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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  Your new favorite typeface


Hey everybody, it's your new favorite typeface- Heldentica:Check out photos of the font's creation here. If you want Heldentica to use in your documents or website, you can download it here.



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Permanent link  Survey: 20% of dentists using social media tools


In this fall's 2008 survey, The Chicago Dental Society asked dentists a couple questions about how they use the internet and social media. The society found out that 11% of dentists surveyed said they occasionally scan "review" websites such as Yelp and Angie's List to find out what patients say about their practice. 20% of dentists surveyed used online networking sites, with Facebook as their top choice (15%). Other popular sites were LinkedIn (7%) and MySpace (4%).

What about you? Do you check out your ratings on Yelp or "friend" your patients on Facebook?


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Permanent link  Google Reader can help you keep up with the internet


A lot of professionals have a hard enough time staying on top of industry happenings, reading the newspaper, and keeping an eye on the latest business and economic news; much less have the time and eyeball energy left to check out these "blogs" everyone is talking about. But there are ways you can efficiently read all of this and more.

I use Google Reader, which reads RSS feeds. An RSS feed is like a subscription to the content of a website - there are RSS feeds to trade publications, newspapers, magazines, and blogs (like this one). When you sign up for Google Reader, you can choose which sites to 'subscribe' to (for free of course - this is the internet), and the Reader will show you the content piece by piece, all in one website. No more remembering and typing URLs, clicking around the newspaper website to find what you want, or forgetting to check on a business or story you've been following. Just take a break here and there to read your RSS items.

Once you get started, whenever you find a website or blog you want to make sure to read, just click on the RSS symbol or the word "RSS" on that site, and your browser will know to add that site's feed to your Google Reader.

This video explains it all really well.

But what blogs should you be reading? Well, in addition to In The Dentist's Chair, there are a whole lot of great things to subscribe to. Here are some feeds you might want to get:

  • You'll see the link to In The Dentist's Chair's RSS feed on the right side of the page. Other dental resources on the web include; Going Dental; and Flap's Dentistry Blog.
  • All area newspapers have RSS feeds not only to news articles, but you can also choose to just subscribe to your favorite subject or columnist (or sports team). Here are pages of RSS feeds for Chicago papers: Chicago Tribune; Chicago Sun-Times; Crain's Chicago Business.
  • The blog at has a lot of news for people who run their own practice to keep an eye on.
  • Lifehacker is a blog of tips and tools to help you work more efficiently - for example, this post about saving desk space.
  • Cute Overload is a blog with a very accurate title. An occasional baby bunny picture sure does smooth out the day:

See? So go out there and read some feeds! Let us know about your experience in the comments...


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