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Permanent link  Another VRM is in the books


More than 1,500 professionals registered for the Chicago Dental Society’s 3rd Virtual Reality Meeting (VRM) Wednesday, Sept. 25. CDS President David Fulton Jr., who has wholeheartedly supported the VRM since its inception, said the number of registered participants is invigorating.

“It shows that there is significant interest in the technology, whether our participants attend the event live or return at a later date to view the lectures on demand,” Dr. Fulton said.“I've always been the guy who wants to have as many tools in my house as possible. You never know what you might need or when you might need it, but if you're prepared with all the latest and greatest tools, you're guaranteed to be able to get the job done. And I am so proud that CDS has been able to include Virtual Reality Meetings in its tool belt.

“I believe that each year we are challenged by other dental societies to back up our claim that we are the leaders in scientific dental meetings. To mirror that claim, we most certainly need to have the VRM in our tool belt.”

Feedback from other attendees was similarly positive. Some of the comments shared in the Virtual Lounge and the CDS booth in the Exhibit Hall during the live event included:

  • Who doesn't want one of these lasers in our practice? So cool!
  • thank you for a great presentation. I wished it was longer so the clinical cases could be expanded and more of the technique shown.
  • Thank you for this very convenient and comfortable style of getting quality CE. You guys are the best!
  • Great time I really enjoyed all the information that was shared today. #knowledgeispower
  • Great full of great presentations. I'll follow you even next year!
  • It is a great webinar, and am enjoying it tremendously. Thanks again!
  • This is my first virtual meeting with CDS! I'm so excited! This is awesome!!! Thank you :)

Participants who watched the live courses Sept. 25 received their CE certificates via email the following day. However, recorded courses will be available for self-study credits on demand through Dec. 25; CE certificates for on-demand users will be emailed weekly.

Live event participants also collected badges and earned points for doing things like visiting the Exhibit Hall and playing our custom trivia game. Prize winners were:

  • Dr. John Jimenez: Apple iPad
  • Dr. Robert Bara: Kindle Fire
  • Dr. Lisa Salisbury: Apple iPod
  • Dr. Andrea Ruby: $75 Amazon gift card
  • Dr. William Madison: $50 Amazon gift card

Congratulations to all, and watch for news about our next CE opportunity at


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Permanent link  ASDA conference supplements class time


With school back in session, dental students across the country have immersed themselves in gross anatomy, pathology and histology. While classroom and clinical experiences prepare you to be a dentist who provides quality care to patients, the American Student Dental Association supplements your learning and prepares dentists to also be successful business owners, managers and public speakers. Consider participating in ASDA’s National Leadership Conference to start developing the skills not always taught in dental school.

The National Leadership Conference is Nov. 15-17 in Chicago, with a wide variety of courses to choose from. Participants may consider following a track during their conference:

  • ASDA & Organized Dentistry
  • Career Planning & Business Leadership
  • Advocacy, Politics & Professional Issues
  • Chapter Leadership & Management

 Also on site, participants may participate in:

  • Group discussions about licensure and other issues affecting dentists, how to balance school and life, and strategies to market yourself as a young dentist.
  • Networking opportunities with other students and leaders within organized dentistry. Use this time to swap stories, share advice and make connections with people who live where you want to practice.
  • An exhibit fair with more than 70 companies showcasing products and services.

 Registration continues through Oct. 1, at



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Permanent link  Make time for an Evening of Wine and Roses


The CDS Foundation invites all to attend An Evening of Wine and Roses, a wine tasting benefit Thursday evening, Nov. 7.

More than 20 wines will be available to taste beginning at 5 p.m., along with hors d'oeuvres and sweets, while guests browse the auction items and test their luck in a raffle.

“Our event supports a good cause, in a special venue, with opportunities for wonderful camaraderie,” said CDS Foundation Event Committee Chair Dave Lang, of Lang Dental Manufacturing. “There will be wonderful wine and food and sweets, and some real opportunities for reuniting with friends as well as making new business contacts.”

The action can be found in Baker and McKenzie’s 50th floor conference center, at 300 E. Randolph St. Mr. Lang said the entire south wall of the event space is glass, allowing guests a spectacular view of Millennium Park, the east Loop and the southern shore of Lake Michigan.

“Plus, at that time of night all the lights will be on in the city and it will be just terrific,” he continued. “It’s a similar experience to going up to the 95th floor of the Hancock Center for a nightcap.”

Tickets are $100 per person, benefiting the programs of the Chicago Dental Society Foundation, including the CDS Foundation Clinic.  Tickets must be purchased in advance (no gate sales), and can be found in the CDS Store.

“Proceeds go to supporting our CDS Foundation Clinic and there good work, as well as the good works of all the other CDS Foundation grantees,” Mr. Lang said. “They will be represented at the event, as they are the reason that we do this.”

Building security requires the names of all guests in advance of the event. Please email the names of all your gusts to within 48 hours of purchasing tickets, and be prepared to show ID when you enter the building.

Parking is available in the Millennium Park garage, accessible from South Columbus Drive between Monroe and Randolph streets.

“Take advantage of being in the city that night and stay downtown for the weekend,” recommended Mr. Lang. “Do some holiday shopping and enjoy the city.”










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