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  • Professionalism and Ethics in DentistryFeb 29, 20209:00 am - 4:00 pm


UM Bannatyne: Basic Medical Sciences Building: Room-Frederic Gaspard Theatre

University of Manitoba, 745 Bannatyne Ave., Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3E 0J9

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Course Description

This course is suitable for all those involved in the practice of dentistry, dental hygiene, dental assisting and other office personnel. Through the use of the Manitoba Dental Association Ethics Bylaw and case studies, we will journey into the world of professionalism and ethics through exploration of the following topics and activities:

  • Public interest versus public protection
  • Personal versus professional accountability
  • Professional judgment
  • Professional boundaries versus respect for individuality
  • Conflict of interest
  • Informed consent
  • Privacy versus confidentiality
  • Duty to report
  • Principles of ethical behaviour
  • Standards of practice
  • Case studies in small-group setting

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this event participants should be able to:

  • Identify the principles of ethical behaviour
  • Identify the principles of professionalism
  • Analyze case studies to determine ethical resolutions to a problem
  • Apply this knowledge to a problem in the practice of dentistry, dental hygiene, dental assisting, or administration
  • Utilize ethical principles and professionalism to model ethical behaviour and mitigate the risk of a patient complaint

Course Brochure

Ethics Brochure


Patricia (Patti) Ling, B.Sc., MSc, DDS
Registrar, Manitoba Dental Association; Private practice

Dr. Ling obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in 1976 and her Doctor of Dental Science in 1980 from the University of Toronto. Her first 5 years of clinical life were spent in rural practices in Prescott and Morrisburg, Ontario.  In 1985 she moved to Winnipeg with her family and returned to clinical practice later that year. She began her teaching career, both didactic and clinical, at the Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry, University of Manitoba in 1986.  From 1988 to1990, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry, coordinated first and second year dental courses and taught clinically in Oral Diagnosis, Periodontology, Dental Hygiene and Restorative Dentistry.

With a passion to combine basic and clinical sciences teaching, Dr. Ling completed her Masters of Science degree in 1995 through the Department of Anatomy, University of Manitoba with a focus on developing an in-vivo surgical technique to measure pulpal response to CO2 laser technology, through micro and ultrastructural analysis.

Dr. Ling continued with her clinical teaching on a part-time basis until February of 2015 when she became Deputy Registrar of the Manitoba Dental Association. In July of 2017, she became Acting Registrar of the Manitoba Dental Association, and later Registrar on December 1 of 2017.

As Registrar, Dr. Ling is involved with licensure of dentists and dental assistants, professional dental corporations and the Peer Review/Disciplinary process for the dental profession in Manitoba. She is a member of the MDA Board of Directors in an ex-officio/advisory capacity, in addition to being a voting Board Member of the Canadian Dental Regulatory Authorities Federation.

This event is also available via livestream.
You will be emailed connection information prior to the event.




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Dentist: $245
Dental hygienist $95
Dental assistant/ Other $45

Registration Deadline

February 21, 2020

Study Credits

This course is designed for up to 6 hours of Continuing Dental Education (CDE) Credits.


Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba Nationally Approved PACE Program Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by any regulatory authority or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from July 1, 2018 to  June 30, 2022. Provider ID# 214210 AGD Code 149|AGD Subject Code ETHICS2020

Refund Policy

Registrants can receive a refund provided they give written notice no later than fourteen (14) days prior to the event. An administration fee will be retained to cover staff costs of processing refunds and other costs associated with cancellations.

The University of Manitoba reserves the right to cancel or postpone any educational program due to an insufficient number of registrations. The decision to cancel will normally be made at least fourteen (14) days prior to the program date. Each registrant will be notified by email and provided with a full refund of all registration costs. The University of Manitoba is not liable for any loss, damages or other expenses that such cancellations may cause, including, but not limited to, non-refundable airline fares, hotel penalties or lost income.

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