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Nearly 30,000 dental professionals occupied McCormick Place during the 148th Midwinter Meeting, and there was no shortage of things to do, see and learn.

This year’s conference welcomed over 600 exhibitors – 113 of which were new to Midwinter – to the Exhibit Hall, allowing attendees the opportunity to learn about the latest advancements and technologies in dentistry.

“The Exhibit Hall is the heartbeat of the meeting. It’s the source of all the energy, and the excitement emanates from there,” said Chicago Dental Society President David Fulton Jr. after welcoming attendees to the Exhibit Hall.

This year’s courses were equally as impressive. With 221 courses on the docket and 118 speakers ready to share what the latest is in dentistry; attendees packed their schedules to continue their education and adapt to new innovations and techniques.

“I tell my staff that they need to be approachable and knowledgeable, and that’s what you get here [at the Midwinter Meeting]," said Dr. Robert Haraden. "That’s what makes you more valuable.” Read more about Dr.Haraden and his staff’s visit to the Midwinter Meeting

Apart from staying current in the world of dentistry, attendees referred to another motivator that keeps them coming back year after year: the opportunity to network and connect with one another. CDS Communications Committee Chair, Dr. Kimberley Bolden, has attended for the past 15 years and told Open Wide  that the Midwinter Meeting is her favorite conference because of the opportunity to connect with peers from across the country.

The Midwinter Meeting even introduced multiple opportunities for those new to the conference or the dentistry field to connect and network with other professionals.

Pre-dental students participated in a Mentor Luncheon on Friday of the Midwinter Meeting, where current CDS members joined students and young professionals to socialize and develop their relationships. The conference also welcomed back the popular New Dentist Reception. There, nearly 200 dentists gathered to meet some familiar faces and introduce themselves to many new ones.

From the Midwinter Meeting acclaimed veterans to the ambitious first-timers, this year’s conference managed to cater to everyone. CDS is excited to invite attendees back to McCormick Place West and share what’s in store for 2014.

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