Dental Renaissance

A Dental Renaissance: Art and ScienceItal

April 5 - 10, 2015

Take the vacation in Italy you’ve been dreaming of while getting

17 hours of quality CE from the Georgia Regent’s team you trust!


Join us in Florence for 5 days of personal tours of the city, admission to museums, a wine and olive oil tasting, a cooking class, and a final full day trip to two highlights of Tuscany, the charming cities of Siena and San Gimignano, all reasonably priced!


This four half-day lecture course is designed to bring the most current evidence to the practicing dentist on topics that often complicate general practice by speakers selected for expertise in their subject matter.

The purpose is to provide practical toolkits to enable any provider to more confidently recognize and treat patients who present with conditions that are much more common in today’s practice- polypharmacy, dry mouth, sleep apnea, and TMD- in light of the most current evidence. With the aging of our populations, a geriatric specialist will provide guidance for treating this special group of patients. And finally, diagnosis, treatment planning, and newest techniques for treating caries will be discussed.


At the completion of this program, participants should be able to:

    • Develop a practical approach to managing medically complex patients
    • Explain the current evidence on the complex relationship between TMD, occlusion, and sleep apnea
    • Identify the top ten factors to successfully treat Geriatric patients, and understand how to modify restorative treatment plans in the elderly for most predictable results
    • Correctly diagnose and treat the most common oral lesions in the elderly
    • Describe the Medical Model of Caries and how to implement personalized caries treatment planning (CAMBRA) into your practice, including evidence for fluoride use, xylitol, and other strategies.
    • List indications for various restorative modalities based on caries risk assessment and depth of lesion, including vital pulp therapy.


TARGET AUDIENCE: This program is designed for dentists. ADACERP

ADA CERP: The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University 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 for credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University designates this activity for 17.0 continuing education credits. 1/01/14-12/31/17. The formal continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by AGD for Fellowship /Mastership credit. The current term of acceptance extends from 01/01/2014-12/31/2017.


Dentists: Dental CE tuition (17 hours CE): $995 + $495 Activity and Excursion Fee*
Family members: $495 Activity and Excursion Fee*

*Activity and Excursion Fee: Covers most admission fees, guided tours, day trip to Siena and San Gimignano, cooking class, wine and olive oil tasting. Not required to participate in CE course.

Limited to 25 total participants.  Course may be cancelled if not enough participants by 1 November 2014, with full refunds (less 5% processing fee). Cancellation after 1 November will not be refunded unless places filled from wait list.



Monday, April 6, 2015

8:00 am

Welcome and Introduction to Course - Dr. Mitchell


A practical approach to medically complex patients – Dr. DeRossi-- With a growing number of patients with complex medical disorders seeking dental care, this informative program will simplify the important points of commonly encountered conditions with the goal of creating a strategy for confidently managing medically complex patients.

10:00 am


10:15 am

Dry mouth strategies for diagnosis and management—Dr. DeRossi--As a common cause ofdiscomfort, soft tissue symptoms and caries, dry mouth is a challenging problem to diagnose and manage. Learn to sort out the causes as well as what to recommend, including which popular products may actually be counterproductive.

12:30 pm


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

8:00 am

Geriatric Top Ten: What you need to know to treat Geriatric patients – Dr. Ciarrocca--To provide optimal oral health care, clinicians must understand special needs of their geriatric patients, including the oral manifestations of aging, frequently encountered systemic diseases, and the modifications of treatment.

10:00 am


10:15 am

Impact of Oral Disease on the Restorative Treatment of the Elderly - Dr. Ciarrocca-- This presentation will examine an overview of oral manifestations in patients over 65 and how they impact the dental treatment provided. Common oral hard and soft tissue manifestations of systemic disease, xerostomia and its effects on restorative care, and treatments and palliative care options for xerostomia will be presented.

