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Annual Session has much to offer new dentists

San Francisco—“Where else can you learn about clinical dentistry, practice management and leadership development in a room full of your peers?” asks Dr. Chris Salierno, vice chair of the New Dentist Committee. The answer? Annual Session.

Image: Urban oasis: Yerba Buena Gardens offers a restful green space in the heart of San Francisco’s South of Market Street neighborhood. Photo by Jack Hollingsworth, San Francisco Travel Association.
Urban oasis: Yerba Buena Gardens offers a restful green space in the heart of San Francisco’s South of Market Street neighborhood. Photo by Jack Hollingsworth, San Francisco Travel Association

“I love the opportunity to connect with young dentists from around the country and share experiences,” said Dr. Salierno.

If you graduated from dental school less than 10 years ago and need more incentives to attend the 2012 ADA Annual Session, here are some suggestions:

• The $75 registration fee is a key member benefit, and more than half the lecture courses are free with registration.

• The meeting takes place on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and a half-day Sunday morning to lessen the impact on dental practice.

• There are more than 280 clinical and practice management courses to choose from, including the New Dentist Track presented in partnership with the ADA New Dentist Committee. Courses include The Psychology of Pediatric Dentistry (course 5106); Diagnosis-Based Pain and Infection Management (course 5115); Full-Arch Implant Restorations (course 5117); The Top 20 Game Changers of 2012 (course 6302); Advanced Social Media Marketing Strategies (course 6335); Dental Implant Restorative Workshop (course 7209); New Dentist Fast Track (course 7303); Perinatal Oral Health and Dental Practice (course 7341); Mini Dental Implants in 2012: A Hands-On Cadaver Course (course 7225); and The Most Common Physician-Prescribed Medications (course 8301).

• Save time and money by doing all of your product research in one place in the exhibit hall.

• The New Dentist Reception sponsored by Wells Fargo Practice Finance is a great way for new dentists and students to network with colleagues and enjoy a casual gathering place. Last year’s reception drew a standing-room only crowd. This year’s is Friday, Oct. 19 (5:30-7 p.m.) at ROE Restaurant, 651 Howard St., San Francisco’s premier boutique nightclub and lounge destination located just a half-block from Moscone Center. Tickets are $15 each (limit two per person) and include light fare and two beverage tickets per person.

• For new dentists in California, the Annual Session offers the two state-required courses each day of the meeting: the California Dental Practice Act and Dental Board of California Infection Control.

Image: Pier 39 views: Visitors to San Francisco can head to Fisherman’s Wharf to check out the sea lions and Alcatraz island.
Pier 39 views: Visitors to San Francisco can head to Fisherman’s Wharf to check out the sea lions and Alcatraz island.