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Filling a Gap in Special Needs Care


There are 85.3 million people with a disability in the United States. In the Dallas area alone, about 300,000 patients with special needs struggle to find dental treatment as they age out of pediatric dental care. To increase access to care, the Texas A&M College of Dentistry (Texas A&M Dentistry) implemented a training program that expands students’ exposure to this population, while also educating these future dentists in cultural competency and social determinants of health.

Join us for this webinar, where Dr. Dan Burch will share how Texas A&M Dentistry strategically planned and developed a special needs training program by leveraging existing resources and programs at the institution. During this one-hour session, we’ll discuss the benefits of this program and explore ways to both develop and sustain these training programs at your institution.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the importance and need for special needs training programs.
  • Identify how special needs training can be sustainably added to, or expanded within, your institution using existing resources.
  • Analyze how a special needs training program can provide opportunities for student education in social determinants of health and cultural competency.

CE information:
The American Dental Education Association is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

An evaluation form is available to participants after the conclusion of the webinar. To earn continuing education (CE) credit for participation in the webinar, the online evaluation must be completed in full by May 13, 2024. After completing the evaluation, webinar participants can print and save the CE Verification Form.

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.

The American Dental Education Association designates this activity for 1.0 continuing education credit.

All speakers agree that neither they nor members of their immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to their presentation.


  • Dan Burch, D.D.S., M.P.H., M.A.

    Dr. Burch has lived in the Dallas area since 2015 and teaches at the Texas A&M College of Dentistry (Texas A&M Dentistry). He graduated from Fisk University with a B.A. and M.A in Biology and earned his D.D.S. from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry. He is a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Association and the American Dental Education Association. Dr. Burch provides dental needs for those who are medically compromised and those with special health care needs in low-income communities. He currently participates in access to care and oral health promotion research at Texas A&M Dentistry.

May 13, 2021
Thu 12:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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