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Hinman Meeting strives for excellence

More than 400 companies came to Atlanta to exhibit at the Hinman Dental Meeting. (DTI/Photo Fred Michmershuizen)
Fred Michmershuizen, DTA

Fred Michmershuizen, DTA

Thu. 25 March 2010


ATLANTA, USA: The 98th Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting got off to a roaring start on Thursday morning, 25 March, at the Georgia World Congress Center and the Omni Hotel at CNN Center. All Roads Lead to Excellence was the theme of the meeting, and judging by the opening day goings-on, one thing was clear: the organizers of the meeting created an event that lived up to its billing.

With more than 200 unique workshops, lectures and courses offered by approximately 60 of the country’s most widely respected dental experts—plus an exhibit hall featuring the offerings of more than 400 companies—attendees were finding something for everybody in Atlanta.

According to meeting organizers, more than 23,000 dental professionals came to town for the event.

The keynote address was particularly remarkable. Frank W. Abagnate—the real-life subject of the movie Catch Me If You Can starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Steven Spielberg—addressed meeting attendees on Thursday evening with a presentation that was insightful, interesting and entertaining. It was all about forgery, embezzlement and securities documents.

On a more serious note, new at this year’s meeting were all-day educational tracks for dental hygienists, assistants and office personnel, so many dentists brought all their staff members to the meeting.

Prevention Convention, for hygienists, was held on Thursday. Assisting Extravaganza, for dental assistants, and Business Office Bonanza, for office staff, were scheduled for Friday. All three full-day tracks featured six 50-minute lectures and covered a broad range of topics geared to the staff members.

This year’s meeting was “nothing short of what Dr Hinman himself envisioned nearly a century ago,” said Dr Max Ferguson, general chairman of the 2010 Hinman Dental Meeting, invoking the memory of Thomas P. Hinman, DDS, an advocate of continuing education in dentistry and organizer of the first meeting, held in 1911.

Hinman’s vision is still being fulfilled in 2010. Today, the meeting is made possible by the efforts of nearly 800 volunteer members of the Hinman Dental Society and a full-time staff of five, led by Executive Director Sylvia Ratchford.

The education and exploration of new dental technology, products, equipment and services was continuing through Saturday, 27 March.

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