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Save the date for ADA FDI World Dental Congress 2019

January 18, 2019

By David Burger

The Golden Gate Bridge
Iconic view: The Golden Gate Bridge spans the one-mile-wide strait connecting San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean, linking San Francisco to Marin County. At the time of its opening in 1937, it was both the longest and tallest suspension bridge in the world, with a span of 4,200 feet and height of 746 feet.
Courtesy of San Francisco Travel.

San Francisco
— It’s been more than 20 years since the ADA annual meeting has been held in conjunction with the annual congress of the FDI World Dental Federation. The last time was in 1996 in Orlando.

FDI ADA San Francisco logos

That all changes in 2019.

The ADA FDI World Dental Congress will take place Sept. 4-8 at the newly renovated and expanded Moscone Center in San Francisco. It’s a joint meeting of the ADA and FDI World Dental Federation with support from the California Dental Association and the San Francisco Dental Society.

“This is a great opportunity to get high-quality, low-cost education and engage with dentists from all over the world,” said Dr. C. Roger Macias, Jr., chair of the ADA Advisory Committee on Annual Meetings. “It will be global education at your fingertips.”

The meeting is about a month-and-a-half earlier than typical ADA annual meeting dates, so registration will commence earlier this time: Feb. 13.

As an incentive to register, this year registration is free to all attendees from North America, as well as to ADA international members.

Yes, free.

Dr. C. Roger Macias, Jr.
Dr. Macias
Free registration includes access to the Exhibit Hall, free continuing education offered on the exhibit floor, and for ADA members, the Opening Ceremony and General Session. Dentists who are not members of the ADA are welcome to attend the Opening Ceremony and General Session subject to a fee.

What’s special about this year’s meeting? 

  • A new VIP upgrade option is being offered this year. This package gets attendees access to sold-out hotels, a ticket to A Taste of San Francisco (a large party scheduled for the Friday of the meeting), a private concierge phone line, registration packet delivery to the attendee’s hotel and a free one-year ADA CE Online individual subscription.
  • To simplify planning, the ADA has standardized CE lecture pricing into three brackets — $25, $50 and $75 — for ADA members and dental teams.
  • Enhanced continuing education offerings, with an expanded selection of hands-on workshops and small-group Campfire Sessions, as well as the new two-day ADA Dental Sleep Medicine Conference. In the conference, experts will guide attendees through the ADA Policy Statement on the Role of Dentistry in the Treatment of Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders. Experiential learning opportunities at the summit will allow participants to create action plans for implementation.
  • The Women in Dentistry program will continue, along with the Leadership Lessons program, and the two-day New Dentist Conference.
  • Streamlined enrollment procedures will give attendees a better meeting experience. With new digital ticketing, attendees will print their badges onsite at one of several convenient locations. This means no more paper tickets to shuffle around ­as badges will be scanned for entry into courses and events. Registration packets will not be mailed unless attendees request that option during online registration. A $10 mailing fee applies.
  • Rich in natural beauty, arts, entertainment and multicultural attractions, San Francisco is an attractive site for this historic joint meeting. Explore the city’s fascinating neighborhoods or head out to nearby Redwood forests, charming Sausalito or wine country. “It’s one of the most cosmopolitan cities,” Dr. Macias said. “And it’s absolutely beautiful — so picturesque.” 

FDI World Dental Parliament business meetings will take place Aug. 31-Sept. 8. The ADA House of Delegates will convene Sept. 6-9.

Dr. Kathryn Kell, former ADA trustee, will conclude her two-year term as FDI president in San Francisco.

Registration information and Congress details will be available at