Attendees can expect a warm welcome in the Windy City at the Chicago Dental Society’s (CDS) iMeeting 2016. Slated for Thursday, February 25 to Saturday, February 27 at McCormick Place West, the 151st Midwinter Meeting will feature more than 600 exhibitors and 233 courses led by 138 speakers.
“Come to iMeeting to increase your awareness of the latest advances in the wonderful world of dentistry in an atmosphere blending high tech, entertainment, and camaraderie,” said George R. Zehak, DDS, president of the CDS. “Be the first to experience how dental meetings will be presented in the future.”
Don’t be intimidated by the size of the show, though. Just download the 2016 Midwinter Meeting Mobile App. Its Way Finder guides attendees through 170,000 square feet of exhibit space. The app also includes the Virtual Tradeshow Bag and its special offers. Plus, it can access course schedules and pull up PDF handouts from speakers.
The comprehensive continuing education program will delve into the latest clinical techniques, cutting-edge technology, attractive aesthetics, practice management, digital marketing, patient relationships, charity work, regulatory compliance, and much more. Also, more than 50% of these courses will be complimentary.
“Besides some of the finest speakers on this planet, we have added programs in French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish that will be translated into English,” said Zehak. “Come and see how dentists are practicing in other countries and expand your knowledge.”
Meanwhile, the 32 participation courses will let attendees handle and manipulate materials, equipment, and instructions while practicing techniques under the supervision of an expert clinician. Some of these half-day and full-day sessions have a mandatory lecture as part of their presentation.
With an eye on academia, the CDS has added learning tracks from the University of Illinois Chicago College of Dentistry, the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine, and the Midwestern University College of Medicine. And speaking of collegiate life, former classmates can use the meeting’s app to connect with each other.
Other networking opportunities abound, too. Dentists who have been practicing for 10 years or fewer can enjoy companionship and cocktails at the New Dentist Reception on Friday evening. Also on Friday, the Hygienists Reception will offer snacks and beverages in a social atmosphere. Then on Saturday night, celebrate with old friends and new at the President’s Dinner Dance with the Don Cagen Orchestra.
Finally, all work and no play makes for a dull show. Spend Thursday evening with Michael Jackson impersonator Navi performing “King of Pop—The Legend Continues.” On Friday, see some haute couture at the Eye on Fashion luncheon and show. And on Friday night, put on your boogie shoes as Stayin’ Alive puts on a Bee Gees tribute concert.
“My wife, Maria, and I and the entire CDS family hope that you will accept our invitation for the 3 best days of this coming winter by joining us for the best education, entertainment, and camaraderie possible at any dental conference,” said Zehak. “See you there!”
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