Continuing Education


This 40-day (8-week) program is designed for dentists interested in furthering their knowledge of dentistry in a specific field of interest. The objective of the program is to expose participants to clinical care, cutting-edge research, and best practices.  

This will be achieved through participation in post-doctoral didactic courses and observation of the dental care provided in Tufts University School of Dental Medicine specialty clinics. The knowledge learned during the Preceptorship will provide the information and skills needed for the participants to further their education and continue their lifelong journey of learning.

Areas of Study:

  • Prosthodontics
    • Implant Dentistry
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Endodontics
  • Orthodontics
  • Periodontics
  • Comprehensive Care
    • Restorative Dentistry
  • Diagnostic Sciences
    • Diagnostic Sciences
    • Orofacial Pain
    • Oral Medicine
    • Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
  • Public Health and Community Service
  • Dental Education
  • Dental Research

Requirements for Application:  

  • This program is open to dentists with domestic or international dental degrees.
  • Applications are approved on a rolling basis throughout the year.  
  • The 40 days (8 weeks) can be taken at once or broken up over a 12-month period of time.

To apply for this program please fill out the Preceptorship Application and submit it to the Office of Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning.

Global/International Courses

Executive Education Courses

Interprofessional Pain and Headache Rounds [Virtual]

The Interprofessional Pain and Headache Rounds is a free year-long lecture series focusing on facial pain and headaches, for a wide variety of professionals.  Lectures are Wednesday mornings from 8am-9am (1 CE hour), presented by the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine Craniofacial Pain Center in collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. CE credit is jointly provided by Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and Tufts University School of Medicine Office of Continuing Education.

Preregistration is required for each session to gain access to the zoom webinar link unique to each week; please click on the links below to register and please be sure to check your confirmation email for the secondary Zoom registration link as well.

Sample of a Rounds presentation: "Surgical Approaches: Trigeminal Neuralgia" (Trigeminal Neuralgia Sub-Series) with Jeffrey Schweitzer, MD, PhD., Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Harvard Medical School, George A. Lopez Endowed Chair in Neurosurgery, Department of Neurosurgery, Massachusetts General Hospital

Case Studies in Orofacial Pain and Headache Series [Virtual]

Join us for an ongoing series of continuing education on orofacial pain, headache, and related pain topics focusing on case studies. It will consist of a half-day program (4 hours) in collaboration with 9 orofacial pain programs. Each case presentation will be presented by a Post-Graduate Resident, overseen by a faculty member, from the respective training programs. Esteemed guest discussants will be invited to participate based on the topics of the presentations.

  • 10/16/21 - "Temporomandibular Disorders"
  • 1/22/22 - "Headache Disorders and Orofacial Pain Resembling Headache Disorders"
  • 3/19/22 - "Pathology/Red Flags"
  • *CHANGE* 5/21/22 - "Idiopathic Neuropathic Pain Disorders"
  • *CHANGE* 7/16/22 - "Dental and Oral Pain Disorders"
  • *CHANGE* 9/24/22 - "Psychological Issues"
  • *CHANGE* 11/19/22 - "Trigeminal Neuralgia and Orofacial Pain Due to Disease of Cranial Nerves“

Controlled Risk Mitigation Education Modules

The following free, self-study sessions focus on Controlled Substance Risk Mitigation in the dental practice. Each session is eligible for .75 CE hours and are part of a research study conducted by Principal Investigator Dr. Ronald Kulich. The aim of this study is to deliver the first controlled substance risk mitigation training modules to Massachusetts practicing dentists, dental hygienists, and oral surgeons. Outcomes will address knowledge, attitudes, as well as self-report of behavior change within clinical practice. This information will help us encourage dental clinicians and dental hygienists to apply comprehensive and consistent risk-mitigation steps into routine practice.

  1. 'An Introduction to Controlled Substance Risk Mitigation' with Dr. Kulich
  2. 'Interviewing the Patient: Strategies to Identify Substance Use Disorders, Including Opioid Misuse & Abuse' with Dr. Schatman
  3. 'Screening Strategies to Identify Substance Use Disorders, Including Opioid Misuse and Abuse' with Dr. Keith
  4. 'Managing Acute Dental Pain: Principles for Rational Prescribing & Alternatives to Opioid Therapy' with Dr. Malacarne
  5. 'Medical and Psychiatric Conditions Associated with Increased Substance Use Risk' with Dr. Kulich
  6. ‘Assessment and Management of the High-Risk Dental Patient with Active Substance Use Disorder’  with Dr. Kulich, Mr. Fortino, Dr. Marefat, and Dr. Keith
  7. 'Using Brief Motivational Intervention Strategies for Management of the Complex Dental Patient’ with Dr. Schatman
  8. 'Special High-Risk Populations in Dentistry: The Adolescent Patient, Elderly Patient, & the Woman of Childbearing Age' with Dr. Magee
  9. ‘Interprofessional Collaboration in the Assessment and Management of Substance Use Risk' with Dr. Kulich
  10. 'Opioid Prescribing in Dental Practice: Managing Liability Risks' with Dr. Keith

Conference Services and Room Rentals

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Tufts University School of Dental Medicine offers a state-of-the art and professional setting for your business meetings, seminars, conferences, and product demonstrations. We offer a unique, multi-purpose venue with beautiful views of the city, and a convenient location in downtown Boston.

  • Convenient location
  • Competitive rates
  • On-site meeting and event support
  • State-of-the-art audio visual equipment
  • Various-sized conference rooms accommodating 10-90 guests
  • Catering to the needs of groups both large and small
  • Ample parking and close proximately to public transportation, local area hotels, and restaurants

Combining superior customer services, advanced technology, and on-premise catering, we promise to make your event an enjoyable experience for you and your participants! Contact us at 617-636-6629 or email to begin planning your next event now!

