Greater Philadelphia Dental Hygiene Study Club

Einstein Center One, Suite 211-212
9880 Bustleton Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19115
Phone: 215-677-8686
Fax: 215-677-7212

The Greater Philadelphia Dental Hygiene Study Club (GPDHSC) was established to help advance the professional careers of dental hygienists and dental assistants. Regrettably, Maggie Rutherford, our former coordinator, has pursued other career options and is no longer affiliated with the GPDHSC. We will be sure to keep former members and attendees of GPDHSC events informed of future courses and seminars. Information for 2021 will follow at a later date along with details of a new contact person.

For 2020, there will be ONE full-day course:

Dr. Robert A. Levine and Dr. Philip Fava of the Pennsylvania Center for Dental Implants and Periodontics present: “The TEAM Approach to Comprehensive Periodontal and Restorative Cases.”

This 5-credit hour course is essential for all dentists, specialists, hygienists, EFDAs and team members.

Date: Friday, October 16, 2020
Time: Sign in at 7:45 am. Course begins at 8:30 am and ends at 2 pm.
Location: The Buck Hotel, 1200 Buck Road, Feasterville, PA 19053
Fees: $125 per doctor who is an active member of the ITI or Spear study clubs. $75 for each of their team members. $195 per non-member doctor. $95 for RDHs, DAs and dental residents.

Breakfast buffet will be served beginning at 7:45 am with light refreshments also available during the course.

Speaker:  Daniel J. Melker, DDS, Periodontics, Clearwater, FL

Additional details and registration information for this course: In today’s world of advanced dental procedures and technology, traditional or classic dental principles can easily be lost. This may especially be true with the decision-making process of saving teeth. Implants are wonderful options when appropriate, but they should not be selected when a tooth can be saved using a predictable perio or restorative protocol that yields excellent long-term prognoses. Too often today, good teeth are being removed in favor of implant placement that is occurring in a clinical environment of inadequate bone and soft tissue, as well as biomechanical compromise. Biologic shaping and soft tissue grafting offer a classic, proven methodology for treating teeth with absolute predictability.

The success of managing these types of cases directly depends on the Restorative Dentists’ ability to take a broken-down tooth or teeth and rebuild them, then provisionalize them which then allows the Periodontist to treat the tooth or teeth so they can be restored ideally for long term stability and success.

Says Bob Levine: “This has been our treatment approach in our practice since 1984 with the teachings of Amsterdam, Weisgold and Abrams.”

Dr. Melker has been in private practice for the past thirty plus years in Clearwater, Florida. He has lectured to countless national and international dental organizations including Seattle Study Clubs and presentations to Periodontic and Prosthodontic residency programs across the country. If you have never seen Dr. Melker present, you are in for a treat as, according to Bob Levine, he is a “dynamic and passionate educator who documents his cases beautifully to perfection.”

Please click on this flyer for additional details and registration information. A registration form for EACH attendee can be downloaded from the flyer.


Latest Information about  CE Requirements:

From– Changes In State Board of Dentistry CE Requirements:
All licensees in PA are required to take a 2 CEU Child Abuse course for every re-licensure period.

New applicants or new hygiene school graduates must take a 3 credit course. Go to for a free online course that is approved by the PA State Board of

Local Anesthesia – All RDHs who are certified in local anesthesia are required to take 3 CE
hours every renewal period. These credits must be in local anesthesia or pharmacology.
There are no specific requirements for your local anesthesia and public health CE credits in
regards to taking these classes as online modules. The only requirement from the State Board
of Dentistry is that half of your overall credits must be taken in person.

Public Health Dental Hygiene Practitioners – The 5 credit hours needed for this permit should be in subjects related to public health. If you have a question about a specific course, you must contact the State Board of Dentistry with the course outline and topic information to see if it qualifies as a public health course.

GO TO THE SOURCE: Email: and request a copy of the Title 49: Professional and Vocational Standards, Chapter 33: State Board of Dentistry – or go online to and view the regulations online.

The Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Radiation Protection, is now requiring all radiographers to take 2 contact hours (4 CEUs) in radiation safety. (Since medical and dental CEUs are evaluated differently, for you it means 2 credits with a live speaker; the course can be didactic or may involve clinical. Hands-on is NOT a requirement.) The DEP will be verifying these hours when the radiation check is done on office x-ray equipment (varies for every office, occurs once every four years). The owner of the equipment is liable to the DEP for ALL persons using radiation equipment. This requirement is NOT required by the State Board of Dentistry and cannot affect your professional license, however, the content may be used toward your 20 CEUs.

Need a copy of a continuing education certificate? All the CE records are kept at the state office in Mechanicsburg. When you take courses that are approved by the PA Academy of Dental Hygiene Studies, your name & license number are placed into the computer system. If you need a transcript of all courses that you took that were approved by the Academy, the fee for PDHA members is $10.00, and $25.00 for non-members of the PDHA. Please contact PDHA at 717-766-0334 or email

Supervision laws have changed (effective 01/2010) – Registered dental hygienists are now able to perform services within their scope of practice without their employer in the office as long as the patient has been examined within the last year. The dentist also needs to authorize each specific treatment after reviewing the patient’s history (with input from the RDH) and the patient needs to be healthy or have only mild systemic disease. This means that no patients with moderate or severe disease may be seen by a RDH without the dentist in the office. The State Board of Dentistry is no longer using ASA classifications for determining supervision guidelines.