AAPD 2021: The Hub is where it’s at
For the second year in a row, the AAPD Annual Meeting, this year known as The Hub, is going completely virtual. However, in comparison to the 2020 NashVirtual, organizers promise this year’s meeting will “strive to exceed the expectations of membership.”
“We certainly received great feedback from NashVirtual this past year,” the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry promises said in a statement posted to its annual meeting website. “We have taken suggestions from our members very seriously, which is why we want you to know that The Hub will be an enhanced virtual experience. AAPD staff has had this past year to research vendors for our platform, to network and collaborate with peers in the industry, and to educate ourselves, all in order to bring you the best virtual experience for AAPD 2021.”
The meeting, taking place from May 20 to 30, promises to provide an array of speakers on a variety of relevant topics in pediatric dentistry, an enhanced and interactive 3-D exhibit hall and even more ways to interact with your peers and colleagues to make up for the time you can’t spend in person.
Registration for the meeting is now open at https://s6.goeshow.com/aapd/annual/2021/register_now.cfm, and there are a variety of price plans to fit every budget and expectation. A Fast Pass can get you access to the 10 days of the meeting, including 60 hours of C.E. credit (an in-person meeting typically offers only 23 C.E. credits). Registration for this package closes on May 19.
An Extended Pass will give you access to all the sessions until Dec. 31, while the Plus Pass, which also provides complimentary registration for office staff, gives you access to all sessions until May 31, 2026, and allows you to claim C.E. credits in future years as well as this year. Registration for the Extended Pass ends May 30, and complimentary registration for the Plus Pass’ office staff also ends the same day.
A full list of speakers and sessions can be found at www.eventscribe.net/2021/AAPD2021/index.asp?. Topics to be addressed over the 10 days include gender identity and pronoun use, professional development, evidence-based methods to evaluating scientific literature, how to provide outstanding customer service, breathing issues, marketing solutions for a post-COVID world, oral sedation, dental trauma, pediatric orthodontics, effects of racism on patients and wellness and self-care.
Over in the exhibit hall, a variety of companies will be showing off their newest and best products. During the meeting, attendees can reach representatives via a chat feature. They will also be able to download brochures and other documentation and watch videos on various products.
Many exhibiting companies will be offering a variety of show specials just for attendees. You can find a list of those specials at annual.aapd.org/sponsor-and-exhibitor-show-specials/.
During the meeting, you will be able to collect information that you find important like handouts or giveways in your swag bag. You will even be able to compete with your fellow attendees for points based on your platform engagements to win awesome prizes.
More information about The Hub, the AAPD’s 2021 annual meeting, is available at annual.aapd.org/.
(Source: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry)