ADA 2015 Kicks Off in DC



Representatives from across the dental community are converging on Washington, DC, for ADA 2015. Scheduled for Thursday, November 5 through Tuesday, November 10 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, this edition of the annual conference will offer more than 300 continuing education courses while more than 500 vendors present their latest products and services in the exhibit hall.

The conference will launch on Thursday morning with noted journalists Eleanor Clift and Charles Krauthammer, presented by Church & Dwight. Attendees can expect to hear their takes on current events, including the ongoing healthcare debate and how it will affect the 2016 presidential election. Also, the association will honor Dr. Francis G. Serio with the 2015 ADA Humanitarian Award and Dr. Steven Offenbacher with the Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Dental Research.

Young practitioners will have plenty of opportunities to advance their rising careers with the Ultimate New Dentist Experience. These seminars, discussions, and networking sessions will give attendees practical advice for improving their clinical and their management skills. Plus, fans of TV’s Shark Tank will get a chance to hear FUBU founder and show star Daymond John give Thursday’s keynote address.

The exhibits won’t come to life, probably, but guests will get their own night at the museum with the Welcome Reception at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and National Museum of Natural History. Both facilities will be closed to the public, with light food and drinks available for an entertaining and illuminating evening to catch up with colleagues old and new alike.

The ADA also will get down to legislative business as the House of Delegates conducts a series of meetings determining policy affecting the association’s 158,000 members and the profession as a whole. Meetings are open to everyone sporting an ADA 2015 badge. The Reference Committee Hearings will receive and evaluate opinions and information on resolutions before making recommendations to the House of Delegates. Meanwhile, the 17 district caucuses will conduct meetings too.

Additionally, the ADA Foundation will present brief sessions on Give Kids a Smile; grants, scholarships, and awards; the Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center; and opportunities for international volunteering. The Alliance of the American Dental Association, the American Dental Assistants Association, the Evidence-Based Dentistry (EBD) Champions, and the American Association of Women Dentists will conduct meetings during ADA 2015 as well.
Keep checking this week and next for more reports from ADA 2015.

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