12:30 pm


Wednesday, April 8, 2015


TMD and Occlusion: What dental school forgot to tell us! - Dr. DeRossi-- During the past 15 years a mounting body of evidence has challenged our accepted thinking about the role of occlusion in many TMDs. This course will review the current evidence and provide a clear-eyed look at the topic to allow the participant to develop their own philosophy.  

10:00 am

Adjourn until 3 pm for excursion activity (some museums close at 1300)

3 pm

Diagnosis and Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea – A role for the Dental Professional—Dr. DeRossi- If you have considered incorporating treatment for sleep apnea into your practice, this seminar will provide an overview of causes, developing a team approach, medico-legal issues, and reimbursement. Clinical examples and case studies will round out the participants’ understanding.

5:30 pm


Thursday, April 9, 2015

8:00 am

What’s new in Caries: When to dull your explorer and leave in decay – Dr. Mitchell – Changing paradigms of caries have radically altered how we view diagnosing and treat caries. This session covers formal technique of developing a personalized caries risk assessment and preventive plan for each patient, including strategies for patient compliance, remineralization protocols and selecting optimal materials for restorative situations.

10:00 am


10:15 am

Vital Pulp Therapy: Another reason to leave in decay - Dr. Mitchell-Developing a step by step toolkit for managing deep carious lesions- pulp testing techniques, pulp therapy materials and techniques- all based on evidence.

12:30 pm



Activities and Excursions: Highlights of Florence and Tuscany

The course director, Dr. Jan Mitchell, who lived in Italy for three years, is a lifelong student of European history and art and will lead most of the tours. Designed to give you an in-depth look at the art and architecture through the history and fascinating lore, this series will take you through the history of the fascinating city. An expert art history guide will lead the tour of the Uffizi gallery. We’ll get head-of-line passes for most of the city’s attractions and museums, and go well beyond the usual superficial “three hour tour” of Florence. You will really understand this complex and beautiful city after this visit!


Sunday pm

Dante’s Florence. We’ll meet at the Duomo and take a short walking tour through the heart of Florence as Dante knew it in 1301, then over the oldest bridge, the famous Ponte Vecchio, where he met his muse, Beatrice. After a city bus up to the Piazza Michelangelo for the best view of the city, we will visit the oldest Romanesque church, San Miniato al Monte and attend the evocative evening Vespers service with the monks. This will include a brief overview of the history of Florence and a travel skills talk, including how to find the best local restaurants!


Monday pm

Cathedral Florence. In the picturesque Piazza del Duomo, we’ll visit the Baptistery, with its sparkling mosaics. Taking a close look at the renowned Gates of Paradise, you’ll learn about the cutthroat competition that kicked off the Renaissance. Then we’ll visit the Duomo and the Duomo museum, where a hidden Michelangelo Pieta and the original Baptistery door contest panels are highlighted. A short walk takes us to the Orsanmichele, which displays the jewels of Renaissance sculpture. A final stop at the Mercato Nuovo for a little shopping shows you the best of Florence’s outdoor life.

In the evening, half the group will attend a wine and olive oil tasting at a local enoteca.


Tuesday am

Medici Florence: A look at the city’s most influential family and the places they touched. Starting with the famous Ospedale degli Innocenti by Brunelleschi with its touching stories of the city’s foundlings, we will then see the masterpieces by Fra Angelico in the monastery cells of San Marco where they were painted, including Cosimo de Medici’s personal retreat. We’ll visit the Medici Palace to see the brilliant painted chapel, as well as the family church, also by Brunelleschi, San Lorenzo, as well as visiting the famous Michelangelo sculptures in the Medici Chapels. We’ll end with a visit to the city’s central market, a favorite lunch spot, before headed back to class.

In the evening, half the group will attend a cooking class in our venue, Villa Rosa.


Wednesday pm

David and more. See that most famous symbol of the Renaissance, Michelangelo’s David, in the Accademia gallery. Exploring the churches of Santa Maria Novella and Santa Trinita, you’ll learn more about the family jealousies that prompted this great art, and recognize the family portraits in it. We’ll visit a 500 year old pharmacy that now sells famous perfumes and soaps.

