Today's post is courtesy of Dr.
Adrian Codel, a CDS member and general dentist who practices on
Chicago's north side. Today Dr. Codel shares his opinions on the
value of CDS membership.
Today I received a $100 check from CDS and later this month expect
another $75. Why? Because I attended the Midwinter Meeting as a CDS
dentist. You can too.
Attending dental school in Chicago provided me with the unique
opportunity of attending the Midwinter Meeting annually. CDS would
hand out student tickets for lectures and provide opportunities to
meet respected lecturers as a Room Chair. I volunteered as a Room
Chair for several years. After graduating, I promoted myself to
Presiding Chairperson, and have volunteered for this position ever
since. I enjoy it so much, that I make sure to block off at least
one day dedicated to volunteering as a Presiding Chairperson.
On the first day of the 2010 Midwinter Meeting, I arrived in the
morning to pick up my Presiding Chairperson packet when I ran into
a friend and former professor. We attended the special VIP
breakfast together and had a nice conversation and found that we
never even spoke of dentistry. I then had the honor of introducing
a respected lecturer for an informative presentation whose lecture
topics I have already incorporated in my practice. I might add that
this was a fee-based lecture for those attending. After providing
the CE code to participants, I had time to visit the exhibit floor
and attend the CDS Meet Up before lunch. During the VIP lunch, I
ran into another colleague whom I had not seen in 10 years. We
caught up and, again, did not even fall into a discussion of
dentistry. By the end of the day I had earned 6 CE credits from a
fee based lecture and had 2 excellent meals where I re-acquainted
with my friends. As if this were not enough, CDS was generous
enough to pay me a per diem of $100. Talk about "membership has its
Oh, and as for the additional $75. By registering for the Midwinter
Meeting early, I got the $75
rebate for qualifying purchases from any exhibitor.
Details on how to volunteer as a presiding room chair for the 2011
Midwinter Meeting will be available on the CDS Web site soon. In the
interim, please contact Dr. Al
Kleszynski for details.