2023 Esther Wilkins Symposium

November 4, 2023

Continuing Education for Dental Hygienists

November 4, 2023 | 8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Boston Campus
179 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

We are excited to host this popular annual event in person! Join us for a day of continuing education and reuniting with colleagues and friends. This year’s agenda focuses on the role of Dental Hygienists as healthcare providers.

The event will also include a presentation of the Annual Honorary Alumni Award during the lunch break.

Event Fees

Alumni Registration: $150
Standard Registration: $160

Admission to this event is complimentary for MCPHS staff, adjunct, and full-time faculty. 

Featured Presenter

Catherine K. Draper, RDH, MS, FADHA
Adjunct Faculty, Foothill College
Managing Editor, Journal of Dental Hygiene

November 4, 2023 | 9 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. ET

Hygienist or Healthcare Provider? Which one are you?
Dental hygienists are essential oral healthcare providers. However, in busy dental practices, the focus is often on instrumentation skills for the removal of hard and soft deposits.

This event will focus on the role the dental hygienist plays in the delivery of healthcare. Special attention will be given to the health history, the extra/intraoral examination, oral health literacy, and motivational interviewing.

At the completion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Explain the role the dental hygienist plays in the delivery of healthcare services.
  • Describe the key elements of the intra and extra oral examination as part of the early detection of oral cancer and other pathological conditions.
  • Explain the impact of low oral health literacy on oral and systemic health outcomes.
  • Describe how the principles of Motivational Interviewing can be integrated into the dental hygiene care appointment.

Catherine K. Draper, RDH, MS, FADHA is currently a member of the adjunct faculty at Foothill and Cabrillo Colleges and has over 45 years of clinical practice experience. Cathy has presented continuing education programs across the country and internationally on a wide range of topics, including oropharyngeal cancer, dental implants, and infection control. She has contributed to a number of publications, including two dental hygiene textbooks, and is the current managing editor of the Journal of Dental Hygiene.

In addition to her years of service to the dental hygiene profession, Cathy was a library reference associate at the Stanford Hospital Health Library, assisting patients and their families with access to scientifically based health information for 25 years. She received the Stanford Healthcare Volunteer of the Year Award in 2015, the University of Michigan Outstanding Dental Hygiene Alumnae Award in 2017, and was the recipient of the ADHA Award for Excellence in Dental Hygiene in 2020.

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Boston Campus
White Hall
White Building, 3rd Floor
179 Longwood Ave, Boston, MA 02115


Access Google Maps for directions.

Public transit is an easy and accessible option. Nearby MBTA stops include Longwood Medical Area (Green Line E - Heath Street, 3 minute walk) and Longwood (Green Line D - Riverside, 13 minute walk).

Parking and Entrance Details

Complimentary parking is available at MCPHS' underground Fennell Garage (Palace Road entrance) and the Boston Latin School parking lot (Second entrance Palace road). Download a map of parking options as a PDF.

Fennell Garage: Turn right onto Palace road from Longwood Avenue. Just past the Palace road entrance to MCPHS on the left, you will see the Fennel garage entrance. If the parking garage door is closed when you arrive, press the intercom button on the left to ring the security guard for access. Upon parking, take the elevator to the first floor, make a slight left, and you will be directed to White Hall on the 3rd floor.

Boston Latin Lot: Turn right on Palace road from Longwood Avenue. You will pass by the Palace road entrance to the school on your left and enter the Boston Latin parking lot at the second entrance on your left, where the gate will be open and you will see an MCPHS sign. Please park on the Palace road side of the Latin School. Once parked, you will walk back to the Palace road entrance of MCPHS.

The Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, American Dental Association. This event will provide 5 contact hours of continuing education.

Requirements for Credit

In order to receive credit, the participant must complete an evaluation form on mcphsce.org. Upon submission, participants will be able to print a certificate of completion.

Statement of Disclosure

Catherine K. Draper, RDH, MS, FADHA has no financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Continuing Education staff members hold no financial relationships with ineligible companies related to the content of this presentation.

No funding from industry was provided for this event. No exhibitors will be present.