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CHICAGO, US: The Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting is a premier event for dentists to learn about the latest advancements in dentistry and oral health sciences. Running from 24 to 26 February, this year’s event is the 157th and is back to an in-person format. Participants can again look forward to fantastic lectures and presentations, as well as the opportunity to earn continuing education (CE) credits and to explore the latest innovations in dental technology and more.
While the 2021 online meeting was hailed a success, Chicago Dental Society (CDS) members will be thrilled to be back at Chicago’s McCormick Place West Building. With more than 250 courses to be taught by 150 speakers, there will be abundant opportunity for CE credits and insights into new and exciting developments within various dental fields. Among the talented group of speakers, Karen Baker, associate professor at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics in the US, will be covering drug reactions and interactions. Another event favourite, Dr Anthony Cardoza, will be speaking about twenty-first-century laser-assisted dentistry. However, while dentistry is at the forefront, amongst the speakers is psychologist Bruce Christopher, who will be looking at the psychology behind success.
Alongside the impressive CE line-up, over 25,000 m2 of exhibition space featuring more than 3,000 exhibitors showcasing their latest products and providing demonstrations and great offers will help underscore the excitement surrounding the return to an in-person format. According to CDS, more than 13,000 people had registered by 16 February, including 3,000 dentists, plus a range of other participants, creating a unique and exciting network for exchange.
Other events and opportunities to network and meet with colleagues include the New Dentist Reception, which brings together dentists who have been in the field for less than ten years, plus the much-loved Dental Student Reception and the President’s Dinner Dance, which will be held on 26 February. Additionally, Dr Scott Swank, curator of the National Museum of Dentistry in Baltimore in the US, is this year’s keynote speaker.
With such a large in-person presence, the safety of attendees and exhibitors is paramount. CDS is working with the McCormick Place West Building and the City of Chicago to ensure all measures are taken and has set out several guidelines. Additionally, CDS is working with Medicom, who will be sponsoring individually sealed face masks for all attendees during the meeting.
While there is plenty on at the event, Chicago itself also has much to offer for those looking to explore the city. For basketball fans, the Chicago Bulls are playing the Atlanta Hawks on 25 February, and for those who prefer ice hockey, the Chicago Blackhawks are taking on the New Jersey Devils that same evening. The city is also known for its museums, offering some fantastic options for modern art and photography, as well as the Chicago History Museum and the world-renowned Field Museum, which begins showcasing its Jurassic Oceans: Monsters of the Deep exhibition on 25 February.
For more information on the Midwinter Meeting, click here.