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