My Guide to the 2013 ADA Annual Session

I don’t need reasons to attend ADA Annual Session.  I’ve been enough times to know every year means I’ll grow professionally and clinically over the course of the convention.  I recharge my batteries as a dentist while I catch up with old friends and make some new ones.

But this year the ADA Annual Session will be in New Orleans.  During Halloween.

Does anyone really need another reason?  Okay, here are a few:


For the third straight year, the ADA is throwing an amazing party for its newest members.  If you’re a new dentist (graduated 10 years or less from dental school) you’ll be surrounded by hundreds of your comrades for food, drinks, and fun.  This event has sold out the past two years, so register and get your tickets ASAP.  They cost $15 per person and you can only reserve two.

(2) Keynote Speaker, President Bill Clinton

I must say that the ADA gets the best keynote speakers I’ve ever seen.  Colin Powell, Malcolm Gladwell… the list goes on.  Now we’re adding a former President to the ranks.  Regardless of your personal politics, President Clinton is arguably one of the most captivating public speakers alive today.  It’s open and free to all who register, but I recommend getting there early if you want a seat.  His presentation will be from 9-10:30 am on Thursday, October 31st.

(3) New Dentist Practice Management Panel

I’m excited to be moderating an open and candid discussion with four dentists titled, “Real Talk from New Dentists in Private Practice” from 2:30-5:30 pm on Thursday, October 31st.  I have a host of questions for these successful dentists about every aspect of running a business.  We’ll also be taking questions from the audience via microphone and Twitter.  If you’re looking for other courses that will appeal to new dentists, check out the program and turn to page 29 for the New Dentist Track.

(4) Hands-On CE

I’m often asked on this blog for recommendations for hands-on courses in implantology, cosmetic dentistry, etc.  You won’t find a better collection of live patient demonstrations, cadaver courses, and model workshops than the ADA Annual Session.  The biggest names in CE will be here again: Gordon Christensen, David Hornbrook, Michel Pikos, Joseph Massad… you get the idea.

So that’s my guide to the 2013 ADA Annual Session, to be held October 31st to November 3rd in New Orleans.  And don’t forget to bring your Halloween costume.  Mine is pretty epic.

Here’s a list of links you’ll need:

Register here

Download a copy of the program here

Make travel arrangements here

Book a hotel here

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