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2012 ADA Annual Session named best overall event

Innovative CE recognized with two additional EXCITE awards

If you haven't attended an ADA Annual Session recently, you might want to consider catching up on the continuing education innovations you've been missing.

The 2012 Annual Session netted three E.X.C.I.T.E. Awards June 19 at the ExpoNext Conference in Baltimore: the Editor's Choice E.X.C.I.T.E. Award for best overall event, along with wins in Best Application of Content/Education on the Showfloor and Best Use of Audiovisual to Enhance an Event.

Expo magazine is a leading publication serving the trade show industry, offering news, trends and best practices for trade show and event organizers.

"As the Chair of the 2012 ADA Annual Session, it is very exciting and a great honor to learn that our meeting was selected by E.X.C.I.T.E. for these prestigious awards," said Dr. Kent H. Percy, Kennesaw, Ga. "Of course the credit for this meeting is shared by many people, especially the ADA staff whose advice and ideas contributed so much."


Dr. Kent Percy
Dr. Percy also acknowledged the pivotal roles played by his fellow council members and volunteers to make the 2012 ADA Annual Session a successful event.

"It is impossible to say enough about the members of the Council on ADA Sessions who are selected from all ADA districts for their expertise in meeting planning," Dr. Percy said. "This group worked tirelessly to provide the members of the ADA with the best dental meeting in our country. The ADA Annual Session truly is America's premier dental meeting. The council members all accomplished their duties exceptionally well. Dr. Mark Huberty, the 2012 program chair, deserves special recognition. I have attended almost 20 ADA meetings, and the program he developed and speakers who were invited were the best I have ever seen. Dr. Dennis Shinbori, the 2012 chair, Committee on Local Arrangements and his volunteers from the California Dental Association and the students from both San Francisco dental schools were all outstanding and kept the meeting running smoothly."

"This is wonderful recognition for the Council on ADA Sessions, the Division of Conferences and Continuing Education staff, volunteers, lecturers and our vendor, Freeman," said James Goodman, managing vice president for the ADA Division of Conferences and Continuing Education. "It was truly a team effort and everyone offered hard work and dedication to put on a great Annual Session. We are honored and humbled to be recognized with these awards."


Live patient learning: Dr. James McKee presents the Education in the Round Course, Examination, Diagnosis and Treatment of the Restorative TMD Patient Oct. 20 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
The awards recognize a variety of continuing education innovations, including the ADA's unique Education in the Round courses first launched in 2007. EIR programs showcase live-patient procedures in a fully functional dental operatory, giving participants the opportunity to experience step-by-step procedures from diagnosis to treatment. Another notable CE innovation at the ADA Annual Session includes state-of-the-art education on the exhibit floor.

"These awards showcase programs that are the result of years of research and collaboration," said Richard Schuch, Ed.D., ADA director of Continuing Education and Industry Relations. "Starting in 2006, we began to focus on building cutting-edge educational settings designed to deliver the unique, high-end education that our members need and desire. These settings provide education designed to have an immediate impact on dentists' ability to better treat their patients and grow their practice. We are continuing to develop and launch new educational opportunities each year to meet the needs of our members."


Latest tech: Dr. Lou Shuman discusses the latest innovations in dentistry as hundreds attend the Pride Institute Technology Expo in the ADA CE Hub at the 2012 Annual Session in San Francisco.
Dr. Percy said he looks forward to seeing the same level of excellence at the 2013 ADA Annual Session, which will convene at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Oct. 31-Nov. 3.

"Dr. Michael Blicher, chair for the 2013 meeting, is working with many of the same people who planned the 2012 Annual Session; and with Dr. Robert Barsley, New Orleans Chair, Committee on Local Arrangements and his Louisiana volunteers," said Dr. Percy. "They have another best-ever ADA Annual Session planned. In addition to the outstanding educational opportunities and exciting exhibits, the meeting will begin on Halloween, so it also promises to be a lot of fun. It has been just over a decade since the ADA meeting was in New Orleans, so make plans to join us in New Orleans."

For more details on the 2013 ADA Annual Session, visit the Annual Session website. Visit the Expo website for more information on the ADA's E.X.C.I.T.E. awards.