Continuing Education Program

Continuing education courses are provided to members of the Frederick County Dental Society as part of the tripartite membership of the American Dental Association, the Maryland State Dental Association, and the Frederick County Dental Society.  Non-members are welcome to attend courses for a fee.  Courses and topics are selected to provide our members with informative, up-to-date knowledge from experts within the field of dentistry.  Courses are approved for two (2) AGD CE credits unless otherwise noted.  To learn more, contact us via email here.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

6:00 p.m.

Holly Hills Country Club, Ijamsville

Maryland Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)

with Colleen George, Director, Center for the Private Practice of Medicine

MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society

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2 CE Credits - AGD 340 Anesthesia and Pain Management

Course Description and Overview

The Maryland Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) is a secure, electronic, and statewide database containing Schedule II-V dispensed pharmaceutical controlled dangerous substances (CDS).  This course is designed to give dentists an overview of the PDMP system and its goal of improving providers' ability to safely and effectively utilize CDS (controlled dangerous substances) pharmacotherapy.   

Educational Objectives


At the end of this educational activity, the participant will be able to:

1.  Describe the role of the PDMP in assisting healthcare providers, public health, and safety authorities with reducing the non-medical use, abuse, and diversion of prescription drugs.  

2.  Provide a detailed understanding of the PDMP Use Mandate and queries, including when a query is appropriate.  Understand how the PDMP will conduct surveillance and education about the prescribing/ dispensing of CDS (controlled dangerous substances).  

3.  Describe the role of PDMP as a clinical decision-making tool in improving providers' ability to identify potential substance abuse.  

Introducing Colleen George


Colleen George is the Director for The Center for the Private Practice of Medicine for MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society.  MedChi is the largest advocacy group for physicians in the state.  The Center provides physician resources needed to thrive as clinicians and small businesses.  

Mrs. George works with medical practices, large and small, regarding all aspects of practice management and the business side of running a medical practice.  She works closely with the Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients (CRISP) with a focus on the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP).  She also works very closely with the private insurance carriers as well as CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid) in her role as staff representative on the Payer Relations Committee.