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Courses top draw for 155thMidwinter Meeting


The 2020 Midwinter Meeting promises an array of in-demand, high-interest courses, programs, workshops and more for attendees who descend on theMcCormick Place West building on Feb. 20-22.


All-day lectures and workshops, business management insights and a simulated court trial as well as symposiums on oral cancer and implants highlight a packed schedule for our 155thmeeting.


Anticipation is building as final preparations on the Preliminary Program continue. With the program expected to hit members’ mailboxes by late October, #Road2MWM wanted to  give you an early glimpse of some exciting educational and clinical programs at this year’s meeting that are sure to please attendees.


Midwinter Meeting favorite Dr. Gordon Christensen returns in 2020 ready to share his insights on materials for 2020 and resin restorations now on the market. He has classes on Thursday and Friday.


Learn more about the business side of the practice in “Business Office: Nerve Center of Your Practice,” an all-day practice track on opening day, Thursday, Feb. 20. Six speakers will explore insurance, financial organization, communications, marketing and scheduling tips to help you build a firmer foundation of how your practice runs. 


On Friday, five speakers also share vital information on keeping you and your staff healthy and productive. In the career track “Health and Wellness: Keys to a Long Career,” another Midwinter Meeting favorite Dr. Uche Odiatu along with four others will explore self-care tips, provide an overview of the microbiome and offer methods to manage stress and emotions.


Also on Friday, a certification class approved by the American Board of Laser Surgery will be offered. Dr. Robert Convissar will present “Laser Dentistry from A-Z,” detailing the use of lasers for specific procedures in the general practice.


Opioids take center stage at a simulated legal trial: “An Opioid Overdose Death Following Dental Surgery.” Hear and see what takes place in the courtroom with Mitchell Gardiner, DMD; Robert Anderton, DDS, JD; Ryan Donihue, JD; and Jo Jagor, JD, who will show how testimony and evidence is presented in court by prosecutors and the defense team.


Eight Chicago dentists and physicians from Rush University Medical Center’s head and neck cancer team come together Friday to outline and update attendees on evaluating and managing oral cancers. The free, afternoon panel discussion will explore the HPV epidemic as well as early detection and advances in fighting oral cancers.


Another practice track on Saturday, “Implants in Today’s Dental Practice,” is an all-day track in which six doctors will provide an overview of the growth of implants as well as maintenance tips. How to use lasers to save failing implants also is included.


Saturday afternoon, five speakers gather for a Dental Assistant Roundtable. Tips for improving sterilization procedures, contamination pitfalls and ways to improve performance will be reviewed by the group.


CDS members will receive their Preliminary Program near the end of October, and it will also be available online at on.cds.org/midwinter. More than 175 top-notch speakers will be presenting more than 250 courses on a variety of topics during the three-day meeting. 




Join us on the #Road2MWM!

As president-elect of the Chicago Dental Society, I am excited to pull back the curtain on the work that has been going on this year and offer you a sneak peek at plans for the 2020 Midwinter Meeting.

With lots of CE programming, social event options and a chance to spend time in the beautiful city of Chicago, the Midwinter Meeting is always one of the best attended dental meetings in the country.  Starting this month and running through February, we’ll highlight all of the different components that make the Midwinter Meeting such a great event, and the Chicago Dental Society the respected leader in scientific dental meetings.  I can’t wait to welcome you to my hometown!

As usual, the preliminary program will hit your mailboxes by the end of October and will have tons of information, including registration details, deadlines and course descriptions. I want to share with you some exciting changes planned for the 2020 meeting, as well as what favorites you can expect to experience again. 

The most exciting change is the new course pricing.  As always we will have a multitude of free courses to choose from.  The exciting part is that as long as you register by 
Feb. 1, all paid courses will be priced at only $20!  We will also have many shorter classes that will be 75 minutes each.  We will offer daily live patient demonstrations, a laser certification course and daily track courses on business, health and wellness and implants. And dental students will be welcome to attend all classes on Saturday free of charge.

Registration opens Friday, Nov. 1, so mark your calendars now to save the date.

Keep your eyes open for the hashtag #Road2MWM to receive more information about Chicago Dental Society’s 155th Midwinter Meeting: “KALEIDOSCOPE VIEW 2020.”  It is guaranteed to be one of our best yet!


Terri S. Tiersky, DDS, JD

President-elect, Chicago Dental Society