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The exhibit hall entry area of McCormick Place is pictured during the 2020 Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. This year’s gatherings are all taking place virtually. (Photo: Dental Tribune America file photo)

Chicago Midwinter 2021: New look, same heart

By Kristine Colker / USA
February 25, 2021

CHICAGO, Ill., USA: The Chicago Dental Society’s 156th Midwinter Meeting is here, and this year looks a lot different than any other time in the organization’s history: The classroom space is unlimited, the halls are traffic-free and the exhibitors are just a chat box away.

But while the meeting may be completely virtual in order to keep all attendees, presenters and exhibitors safe from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the core of the event hasn’t changed — there are still more than 100 live lectures from 66 speakers, an exhibit hall featuring 146 exhibitors and opportunities to network with your colleagues.

The meeting, which kicked off at 8 a.m. Central Time today (Thursday), will continue through Saturday, but courses will remain available until March 15.

Throughout the next three days, 66 speakers will present 117 no-repeat live lectures, many relating to this year’s theme, “Heart of Dentistry.” For attendees who want to get the best value with the most flexibility, the all-access package allows you to choose any lecture you'd like during the three days of the live meeting and then catch up on any lecture you missed for another two weeks, March 1 to 15.

You must be registered and have purchased the all-access package or an a la carte lecture to gain access during the live and on-demand portions of the meeting.

Some of the course highlights of the next few days include “Leading Well in Turbulent Times,” “Digital Image Worth a Thousand Words,” “Why Your Marketing Can Kill Your Business And What To Do About It,” “Pandemics & Professional Ethics Dental Ethics in the Time of COVID-19” and “Doing Well By Doing Good: Wrap Your Practice In A Blanket Of Caring.”

For a full list of courses, including dates and times, visit https://cds.attregistration.com/Catalog/CourseCatalog.aspx.

Along with the regular sessions, registration for the meeting comes with access to the Corporate Theater.

This year, you can view 12 courses, live or on-demand, from Air Techniques, Biolase, Bisco, Carr, Crest + Oral B, Decision Skills Institute, Invisalign iTero, Keystone Industries, Planmeca, The Dentists Insurance Co. (TDIC), VITA North America, and YAPI. These lectures are 60 minutes in length and most carry continuing education credit. You can find the complete schedule under the Corporate Learning Theater tile on the live platform.

Virtual exhibit hall is open for business

The exhibit hall is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, but there are dedicated “live” hours on all three days when no lectures are scheduled. Morning virtual exhibit hours are from 9:30 to 11 a.m., mid-day hours are from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and afternoon hours are from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Exhibits will also be accessible for two weeks after the meeting, from March 1 to 15.

You can connect with exhibitors by email, live chats and texting as well as schedule video chats. Orders can be placed at any time.

Visiting the exhibits during the live meeting can earn you 1 C.E. hour per day.

If you have a rebate coupon (listed on your registration confirmation email) and would like to use it during the meeting, click on the Rebate Redemption "tile" found in the middle of the platform, click and fill our your name and contact information and upload your receipt from a Midwinter Meeting exhibitor. You will receive your rebate once the meeting ends.

For more information about the exhibits, visit www.cds.org/meetings-events/midwinter-meeting/virtual-exhibits. For more information about any aspect of the virtual Chicago Midwinter, including courses, exhibitors, pricing structure and more, and to register, visit www.cds.org/meetings-events/midwinter-meeting.

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