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Permanent link  Midwinter Meeting 2015: Spotlight on The 360 Experience

02/11/2015

The Midwinter Meeting scientific program has long boasted of courses for the whole dental team. But this year's 360 Experience takes it to a new level.

Offered by a team of four speakers — two dentists, a management consultant and a hygienist — the 360 Experience brings your office team together to learn about topics that relate to each person's role in your practice. These include embracing new materials, communication skills, hot topics in restorative dentistry, new technology to enhance the patient experience, and interactive learning.

Ted Borris, director of scientific programs at the Chicago Dental Society, explained that all participants will start the day-long session together, split into units by profession (dentist, hygienist, dental assistant and office manager) for break out sessions with the speakers, and then reunite at the end of the day for a summation.

“This program is about getting everyone on the dental team talking from the same page, since it is the whole team that creates the patient experience,” he said. “You might think you are working together when you start the day, but the speakers will help you see how far apart you are, check in with attendees throughout the day to monitor your progress, and then help the team plan its next steps for when everyone returns to the office.”

The coordinated curriculum was added to the 2015 Midwinter Meeting in response to requests and recommendations from past meeting attendees, CDS President Susan Becker Doroshow said.

“Our meeting has always had courses that all team members could attend together, but that were still primarily targeted to assistants, or business staff, or hygienists,” she said. “One thing that Program Chair David Lewis, General Chair Mark Humenik, and I heard over and over when we asked attendees for feedback about the Midwinter Meeting was that they wished there was something that everyone in the office could experience together.

“We were thrilled to have DENTSPLY’s corporate support for a program that is exactly that: an educational experience tailored to each dental team member, with plenty of opportunities throughout the day to share what they’ve learned. I’m confident that teams who take advantage of this program and its unique educational format will return to their offices with a new enthusiasm for caring for their patients.”

The day-long 360 Experience will be offered Friday, Feb. 27, beginning at 8:15 a.m.  Register for the 360 Experience, C239, with your other Midwinter Meeting courses and special event tickets.

 

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Permanent link  Midwinter Meeting 2015: Spotlight on The 360 Experience

02/11/2015

The Midwinter Meeting scientific program has long boasted of courses for the whole dental team. But this year's 360 Experience takes it to a new level.

Offered by a team of four speakers — two dentists, a management consultant and a hygienist — the 360 Experience brings your office team together to learn about topics that relate to each person's role in your practice. These include embracing new materials, communication skills, hot topics in restorative dentistry, new technology to enhance the patient experience, and interactive learning.

Ted Borris, director of scientific programs at the Chicago Dental Society, explained that all participants will start the day-long session together, split into units by profession (dentist, hygienist, dental assistant and office manager) for break out sessions with the speakers, and then reunite at the end of the day for a summation.

“This program is about getting everyone on the dental team talking from the same page, since it is the whole team that creates the patient experience,” he said. “You might think you are working together when you start the day, but the speakers will help you see how far apart you are, check in with attendees throughout the day to monitor your progress, and then help the team plan its next steps for when everyone returns to the office.”

The coordinated curriculum was added to the 2015 Midwinter Meeting in response to requests and recommendations from past meeting attendees, CDS President Susan Becker Doroshow said.

“Our meeting has always had courses that all team members could attend together, but that were still primarily targeted to assistants, or business staff, or hygienists,” she said. “One thing that Program Chair David Lewis, General Chair Mark Humenik, and I heard over and over when we asked attendees for feedback about the Midwinter Meeting was that they wished there was something that everyone in the office could experience together.

“We were thrilled to have DENTSPLY’s corporate support for a program that is exactly that: an educational experience tailored to each dental team member, with plenty of opportunities throughout the day to share what they’ve learned. I’m confident that teams who take advantage of this program and its unique educational format will return to their offices with a new enthusiasm for caring for their patients.”

The day-long 360 Experience will be offered Friday, Feb. 27, beginning at 8:15 a.m.  Register for the 360 Experience, C239, with your other Midwinter Meeting courses and special event tickets.

 

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Permanent link  Consider our new Exhibit Hall hours and other changes before Feb. 26

01/29/2015

This may not be your first Midwinter Meeting, but that doesn’t mean your experience will be predictable.  Each year brings a few changes to the Exhibit Hall and the scientific program to keep the meeting relevant and fresh.

