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Thank you for visiting the website of the Monterey Bay Dental Society. We are currently following Gov. Gavin Newsom's directive and are not open for business. Updates will be posted here.

 

NEW! Free online C.E. for members

The Monterey Bay Dental Society is happy to announce that online C.E. is now available to all active MBDS members FOR FREE!

With member needs in mind during COVID-19 physical distancing, Monterey Bay Dental Society is partnering with Viva Learning to provide live and pre-recorded distance learning C.E. opportunities for FREE.

Use your current downtime to earn C.E. units!

View world-class speakers and clinicians addressing relevant topics from anywhere at a time convenient for you. Earn interactive C.E. units with live webinars, as well as home-study C.E. with on-demand courses.

  • Access is easy: Go to https://mb.dentalsocietyce.com
  • Log in using your unique username and password.
  • Username: Your 9-digit ADA number
  • Temporary password: onlinece
  • You will be prompted to change your password the first time you log in.

Browse through the scheduled live webinars or more than 1,000 hours of on-demand pre-recorded lectures.

The C.E. you earn will be tracked within the system. If you have any questions, feel free to call the Monterey Bay Dental Society at (831) 658-0168.

Dental office staff and nonmember dentists

Dental office staff and nonmember dentists can also access the new online C.E.

  • Staff – Annual subscription is $25 (a savings of $50 through the end of August)
  • Nonmember dentists – Annual subscription is $125 (a savings of $125 through the end of August)

Click HERE to view the courses.

Click HERE to purchase an annual subscription.



 

Sign up for California Health Corps

Under a new executive order, dentists are considered essential health care providers and are encouraged to sign up to join the California Health Corps, a newly launched statewide effort to prepare the health care delivery system for a potential surge in COVID-19 patients by opening additional health care sites.

"If you have a background in health care, we need your help," Gov. Newsom said in the news release following his executive order issued March 30.

Registered dental hygienists and dental assistants can also register to join the effort. Recruits will be financially compensated and provided malpractice insurance coverage for the care they provide. (As those specifics become available, CDA will communicate them at cda.org/covid19.)

The order allows for another 50,000 hospital beds at minimum for the state's health care facilities. It also temporarily maximizes the number of available and qualified health care workers who can staff the additional beds or relieve frontline personnel by caring for individuals who need treatment for conditions other than COVID-19.

Register online

Visit the California Health Corps website for complete eligibility details and to register to join California's emergency staffing response to the coronavirus outbreak. Select "Medical" from the occupation-type drop-down menu, then select your occupation. You will have the option to indicate whether you are licensed/certified or non-licensed, as well as active or retired.

After California Health Corps verifies your registration and California license for clinical practice (if applicable), Health Corps will ask you to submit an application to complete the process and determine your skills, experience, location preferences and interests prior to hiring and deployment.

As a dentist, your skills can be used in the state's fight against COVID-19 in many ways, including:

  • Taking vital signs.
  • Testing for COVID-19.
  • Triaging patients.
  • Administering oxygen.
  • Administering injectables, including vaccinations.
  • Writing prescriptions.
  • Intubating and providing deep sedation or general anesthesia services – applies to oral surgeons and dentist anesthesiologists only.

Assigned staffing locations will vary according to the highest need in the state, but California Health Corps said it will try to match applicants' geographical preferences.

In California, newly confirmed cases of the COVID-19 illness, which is caused by the novel coronavirus that originated last December and rapidly spread across the globe, are still rising in California with 6,932 positive cases reported March 30, up more than 18% from the previous day.

"California must continue to prepare our health care delivery system and make sure it has every resource to respond to a potential surge in COVID-19 patients," said Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of California Health and Human Services. "California's most valuable resource is its people and I join the Governor in calling on all medical professionals to join the fight against COVID-19." In times of catastrophic emergencies, flexibility on scope of practice and licensure is allowed under California law.

Register to join California's expanded workforce. For more COVID-19 news and resources, including future updates about the Health Care Corps initiative, visit cda.org/covid19.

 

Dental Board waivers

On March 30, 2020 Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-39-20, authorizing the Director of the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) to waive any of the professional licensing requirements relating to healing arts licensees in Division 2 of the Business and Professions Code, and any accompanying regulations. This includes, but is not limited to, the examination, education, experience, and training requirements necessary to obtain and maintain licensure, and requirements governing the practice and permissible activities for licensees.

The Dental Board of California is working closely with the Department of Consumer Affairs to determine which licensing requirement waivers would allow individuals to continue assisting with the COVID-19 pandemic and allow licensees regulated by board to maintain and renew a license and remain employed.

