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MENTORSHIP  2022-2023

Specialty courses with limited attendance and high mentor/student ratio

trigger point injections

3 half-day one-on-one hands-on instruction mentoring at Montreal General Hospital  |  2 hr didactic (recorded or Zoom)

Course can take place at the time of your convenience

Course Description:

Musculoskeletal pain, primarily of the masticatory muscles, is the most prevalent cause of chronic pain of the orofacial region and Temporomandibular disorders. Examination of these muscles for tenderness to palpation and pain referral may direct the clinician to the source of pain. Palpation may also reveal trigger points, which are hyperirritable sites in muscle taut bands. Provocation of trigger points causes significant discomfort and may refer pain to an adjacent location. Trigger point therapy is a well- recognized treatment that will help patients’ short term and long term.  Some of the patients will respond immediately to trigger point therapy at the first visit.  

In this workshop, Dr. Samim demonstrates how to perform thorough diagnosis and treatment of a long-suffering orofacial pain patient with trigger point injection techniques into the masticatory muscles.   

The course includes an introductory lecture for 2 hours ( pre-recording or virtual) and hands-on practice 3 half days in a hospital setting. This is  "one-on-one" comprehensive mentored instruction as you work hands-on your model patient

Dentists: $2999










Firoozeh Samim, DMD, MSc, Dip ABOMP, FRCD(c)

ODQ CEU: 20 



Mini-residency in Oral Medicine or TMD & orofacial pain

4 days per week | Didactic sessions via Zoom, patient sessions/mentoring at Montreal General Hospital 

1 month / 2 month / 3 month options - course can start at the time of your convenience

Course Description: 

McGill Continuing Dental Education offers two mini-residency options: oral medicine/clinical oral pathology and temporomandibular disorders and orofacial pain. The mini-residency in general will be comprised of lectures about temporomandibular joint disorders as well as clinical hands-on experience, that, based on your eligibility (licensed in Québec or not) will involve examining, diagnosing and treating patients with TMD and orofacial pain disorders or complete clinical oral pathology and oral medicine lectures and clinical hands-on/observations on the management of oral lesions and medically complex cases. Interest in TM disorders and oral lesions have gone through evolutionary and revolutionary changes.  This course will provide training commensurate with standards of care and evidence-based management of the patient that have been developing in the academic communities around the world over the last decades. The McGill TMD/Oral Medicine Mini-Residency Program is designed to offer a comprehensive experience for the practicing dentist that will connect the medical and dental aspects of TMD or oral lesions. At the completion of the program, the dentist should be able to diagnose and treat patients who have a temporomandibular joint disorder and be able to recognize other orofacial pain conditions or oral lesions and can be able to recognize and manage those conditions.


In the Oral Medicine Mini-Residency, the candidates will receive at least 25-30 anonymous cases as well along with patient histories and clinical and/or radiographic imaging based on the topics covered on the course. The candidate is encouraged to review these cases and develop their own differential diagnoses. We will review each case’s clinical presentation with thorough descriptions of the clinical and/or radiographic images, and the candidate will be given time to ask questions and provide differential diagnoses. A formal differential diagnosis will then be provided for each case. Each disease on the formal differential diagnosis will be discussed with a view to its plausibility as a diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis. The mini-residencies will be conducted in both the McGill Faculty of Dentistry and Montreal General Hospital clinics. Hands-on work on patients will be possible for those licensed in Québec. Dentists not licensed in Québec will participate on a “observational’ basis. The duration of the mini-residency duration is flexible could be 2- 3 months and the objectives could be tailored based on the duration of the residency. A 1-month residency could also be considered. Dentists will attend 4 days a week.

Dentists: $3999 / $5999 / $7999









Firoozeh Samim, DMD, MSc, Dip ABOMP, FRCD(c)

CERP CEU: 1 month - 80  |  2 months - 160  |  3 months - 240

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