New in 2015, the Exhibit Hall will be open 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 26 and 27, and 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28. The shorter schedule Saturday came at the request of the Dental Trade Alliance and other exhibitors.

“This has been a trend at other dental meetings that allows exhibitors time to tear down their booths and make Saturday evening flights home, thus avoiding the added expense of an extra night of lodging while still enjoying a full and productive show,” explained Lisa Girardi, Director of Exhibit Services at the Chicago Dental Society.

Therefore, it’s important that attendees take every opportunity to be on the exhibit floor while they are on site Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

“Take in as much as you can during those 24 hours that the floor is open for business,” Ms. Girardi recommended.

Toward that end, the Chicago Dental Society is providing several amenities to make the Exhibit Hall comfortable and convenient for all our guests: 

  • Two rear entrances make the floor accessible via express escalator from the 190 rooms on the east side and 180 rooms on the west side of McCormick Place West. While these will allow attendees in those course rooms faster access to the floor, these entrances will be monitored by show security and badges will be required for access.
  • Several food and coffee stations are located throughout the Exhibit Hall
  • The Hospitality Hub will sell beer and wine and appetizers at the end of each day.
  • Restrooms are available at several locations around the Exhibit Hall
  • The Rebate Redemption center returns to the southeast corner of the Exhibit Hall. CDS members who registered for the Midwinter Meeting before Feb. 1 received with their badges a rebate coupon applicable to purchases made on the exhibit floor during the Midwinter Meeting.  Redeem these coupons with your receipts on site only (no coupons will be accepted by fax or mail).
  • Tote bag pick up stations are located at the end of aisle 700-800 and 4700-4800.
  • Attendees may earn 1 CE credit for time spent on the exhibit floor each day of the Midwinter Meeting. Look for CE codes near the Overlook Café at least one hour after the floor opens.
  • The free 2015 Midwinter Meeting Mobile App allows users to navigate their routes through the Exhibit Hall. Or, visit the Virtual Exhibit Hall at www.cds.org before you arrive to plot your course. 

 

 

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Permanent link  Consider our new Exhibit Hall hours and other changes before Feb. 26

01/29/2015

This may not be your first Midwinter Meeting, but that doesn’t mean your experience will be predictable.  Each year brings a few changes to the Exhibit Hall and the scientific program to keep the meeting relevant and fresh.

New in 2015, the Exhibit Hall will be open 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 26 and 27, and 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28. The shorter schedule Saturday came at the request of the Dental Trade Alliance and other exhibitors.

“This has been a trend at other dental meetings that allows exhibitors time to tear down their booths and make Saturday evening flights home, thus avoiding the added expense of an extra night of lodging while still enjoying a full and productive show,” explained Lisa Girardi, Director of Exhibit Services at the Chicago Dental Society.

Therefore, it’s important that attendees take every opportunity to be on the exhibit floor while they are on site Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

“Take in as much as you can during those 24 hours that the floor is open for business,” Ms. Girardi recommended.

Toward that end, the Chicago Dental Society is providing several amenities to make the Exhibit Hall comfortable and convenient for all our guests: 

  • Two rear entrances make the floor accessible via express escalator from the 190 rooms on the east side and 180 rooms on the west side of McCormick Place West. While these will allow attendees in those course rooms faster access to the floor, these entrances will be monitored by show security and badges will be required for access.
  • Several food and coffee stations are located throughout the Exhibit Hall
  • The Hospitality Hub will sell beer and wine and appetizers at the end of each day.
  • Restrooms are available at several locations around the Exhibit Hall
  • The Rebate Redemption center returns to the southeast corner of the Exhibit Hall. CDS members who registered for the Midwinter Meeting before Feb. 1 received with their badges a rebate coupon applicable to purchases made on the exhibit floor during the Midwinter Meeting.  Redeem these coupons with your receipts on site only (no coupons will be accepted by fax or mail).
  • Tote bag pick up stations are located at the end of aisle 700-800 and 4700-4800.
  • Attendees may earn 1 CE credit for time spent on the exhibit floor each day of the Midwinter Meeting. Look for CE codes near the Overlook Café at least one hour after the floor opens.
  • The free 2015 Midwinter Meeting Mobile App allows users to navigate their routes through the Exhibit Hall. Or, visit the Virtual Exhibit Hall at www.cds.org before you arrive to plot your course. 

 

 

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Permanent link  Doctor, heal thyself at these Midwinter Meeting clinics

01/16/2015

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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