Apply for 2013 Table Clinics

Annual Session attendees will have the opportunity to share dental practice information and earn continuing education (CE) credit, as well as cash prizes, by presenting a Table Clinic at the 2013 ODA Annual Session.

Table Clinics, which are informal, interactive presentations that last up to 15 minutes, are presented by dentists, dental students, dental staff and dental residents each year during Annual Session.

“Any dental student or dental professional can benefit from presenting a table clinic,” said Dr. Denise Hering, chair of the Table Clinics. “Aside from the monetary prizes for the best presentations, preparing for a table clinic causes one to distill one’s knowledge about a specific topic in the field for the edification of other professionals. Both the presenters and the viewers can obtain continuing education credits for participating.”

Presentation topics are designed to promote education and dialogue among dental professionals by addressing some of the clinical issues they face in day-to-day practice.

“Topics might include a particularly efficient procedure for treatment,” Hering said. “Also, the latest research on a dental material, a way to handle infection, or how to manage patients with certain medical issues could be presented. Many endodontic residents present current research in that field. As a viewer, each year I learn something new that I can apply to my practice. It is also very uplifting to speak with a number of new dentists who are excited and passionate about dentistry.”

In addition to the opportunity to earn CE credit under the category “G” of the Ohio State Dental Board’s CE requirements, presenters are eligible for cash prizes up to $500.

There will be one Best of Show prize of $500, two $250 prizes for the graduate dental student category, one $250 prize for the pre-graduate dental student category and one $250 prize for the dental auxiliary category.

Presentations are judged by a panel of ODA member dentists on the quality and effectiveness of the presentation. Judges use criteria including uniqueness, mastery of subject, relevance to dentistry, delivery, use of visual aids and the presenter’s ability to field questions.

Last year’s winners and their categories are listed below:

• Best of Show: Mohamed Othman, Abdulaziz Saleh Alzahrani and Sihua Wang

• Dental Auxiliary: Pat Frese and Barb Kunselman

• Dental Graduate Student, First Place: Pranali R. Patil

• Dental Graduate Student, Second Place: Joe Mirci and William Chin

Table Clinics will be held Saturday, Sept. 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall during the 2013 Annual Session, held Sept. 19-22 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Presentations are given several times during the two-hour time slot, and there is no viewing or presenting fee to registered attendees.

Individuals interested in presenting must complete a Table Clinic application by Tuesday, Aug. 20. Completed applications may be mailed to: Annual Session Table Clinics, Ohio Dental Association, 1370 Dublin Road, Columbus, OH 43215-1098 or faxed to (614) 486-0381.

Table Clinics are presented inside the exhibit hall, where over 200 vendors will showcase the latest dental trends and technology. Dentists and staff can talk with representatives on-site and try out products for themselves.

For more information about presenting or attending this year’s Annual Session Table Clinics, contact Denise Boltz at (800) 282-1526 or via email at