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Join your fellow Diplomates in Nashville, TN on Saturday May 23, 2020 for the inaugural Dr. Jerome B. Miller Memorial Lecture.

When: 05/23/2020
7:00AM - 10:00 AM
Where: Omni Nashville Hotel- Legends Ballroom D-G
250 Fifth Avenue South
Nashville, Tennessee  37203
United States
Presenter: Theresa S. Gonzales, DMD, MS, MSS
Contact: Molly Major

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COD's Annual Meeting & CE Symposium 2020

Registration Fee: $55 early bird rate...$75 after April 1, 2020
(New diplomates are complimentary- RSVP required!) 

7:00am-7:30am- Breakfast
7:30am-8:30am- Business meeting

8:30am-10:00am- CE Lecture

This year's business meeting features:

  • State of the College Address by Hakan O. Koymen, DDS, MS, 2019-2020 President
  • Introduction of the Class of 2020- New Diplomate Members
  • Awards Presentation- N. Sue Seale Pediatric Dentistry Research Award, Paul Walker Leadership Award & Dr. Ronald A. Bell Mentor of the Year Award
  • Election of 2020-2021 Officers  

Immediately following the Annual Meeting, the Foundation of the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry proudly presents....

"The Ethics of Consent" by Theresa S. Gonzales, DMD, MS, MSS


Informing Informed Consent

At its best, informed consent is a process of communication that empowers a patient to make voluntary decisions about accepting or declining care. Informed consent has both ethical and legal implications in clinical practice. Generally speaking, “consent should be obtained for therapeutic and diagnostic procedures where disclosure of significant healthcare information, including major risks involved, would assist a patient in making an intelligent decision whether to undergo the proposed procedure”.[LH1] [i] For this consent to be valid- it must be appropriately “informed”. In short, clinicians do not get informed consent rather- patients give informed consent. This is a difference with distinction. First and foremost, the consent must be voluntary and the individual patient giving the consent must be competent to do so. There are many situations in which an individual simply cannot give consent. The process of obtaining and documenting informed consent and informed refusal is far from a perfect science and over the past several decades, the procedure has undergone many administrative improvements to address these realized limitations. However, in our efforts to streamline the logistics of consent, we may have diluted the original intent of the consent process. The intent was not and is not merely to ensure statutory compliance within our respective practice jurisdictions. The intent is to better inform patients about their diseases and their therapeutic options in the evidence-based management of their conditions. This presentation was designed to review the process and operationalize the intent with regard to patient safety.

 [i] https://www.rmf.harvard.edu/Clinician-Resources/Guidelines-Algorithms/2011/Genera                Informed Consent-Guidelines (accessed April 9, 2019)


Learning Objectives

Define the normative principles approach to ethics, including codes, duties, and rights, apply this approach to ethical issues in practice, and recognize common criticisms

Define the character ethics approach, including virtue, care ethics, and aspirational codes, apply this approach to ethical issues in practice, and recognize common criticisms

Describe the process of informed healthcare decision making, including the elements that must exist and the specific components of an informed-consent discussion.

Discuss surrogate decision making for incapacitated patients, including who can and should act as a proxy decision maker and what standards they should use to make healthcare choices for another.


Dr. Gonzales was recently selected to serve as the Executive Director of the American College of Dentists. In 2013, she retired from the United States Army Dental Corps after a long and distinguished career in active federal service to this Nation. Prior to her retirement, she was a nominative selection as the Director of Strategic Communications for the Army Surgeon General. She has commanded formations in Europe, the Middle East and the United States.  Theresa graduated Magna Cum Laude from the College of Charleston with a B.S. in Chemistry and received her D.M.D. from the Medical University of South Carolina. Colonel Gonzales began her military career at Fort Jackson, South Carolina as a resident in the Advanced Education in General Dentistry program. She then completed a residency training program in oral and maxillofacial pathology in 1992 at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. In 2006, she completed a two-year fellowship in Orofacial Pain at the Naval Postgraduate Dental School and completed a Master of Science in Health Care from George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Dr. Gonzales has earned Fellowship status with the American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology, the American Academy of Oral Medicine, and the Academy of General Dentistry.  She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and the American Board of Orofacial Pain. She holds Diplomate status as well as with the American Board of Forensic Examiners and the American Board of Forensic Medicine.  She is a Fellow of both the American College and International College of Dentists. Dr. Gonzales’s diverse professional background includes tours as staff assigned to Oral Surgery, Hanau, Germany, Force Dental Surgeon, Multinational Peace Keeping Force in El Gorah, Egypt as well as Chief, of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Walter Reed Army Medical Center and William Beaumont Army Medical Center.

Dr. Gonzales has authored over sixty scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals and was the recipient of the International College of Dentists Award for Excellence in Research. She has received the Order of Military Medical Merit and the Surgeon General’s A designator for clinical excellence. She graduated with distinction from the United States Army War College in 2008. Theresa is also a Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at the Medical University of South Carolina- James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine.







This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the Academy of General Dentistry Program Approval for Continuing Education (PACE) through program approval of the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. COD is approved for awarding FAGD/MAGD credit.
A maximum of 1.5 CE credit hours are available.


COD Cancellation Policy and Liability for Annual Meeting & Symposium 2020
By Registrant:
Refunds, minus a $25.00 administrative fee, will be issued on written cancellations received on or before May 1, 2020. Registration fees will only be refunded to the person who paid the registration fees, by the same method as the original payment (i.e. credit card, check, etc.) and in the case of a credit card only to the same credit card used to pay the registration fees. Telephone cancellations ARE NOT accepted. No refund requests will be offered after May 1, 2020.

By COD: 
COD reserves the right to cancel, shorten, delay, or otherwise alter or change the meeting in their discretion. If the entire meeting is cancelled COD’s sole obligation is to refund registration fees paid to COD for the meeting by a registrant. If the meeting is delayed, shortened or otherwise altered or changed, COD may in its discretion refund the registration fees paid to COD by a registrant on a prorated basis, but is under no obligation to do so. Registration fees will only be refunded to the person who paid the registration fees, by the same method as the original payment (i.e. credit card, check, etc.) and in the case of a credit card only to the same credit card used to pay the registration fees. COD is not liable for direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, exemplary, punitive, or damages of any other kind, regardless of the nature of the cause of action that may be asserted. COD is not responsible and shall not pay for costs associated with travel, airfare, lodging, food, transportation or other costs or losses incurred by a registrant in connection with the meeting or as a result of the meeting being cancelled, shortened, delayed, or otherwise altered or changed. Registrants are solely responsible for such costs and losses and it is recommended that registrants consider purchasing sufficient insurance to cover such costs and losses. Under no circumstances shall COD’s liability to any registrant exceed the registration fees paid by the registrant to COD in connection with the meeting.