ODA Annual Session features variety of opportunities, and there’s still time to register!

continuing education

The 2015 ODA Annual Session offers CE opportunities for the entire dental team and specialists. Annual Session is Sept. 17-20 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

The 2015 ODA Annual Session – Excellence in Collaboration – is just around the corner, and there’s still plenty of time to register.

Annual Session is Sept. 17-20 in Columbus, and attendees can register on-site and online throughout the event. However, registration prices go up starting Sept. 17, so it is recommended that attendees register by Sept. 16 if possible, and can continue to add courses throughout the event.

This year’s theme, Excellence in Collaboration, highlights the importance of working together – within a dental team, among dentists, across specialties, with speakers and with exhibitors.

ODA Annual Session features CE for the entire dental team and for all specialists.

CE topics include social media, team motivation, sleep apnea, restorative dentistry, patient behavior, coding errors, hard and soft tissue laser workshops, office profitability, model pouring, management of dental pain, soft tissue grafting, pediatric dentistry, persistent endodontic infection, radiography, debt management, nitrous monitoring, crowns, infection control, employment law, oral pathology and more.

This year, attendees can earn up to 11 hours of free CE credits.

Annual Session also will feature an expansive Exhibit Hall with more than 200 vendors, several of which are exhibiting for the first time this year. Dentists, specialists and dental team members can take the opportunity to comparison shop, discuss products with vendors and view and test products all on-site.

Table Clinics will take place in the Exhibit Hall again this year, with a new day and time: Friday, Sept. 18 from 4 to 6 p.m.

A free Exhibits Only Pass will again be offered on Saturday, Sept. 19. Registering for this category allows attendees to only shop the Exhibit Hall.

In addition to attending CE courses and shopping the hall, attendees have opportunities to relax and have some fun while at Annual Session.

The hall will feature special events throughout the meeting, including the Welcome Reception at 5 p.m. Sept. 17, Take a Break! at 3 p.m. Sept. 18 and Tailgate! at 11 a.m. Sept. 19. The membership booth will also feature opportunities for attendees to win door prizes each day.

The ODA Council on Membership Services will host a new special event this year, “Bollywood Meets Columbus!” from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 17. This free Bollywood-themed reception will feature entertainment and updates on the future of dentistry in Ohio.

Annual Session also will feature the New Dentist Reception on Sept. 17, the Callahan Celebration of Excellence on Sept. 18 and The Bash! on Sept. 18.

For more information, including a full schedule of events, CE courses, speaker bios and more, visit www.oda.org/events.

Attendees planning to register on-site should arrive at least one hour before their first course and should have alternative courses in mind in case first choices are sold out. Attendees should also be aware that on-site registration fees are higher than registering in advance. Register online at www.oda.org/events or by fax to (678) 341-3086.

On-site registration hours:

Thursday, Sept. 17: 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 18: 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 19: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 20: 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Exhibit Hall hours:

Thursday, Sept. 17: noon-6:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 18: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 19: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Things to know about this year’s ODA Annual Session

Course handouts – Don’t forget to download course handout materials before Annual Session! They will be provided online only, and can be downloaded at www.oda.org/events and are also available from the 2015 ODA Annual Session app.

ODA Annual Session App – be sure to download the free 2015 ODA Annual Session app from Google Play or the Apple app store. The app will feature a personalized schedule, course handouts, maps and more.

Construction – The Greater Columbus Convention Center will be under construction during ODA Annual Session, so be sure to keep an eye out for signs with directions in the convention center. Some ODA events might be in a new or different location than past years.

Table Clinics – Table Clinics will take place in the Exhibit Hall again this year, with a new day and time: Friday, Sept. 18 from 4 to 6 p.m.

On-site program – This year the ODA will not be printing a full on-site program as in the past. But all of the information will still be available at www.oda.org/events and by downloading the 2015 ODA
Annual Session app. There will also be touch screens on-site throughout the convention center with detailed information.

Touch screens – ODA Annual Session will again feature touch screens throughout the event. Visit the screens for an interactive map, information about the event, photo ops and more.

CE slips – A printing station will be available in the Exhibit Hall where you can print out your CE slips, but you can also print them at home after Annual Session via www.oda.org.

Registration fees – On-site registration fees are more expensive. Register in advance through Sept. 16 at www.oda.org/events to save costs, and then you can add CE courses at any time.

Download the 2015 ODA Annual Session app!

The Annual Session app includes:

  • A full schedule of events
  • CE course list and descriptions
  • Speaker bios
  • Exhibitor list
  • Show specials from exhibitors
  • Maps
  • Information about things to do around Columbus
  • List of nearby restaurants
  • Log in for your personalized schedule
  • Download CE slips
  • Alerts with important updates
  • And more!

Search for “2015 ODA Annual Session” on Google Play and the Apple App store to download the app!