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KNOXVILLE — The 2011 Lean for Healthcare course offered through the College of Business Administration’s Center for Executive Education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has received approval to provide dentists with Academy for General Dentistry (AGD) continuing education credits. The course already is approved to provide physicians and other medical professionals with American Medical Association credits.

The course has been approved by the UT Graduate School of Medicine, an accredited provider of AGD’s Program Approval for Continuing Education (PACE) credits. Dentists can receive up to 35.25 credits for re-licensure purposes.

The five-day course will be offered three times in 2011: March 27 – April 1, Aug. 21-26 and Nov. 6-11.

The Lean for Healthcare program uses interactive lectures, hands-on case analyses, experiential learning and computer simulations to teach participants how to apply lean to the health care environment. Participants learn to identify and eliminate organizational waste, understand operational dysfunctions, identify high-leverage areas for improvement, implement and sustain a lean transformation, and accelerate a lean transformation based on an organization’s needs, skills, culture and commitment.

“The Lean for Healthcare course trains health care professionals, and participating companies are experiencing a remarkable return on their financial and human-resource investment,” said Chuck Parke, executive director of UT’s Center for Executive Education. “Continuing professional education credits further solidify our role in delivering nonclinical education for health care providers and allow participants to use the course toward professional re-licensure.”

Lean for Healthcare is one offering in the Healthcare Business Solutions family of programs offered by the Center for Executive Education. For more information, visit

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