October 17, 2023 - Virtual Category 1 Core Lecture - Oral Cancer and HPV: What We Should Now Know

Join us on October 17 at 6 pm for a virtual Category 1 Core Lecture, "Oral Cancer and HPV: What We Should Now Know"

Date: Tuesday, October 17th
Time: 6 pm - 9 pm
Location: Virtual via Zoom

Course Description

Traditional risk factors for oral cancer include smoking and alcohol consumption often in older males, involving high risk sites such as floor of mouth, lower lip, and ventral/lateral tongue. Increasing evidence has established a viral etiology to oral cancer, specifically human papillomavirus (HPV), and the pathogenesis of oropharyngeal carcinoma and is defined by a younger, predominantly male demographic, favoring high-risk sites that now primarily involve base of tongue, soft palate, and the tonsillar tissues. This relationship is also considered to be closely intertwined with sexual behavious.

Learning objectives:

  1. Discern and understand the risk factors for HPV related oropharyngeal carcinoma.
  2. Recognize the differences in clinical diagnosis, treatment and prognosis between HPV and non-HPV related oropharyngeal carcinoma.
  3. Discuss the significance of HPV in our communication with patients.

Course Presenter:

David B. Clark BSc., DDS, MSc. (Pathology), FRCDC
Dr. David Clark is the former Staff Dentist at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, Whitby, Ontario.  He is an Instructor in Dentistry, University of Toronto - Department of Oral Medicine and Oral Diagnosis and served as a part-time clinical instructor (Dental Hygiene) at Durham College, Oshawa and at George Brown College, Toronto.

He obtained his DDS in1976 and MSc.(Pathology) in 1986. Dr. Clark is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada (Oral Pathology). Memberships include the Pierre Fauchard Academy and Academy of Dentistry International. Dr. Clark was the recipient of the 2015 Award of Distinction – Academy of Dentistry International and the 2016 ODA Award of Merit.

His hospital-based dental practice was devoted to the dental care of individuals undergoing care for various forms of psychiatric illness often in association with other medical comorbidities.


Core 1 Lecture Requirements:

  • Registration is required to be eligible.
  • This course qualifies as a Category 1 Core Course as designated by the RCDSO. CDE Credits: 3.
  • You are required to attend the full session, if you arrive more than 15 minutes late, or leave the session early, you will not receive the Category 1 credit.
  • You are required to complete a mandatory exam – You will receive a link at the end of the lecture with instructions on how to complete and submit your exam upon completion.
  • You must complete the mandatory exam and submit it in order to be issued a Core 1 certificate.
  • Your attendance during the lecture will be monitored to ensure that you have participated in accordance with the requirements mentioned above.


Gold Sponsorship for this event is NOW available!

Gold Sponsorship includes:

  • Three-minute live (virtual) presentation or pre-recorded message to be played during the lecture
  • Recognition for all event promotion
  • Website visibility with company logo and link (both the home page and event page)
  • Registration list of those who opt-in to third-party communications (our Core 1 lectures routinely have over 100 registrants)
  • Ability to partner with Ontario’s only Association for Orthodontic professionals

Contact shirley@oao.on.ca for details.