CDA Presents and COVID-19

Important update about our 2020 conventions

In light of the latest public health guidance related to COVID-19 and large events in our state, the difficult decision has been made to cancel CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco this September.

The health and safety of our greater dental community is always the highest priority, and this decision was not made lightly. As an association that’s deeply engaged in supporting members and the greater dental community throughout the pandemic, our programs continue to transform to adapt to the current environment’s limitations while meeting dentists’ changing needs.

Instead of disappointment at this change of plans, we’re excited to pursue innovative learning opportunities.

Here’s what’s next
  • CDA is offering online and audio learning options at no cost to help members and their dental team participate in C.E.
  • We continue to prepare for an interactive virtual event this fall, with plans for a robust C.E. course schedule, a roster of leading speakers and engagement with exhibitors.


What exhibitors can expect
  • All booth fees will be refunded to exhibitors or credited to future CDA convention booths or virtual events.

Exhibitors have a few choices for how they’d like booth fees to be refunded or credited:

  • Request to have all booth fees refunded by CDA within 60 days (issued in the original form of payment or by check if previous credit was applied);

  • Apply San Francisco 2020 booth fees to an Anaheim 2021 booth; or

  • Apply San Francisco 2020 booth fees to a San Francisco 2021 booth; or

  • Apply credit toward advertising opportunities at our fall 2020 virtual event.

How exhibitors can facilitate a refund or credit

  • Email Sandy Frank or reply to the email you receive from CDA as soon as you’ve made your decision from the options above.
  • Please allow CDA 60 days to process refunds.
  • If we do not receive your response in 60 days, we will automatically issue a refund.
How members can access C.E. right now
  • Options are already available through our online learning platform at Members may access courses by logging in to their accounts. Please note, each of staff member will need an individual account login to enroll.
  • To support members and their dental teams, CDA is waiving fees for courses required by the California Dental Board through June 30, 2020.
  • Courses from CDA Presents Webinar Week held in May are offered on-demand at no cost through June 30 with self-study C.E. credit available. 
  • The Dentists Insurance Company is also waiving fees for its current Risk Management seminar, which is offered online. 
  • Audio recordings from courses offered at the Anaheim 2019 convention will be made available at no charge for CDA members and their teams. Please note, to be eligible for course credit, a C.E. summary submission process applies.
Our perspective

As a connector for the dental community, we endeavor to model common sense and sound judgment, taking guidance on COVID-19 from our internal experts and trusted authorities. We believe it’s important to start with the facts, communicate directly and each do our part to mitigate this global health issue. Know that we understand and truly value the time, talent and resources that hundreds of individuals and businesses have invested in CDA Presents. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing commitment to the health of your peers, patients and the public. We will see you again soon in a new, digital learning environment, and we look forward to coming together as a community in the near future.

Your resources

CDA has curated information and tools that we believe to be reliable, credible and relevant to our members. At, you’ll find the latest news and dentist-centric resources to help support you, your practice and your patients. And, in our Back to Practice Resources, you’ll find tools and guidance to navigate a safe return to practice.