Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Thoughts from the ADA/FDI Meeting 2019 in San Francisco


I’ve just come back from the ADA/FDI meeting this week and after a couple of days to recover, I gotta tell you, if you were NOT in San Francisco, you *missed one heck of a meeting*!

This years meeting, combining the meetings of the American Dental Association and the World Dental Federation, brought a wide variety of dentists, educators, and companies together.

I was tasked with doing 7 programs over a 3 day period which was both exhilarating and exhausting all at the same time.  However, I was proud of being a part of this incredible opportunity.  Because of the influx of dentists from around the world, I even was given the opportunity to do a multi-speaker program where no one speaker was from the same country.

The Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco was teeming with activity.  The exhibit floor in the Moscone is huge, but dentistry practically filled the entire space.  Several of my speaking responsibilities were in the Cellerant Best of Class area on the show floor, so I had chance to spend quite a bit of time to see how the traffic was in the exhibits.  I’ve got to say that things looked very busy.  There were lots of people strolling the aisles and enjoying seeing the latest and greatest our profession has to offer.

I also got the opportunity to speak with some of the better known and larger vendors and they reported good traffic as well as decent amounts of orders.

If you didn’t get a chance to make the event this year, you really need to mark your calendar for next year in Orlando!  Those of you who didn’t want to travel all the way from the east coast to the west coast will now have the meeting in your half of the country and I’m expecting another meeting full of great things!

It’s fun to see how meetings are evolving.  We are seeing more and more programs that are a bit shorter than in years past, but there are more courses offered in the same amount of time.  This gives people the chance to be introduced to a larger number of subjects and then explore them on a “deeper dive” when they get back home.  With our knowledge base expanding so rapidly I think this “shorter and smarter” way of lecturing is a great way to keep people aware of things changing in the profession without over burdening them with excessive information.  We also got some great feedback and compliments in the Cellerant Best of Class area where CE events were also held.

The moral to this story?  Get ready for Orlando.  The ADA is counting on you!

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