To boost the attendee experience, CDA Presents has updated its online registration and overflow seating process, as well as its course lineup that now features an international flare.
“For each program, we try to construct something that is unique and different,” said Chair of the CDA Presents Board of Managers Del Brunner, DDS.
New to the April 11-13 show will be an International Symposium for Dental Learning featuring Takashi Watanabe, DDS, and Kiyokazu Minami, DDS, of Japan. Watanabe is a clinical professor and assistant director of continuing dental education at Meikai University School of Dentistry and Minami is an associate professor at the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology.
Lecturing on restorative dentistry in Japan, Watanabe and Minami will be speaking on Thursday and Saturday. The courses will offer attendees information on: an alternate philosophy and treatment modalities; different cultural nuances in the delivering of dentistry; and the fostering of international camaraderie and relationships in an international setting.
“The CDA Presents Board of Managers is always striving to find the best speakers to help educate our members, and it is a great honor to have Drs. Watanabe and Minami lecturing at the Anaheim show,” Brunner said.
The lecture will be in Japanese, and attendees will have headphones that translate into English. Also new at CDA Presents Anaheim is a Lab Track Panel Discussion, which will delve into how to communicate with lab technicians and understand the techniques they use.
“We want dentists to understand how to increase communication with the lab technicians because they are an important part of dentistry,” Brunner said.
The Lab Track Panel Discussion will be led by Michael C. Di Tolla, DDS, director of clinical education and research at Glidewell Laboratories. In addition to the panel discussion, Di Tolla will lead the “Digital Restorative Dentistry and the Lab” lecture, which will help attendees understand the difference between monolithic and bi-layered restorations and which are suitable for digital restorative dentistry; learn the new cleaning, cementation and bonding protocol for different monolithic restorations; and analyze the pros and cons of the different digital impression systems.
New Seating Options
Enhanced for the Anaheim show will be the reserve seating options for high-demand lectures/workshops and the overflow seating room where attendees can watch lectures that are full.
Those who reserve a seat in a lecture for $10 will receive wrist bands to help streamline the process.
“We have learned how to manage the seating a little better and we will be handing out wrist bands so the room hosts can walk down the aisles of the lecture halls and know who is supposed to be in the reserved seats and who isn’t,” Brunner said.
The reserved seating program is optional, and reserved seating is limited. Reservation tickets are only available in advance and there will be no onsite sales. Participants can still attend at no cost on a first-come, first-served basis.
Overflow seating for lectures that are full also will be available in Anaheim. Those trying to get into a lecture that is already full will have the option to go to the overflow viewing room where four large screens will be showing lectures of high demand. Attendees will be given headphones to listen to the speakers.
“We offer this in response to feedback and our focus on allowing members additional access to the courses he or she may want to attend,” Brunner said.
For more information about CDA Presents Anaheim and to register, visit cdapresents.com.