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Permanent link  CDS welcomes international exhibitors to the Midwinter Meeting


Does it surprise you to hear that Illinois is the seventh most popular state for overseas visitors, and Chicago is the 10th most popular American city?  In 2010, Chicago hosted 1.134 million international visitors; The economic impact of tourism in Cook County (Chicago’s home) alone tops $17 billion, according to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Tourism.

The Chicago Dental Society is proud to welcome many of these international visitors annually at the Midwinter Meeting, especially those who come to share their products in the Exhibit Hall. More than 70 international companies have reserved exhibit space for the 2012 Midwinter Meeting.

We hope you’ll join us in welcoming them to The City of Big Shoulders.

“International companies put an extraordinary amount of work into their plans for traveling across boarders and exhibiting in our country,” said Lisa Girardi, director of Exhibit Services. “But we are so glad that they do, because they bring to the Exhibit Hall new markets.

“The Midwinter Meeting is without borders; our meeting attracts attendees from all over the world, and our exhibition, with the help of our international exhibiting partners, helps to firmly establish the Midwinter Meeting as the International Dental Meeting in the USA.”

View a complete list of international exhibitors here, and plan your trip through our Exhibit Hall online before you arrive in our Virtual Exhibit Hall.




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Permanent link  New exhibitors add excitement to the Exhibit Hall


We may be gearing up for the 147th Midwinter Meeting this February, but the meeting is far from stale. We are proud to welcome more than 80 first-time exhibitors to the 2012 Exhibit Hall.

“The number of new exhibitors is exciting for a few reasons,” said Lisa Girardi, director of Exhibit Services. “I’m glad to know our attendees will have access to more products this year that will help to grow their practice of dentistry. And, it’s exciting to see more companies making our Midwinter Meeting part of their business plans.  We wish them all a great exhibiting experience at McCormick Place.

“The Midwinter Meeting is known throughout the industry as being the meeting where new products are unveiled,” Ms. Girardi continued. “Well, we can add that we are now the meeting where we introduce new dental companies, too.”

Among the new exhibitors in 2012 will be Indiana-based consultants Excellence in Dentistry. This company is under new ownership, and consultant Brooke Mott knew from personal experience earlier in her career that Midwinter Meeting is the place to be.

“The bigger, regional meetings like the Midwinter Meeting draw national and international attendees that are so important for our business,” Ms. Mott said. “The information presented in the lectures and the exhibitors, too, are of an exceptional level.”

View a complete list of new exhibitors here, and then plan your visit to the Exhibit Hall using our Virtual Exhibit Hall.


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Permanent link  CDS provides scrubs to Midwestern University dental students


CDS ScrubsThe Chicago Dental Society provided a set of scrubs to each student of the inaugural class at Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine. Darryn Weinstein, assistant dean of Clinical Education at Midwestern University expressed thanks to CDS on behalf of the dental school for its generosity.

The 130 members of the class of 2015 have become members of CDS as well. 

The new class will be joining CDS at the 2012 Midwinter Meeting on Friday and Saturday, February 24-25, after they finish their exams. 


Permanent link  Pre-registration for the 2012 Midwinter Meeting is Ramping Up


Pre-registration for the 2012 Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting is underway and ramping up fast. The countdown has begun, and there are only 70 days left until the doors open. 

Remember, as a member benefit, CDS dentists enjoy free registration for access to the leading clinicians and top-notch exhibitors. Non-members, make sure to pre-register online before February 17th to avoid standing in line on site.

What should you expect at one of the largest dental exhibitions in the U.S.? With more than 120 speakers, 190 courses and 38 participation courses, the 2012 Midwinter Meeting is your one-stop shop for everything dentistry. Not to mention, more than half of the courses are free!

Visit the Exhibit Hall, where more than 600 exhibitors will be on display, and learn about the latest technology and products in modern dentistry. Also, as a new feature for the 2012 Midwinter Meeting, CDS will offer one hour of CE credit, per day, when attendees visit the Exhibit Hall.  

For more information on the 2012 Midwinter Meeting, check out the Midwinter Meeting homepage or download or purchase the Preliminary Program. Plus, don’t forget to join the Chicago Dental Society mailing list for everything CDS.


Permanent link  Find Live CE in the Exhibit Hall in 2012


Everything old is new again, or so they say. Live television returns to the Midwinter Meeting in 2012, and the incredible use of current technology will make this live patient-based education a much improved experience over that which our longtime attendees will remember from the 1980s and 1990s.

This February, five plasma screens will hang from the ceiling over the southeast corner of the Exhibit Hall, broadcasting the action for all to see – all 200 seats in the classroom are good ones. One camera on stage will remain focused on the patient’s mouth — for a dentist’s-eye view from every seat in the house —  while others will allow for views of the whole stage and specific areas of it. The monitors may also be connected to the on-stage computer to broadcast any slides or software the instructor uses during the lecture.

“As a five-year veteran of our Midwinter Meeting Live TV Committee before it ended back in the early 90's, I always had a passion for that form of CE and yearned for its return,” said John Gerding, 2012 president of CDS. “Now a reality again at many dental meetings, I again witnessed the buzz of the sold out audiences, and I can't wait for this excitement to be part of our own exhibit floor come February.”

Tickets are not required for admission, but attendees will have their badges scanned upon arrival and exit so that their presence is recorded and CE credit can be awarded. 

