President's Invitation

On behalf of the Chicago Dental Society’s Board of Directors and professional staff, I would like to welcome you to the 158th Midwinter Meeting. We look forward to offering you best in class continuing education reinforcing CDS’ position as The Respected Leader in Scientific Dental Meetings.

General Chair Kevin Patterson and Program Chair John Moore have worked hard with Ted Borris, CDS Director of Scientific Programs, to develop a program that will offer opportunities for the entire team to learn and enhance their professional skills. Hundreds of speaker programs were vetted, many viewed virtually during the pandemic, maintaining the high standards for education that our attendees expect and enjoy. There are more than 135 speakers offering 240 programs with topics covering all aspects of dentistry. There are also many hands-on participation courses in many clinical areas. When not attending classes, the 115,100 foot exhibit floor will allow attendees to “touch, feel, and see” the latest in equipment, materials, practice management aids, and other indispensable items to grow your practice and offer your patients the best clinical treatment possible. We will again offer our Member Rebate to be used with any exhibitor with convenient rebate redemption locations located right on the floor.

Our popular “Brews & Bargains” event will be held 3:35 – 5:15 p.m. Friday afternoon in the Exhibit Hall. And don’t miss out on enjoying the ice cream social in the Exhibit Hall 3:15 – 5:15 p.m. Thursday.

Please make sure to register in advance for your event. The Early Dentist event will be held from 4 - 5 p.m. Friday in the Exhibit Hall West Lobby. The Dental Student Reception will be from 4 – 5 p.m. Friday behind the Overlook Café in the Exhibit Hall.

Midwinter social events will include our keynote program on Thursday at 7:30 a.m. Light refreshments will be served followed by our awards ceremony including the Gordon J. Christensen Recognition Award and the CDS Foundation Vision Award. Our keynote address will be given by psychologist and humorist, Bruce Christopher, America’s foremost “Enter---Trainer.” Friday Night we return to the Park West for entertainment by Tributosaurus, the ultimate musical chameleon; it’s rock and roll and it feels right. I have personally seen them perform over 50 times and I promise you will have a great time! Doors open at 8 p.m.

Finally, my wife, Renee, and I invite you to the penultimate President’s Dinner Dance where we will enjoy food, drink, and camaraderie while being entertained by the Opal Staples Orchestra. The dinner dance starts at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Crystal Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

You won’t want to miss any of these exciting events!

It has been an honor and a pleasure for me to be part of the planning for the 158th Midwinter Meeting and I hope to see all of you in Chicago in February. Please don’t hesitate to stop me to say hello as I would love your feedback on the meeting and the CDS in general.

Michael Durbin
2023 CDS President