Current waivers in place are:

  • Examination and continuing education requirements for current healthcare licensees.
  • Reactivation requirements for inactive, retired, or canceled licensees.

A full list of waivers will be placed on the DCA website as they are approved.

The board encourages licensed dentists, registered dental assistants, and registered dental assistants in extended functions to be part of the workforce to support the medical surge during this time of need. The state is in need for help at quarantine sites, testing sites, and medical surge facilities and needs assistance with pre-hospital triage and pharmacy services.

Interested medical and health care professionals are encouraged to visit healthcorps.ca.gov for more information and to register for the California Health Corps. The board thanks its licensees for doing their part during the COVID-19 health emergency.

Executive Order N-39-20: https://www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/3.30.20-EO-N-39-20.pdf

DCA Full List of Current Waivers: https://rdweb.wvd.microsoft.com/webclient/index.html

Health Corps.: https://rdweb.wvd.microsoft.com/webclient/index.html

 

Dentists asked to provide PPE

Dentists across California are being asked to provide personal protection equipment (PPE) to their local hospitals in need, if at all possible. It is critical for all that our healthcare workers on the front line of this pandemic stay well. They are in need of N95 & Level 1-3 masks, shields, gloves, gowns, sani-wipes, and hand sanitizer. Please help keep our local healthcare workers safe with items you may feel able to contribute. These items can be donated or loaned. The hospitals will be keeping track of who drops items off.

Below are the contacts for the hospitals and their drop off locations. Natividad and CHOMP have reached out to the MBDS directly, but I have included other hospitals in our dental society region, assuming they also may have a need. 

Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital
Contact: Kyle Dixon or  Judi Melton
Kdixon@smvh.com  or  Jmelton@svmh.com
831-759-3032
450 E Romie Ln, Salinas, CA 93901

Natividad Hospital
Contact: Denise Garcia
831-783-2704
garciadl@natividad.gov
Drop off Location: 1441 Constitution Blvd, Blvd. 300-HR Dept., Salinas, CA 93906

CHOMP
Contact:Tim Nylen
831-625-4545  W
831-214-1505  M
Tim.Nylen@montagehealth.org
Drop off Location: 2101 Del Monte Ave., Monterey, CA

Dominican Hospital
831-462-7700
Contact: Eric Conrad at e.conrad@dignityhealth.com or Dwayne White at d.white@dignityhealth.com
Drop off Location: 1555 Soquel Dr., Santa Cruz, CA 95065

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital
Contact: Frankie Gallagher
fgallagher@hazelhawkins.com
831-636-2644
Drop off Location: 911 Sunset Dr., Hollister, CA (front desk)

Watsonville Community Hospital
Contact: Lisa Nell or Robin Cosby
Lisa_Nell@watsonvilleHospital.com or Robin_Cosby@watsonvillehospital.com
75 Nielson Street, Watsonville, CA 95076
Drop off Location: at back (shipping/receiving) dock.*
*Call Robin for details  831-761-5645

 

MBDS cancels events

MBDS will be postponing the Thursday, March 26, 2020, General Membership Dinner meeting until further notice.

The April 24, 2020, Infection Control/OSHA, California Dental Practice Act course has been canceled, as has the CPR course for that same day.

Due to the cancellation of the Big Sur Marathon, we will not be seeking volunteers for the MBDS annual water station.

 

From CDA on COVID-19

New Resources for Voluntary Suspension of Non-Urgent or Non-Emergency Dental Care

Late Sunday, the California Dental Association requested the cooperation of all California dentists during this state of emergency to help limit infections, "flatten the curve" and slow the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19).

Following CDA's strong recommendation that dentists voluntarily suspend non-urgent or non-emergency dental care for the next 14 days, the Practice Support team developed guidance and tools to use when considering limiting services to emergency care only and making determinations about essential care. Find updated resources in our information center at cda.org/covid19:

  • FAQs on suspending non-urgent or non-emergency care, limited services, office closures and communicating to staff and patients
  • Protocols for defining and treating patients who require urgent care
  • FAQs on sick leave, employment, compensation and liability

We will continue to update resources to address additional questions from our members as they come in. CDA Practice Support is available at 800.232.7645; however, due to the unprecedented nature of this pandemic, our response times may be impacted. We appreciate your patience. As this situation continues to quickly evolve, please refer to cda.org/covid19 regularly for timely updates.

 

 

April C.E. courses
CANCELED


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