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ODA Annual Session just around the corner, it's not too late to register

by ODA Staff
9/1/2017
ODA Today

The 2017 ODA Annual Session is almost here, and it’s not too late to register. This year’s Annual Session – Together Towards Tomorrow – will be Sept. 14-17 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

There are several ways to register for Annual Session:

  • Online at www.oda.org/events.
  • On-site at Annual Session – but be aware that the on-site registration fee is higher, so it is recommended that attendees register before Sept. 14 and then they can continue adding courses on-site at Annual Session.

This year, the ODA is offering an Annual Session registration discount. Any dentist who registers three staff members will be able to register a fourth staff member for free.

Annual Session offers many opportunities for the entire dental team, including an expansive Exhibit Hall, hands-on continuing education courses, unique special events and more.

This year’s Annual Session has a strong lineup of speakers covering a variety of topics for the entire dental team, including hands-on courses.

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 courses for hygienists; and nutritionist Mary Ellen Psaltis, RD, will also be teaching courses. 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.

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 booths. Attendees can also drop off their ticket in the Membership Booth at the back of the Exhibit Hall each day to be entered into a drawing for a door prize.

New this year, the Exhibit Hall will feature a Tech Bar, where dentists can speak to experts about digital and online technology. The Tech Bar will feature experts who can speak to attendees about solutions for productivity, social media, marketing, practical software or an array of other interests. Experts can help answer any tech related questions, expand professional networks on LinkedIn and help navigate the Annual Session mobile app. They can also help members update their Find-a-Dentist profile with the ADA.

A free Exhibits Only Pass will again be offered on Saturday, Sept. 16. Registering for this category allows attendees to only shop the Exhibit Hall. This will give attendees an opportunity to check out the meeting without having to pay registration fees if they do not plan to attend any CE courses.

A full list of exhibitors, plus a map of the Exhibit Hall and a product search function, is available at www.oda.org/events. Exhibitors’ show specials also will be available online and on the 2017 ODA Annual Session mobile app.

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 about the ODA Annual Session, including a full schedule of events, CE courses, speaker bios and more, visit oda.org/events.

Attendees planning to register on-site should arrive at least one hour before their first course and should have alternative courses in mind in case first choices are sold out. Attendees should also be aware that on-site registration fees are higher than registering in advance. Register online at oda.org/events.

On-site registration hours

Thursday, Sept. 14 — 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 15 — 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 16 — 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 17 — 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Or register online at www.oda.org/events!

Download the 2017 ODA Annual Session app!

The ODA Annual Session has a new and improved app! The Annual Session app includes:

  • A full schedule of events
  • CE course list and descriptions
  • Speaker bios
  • Exhibitor list
  • Show specials from exhibitors
  • Maps
  • Information about things to do around Columbus
  • Directory of nearby restaurants
  • Log in for your personalized schedule
  • Download CE slips
  • Alerts with important updates
  • And more!

Search for “2017 ODA Annual Session” on Google Play and the Apple App store to download the free app!