And while you’re in the Exhibit Hall, spend some time browsing the booths. CDS is proud to offer 1 CE credit hour per day when you visit the Exhibit Hall. Look for signs with CE Codes near the Overlook Café no less than three hours after the Exhibit Hall opens.



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Permanent link  Looking for better health in 2012? Start at the Midwinter Meeting


The holiday season does a number on the body: second helpings of high calorie foods becomes routine, complemented by sweet and salty treats between meals, and the stress of trying to balance holiday festivities with your year-round responsibilities related to home life and office business.

“Oh well,” you might be thinking. “I’ll start fresh in 2012.”

The American Heart Association recommends you pace yourself. Plan now to phase in the changes you want to make, all geared toward building a healthier you in the new year.

“You’ll do better not to plan to do everything — overhaul your diet, exercise 30 minutes a day, make an appointment to get your blood pressure checked — because the likelihood of succeeding is almost zero,” said Richard Stein, professor of medicine and cardiology at the New York University School of Medicine in New York City and a spokesman for the American Heart Association, in a prepared release. Instead, lay out realistic steps for January, February and March. Rather than joining a gym, you might want to start a vigorous walking program first. It’s free, and it’s a great way to fit in more physical activity.

Make your Midwinter Meeting experience part of your 2012 plan for healthier living. When you register for the Midwinter Meting, register for a health screening, too. Blue Apple Health is offering customizable packages for heart attack and stroke prevention screenings, in private suites in the McCormick Place West Building. Learn more about the health screenings at the CDS website.

Find more of Dr. Stein’s tips for managing stress this holiday season online.



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Permanent link  Dr. Akers beats storm to win the Chicago Yacht Club Mac Race


In the July/August 2011 issue of the CDS Review we introduced you to Paul Akers and his love for sailing. This past July he sailed his 19th Mac Race from Chicago to Mackinac Island, MI. We originally reported that he would be racing on a crewmember’s boat, but after publication his plans changed and he was introduced to another opportunity.

Instead of racing on a crewmember’s boat, Dr. Akers chartered a 50-foot N/M racing sloop. He combined crew members from three boats, all of whom had Mackinac race experience. Dr. Akers described his experience after that as a “Cinderella story.”

The crew of 13 practiced together for only three weeks before the actual race. During the race they encountered a horrific storm.

“We were at the Mackinac Bridge with blinding rain and winds, not able to see the bridge even though we were 100 yards away. We were afraid of hitting the concrete caissons,” Dr. Akers wrote in an email.

Despite the challenging weather conditions, the crew took first place in Section 1 and 5th place in the entire fleet.

A celebratory dinner was held for the Mac awards Saturday, Nov. 5, where the crew received its well-earned trophy.

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Dr. Akers (front row on the right) and his crew before they headed out for the race.


Permanent link  Midwinter Meeting offers special events and tours


We know that you’re planning your trip to the Midwinter Meeting. And while it is very important to be signing up for your preferred courses and plotting your course through the Exhibit Hall, we don’t want your nights to be lacking in fun. This is why CDS makes tours and special events available to our attendees — even more reasons to come to Chicago.

Tours have been arranged through CHICAGO IS…INC to round out your Midwinter Meeting experience. Enjoy what Chicago has to offer by indulging in the food, seeing a Broadway play, or checking out our sports teams. We offer a little something for everyone.

Some of what we offer includes a Bulls game, treating yourself to deep dish pizza and Second City, two Broadway in Chicago plays, and Show Boat at the Lyric Opera.

Don’t forget about the special events we plan too. Get ideas for your spring wardrobe at the It’s a Wonderful World of Fashion fashion show and luncheon Friday. See the talented Ryan Baker pay tribute to Frank Sinatra at the Opening Session Thursday. Dance all night as the CDS Foundation presents Stayin’ Alive Friday night. And close out your weekend at the President’s Dinner Dance, as we honor CDS President John Gerding and his wife, Shirley, Saturday night.

Sign up for the tours and events when registering for the meeting. You must be a registered attendee to attend any tour or event. 


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Permanent link  Free dental exams coming to UIC this winter


Free limited dental screening exams will be offered four days this winter at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Dentistry, located at 801 S. Paulina St., Chicago.

Patients are needed by dental students for their licensing exam. Patients must be age 18 or older. A screening includes free faculty-selected x-rays and limited screening exam.

No appointment is needed for the following dates. Patients are asked to arrive between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.: Saturday, Dec. 3; Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012; Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012; and Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012. 



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Permanent link  Reserve a spot in the Donor Lounge at the 2012 Midwinter Meeting


The combination of educational courses and spectacular exhibits of new products can make the Midwinter Meeting an exhausting experience. Take a break from the action at the Chicago Dental Society Foundation’s Donor Lounge.

The Lounge is open to any CDS Foundation supporter who has contributed at least $250. Just for them, the CDS Foundation has reserved space on the east side of the Exhibit Hall, where donors will find a quiet place on a comfy couch to sit with a cup of coffee or an afternoon snack while they check their messages (or scan the Sports page - we won't tell).

Sounds nice, doesn’t it? Donors to the CDS Foundation will receive stickers in the mail prior to the Midwinter Meeting that identify them as donors. Please wear your sticker to the meeting, as that will allow you entrance to the Donor Lounge. Or, stop by the CDS Foundation booth, #332 in the Exhibit Hall, for more information.

Don’t be left out in the concourse, searching for a quiet spot to check your email. Make your donation to the CDS Foundation today and earn your admission to the Donor Lounge.



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