In the evening, the second half of the group will attend a wine and olive oil tasting at a local enoteca.


Thursday pm

Bargello and Uffizi. With your new appreciation of the city, you will now see these two jewels in context. Usually overlooked, the Bargello is a treasure of sculpture by Donatello, Michelangelo and more. In the Uffizi, one of the most important art collections in the world, an art historian will lead you through the gallery, following chronologic order to give you the sense of travelling through time to visit the best pieces.

In the evening, half the group will attend a cooking class in our venue, Villa Rosa.


Friday all day

Day trip to Siena and San Gimignano. After traveling by bus through the gorgeous Chianti countryside, visit the old town of Siena and the inside of the Duomo. Learn about Siena’s famous 'contrades' neighborhoods, and walk in the most beautiful square in Italy, where the horse race, the Palio, takes place twice a year. Then head to San Gimignano, which is a medieval time capsule, climb to the top of the Rocca and view the countryside, and visit the local shops.


Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Where will the classes be held? Villa Rosa, the family estate of Count Mario Gigliucci in Piazza Savonarola from the 1800’s, now serves as the campus for Syracuse University’s Florence campus. Just a 15 minute walk from the Duomo, this beautiful complex contains classrooms, wifi, a library, and even a coffee bar! The buildings surround a splendid garden with gazebos, shade trees, flowers and sculpture, forming a refuge in this busy city.
  • What about lodging? Is there a specific hotel we’ll all stay at? No,attendees will be free to choose any lodging that suits their taste and budget! We will have suggestions from the Syracuse Univ staff, and the course director has her personal advice as well. Experienced travellers may already know how to find a cozy pensione or an airbnb apartment near Accademia, but an internet search will show a wide variety of choices in comfort and price. While this is different from many courses done in the States, we will help you!Rotunda
  • Will this be tax-deductible? We aren’t qualified to advise you regarding tax matters—we suggest you speak with your licensed tax professional.
  • Will this be handicapped-accessible? What about mobility requirements? Europe is not covered by the American with Disabilities Act, and it’s simply not as accessible. LOTS of walking (easily a mile or two a day on flat ground) is normal in European cities, and Florence is no exception. While the Syracuse buildings are ADA compliant, and major museums have elevators, many restaurants and lodgings are not ADA compliant. The activities and excursions are not recommended for people with limited mobility because of cobblestones, crowding and hills.
  • How do I sign up? Contact the Augusta University Continuing Education Office at 706-721-3967 or 1-800-221-6437. Print Registration Form or

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  • Can I extend my stay before or after? Of course! You will be responsible for your own travel arrangements (flight, ground transportation, and lodging), so this is a great opportunity to travel to other Italian cities-Pisa, Venice, Verona, and Rome are all a few hours away by train (<$100).We suggest you not book tickets until after 1 Nov.
  • Do I need a passport? Visa? Shots? Passport, absolutely. If you don’t have one, start the paperwork as soon as possible. No visa or special immunizations are required for Italy.
  • Will this be good for kids? Depends on your kid. There will be a lot of art, history, museums and walking, but no playgrounds or American-style “kid-friendly” vacation activities. If that sounds like something your older child would enjoy, fine! My daughter loved it at 11, my son, not so much even at 20… just depends on their interests and temperament.
  • What about medical care if I get sick? The medical care in Italy is excellent, but we suggest you check with your insurance company for additional traveler’s coverage.
  • Will there be any advice for packing, electronics, phones and such if I sign up? For sure! You will get lots of specific advice on all things Italian travel from the course director from her experience of living in Italy!


