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Permanent link  Stay current on your OSHA  training with CDS co-sponsored courses


OSHA requires that all healthcare employers maintain a written Exposure Control Plan. The plan must include a risk analysis, Hepatitis B vaccinations, follow-up procedures, an evaluation of safer sharps and training.

CDS and the Chicago Medical Society once again jointly offer OSHA Training Updates to members and their staffs. The two-hour update is taught by specialists in exposure control and is designed for clinicians and their staffs.

The dates and locations are:

  • Sept. 14, Hilton Chicago/Oak Lawn, 9333 S. Cicero Ave., Oak Lawn
  • Oct. 12, Chicago Medical Society Office, 33 W. Grand Ave., Chicago
  • Nov. 9, Presence St. Francis Hospital. 355 Ridge Ave., Evanston

CE Credit: 2 hours


  • CDS members and their staffs: $109 each
  • Non-member: $129 each

Find information and register for an OSHA Training Update course.

OSHA 2016



Permanent link  CDS Foundation Clinic needs volunteers


The CDS Foundation Clinic is in need of volunteer dentists and dental hygienists to provide basic dental care during the month of June on the following days:  Monday, June 13; Tuesday, June 14; Friday, June 17; Tuesday, June 21; Wednesday, June 22; Monday, June 27; Tuesday, June 28; and Thursday, June 30. The CDS Foundation Clinic is located at 416 E. Roosevelt Rd., Suite 102, in Wheaton.

Please consider donating a half- or a full-day of your talents to help. The clinic serves the working poor, persons experiencing homelessness and households earning less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. Please contact Geralyn Pelka, Interim Office Coordinator, at 630.260.8530. To donate in support of the CDS Foundation Clinic or for more information about the Chicago Dental Society Foundation, please go to


Permanent link  Join us at Brookfield Zoo July 24 for the CDS Family Picnic


Zoo Child 2 and under TicketTickets for the CDS Family Picnic at Brookfield Zoo are now on sale. CDS members must sign in to our site to view and purchase special event tickets. If you have not previously registered on our site, click here.

The CDS Family Picnic will be held Sunday, July 24. The zoo opens at 9:30 a.m. and exhibits close at 5:30 p.m. Lunch is served noon - 2 p.m.

CDS members may purchase a maximum of four reduced-price tickets to this event. Members who wish to purchase additional tickets may do so at full price.

Pricing is as follows:

  • Adults (ages 12-64): $21 each (full price: $41)
  • Children ages 3-11: $20 each (full price: $30)
  • Children up to age 2: Free (full price: $5)
  • Senior Citizens (ages 65 and over): $20 each (full price: $30)

All packages include:

  • Zoo admission
  • Complimentary parking pass
  • Zoo maps
  • Children's Splash Pad available (weather permitting)

The menu will include hamburgers, hot dogs, fried chicken, potato salad, fresh sliced watermelon, garden salad with assorted dressings, vegetarian baked beans, ice cream and soda.


Permanent link  Midwinter Meeting named one of Top 150 trade shows for 2015


 2015 TSNN Top 250 Tradeshows

The 2015 Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting was named to the Trade Show News Network list of the Top 250 trade shows. View the complete list here



Permanent link  CDS Foundation Clinic to host open house April 16


As part of National Volunteer Week, the Chicago Dental Society Foundation Clinic will host an open house event for new volunteers on Saturday, April 16, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Interested individuals are invited to tour the clinic, meet key staff members, learn about volunteer opportunities and ask questions.

In 2015 alone, the clinic's volunteer corps of over 88 provided over $450,000 of donated dental services to the working poor in Chicagoland. Our volunteer dentists, hygienists and assistants alleviate pain and restore oral health through exams, prophylaxis, intraoral and panoramic X-rays, basic restorations and carefully evaluated extractions. 

Please RSVP to attend.

For more information, visit our Facebook event or email Kristen Weber, CDSF Executive Director, or call 312.836.7301.


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