Nearly 200 new dentists gathered at the close of business Friday for laughter, conversation and cocktails – all in celebration of the 148th Midwinter Meeting. The New Dentist Reception allowed old friends to reconnect, and new friendships to take root.
“We’re growing the new dentists’ network,” said Jill McMahon, a Southern Illinois University grad who has been in practice for five years. “There’s a lot of people here that I don’t recognize. It will be a good night to meet new people.”
Kajal Patel, a 2012 graduate from New York, attended for the same reason. “It seemed like a great networking event, a way to meet people who are in the same place in their lives that I am.”
The New Dentist Reception had long been a Midwinter Meeting staple, until the host restaurant shut down in 2007. The Chicago Dental Society Membership Committee brought it out of hiatus and relocated it to the McCormick Place campus in time for the 2013 Midwinter Meeting. Aspen Dental; Central Data Storage; Netsertive, Inc.; and Southpoint Insurance Agency sponsored the event.
Dr. Patel especially appreciated the opportunity to network in person, and in friendly environment.
“There are lots of opportunities online, but it’s nice to do something more personal and actually interact live.”
Texas dentists Chung-Lei Kao and Molie Xu were eager to meet up with their classmates from Case Western Reserve University. Ms. Kao posted on her Facebook page that she purchased tickets when she registered for the Midwinter Meeting, and many of her classmates responded that they would meet her there.
“This is great place for a group to get together to meet and catch up,” she said.
Connie Hunt, of Indianapolis, and Danielle Smart, of Maryland, did just that at the New Dentist Reception. They got to be friends while during their residencies at Nashville’s Meharry Medical College.
“We’ve been at the conference all day. Why not stay and be social and have a few appetizers?” Dr. Hunt said.
Find photos from the New Dentist Reception on Flickr