Ask About Conference Services

  • Applications for registration will be processed in the order received and must be accompanied by full tuition at least two weeks in advance of the course (some exceptions may apply*). If a program develops a waitlist, participants will be required to pay their full tuition to save their seat in the course; the Office of Continuing Education to contact you if this occurs. Maximum and minimum enrollments apply. Early registration is recommended. 

    • Register Online – Please note that you will be directed to our secure online payment gateway where you will process your payment.
    • Register by phone – Call 617-636-6629 to register and pay using your credit card.

    Written confirmation of your registration will be e-mailed or mailed upon receipt of payment. If confirmation is not received, please contact our office before attending the course.

    *Mini-Residency programs require full tuition (or the first payment in your payment plan) one month in advance of each module.

    • Course attendees are required to wear protective eyewear and clinical attire during hands-on activities. TUSDM CE will provide each attendee with a blue disposable gown, masks, and protective eyewear. Participants are invited to bring their own lab coats and loupes to the course.
    • In the event that the course includes the use/handling of human tissue, it is TUSDM’s understanding that all participants are current with Hepatitis B vaccinations.
    • All course participants must wear long pants (to the ankle).
    • If the course includes drilling or grinding, protective eyewear and face masks are required and must be worn during the duration of that specific activity.
    • Gloves must not be worn when using the model trimmers or dental lathes.
    • Medium to long hair must be pinned or tied back for safety reasons.
    • Dangling jewelry should be removed prior to performing any hands-on activity.
    • No hats, shorts or open-toed shoes are allowed in the Simulation Learning Center or any clinical or research area during the course.
    • We request that cell phones be turned to silent or vibrate during the course, as to not distract others in the learning environment.
  • The hotels listed below are within walking distance of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and may offer a Tufts rate to program participants. Because rates vary depending on availability, please book your room early.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Refund Policy for Mini-Residency Programs: Full tuition refund or credit will be given for cancellations received at least one month prior to the course start date. Refunds or tuition credit will not be given after that time or to no-shows. (Please see the above Coronavirus and Health Safety Policy for more refund information.)

    Refund Policy for non mini-residency courses: Full tuition refund will be given for cancellations received at least two weeks prior to course date. Refunds or tuition credit will not be issued after this time or if a participant no-shows. (Please see the above Coronavirus and Health Safety Policy for more refund information.)

  • Participants are not allowed to record or photograph any materials without the express permission of the Office of Continuing Education.

  • Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Division of Continuing Education (TUSDM DCE) provides a range of education programs for the dental profession. When Continuing Education Credits are offered, the program is to be strictly educational and by definition, non-promotional. The following guidelines contains the procedures under which TUSDM DCE will engage in educational activities.

    • Continuing education programs are educational and non-promotional.
    • Continuing education programs are created and implemented independent from the promotional influences of the commercial entities.
    • Generic names will be used for any discussion of a specific product, when possible, and there will be a balanced presentation of competing therapies and any limitations on the data.
    • Instructors will adhere to the ADA’s Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct.
    • Instructors will base lectures on sound scientific basis and proven clinical efficacy.
    • Instructors will disclose any potential Conflicts of Interest in the start of continuing education program.
    • Conflict of Interest can include stock ownership, current or past employment, paid consultant services, paid speaking engagements, membership on advisory boards or funded research activities.
    • TUSDM OCE will separate commercial entities product displays from the learning environment and disclose to all the participants any unrestricted grants or sponsorship received for the continuing education programming.
  • We reserve the right to photograph or videotape participants and registrants during our continuing education courses. By participating in or registering for this course, each participant/registrant agrees that we may, for no compensation, (I) photograph or videotape such participant/registrant; and (ii) reproduce, distribute, display, use or publish such photographs or video images and likeness, with or without such participant/registrant’s name, by any method for any lawful purpose, including for example, such purposes as educational programs, publicity, illustration, recruitment, fundraising, advertising and Web content. Such photographs or video images shall be the exclusive property of the University.

  • Parking is available at the Tufts Medical Center parking facility located on Tremont Street. If you get your parking ticket validated with the Continuing Education Office at the check-in table the day of your event, you are eligible for the Patient and Visitor Rate.

  • For in-person courses, course check-in begins 30 minutes prior to listed course start time. Unless otherwise noted in the confirmation email, check-in takes place on the 14th floor of 1 Kneeland Street, Boston, MA 02111 near the elevators. 

    For virtual/live-streamed courses, the CE program uses Zoom and the virtual space will open at the start time of the program. Zoom links are generally sent a few days to a week in advance of the program.  If you do not have your Zoom link by the day before the program, please contact 617-636-6629 and/or

  • Lunch is provided for all full-day courses unless noted on the course description. If you have dietary restrictions, please indicate this on your registration form and we will try to accommodate.

  • Mission Statement

    Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Division of Continuing Education is dedicated to providing patient-centered and clinical-based education for the lifelong learning needs of dental professionals. We strive to develop educational programs that address different patient populations, dental specialties, advancing technologies, and varied practice settings. We create and coordinate programs that incorporate all types of educational methodologies, quality training, and the highest standards of oral health care by utilizing a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach.


    • To promote and encourage lifelong education for the dental professional beyond graduation and/or certification, by presenting outstanding programs by recognized clinicians and educators who have demonstrated expertise in their respective fields of endeavor
    • To disseminate new information on advancing technology and procedures, for practical application by the dental professional
    • To encourage and assist the dental professional to achieve higher levels of skills, knowledge, and competence
    • To provide continuing education programs that enable participants to provide an improved level of care to their patients and their community
  • Tufts University, School of Dental Medicine is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. 

    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 house by boards of dentistry.

    Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at

    More information about the American Dental Association can be found at