr. Kennedy‘s professional affiliations include: The American Dental Association, The American Association of Public Health Dentistry, The Massachusetts’s Dental Association, and The Academy of General Dentistry. She serves as the Assistant Dean for Curriculum and Integrated Learning at Kansas City University College of Dental Medicine in Joplin, MO.

Disclosure Policy:

It is the policy of the Indian Health Service, Division of Oral Health, that faculty/planners disclose any financial or other relationships with commercial companies whose products may be discussed in the educational activity. The Indian Health Service, Division of Oral Health, also requires that faculty disclose any unlabeled or investigative use of pharmaceutical products and medical devices. Images that have been falsified or manipulated to misrepresent treatment outcomes are prohibited.

None of the faculty/planners for this activity has a conflict of interest, and there is no use of unlabeled or investigative pharmaceutical products or medical devices. No images have been falsified or manipulated to misrepresent treatment outcomes.The educational objectives, content, and selection of educational methods and instructors are conducted independent of any commercial entity.

The IHS Division of Oral Health is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider

The IHS Division of Oral Health is an accredited sponsor of continuing education under the American Dental Association Continuing Education Recognition Program (CERP). ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the IHS at IHS CDE Coordinator or to the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at



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Tuition Policy:

Tuition must be paid in full 8 weeks prior to the start date of any course. Request for refunds must be received in writing at least two weeks before the course begins. For each refund request, there will be an administrative charge of $100. No refunds will be made to registrants who fail to attend a course. If IHS CDE program cancels a course, then 100% of the tuition will be refunded.