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Permanent link  Register now for the Midwinter Meeting before fees increase February 1


Are you planning on attending the 2015 Midwinter Meeting?

The State of Illinois has instituted mandatory continuing education requirements for dentists and dental hygienists. Illinois dentists are required to obtain 48 CE hours in a three-year period. The current cycle ends September 2015. Make sure to register for the Midwinter Meeting Feb. 26-28 to help obtain the required 48 CE hours. Register now for your choice of more than 220 courses presented by 120 speakers.

Take advantage of pre-meeting rates before the fees increase February 1. CDS members still can register for free.

Tier 3 registration rates will end on January 31. These are the lowest rates currently being offered, so don't forget to register your dental staff too!


Permanent link  Doctor, heal thyself at these Midwinter Meeting clinics


Hundreds of oral health professionals will convene at McCormick Place West in a few weeks for the 150th Midwinter Meeting. They’re anticipating three days spent discussing the best practices for keeping their patients in good health.

But there are also opportunities at the Midwinter Meeting for health care providers to check up on their own health.

Pelton and Crane will again offer ergonomics evaluations at a wellness center, located in Booth #100 (aisle 100, near the Rebate Redemption Center) in the Exhibit Hall. During these free sessions, physical therapists will consider how individual professionals position themselves around the chair and on their stools in an operatory. 

“What we know is that dentists are willing to do anything for their patients, and so they become so focused on the task at hand that they disregard the positions they’re putting themselves in to get the job done,” physical therapist Tim Caruso said. “Dentists and hygienists are taking on some pretty awkward postures, to the detriment of their own bodies.”

Additional information about areas of pain or discomfort, leisure activities and pain management techniques help ergonomics professionals analyze the dental professional’s most common practice. These assessments last 15-30 minutes, and participants leave with advice for simple improvements.

Providers at all stages of their careers – whether they currently feel physical pain or not – are invited to participate. 

“Ideally, these best practices would be reviewed in dental school to help students avoid developing bad habits during their clinical training,” Mr. Caruso said. “ Your body is the most important instrument you have for a fulfilling career.”

Elsewhere at the Midwinter Meeting, attendees can schedule a health screening with BlueApple Health. They offer more than 31 tests, at prices up to $115, to assess cardiovascular risk. The CDS Wellness Center will be open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Feb. 26-28, in room CC20 at the Hyatt McCormick Place Conference Center. Schedule an appointment online, when you complete your Midwinter Meeting registration.



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Permanent link  Exciting features on the new CDS mobile app


If planning your trip to the 150th Midwinter Meeting, make time now to download the Chicago Dental Society’s new mobile app for free. It will keep everything you need at your fingertips this year. Download it to your smart phone, tablet, or other mobile device here.

By downloading the app you’ll be able to:

Browse all the Midwinter Meeting events, courses and speakers

Manage your schedule by logging in with your 2015 badge number (ie, 123456/1). Once you do, the app will automatically upload your ticketed courses and special events into your agenda

Create a custom schedule and sync it across multiple devices

Learn about exhibitors and view the exhibit floor

Interactively route your path from booth to booth and to your course rooms

Take course notes right in the app and email them to yourself 

View course documents if available for your ticketed course

Complete course and speaker evaluation surveys 

These features will certainly enhance your education experience at the Midwinter Meeting. 

Under the Meeting Info section on the app, you’ll find hotel lists, McCormick Place food venues, FAQs, shuttle bus information, meeting hours, parking directions and much more. 

The mobile app also has an extensive social media section keeping you in touch with all of CDS’s social media channels. View event photos on Flickr; read more in depth topics on our blog, Open Wide; connect with colleagues on LinkedIn; watch videos from the exhibit floor on YouTube; and find meeting updates on Twitter and Facebook. The Midwinter Meeting app will be the best way to find out live at the meeting  — and in the days leading up to the meeting — what’s happening when. 

The 2015 mobile app will be more extensive and easier to use than ever before. And we invite you to take the time to download the app here from your mobile device. If looking for the app in the Apple or the Google Play Store, search for CDS Midwinter. And remember to delete and uninstall the 2014 Midwinter Meeting app from your device. 

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Permanent link  Register now for the 150th Midwinter Meeting


Are you planning on attending the 2015 Midwinter Meeting?

Register today before the fees increase January 1. 


Permanent link  Midwinter Meeting Fashion Workshop focuses on personal brands


Midwinter Meeting Special Events are an integral part of the annual program. Friday night concerts, Opening Session speakers, and elegant Dinner Dances enable participants to unwind after long days of learning, whether in the classroom or on the exhibit floor.

New this year will be the Friday afternoon Fashion Workshop and Luncheon, featuring Amy Salinger. Titled “Brand Yourself with Sass and Style,” Ms. Salinger’s program will offer participants — both male and female — ways to make use of their existing wardrobes, combined with a few budget-friendly additions, to flatter their body types and express their personal brands.

“In a competitive world, it’s a challenge for professionals to differentiate themselves from others in the marketplace,” said Susan Doroshow, who will serve as CDS president in 2015. “None of us ever knows when we might run into a patient or meet a potential referral source. A consistent visual image and strong sense of style - in other words, a personal brand - is one way that a dentist can pull away from the pack.  When you look your best, you feel more confident - and that confidence can translate into greater practice success and personal satisfaction.”

Ms. Salinger is the perfect stylista to lead the workshop, with experience working on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and TLC’s What Not to Wear and The Makeover Story. She’s also appeared on The Today Show, MTV, the Lifetime Series “Million Dollar Shoppers, and Sirius Radio’s Living with Martha Stewart; she’s been featured in the New York Times, People Style Watch, InStyle, Real Simple, The Wall Street Journal, and Life and Style.

The Midwinter Meeting-exclusive Fashion Workshop at McCormick Place includes time for lunch, the program, and a question-and-answer session with Ms. Salinger. Participants will also receive a booklet filled with style tips and advice for quick reference at home.

While runway fashion shows offer attendees a fantasy experience, Dr. Doroshow said, Ms. Salinger will give workshop participants a sense of how fashion fits into and enhances the real lives of working professionals.

“Amy Salinger believes that personal style is within everyone’s reach and budget,” Dr. Doroshow said. “The men and women who attend our program will walk away with the tools to take their wardrobes to the next level, using what’s already in our closets and without breaking the bank.”

Register to attend the Fashion Workshop when you register for other Midwinter Meeting courses and Special Events, using code SE2. 



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