AACP Online Mini Residency: The Essentials 

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Gain the knowledge and competencies required to assess, differentially diagnose, and effectively treat the majority of craniofacial pain patients seen in dental practice today.

Introducing the new Online Mini Residency: The Essentials program, offering a convenient, no-travel-required or time-away-from-practice option for professionals to gain key knowledge and competencies required from the mini-residency program curriculum. Simultaneously make progress toward fulfilling AACP Fellowship and AGD Mastership requirements.

Approximately 31.5 CE Credits are available in this Online Mini Residency program.

Curriculum and session content is evidence-based and 100% approved and endorsed by the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, resulting in a superior learning experience.

The Online Mini Residency: The Essentials program represents the curriculum equivalent of attendance at live Session 1, 2 and 3 of the Mini Residency classroom training.

Participants will be required to provide Certificates of Participation from the Online Mini Residency as proof of completion of Sessions 1, 2 and 3 in order to satisfy AACP Fellowship requirements.

Video Lectures are included in every session, with emphasis on clinically relevant knowledge and competencies. Case review and case presentation experiences encourage development of a logical framework you can use to approach patients (and complete oral case defenses required for tier advancement in AACP and other organizations).

Stand-alone sessions enable you to enroll in the entire mini-residency program or attend individual sessions based on your schedule and personal interests.

Fellowship in the AACP is available to AACP members only. The Essentials program provides the necessary CE hours to fulfill the Fellowship requirements.

Ronald C. Auvenshine, DDS, PhD
Diplomate: American Board of Orofacial Pain

Jeffrey S. McCarty, DDS
Diplomate: American Board of Craniofacial Pain, American Academy of Pain Management
Fellow: AACP

Gerald J. Murphy, BS, DDS
Director, AACP Institute
AACP Past President
Diplomate: American Board of Craniofacial Pain, American Academy of Pain Management
Fellow: AACP

Wesley E. Shankland, II, DDS, MS
AACP Past President
Diplomate: American Board of Craniofacial Pain
Fellow: AACP

H. Clifton Simmons III, DDS
AACP Past President
Diplomate: American Board of Craniofacial Pain, American Board of Orofacial Pain, American Academy of Pain Management
Fellow: AACP

Jamison R. Spencer, DMD, MS
AACP Past President
Diplomate: American Board of Craniofacial Pain, American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine
Fellow: AACP

Robert L. Talley, DDS
AACP Past President
Diplomate: American Board of Craniofacial Pain, American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine
Fellow: AACP


Program length: 31.5 hours

Program expires: September 30, 2019

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List of Sessions

Upon completion of Session 1, participants should be able to:

  1. Recognize the most commonly occurring craniofacial pain disorders.
  2. Complete a comprehensive history and examination of the craniofacial pain patient.
  3. Understand the more commonly used diagnostic tests and when to implement them.
  4. Make a provisional diagnosis based on patient complaints.

By the end of Session 1, participants should also have acquired, improved, and/or updated their knowledge of and ability to understand the clinical relevance of head-and-neck anatomy, recognize and diagnose dental-alveolar pains, and develop a treatment plan for the craniofacial pain patient.

14 approximate CE Credit Hours

Upon completion of Session 2, participants should be able to:

  1. Treat and manage the myofacial pain-disorder patient.
  2. Treat and manage patients with intra-articular pathology of the TMJ.
  3. Treat and manage craniofacial pain syndromes.

By the end of Session 2, participants should also have acquired, improved, and/or updated their knowledge of intraoral orthotics (e.g., types, designs, fabrications, and management) and their ability to deliver-trigger point injections, deliver intra-articular injections, and manipulate the TMJ to reduce a non-reducing disc displacement.

11.5 approximate CE Credit Hours

Upon completion of Session 3, participants should be able to:

  1. Evaluate the craniofacial pain patient for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
  2. Determine if oral appliance therapy for OSA is indicated and, if so, the type of appliance to prescribe.

By the end of Session 3, participants should be able to identify craniofacial patients at risk for sleep disordered breathing problems, understand how oral appliances function and the available therapies to mange OSA.

6 approximate CE Credit Hours