Medical Trainings

Children often see their primary medical provider up to 11 times before ever visiting a dentist. Medical providers can play a critical role in preventing the most common chronic disease affecting LA County children. More LA Smiles offers several opportunities to medical practices and clinicians to improve the quality of care they are able to provide their patients, better enabling providers to do what they do best.

More LA Smiles, the Dental Transformation Initiative (DTI) at UCLA Local Dental Pilot Project’s (LDPP’s) Medical Training Program is designed by UCLA faculty and program partners to incorporate best practices in providing comprehensive oral health services to children 0-20 years of age. The curriculum is designed to take providers through a systematic approach from the basics of pediatric dentistry to more advance clinical & quality improvement protocols.

A. Overview of UCLA DTI Local Dental Pilot Project

This is a prerequisite course for all UCLA DTI Training courses. The course provides an overview of the State funded DTI Project, domains, incentives, enhanced reimbursement, and UCLA’s Local Dental Pilot Project.

Length: 20 minutes Format: Webinar/In-Person

B. Basic Overview of Pediatric Caries Prevention & Disease Management

This course provides an overview of key components of caries prevention and disease management protocols with the goal of delivering preventive oral health services and referrals to a dental home.

Incentive: CME Credit Length: 60 minutes Format: Online/In-Person

C. Advanced Pediatric Risk-Based Caries Prevention & Disease Management for Medical Providers

This course provides an in-depth instruction on providing care for children 0-20 years of age, implementing risk-based care, and protocols for medical-dental integration.

Incentive: CME Credit Length: 3 Hours Format: Online/In-Person

More LA Smiles includes a Primary Care Practice – Quality Improvement component, which provides free on-site or virtual training to promote practice-based oral health quality improvement (QI) for 1,500 medical providers. This component helps primary medical practices integrate oral health services into well-child visits for children ages 0-6. The offering includes a 1-hour training module, 6 months of expert QI technical assistance tailored to individual clinics or practices, plus 30-50 CME and 20-25 MOC Part IV credits.

Target Audience:

This activity is directed to pediatricians, family medicine physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and clinical staff interested in expanding their knowledge of pediatric oral health and preventive oral health services and who serve children on Medi-Cal.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to: incorporate oral health screenings and fluoride varnish applications into clinical work flow, successfully refer children in need of a dental home to an accepting dentist, code and bill for the preventive oral health services, monitor progress implementing preventive oral health services, and become Smiles for Life certified.


6-month cycle

Altarum, in joint-providership with Michigan Medicine, is offering a unique opportunity for clinicians to earn Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credits and Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits at no charge to participants:

  • American Board of Family Medicine Certified Physicians: Part IV MOC - 1 module or 20 points depending on year of recertification
  • American Board of Pediatrics Certified Physicians: Part IV MOC - 1 activity or 25 points depending on year of recertification
  • Allopathic (MD) Physician: CME - 30 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (Performance Improvement)
  • Osteopathic (DO) Physician: CME - 30 AOA Category 2-B Credits
  • Nurse Practitioner: CME - 30 AMA PRA Category1 Credits™ (Performance Improvement)
  • Physician Assistant: MOC - 50 AAPA Performance Improvement CME Credits (30 for project + 20 NCCPA Bonus)

*This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Michigan Medical School, Altarum, and the University of California, Los Angeles. The University of Michigan Medical School is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Michigan Medical School designates this PI CME activity for a maximum of 30 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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