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ADA House to hold 5th mega discussion

The ADA will hold the fifth interactive mega topic discussion session Oct. 17 from 1-3 p.m. in the Marriott River Center, Salons E and F.

This year's House of Delegates Mega Topic Session will examine the impact of online social networks and the boomer generation retirements on the ADA as a membership association as well as the practice of dentistry.

"These sessions are instrumental is helping the ADA focus on complex issues and get input from the delegates on them," said Dr. J. Thomas

Soliday, ADA speaker. "The goal is to start a dialogue and get people thinking and talking about emerging and future trends, such as social networks that at first may appear a distant issue for the ADA but will have a significant impact on how members will want to relate to one another and to their Association in the near future, if not already."

The format will be similar to last year's with a speaker and small table discussions. The results of the discussions at each table will be collected and compiled by the consultant facilitator and posted by the ADA on the House of Delegates site on

Participants must be ticketed delegates or their alternates. The district trustees will distribute tickets to delegates during the pre-annual session caucuses. In the event a delegate is not able to participate, the ticket may be given to an alternate delegate. A limited number of spaces will be available for others to attend as observers; however an actual discussion participant must be a delegate or alternate and have a ticket.

Delegates are asked to bring their "Backgrounder for the House of Delegates 2008 Mega Topic Discussion" document, which was mailed to the delegates and alternates in August, with them to the session.