The 2016 Greater New York Dental Meeting (GNYDM) kicks off in the Big Apple this week on Black Friday, November 25, and will run through Wednesday, November 30. Instead of jamming the malls, more than 50,000 healthcare professionals from around the world will converge on the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center to interact with each other and with more than 600 exhibitors and 1,500 technical exhibits.
“We will showcase world-renowned clinicians who address a vast array of topics ranging from clinical dentistry to the latest information and research,” said Marc B. Gainor, DMD, general chair of the GNYDM. “Topics will be addressed in a wide variety of formats including ‘live’ dental procedures, hands-on workshops, seminars, essays, panel discussion, and scientific poster sessions.”
For example, the all-day International Diabetes Symposium will meet on Saturday, November 26. Presented by the National Dental Association in collaboration with the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, speakers will explore the role that periodontal disease plays in diabetes with a focus on a team approach to patient care and an ultimate goal of halting its growth via collaboration and prevention.
Dental professionals who work in the Empire State can take “The Legal and Ethical Responsibilities of Practicing Dentistry in New York State” on Saturday, November 26 from 1 to 4 p.m. The mandated course will use real life examples, Office of Professional Development discipline cases, and opinions rendered by the New York State Dental Association’s Ethics Council.
On Sunday, November 27, the 4-day World Implant Expo will launch with courses on implant failures, innovative techniques and tools, and peri-implantitis. Monday’s courses will cover osseointegration, planning, surgical management, and sinus bone augmentation. Tuesday will explore basic principles, bone grafting techniques, placement and aesthetics, and one-piece tilted implants. And, the series will conclude on Wednesday with a focus on alveolar defects, advanced planning, ridge augmentation, and emergency implants.
There’s more to this year’s educational program than lectures and slideshows, of course. Live dentistry involving real patients will be held Sunday through Wednesday in a 425-seat space on the exhibit floor. Experienced clinicians will demonstrate the use of resin materials, in-office whitening, immediate loading of dental implants, the LAPIP laser protocol, digital restoration, and more using a variety of technologies from leading companies.
With an eye on other patients who also may need help, the GNYDM will host oral cancer, caries, blood pressure, and eye screenings on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Hearing screenings will run Sunday to Wednesday. In fact, the organization is looking for volunteers to help conduct these oft-needed examinations. Additionally, Sunday will feature the Scientific Poster Session, presenting the latest research by residents and postgraduate dentists from some of the world’s top hospitals and dental schools.
On Monday, noted entrepreneur and media personality Randi Zuckerberg will speak at the Celebrity Luncheon in the Special Events Hall from noon to 2 p.m. As an early employee of Facebook, she led many of the website’s marketing initiatives and streaming video. Since then she has focused her company, Zuckerberg Media, on empowering women and girls. During her presentation, she will share her story and aim to inspire the audience.
Additional programs will include the 4-day 2016 Global Orthodontic Conference and the 5-day Sleep Apnea Conference, as well as the Greater New York Smiles outreach care for New York City schoolchildren. And as befitting New York’s role as an international city, courses will be available in English as well as Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, Korean, and Chinese.
All work and no play, though, makes for a long conference.
“There is no place quite like New York City to experience the excitement of the holiday season. Attendees can enjoy world-renowned museums, Broadway theaters, restaurants, historical sites, the famous high-kicking Rockettes, and intricate window-shopping displays along Fifth Avenue,” said Gainor. “Attendees, visitors, and friends will never run out of things to do, or sites to see, in the city that never sleeps.”
Finally, keep checking in with dentistrytoday.com during the show for daily reports. We will feature the latest news and products along with industry experts and video interviews right from the exhibit hall’s floor.