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Annual Session sneak preview

Things you should know so you're ready to go

April 09, 2012

San Francisco—As registration for the 2012 ADA Annual Session opens April 11, the Council on ADA Sessions would like to give members a sneak preview of some of the new events and activities planned for the meeting.


The ADA Annual Session will convene Oct. 18-21 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco and some of the meeting’s highlights include:

• Distinguished Speakers: Providing insight on current political issues and the upcoming presidential election, Robert Reich and George Will are set to share the podium at the Opening General Session and Distinguished Speaker Series Oct. 18 and hold a candid Q & A session with ADA leadership following their introductory presentations. Mr. Reich served in the administrations of three presidents and helped to implement the Family and Medical Leave Act and raise the minimum wage. Mr. Will, the conservative Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for The Washington Post, is a contributing analyst with ABC News and has been a regular member of ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday mornings since the show began in 1981. The 2012 Distinguished Speaker Series is presented by Church & Dwight, makers of Arm & Hammer, Spinbrush and Orajel oral care products.

• ADA CE Hub: the ADA CE Hub (formerly known as the LOC) will offer continuing education focused on cutting-edge technology and innovations in several locations throughout the convention center. Participants can choose from a variety of ticketed courses and walk-up CE opportunities, from a full day cone beam computed tomography course presented by the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology to the Pride Institute Technology Expo’s series of one-hour courses and its “Best in Class” technology winners award display.

• Log on, learn and chat: On April 20, log on to the Annual Session’s hybrid meeting experience at to watch live-patient CE courses recorded during the 2011 Annual Session in Las Vegas. On that date you can participate in live chats with two course speakers. Live Surgical Demonstration of an Extraction/Ridge Preservation Procedure, presented by Dr. Tim Hempton, will begin at 11 a.m. Eastern time and Dr. Hempton will be available to answer questions in a live chat during the presentation. Beginning at 2:30 p.m. Eastern time, Minimally Invasive Dentistry: Solving Anterior Esthetic Problems with Composite Resin, presented by Dr. Wynn Okuda, will air, and Dr. Okuda will chat live with participants during the broadcast. Dentists can log in using their ADA member number and the password “ADA365”.

• Search online for CE: Also starting April 11, those who log on to can use a new search function to view courses by topic, speaker, date or suggested audience.

• Come early, stay late for more CE: A five-hour pre-session course, Recognize and Manage Complications During Minimal and Moderate Sedation, is planned for Oct. 17, from 7 a.m.-noon or 1-6 p.m. at the Moscone Center. Registrants can choose a morning or afternoon course and will be required to complete online prerequisite learning. Dental professionals can combine a trip to wine country and restorative dentistry post-session courses Oct. 23 and 24, at the Silverado Resort and Spa in nearby Napa, Calif.

• ADAA meeting: The American Dental Assistants Association Annual Session meets in conjunction with the ADA Annual Session. Log on for course and event information (

• Great hotels: Visit to scout out the perfect San Francisco hotel. A handy map shows locations, hotel amenities and prices for more than 40 official hotels, from convenient locations near the convention center to the scenic Fisherman’s Wharf area.

Log on to now to plan your Annual Session experience.