Fourth Annual Participating Continuum
Presented in Four Weekend Sessions
Practical Excellence in Restorative Dentistry 2011-2012

December 2-3 • January 20-21 • March 16-17 • May 11-12

Continuum Overview
This is a four-course continuum, which will involve lecture, laboratory and clinical dentistry with the philosophy that "hands-on" is the key to learning. It will cover the spectrum of restorative dentistry from the moment the phone rings and the patient calls your office until the post treatment consultation is completed. The class will stay together for the entire four-course curriculum, which will meet every three months for one year.


Received his dental degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1979. He has maintained a private practice in San Antonio, Texas for over twenty years. In addition to his practice, Dr. Shirley has been associated with The Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education in Key Biscayne, Florida for eighteen years. During much of this time, he has as served on the Institute's Visiting Faculty, Board of Trustees. Currently he is the President of the LD Pankey Dental Foundation, Inc., the nonprofit oversight Board of the Pankey Institute.

Dr. Shirley has been selected to represent the Pankey Institute through its Speakers Bureau and can be heard throughout the nation at numerous dental meetings speaking about Pankey philosophy, techniques, and the effectiveness of comprehensive care in dentistry. He has a passion for dental education and a strong desire to help
dentists reach their full potential.

Continuum Objectives
December 2-3
Why consider a comprehensive approach to patient care? How do I escape the hold of insurance companies and discounted fees and transition my practice to a complete fee for service practice? Why I need to develop an occlusion based practice? Begin to appreciate the importance of a thorough new patient interview, exam and the associated process to distinguish my practice in the eyes of my patients. We will help you evolve from where you are today, by considering what the future of comprehensive approach for each patient can mean. More fulfillment by staff, patients and doctor and create more profit in the process. You will begin your own personal journey with splint therapy, from fabrication to complete adjustment. Each time you leave with an assignment to enhance your learning and to prepare you for the next session.

January 20-21
Following your experience with your own splint and its adjustments, you will be ready to consider occlusal equilibration and all the details. We will spend time learning when, where, and how to properly equilibrate your patients to correct many problems our patients present. Hands on exercises of occlusal equilibration on the various types of problems (simple to complex cases) will be completed step by step. You will be able to treat the most difficult patients with confidence. We will share our experiences with how to conduct a thorough New Patient Exam? You will be presented an outline of the process including: new patient interview, health history, clinical exam, periodontal exam, photos, and accurately mounted study casts. We will discuss case presentation and how to present complex cases. There will be time for clinical experience and role playing to boost your skills and confidence.

March 16-17
This weekend will begin by following up on your previous experiences in your own practices. We believe great learning occurs by the power of our collective experience. This weekend will focus on esthetics, tooth preparation, impressions. It will be full of clinical exercises that will change your preparations to meet the demands of new technology both in prep design and the latest restorative materials. We will discuss what evidence based dentistry can teach us about the future of new materials and digital dentistry . We will help you develop your own esthetic philosophy by reviewing all aspects of this complex and multi-faceted topic! You will leave this weekend with a whole new perspective and how to elevate care for your patients. You will really be looking forward to Monday and
seeing you practice with new eyes!

May 11-12
The final course revolves around treatment planning complex cases. The group will be shown a system of solving difficult cases that will never leave you guessing again, regardless of the existing condition. The group will treatment plan a number of different cases and work out sequencing, scheduling and how to develop appropriate fees. We will also help sharpen your case presentation skills. We will conclude our time together by helping you envision your new philosophy, help you with methods of staff development and show you how to transition your practice!

Tuition includes course materials, breakfast, and lunch each day.

Dentist: $4937.50
Save $1037.50 off the tuition fee by making a $500.00 non-refundable deposit before May 6, 2011
(Your final tution will be $3,900 and the balance of $3,400 will be due before August 1, 2011)

Dentist: $4937.50
Save $837.50 off the tuition fee by making a one-time payment of $4,100
(which includes a non-refundable $500 deposit) by August 1, 2011.

Two Additional Easy Ways to Save!
Reserve your spot now with a non-refundable deposit of $500 before July 15, 2011 and qualify for $437.50 off the full tuition fee.
Send a non-refundable deposit of $500 by August 1, 2011 and qualify for $237.50
off the full tuition fee.

You will be mailed a registration confirmation letter and a statement with your remaining balance due,
at which time you will be able to pick which payment plan you want to participate in.

Then You Will Have Four More Opportunities to Save Even More:
If you pay the entire balance due (based on your deposit date) before August 12, 2011 you will receive an additional $300.00 off the remaining balance.
Pay the entire balance due (based on your deposit date) before September 1, 2011 and you will receive an additional $200.00 off the remaining balance.
Start making the first of 5 successive monthly payment plans (based on your balance due) before
August 12, 2011 and you will receive an additional $100.00 off the remaining balance.
If you make the first of 5 successive monthly payment plans (based on your balance due) before September 1, 2011 and you will receive an additional $50.00 off the remaining balance.

No fee reductions are available after September 1, 2011 but a five successive monthly payment plan is available.

Each Weekend Session Registration:
Dental School Foyer, Friday, 8:30 AM
Saturday, 7:45 AM
Program: Friday-9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday - 8:00 AM- 4:00 PM

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Dental School

CREDIT (Course Code: 150388A) • AGD Code: 180/250 • Hours: 56

Special Information
Tuition includes course materials, and lunch each day.

Special rates and arrangements have been made at the newly built La Quinta Inn & Suites Medical Conference Center. Enjoy this UPSCALE - hotel offering vibrant, inviting San Antonio feel guest rooms, all with luxurious pillow-top beds and down pillows, refrigerator, microwave, granite countertops, and complimentary wired and wireless Internet access.

It is recommended that you make your reservations directly with this host hotel for all the Practical Excellence weekends at this time. Indicate your participation at the UTHSCSA Continuing Dental Education program, Practical Excellence to receive the reduce rate of $92.00.

La Quinta Inn & Suites Medical Conference Center
4431 Horizon Hill Blvd
San Antonio, TX 78229
Phone: (210) 525-8090
Fax: (210) 525-8453
RATES: Single/Double $92.00

The Dental School thanks Brasseler, Dentsply North America, and Panadent Corporation for their educational grants in support of this continuing education series.

Practical Excellence in Restorative Dentistry Continuum Refund Policy:
If you must cancel your registration, please notify the Office of Continuing Dental Education as soon as you determine you are unable to attend so that a refund may be considered. Due to commitments to these type of programs, any cancellation made before August 10, 2011 will be subject to an administrative fee assessment of $1,497.00 plus applicable nonrefundable deposits. Any cancellation made after August 10, 2011 does not qualify for a refund. However, participants may choose to place their tuition minus an administrative, applicable nonrefundable deposits, and any direct cost fee assessment's into a holding account for future use. "No Shows" will not qualify for refunds. Written notification is required within five business days by mail, fax, or e-mail to initiate the refund process. Please allow four to six weeks for all refunds.

Past Guest Speakers
(This year’s selection may include but will not be limited to)
Dale A. Sorenson, D.D.S.


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