You must get your badge scanned to earn CE credit
The Chicago Dental Society designates one (1) credit per hour for CE activities, unless otherwise noted.
It is the responsibility of each participant to verify the CE requirements of his or her licensing or regulatory agency and to contact them with any questions regarding licensing.
A few CE Certification Stations are located in the General Registration area. Illinois dentists are required to obtain 48 CE hours in a three-year period. The current cycle ends in September 2021.
Illinois hygienists are required to obtain 36 CE hours in a three-year period and CPR certification in the year of licensure.
Individual course tickets are no longer issued. You will receive a ticket for each day that will list all of your registered courses and activities for that day. When arriving at a course for which you have registered, the bar code on that daily ticket will be scanned.
If you do not have that ticket scanned, you will not receive credit for that course. If you must leave the course for any reason, you must have your badge scanned as you leave and again upon your return. ADA CERP guidelines state that you must be present at least 50 minutes of every hour that you expect credit for. There will no longer be course verification codes to get to credits retrospectively.
If you are not scanned into a course, you cannot receive credit for that course. It is your responsibility to have this scan completed.
Your CE certificate will be available through the CDS Midwinter Meeting Mobile App (available for download in January) or at www.cds.org upon completion of the Meeting.
Be sure to save your badge to have the proper registration and sequence information for this purpose. CE certificates for the 2020 Midwinter will be issued free of charge through May 31, 2020. A $25 charge will be applied after that date.
You can record 2020 CE online at cds.org for free through May 31, 2020, through the Midwinter Meeting mobile app or at on-site CE Certification Stations located in General Registration. You will need your course numbers and your eight-digit convention number (Example: 123456/12, found on your registration badge).
Visit the Exhibit Hall and earn CE
In addition to the stellar scientific program offered during the meeting, CDS knows that attendees can obtain valuable education as well by visiting the exhibitors. Therefore, CDS offers 1 CE credit total when you visit the Exhibit Hall. You must have your badge scanned to record the credit.
State of Illinois CE Requirements
The State of Illinois has instituted mandatory continuing education requirements for dentists and dental hygienists. Illinois dentists are required to obtain 48 CE hours in a three-year period. The current cycle ends in September 2021. Illinois hygienists are required to obtain 36 CE hours in a three-year period and CPR certification in the year of licensure. To verify attendance and obtain CE credits, attendees must record the code number announced at the end of each session on an appropriate form. It is the responsibility of the individual to obtain this code, complete the form and retain all CE documentation.
Keep Track of Your CE Hours
The Chicago Dental Society is not responsible for tracking CE for its convention attendees, nor does it keep attendance records. However, attendees can download their CE credits for the current Midwinter Meeting from paid courses and those F Courses for which they registered for free of charge through May 31, 2020. You will need your course numbers, CE codes and your eight-digit convention number (Example: 123456/12, found on your registration badge). Beginning June 1, there will be a $25 charge for this service for prior Midwinter Meeting conventions including the current convention year.
On-site CE Certification Stations located adjacent to the General Registration Area, Level 3, allow attendees to retrieve their official CE certificates to submit to their respective accreditation organizations at no charge. You can also track your CE for the Midwinter Meeting through the mobile app.
Each state’s requirements for documentation and verification of course credits differs. It is the responsibility of each participant to verify the requirements of his/her state licensing board(s). Some programs at the Midwinter Meeting are not accepted for credit. For example, the State of Illinois does not accept CE hours for estate planning, financial planning, investments or personal health. CDS includes these topics because of their value to those attending. We encourage you to attend these courses for the personal benefits.
CDS is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider
ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at www.ada.org/cerp.