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Permanent link  Midwinter Meeting ranked top 250 trade show


The 2013 Midwinter Meeting has been named one of the top 250 trade shows in the United States by the Trade Show News Network (TSNN).



2013 TSSN Top 250 Badge


Culled from show management and data supplied to TSNN, the list represents the top 250 trade shows held last year in the U.S. ranked by net square footage. The Midwinter Meeting posted 168,960 square feet, filled by 672 exhibitors, 8,662 exhibit personnel, and 21,290 other attendees Feb. 21-23, 2013.

The Midwinter Meeting was the highest ranked dental meeting on the TSNN list, at No. 130. Other dental meetings on the list were the Greater New York Dental Meeting at (No.146, with 156,615 square feet) and the Yankee Dental Congress (No. 200, with 93,700 square feet). The Consumer Electronic Association’s massive International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas topped the list for the second year in a row.

The city with the most shows on the 2013 TSNN Top 250 Trade Show list was Las Vegas, with 53. Chicago scored the second most number of shows on the list in 2013, with 29, followed by Orlando, with 24

January was the busiest month in 2013 for shows, with 29, followed closely by February and March, both with 28. The slowest month of the year, as usual, was December, with seven shows on the list.


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Permanent link  New dentists strengthen the bridge at Friday reception


2014 New Dentist ReceptionConversation came easily at the 270 Restaurant Friday evening, when dentists who have been in practice for 10 years or less gathered for cocktails and camaraderie at the New Dentist Reception.

"It's a relaxing thing to do after a day of learning, to come out and meet other dentists," said Sandra Lu, a Midwinter Meeting attendee who earned her dental degree from the Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Dental Medicine.

Beside her, fellow SIU grad Jessica Rhodes added that she was interested in networking there and furthering her career.

"This is effective networking," affirmed dentist James Benz, who leads the GPR program at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. "It's becoming less common to graduate and immediately go into a practice situation that you'll have for your whole career, so networking at this stage of your career is essential."

Dr. Benz came to the New Dentist Reception looking to reconnect with former students and hear how the GPR program trained them to meet the demands of their careers. He would take their feedback back to the office to improve the program for current residents.

Across the room, Marquette graduate Andrew Wiers was talking up the benefits of organized dentistry. Dr. Wiers is a member of CDS's New Dentist Committee.

"Job opportunities, debt load, how to piece together jobs to develop the career you want, are all topics that we talk about there, and here," he said. He called the reception a success. "The room is full, people are having a good time, and it's almost difficult to hear because there are so many great conversations going on."

Among them was endodontist Milton Davenport, looking to meet more local doctors. He earned a dental degree at Harvard University, and then completed his residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

"Everyone is so busy and spread out, but everyone can be here at the Midwinter Meeting, and then we party all weekend," Dr. Davenport said.

Find more photos from this and other 2014 Midwinter Meeting events on Flickr.


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Permanent link  Your dental society needs your leadership


Tom Sullivan knows just how many volunteers contributed to the 2014 Midwinter Meeting. And he knows that the Chicago Dental Society will need just as many volunteers to produce similarly stellar meetings in 2015, 2020 and 2050.

He and his colleagues will help interested members identify opportunities to increase their involvement with their dental society at a new program being offered at the 2014 Midwinter Meeting. Dr. Sullivan, a longtime Chicago Dental Society member and past president of the Illinois State Dental Society will lead Your Dental Society Needs You Friday, Feb. 21, beginning at 10 a.m. in Room W474A. 

“In my 30 years with organized dentistry, I got into the mix of the Midwinter Meeting, met people, and learned from the bottom up what it takes to put together something of this magnitude. There is a huge team behind our meeting; someone has to be walking the floor and checking fire codes, for example,” Dr. Sullivan explained. “We aim to make people aware of the avenues for new dentists to get involved with their Branches and gain access to volunteer positions.”

Dr. Sullivan and his colleagues on site will answer questions from the audience and share their own stories of involvement in organized dentistry.

“As a young dentist, what impressed me was putting a face to name that I had heard and getting to know people, emulate them and call them my true mentors,” Dr. Sullivan said. “You can repeat that story if you take the time, and you get it back 10 fold. It’s not that big of a mountain to climb, but it is fun climbing it.”

Longtime CDS member and volunteer Michael Durbin said the program was born out of questions he hears from younger colleagues all the time. He encouraged current volunteers to invite younger colleagues and attend together.

“We know that our dental students are more engaged than they used to be, and we have lots of student volunteers. But there are the same opportunities for them once they graduate and start practicing,” he explained.

 “We need to grab that enthusiasm and make sure we’re giving them an outlet for their leadership to continue. We hear over and over again that people are unsure of how to get involved,” he continued. “We needed to take that message to the Midwinter Meeting for people to see all of their options for getting involved. This is an opportunity to ask questions and get together a plan for where to go next.”



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Permanent link  Midwinter Meeting program highlights member benefits


Local dentists know that their membership in the Chicago Dental Society has its benefits.

They aim to educate more of their non-member colleagues at a Midwinter Meeting symposium Friday, Feb. 21, Are you getting the most out of your membership?

The program begins at 11 a.m. in Room W474A. It will last one hour and is open to all dentists and dental students who are attending the Midwinter Meeting. Attendees will not receive CE credit for their participation.

“We talk a lot about the power of three and the alignment of the tripartite,” longtime CDS member Michael Durbin said, speaking of the relationship among the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society and Chicago Dental Society. “This program is designed to overview what’s out there and present an argument for membership in organized dentistry. We want people to see the opportunities there are to save money, improve their practices and improve themselves through the features we offer.”

The symposium will feature a panel of CDS members sharing how they have used their member benefits at all stages of their careers.

“The best way to see the value of a CDS membership is to hear other members share their stories. They practice the same as you, work the same as you, and they have used organized dentistry to their advantage to improve their lives every day,” Dr. Durbin said.

He encourages members of organized dentistry to invite their non-member friends – and for both to stay and learn more about the benefits of membership.

He explained, “I want people to leave with an answer to the question, ‘how could I not be a member when I see everything that comes with it?’”



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Permanent link  CDS Foundation announces raffle winners


The Chicago Dental Society Foundation congratulates the many winners of its Midwinter Meeting raffle:

Dominic BarrazaMary HayesJoseph Sodini
Sue BishopRobert JohnsMary Starsiak
Chuck CohenMarian KaderbekDavid Steinbock
Christine CulpKevin KingMary Quinn
Glenn DeWeirdtKirk KollmannAllen Wayne
Trucia DrummondJack LiuGeorgia Williams
Robert DutkaEd MorenoLarry Williams
Loren FeldnerBarb MouselGene Wurth
Cissy FurushoIlie PavelGeorge Zehak

 These and other visitors to the CDS Foundation booth at the 148th Midwinter Meeting made donations to the philanthropic arm of the Chicago Dental Society, supporting access to care and dental education in our communities.

CDS Foundation volunteers who were at the booth were most proud to discuss the recent opening of the CDS Foundation Dental Clinic in Wheaton. The clinic, at 416 E. Roosevelt Rd., will provide free care to uninsured residents of Lake, Cook and DuPage counties - the same are served by the Chicago Dental Society and its members.

The CDS Foundation also thanks the generous sponsors who provided prizes for the raffle:

Bosworth CompanyPatterson DentalShofu
Hu-FriedyRiva/ScheinCrown Seating
Isolite SystemsSchein/CAO Group 








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