Dr. Mitchell Gardiner Standards of Care/Risk Management Shrewsbury, NJ
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  • Private practice
  • Assistant Clinical Professor, Fixed Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
  • Senior Attending Dentist, Riverview Hospital Medical Center

Thursday Courses
TH318 - Changing Standards of Care 2019: Practice in the Present and Protect Your Patients
Time: 12 - 3 PM
Type: General    Handouts: Yes
Dentist Fee: $0.00  Other Fee: $0.00

Drs. Hal Crossley and Mitchell Gardiner will present an engaging program on the newest changing standards of care that challenge dentists. It is imperative that dentists stay up to date on the changes that affect clinical dentistry daily. This course will cover a wide array of topics including areas, such as: medical history/medical clearance, oral cancer screening and documentation/follow-up, opioids and pain management, informed consent for procedures and drugs, prophylactic antibiotic protocols and antibiotic usage. 

Friday Courses
FR249 - 2019: What Are Dentists Being Sued For Today
Time: 8 - 11 AM
Room: GWCC, GWCC A408
Type: Registered    Handouts: Yes
Dentist Fee: $80.00  Other Fee: $50.00

Life is full of unpredictable events. Unfortunately, injuries and mishaps occur in dental offices every day. During this course, learn the type of injuries and mishaps that are most common and damaging to a dentist. Dealing with these mishaps, learning how to clinically document records and understanding accepted standards of care are critically important to every dentist. Dr. Mitchell Gardiner will review and analyze several cases followed by detailed instructions on appropriate responses in the event a mishap takes place in your office.

FR275 - A Simulated Dental Malpractice Court Case Presented Live
Time: 1 - 4 PM
Room: Omni, OMNI OAK
Type: Registered    Handouts: No
Dentist Fee: $80.00  Other Fee: $50.00

This live interactive course will be stimulating, informative and fun for dentists and their staffs who have wondered what really takes place during a malpractice trial in the courtroom. Two lawyers examine and cross-examine the defendant dentist. This is an excellent chance for dental professionals to see and hear what type of questions are asked and how things really go down. This is a rare opportunity to be amid a trial without any of the anxiety.



The opioid epidemic in America has become a critical focus of attention for both state and federal government agencies as well as for health care professionals. It is imperative that as health care providers the dental profession has a complete understanding of the seriousness of this crisis to the well-being of their patients and to themselves as prescribers of these controlled substances. This 3 hour highly interactive program will be presented by Dr. Robert Anderton, Dr. Mitchell Gardiner, Ms. Jo Jagor,JD and Mr. Ryan Donihue,JD.

Part I of the program will simulate a civil dental malpractice trial involving alleged violations of the standard of care of a general dentist comprising professional negligence. The trial will be centered around the opioid overdose and death of a patient after dental surgery. It will incorporate the education, experience and training of the defendant dentist and any experts who testify for and against him; the mandatory rules and regulations of the Dental Practice Act; professional dental standards in the state and nationally.

Dental aspects of the trial will be centered on understanding drug addiction, taking a complete and honest medical history, proper pain management, good communication skills, proper documentation and treatment planning for longer opioid use and responsible monitoring of the federal drug program.

Part II of the program concerns the follow up investigation by an administrative agency:
eg.,the Georgia Dental Board and alleged violation of the Dental Practice Act, allegations of negligence and the alleged failure to timely register for the federal drug monitoring program.

Objectives for Program
Understand opioid addiction timeline and susceptibility for patients
Understand regulations for proper pain management with opioid
Learn alternative pain management protocols
Understand the federal pharmacy monitoring program
Understand importance of clinical documentation and accurate medical history

Saturday Courses
SA357 - Your Dental Team Can Defend You From Malpractice. Teach Them How
Time: 8:30 - 11:30 AM
Room: GWCC, GWCC A411
Type: General    Handouts: Yes
Dentist Fee: $0.00  Other Fee: $0.00

Clinical documentation is the gold standard in malpractice defense. Teaching a dental team how to meet accepted standards of dental care and having it documented is a powerful defense tool in court. This program will teach every member of the team, hygienists, assistants and front office staff personnel, the important role that they all play in making an office the best practice it can be for providing high quality dentistry to patients while protecting the dentist from malpractice liability.

SA380 - Medical History and Informed Consent. What a Boring Course. Think Again!
Time: 1:30 - 4:30 PM
Room: GWCC, GWCC A305
Type: General    Handouts: Yes
Dentist Fee: $0.00  Other Fee: $0.00

Do you obtain honest and complete medical histories from your patients? Really? Do you have valid informed consent discussions with your patients? Do you document them properly, so they would stand up in a court of law? Do you have a clue how important both aspects of dental practice are to your patient’s well-being and to yours? You would be wise to spend three hours with Dr. Mitchell Gardiner. Learn before it is too late.

Registering for the Hinman Dental Meeting is required to attend ALL courses and Special Events.
Course type description:
General = No additional fee (registration required for these courses – we no longer accept walk-ups)
Registered, Interactive, Participation and Special Events = Fee courses