The ADA FDC Virtual Connect Conference kicks off Oct. 15, bringing a live and on-demand experience to dental professionals looking to learn and network in a safe and convenient environment.
"We are excited to offer a new way for our dental family to reconnect with live, interactive events that include continuing education and networking opportunities," said Dr. Nanette Tertel, 2020 ADA meeting chair. "The conference's virtual environment gives you the flexibility to fit learning into your lifestyle. With on-demand access, you won't be limited if you want to experience more than one program scheduled at the same time, and you'll continue to enjoy that access through the end of the year."
Online registration will continue at ADA.org/meeting throughout the conference, which ends Oct. 17.
Programming begins Oct. 15 with the opening session, COVID-19 and Beyond: Leading a Profession Through Uncharted Territory, at 5:30 p.m. CDT, immediately followed by a virtual concert from country music group Lady A at 6:15 p.m. CDT. The opening session and virtual concert are sponsored by Laurel Road.
"The virtual programming will offer plenty of excitement," Dr. Tertel said. "Attendees should stay tuned for a big announcement coming during the opening session."
Other evening panel sessions include The Essentialism of Oral Health: How Dentistry Fits in to an Evolving Healthcare Landscape on Oct. 16 and The Third Party Payer Landscape: How the ADA is Working for Dentists and the Public on Oct. 17. Virtual community meetups featuring activities such as a book club, beer tasting and trivia will follow the panel sessions. The Oct. 16 panel session and community meetups are sponsored by EdgeDental Specialties.
Those looking to end the year on a healthy note can focus on their wellness with a virtual 5K/10K, morning yoga, a fitness boot camp and sessions covering mindfulness, guided breathing and nutrition.
Participants in the 5K/10K can walk, run or bike to help bring awareness to children's oral health needs and support Give Kids A Smile in its efforts to give children healthy smiles. If they post a photo from their workout on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with #WalkforGKAS, #RunforGKAS or #BikeforGKAS, then they will receive a $10 electronic gift card to use for either ADA CE Online or an ADA Catalog purchase of more than $10.
Special continuing education programming will include a Simulated Malpractice Mock Trial: COVID-19 Lawsuit on Oct. 16 with Dr. Mitchell Gardiner, assistant clinical professor of restorative dentistry at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine; the Dental Powerhouse Panel: Current Clinical Topics in Dentistry on Oct. 16; and Only the Strong Survive: Harness Your Strength on Oct. 17 with Dr. Frank Spear, co-founder and director of Spear Education.
The Virtual Exhibit Hall will be open 24/7. Dentists can interact with company representatives when the Exhibit Hall is staffed and also schedule appointments with the exhibitors during off hours. Dedicated hours will be from 4-5:30 p.m. CDT Oct. 15 and from noon-2 p.m. and 4-5:30 p.m. CDT Oct. 16-17.
Some of the participating companies include winners of the 2020 Cellerant Best of Class Technology Awards, which recognize innovative products that set the standard of quality in their respective categories and manufacturers who are pushing the envelope and reimagining how dental offices will operate in the future.
A Product Showcase with Dr. Paul Feuerstein as Your Guide, scheduled for 2-4 p.m. CDT Oct. 16, will take attendees on a virtual tour of a few Exhibit Hall booths with Dr. Feuerstein, technology editor of Dentistry Today, to learn about new products and services that could be helpful in their dental practices. Participating companies include EdgeDental Specialties, Lighthouse360, ABELDent, Shatkin F.I.R.S.T., DENTULU, Simplifeye, Mouthwatch and Weave.
For more information, visit ADA.org/meeting.