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ADA celebrates 150 years, prepares for Annual Session in Hawaii

By Fred Michmershuizen, DTI
March 31, 2009

The not-for-profit American Dental Association (ADA) will celebrate its 150th anniversary during its 2009 Annual Session, to be held 30 September to 4 October in Honolulu, HI, USA. The ADA Annual Session and World Marketplace Exhibition will bring together leaders in dental practice, research, academics and industry to present more than 180 continuing education courses over four days. More than 30,000 attendees are anticipated from the United States and around the world along with more than 350 exhibitors.

Here are some highlights of the upcoming Annual Session:

Adult Preventive Care Practice of the Year Competition:
Does your practice provide industry-leading preventive care to your adult patients? Enter the 2009 ADA Annual Session Adult Preventive Care Practice of the Year Competition and share your best practice methods with your peers in Hawaii. The goal of the competition is to recognize and reward practices that are leaders in adult preventive dental care, including designing and implementing practical techniques; providing oral health care, outreach and patient education; and the dental teams communication and work plan for implementing a successful prevention program. The competition opens online on 31 March, and the ADA will announce the winners on the afternoon of 3 October. The competition encourages participants to network with one another, and attendees to interact with the presenters

Education Exchange Competition:
The 150th Annual Session marks the return of the competition commonly known in the dental meeting arena as “Table Clinics.” Participants in the 2009 Education Exchange Competition will enter their presentations online prior to the Annual Session using a PowerPoint template. These presentations will be reviewed and judged by a panel consisting of five members of the Council on ADA Sessions. An Education Exchange is a presentation of research results, clinical outcomes, techniques, service, trends or topics of general interest to dental professionals. Presenters are encouraged to approach their presentation as a mini-course of expert material for their fellow dentists on a technique, theory or concept that he or she may use to improve their clinical dentistry. Therefore, research presentations should emphasize clinical aspects, problems, and/or applications. Additionally, clinical topics should include useful techniques and innovative concepts. Participants should go online starting 31 March and enter the competition. The competition will close 6 July for judging to begin.

Live Operatory Center:
For the second year in a row, the ADA Annual Session will feature the Live Operatory Center, which is a unique blend of product training and continuing education. This high-tech environment is the first of its kind in the dental meeting arena and will allow attendees to earn continuing education (CE) credit for their attendance in three disciplines, while being exposed to the latest technology and products on the market. The ADA’s goal is to provide attendees with knowledge that they can use as consumers on the exhibit floor, and skills they can take back and implement in their practice. This high-tech, cutting-edge center will be divided into three distinct educational disciplines:
• The Laser Pavilion
• The 3-D Imaging Center
• The CAD/CAM Stage

Online registration for the Annual Session is open, and the Preliminary Program is now available online at International dentists who join the ADA as affiliate members receive a special discounted registration to the Annual Session. Visit for more information on the Annual Session and Hawaii.

The ADA, the largest dental association in the United States, representing more than 157,000 dentist members, has advocated for the public’s health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. Contact the ADA by e-mail,, or call +1 312 440 2726 for more information.


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