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Discounts available for ODA Annual Session registration
by Jackie Best - Managing Editor
Registration for 2017 ODA Annual Session courses is opening later this month. Registration for Annual Session has been available at oda.org/events since last year’s Annual Session, and course registration will be open this month.
The 151st ODA Annual Session – Together Towards Tomorrow – is Sept. 14-17 in Columbus. Annual Session will feature nationally known speakers, the largest Exhibit Hall in the region, fun social events and more!
There are several ways to register for Annual Session:
- Online at www.oda.org/events.
- Use the registration form provided in the ODA Annual Session preview program that will be mailed out this month. Once completed, the form can be mailed or faxed to the address or number on the form.
- On-site at Annual Session – but be aware that the on-site registration fee is higher.
The pre-registration deadline is Aug. 4, and attendees are encouraged to register by that date to avoid increased registration fees, and can continue to register for additional courses after that date because course fees do not change.
This year, the ODA is offering several Annual Session registration discounts. Any dentist who registers three staff members will be able to register a fourth staff member for free.
“Annual Session is a great time for dental offices to attend a meeting together and learn new skills as a team,” said 2017 ODA Annual Session Chair Dr. Nan Tertel. “We know a lot of offices see Annual Session as an opportunity to spend some quality time together learning new skills and techniques, outside of their work environment. We want to encourage offices to see Annual Session as an important event for the whole team.”
Annual Session also will feature free registration for member dentists who have been in practice four years or less.
Annual Session offers many opportunities for general dentists, specialists and the entire dental team, including an expansive Exhibit Hall, hands-on continuing education courses, unique special events, and more.
Bruce Christopher will be teaching courses for front desk staff; the Ritz Carlton Leadership Institute will be presenting, “Customer Service Reenergized!”; Laci Phillips will be presenting insurance coding courses for front desk staff; Karen Davis, RDH, will be teaching a course for hygienists; and nutritionist Mary Ellen Psaltis, RD, will also be teaching a course. The ODA Annual Session also will feature hands-on courses for dentists and EFDAs. Dr. Robert Edwab, an oral surgeon, will be returning with his hands-on workshop with pig mandibles; and Dr. Henry Gremillion will be at the ODA Annual Session teaching a head and neck cadaver dissection course for the first time.
Additionally, CPR for Healthcare Professionals; Infection Control & Regulatory Compliance; Emergency Medicine for the Dental Practice; and Radiography Review for the Dental Assistant and entire team, will be offered at the event.
“The Annual Session Committee really strives to bring in great topics and speakers,” Tertel said. “We want to make sure dentists and their teams are able to attend the CE courses that interest them, as well as fulfill CE requirements with the Ohio State Dental Board.”
Annual Session also will feature one of the largest Exhibit Halls in the area, where attendees can comparison shop and speak to knowledgeable sales reps who can answer questions about their products. The Exhibit Hall will contain more than 200 companies. An interactive online floor plan is available at www.oda.org/events, where attendees can search for products and companies and locate their booths.
In addition to the lineup of speakers and opportunities to shop in the Exhibit Hall, Annual Session will feature special events for attendees, including a new dentist reception for dentists in practice for 10 years or less, and The Bash! for all attendees. Annual Session also will feature an opportunity for attendees to attend a private dining session with Chef Hubert Seifert at his restaurant Aubergine in Grandview. The Callahan Celebration of Excellence will take place Friday evening, and special events will take place in the Exhibit Hall throughout Annual Session.
For more information and to register, visit oda.org/events and watch your mailbox for the Annual Session program.
Exhibit Hall to feature new Tech Bar
Located next to the Membership Booth, the Tech Bar is the Exhibit Hall’s newest addition. Transform your digital skills and learn how to integrate technology into your professional work effectively. The tech experts have their fingers on the latest tech trends and can discuss solutions for productivity, social media, marketing, practical software, and an array of other interests. From learning to make the most of the ODA Annual Session App to freshening up your LinkedIn profile, you can “Ask the Experts” for help. These services, including the professional Head Shot Lounge, are provided at no charge to all registrants at the 151st Annual Session.
Increase your productivity with apps and gadgets at the Tech Bar
Engage with tech experts who can help you navigate the mobile app and make the most out of your meeting experience
Get your tech-related questions answered
Expand your professional network with LinkedIn
Have a professional photo taken of you or your team in the HeadShot Lounge