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01/19/21 Study Club with Sherri Lukes

January 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CST

Medical History Front and Center – Oral Manifestations of Systemic Conditions

Completing a thorough medical history is an imperative step in the dental hygiene process of care. An examination of oral lesions that are manifestations of systemic diseases will be discussed in this course. Expand your reasoning as we look at lesions and oral changes, deciphering the systemic conditions they are evidence of. Etiology, clinical appearance, and treatment options of both common and uncommon conditions are included, emphasizing interdisciplinary collaboration with other health professionals. Hygienists with keen eyes for these lesions/changes and the conditions they are associated with can elevate both patient and employer appreciation.

Instructional Objectives:

Upon completion of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the importance of current oral pathology knowledge when conducting intra/extra-oral exams.
  2. Describe oral symptoms of various systemic conditions as presented in cases.
  3. Compare/contrast lesions that can be considered in a differential diagnosis for each pathologic entity.

Sherri M Lukes, RDH, MS, FAADH

Sherri Lukes has been a dental hygienist for 39 years and holds advanced degrees in education.  She is associate professor emerita, Southern Illinois University, where she taught general and oral pathology, public health, multicultural dental hygiene, and advanced periodontics clinic.  Her research focus was oral pathology and migrant farmworker oral health, resulting in multiple peer reviewed publications. Sherri enjoys integrating her years of experience into CE courses to empower dental professionals in the process of care.  She is an approved speaker of and holds a pathology fellowship in the American Academy of Dental Hygiene, is a past president of the Illinois Dental Hygienists’ Association, and a member of the American Academy of Oral Medicine. Community service includes biannual trips to central/southern Mexico, delivering preventive care in an orphanage and remote villages. Honors include Community Service, Research, and Teacher of the Year awards at SIU, Illinois Department of Public Health Oral Health Champion Award and the Sunstar/RDH Award of Distinction.


January 19
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Patti DiGangi RDH, BS