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Course Faculty

Course Director

Jan Mitchell, DDS, MEd, MAGD. Dr. Mitchell earned her DDS degree from Emory University in 1979 and served 26 years in theDr. Mitchell U.S. Navy, completing a two year residency in Comprehensive Dentistry where she twice received the Award for Excellence in Restorative Dentistry, as well as completing a Master’s degree in Higher Education from the George Washington University. After many varied assignments in the Navy worldwide, including three years in Italy and two shipboard assignments, Dr. Mitchell returned to Bethesda to teach; her adjunct assignment was as one of the two White House dentists. She was a 2001 Fellow in the ADEA Leadership Institute. After retiring, she was in private practice in Anchorage AK before returning to teaching in the Department of Oral Rehabilitation at Augusta University.

Dr. Mitchell is currently Course Director of two courses on Diagnosis and Treatment Planning. A 2013 inductee to the Augusta University College of Health Educators, she lectures and mentors other faculty in innovative, interactive teaching methods. Dr. Mitchell is a Diplomate of the Federal Services Board of General Dentistry, past President of the American Board of Operative Dentistry, a Master in the AGD, and past President of ADEA’s Leadership Institute Alumni Association. She is on the editorial boards of General Dentistry and Operative Dentistry. Dr. Mitchell can be reached at

Augusta University Faculty

Dr. De RossiScott De Rossi, DMD received his DMD from the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Dental Medicine in 1995 and completed his post-doctoral training in Oral Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in 1997. He achieved Diplomate status from the American Board of Oral Medicine in 1999, and has maintained an active practice limited to Oral Medicine for over 15 years. Currently a Professor of Oral Medicine, he is Director of the Clinical Center for Oral Medicine and Chairman of Oral Health and Diagnostic Sciences at the Augusta University (Augusta University) Dental College of Georgia. Dr. DeRossi also holds joint faculty appointments in the Departments of Dermatology, Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery in the Medical College of Georgia, and received the MCG Otolaryngology Consultant of the year award in 2008.

Prior to joining the Faculty of Augusta University, he was Director of the Oral Medicine Residency Program at the University of Pennsylvania where he received the distinguished Earl Bank Hoyt teaching award. While at Augusta University, Dr. DeRossi was named the 2011 recipient of the International Association of Dental Research Innovation in Oral Care Award and the 2014 Judson C. Hickey Excellence in Teaching Award. He was a 2012-13 Fellow in the ADEA Leadership Institute.

Dr. De Rossi is a co-author of Burket’s Oral Medicine textbook, guest Editor of the July 2013 edition of Dental Clinics of North America on Orofacial Pain and has lectured and published over 100 scientific articles, textbook chapters, and monographs on all aspects of Oral Medicine including TMD and orofacial pain, medically complex patients, salivary gland disorders and oral mucosal diseases. He is the Director of the multidisciplinary Center for Oral Medicine.

Katharine Ciarrocca, DMD, MSEd. Dr. Ciarrocca completed her undergraduate studies at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She Dr. Ciarroccareceived her DMD from the University of Pennsylvania, where she also completed postdoctoral training in Oral Medicine and a master’s degree in education. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine. Prior to joining the Augusta University, Dental College of Georgia (Augusta University CDM) faculty as an Assistant Professor with joint appointments in the Department of Oral Rehabilitation and the Diagnostic Sciences Department, Dr. Ciarrocca served as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University Of Pennsylvania Department Of Oral Medicine and had a part-time private practice. She is a 2013 inductee to the Augusta University College of Health Educators, and a 2014 Fellow of the UAB Geriatric Faculty Scholars program.

Dr. Ciarrocca is an author in Burket’s Oral Medicine textbook and a reviewer for Special Care in Dentistry. Recognized as an outstanding teacher, she is the 2010 winner of the GDA/ASDA Outstanding Faculty Award, the 2012 recipient of the College of Dentists Outstanding Faculty award, and the 2013 Excellence in Dental Education Award given by the Georgia Pierre Fauchard Academy. Of her professional accomplishments, she is most proud of being the faculty advisor of the Geriatrics program as well as the “Dentists for Della” service program at Augusta University CDM. Her pride and joy however, are her two daughters, Sofia (13) and Evie (11).