"From Theory to Practice: Infection Control and Regulatory Compliance Made Simple"

Lori Serna-Pate RDH, MEd

Lori Serna-Pate is a native New Yorker who has spent more than three decades in a dental setting. Her passion for Infection Control stems from her interest in microbiology and infectious diseases. Having come of age during the HIV global epidemic, microbiology was her first passion and, while at SDSU, Microbiology was her major. During her Senior year at SDSU, while working in a diagnostic lab, she realized that she was also passionate about helping people. In 1997, she graduated from Loma Linda University as a Dental Hygienist so she that she might follow both passions.

Being a clinician enabled her to merge her passions and she quickly became the “OSHA Lady” wherever she practiced. In the Summer of 2015, after working overseas as a dental hygienist for fifteen years, she moved back to the East Coast. Calibrating with Dr. Mulreany allowed her to continue to provide individual office evaluations (Compliance Analysis), staff OSHA training and group infection control continuing education seminars. Ms. Serna-Pate’s Infection control seminars are approved by the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners as well as the Academy of General Dentistry.  She has presented at MAGD’s annual meeting as well as MSDA and other Dental Societies and organizations.

The goal of this course is to communicate the regulations and standards in an engaging manner. Sharing practical solutions to theoretical infection control challenges is the key behind the information given.  It is her goal to become an infection control resource to all the dental professionals who are interested in following the I.C. regulations and standards and who are looking for support and guidance in that endeavor.  She continues to be involved in the clinical setting by working at Howard Community College as an adjunct clinical DH instructor.


Course Summary:       


Meeting the infection control needs of every dental practice should not be an overwhelming process, now with SARS-CoV-2 it can be more challenging. An understanding of the applicable laws, prevention techniques and a common-sense approach can produce a simple, effective, ongoing program that protects patient and providers alike. A review of current research will provide a scientific basis for infection control policies. Understanding the required protocols and procedures that would be evaluated during a compliance inspection will be included. The course is designed to help satisfy the annual training requirement for MOSH compliance as well as provide infection control continuing education credits required for Maryland dental re-licensure.

This course will help participants to:

  • List policies and protocols recommended in CDC Infection Control Survey Checklist
  • Management of SARS-CoV-2 in the dental setting
  • Understand the inspection process for infection control compliance
  • List methods to protect patients and staff
  • Prepare a post-exposure protocol based on current infectious disease tests and treatments
  • Recognize employer and employee compliance responsibilities


Tuesday, November 23, 2021


6:15 – 8:35 p.m. (check in and networking from 6:15 - 6:35 p.m.)

Lecture will begin promptly at 6:35 p.m.


$45.00 Per Person (Price Includes 2 CE Hours of Infection Control)

Registration is limited, so sign up early! Cancellations will be fully refunded through November 19, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.


Please see BCDA's Cancellation and Refund Policy

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