Continuing Education

As dental health professionals, we recognize the importance of continuing education. Remaining current with our profession by familiarizing ourselves with new techniques, emerging technologies and the latest research is of paramount importance in rendering optimal patient care.


New York State Education law requires dentists to complete 60 continuing education credit hours for relicensure, of which 18 credits can be from non-contact courses. Non-contact courses may include self-study type courses that typically are completed through dental journals, correspondence or the internet but must be acceptable to the Education Department.


In addition to the above requirements, dentists are required to:

  • Complete an approved opioid prescribing/pain management course on or before July 1, 2017 and every three years after (mandate applies solely to dentists who have a current DEA registration number) 

  • Complete a New York State approved infection control course every four years

  • Complete on a one-time basis, an acceptable course in oral cancer and tobacco awareness

  • Complete on a one-time basis, a New York State approved 3-hour course in dental jurisprudence and ethics during their first registration period which begins on or after January 1, 2008

  • Acquire certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and maintain certification thereafter (every two years)


For more information on these and other CE requirements, visit the Office of Professions CE page or contact SDDS Headquarters. As a member benefit, any course sponsored by Second District Dental Society that you take will be automatically recorded for you with the New York State Dental Association (NYSDA) Continuing Education Registry. An annual transcript of the continued education courses will be sent to you by NYSDA. The transcript serves as acceptable proof of courses taken if and whenever requested by the New York State Education Department. This service eliminates much of the paperwork now mandated by law.

As another benefit of membership, all Second District members in good standing receive a voucher upon payment of their dues. The voucher may be redeemed for ANY single course offered by Second District during the calendar year.


We are certain that you will be quite impressed with both the quality and variety of our 2017 education program, as well as the relevancy of the topics to our everyday practice. Whether you are a specialist or general practitioner, you will find our Full Day Courses, Half-Day Courses and Evening Seminars to be of great interest. Our Thursday evening stated General Membership Meetings, which include an hour of continuing education followed by a sumptuous full buffet dinner, are open to all our members as well as their spouses and guests, free of charge. Special Interest Programs such as Risk Management and CPR are always well attended and conveniently scheduled during the year, some during our Greater New York Dental Meeting. We look forward to your ongoing participation in the professional continuing education programs of YOUR Second District Dental Society.

Pre-registration is absolutely necessary. To register, consult the course guide listing, noting the course number and location. Utilize the CE Course Registration form provided and submit to Second District by mail or fax. Directions to all venues where courses are held are also provided for your reference.


Dr. William W. Bongiorno
2018 Chairperson
Continuing Education Committee
Dr. John P. Demas
2018 Chairperson
Friday Morning Seminar Committee
Dr. James J. Sconzo
2018 Chairperson
Program Committee


Continuing Education Links

Full Day Courses

Half Day Courses  

Risk Management Course



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