Table Clinics a 150-year-old tradition at the ODA Annual Session

Table Clinics have always been a part of dental continuing education meetings, and they continue to adapt with the times. They have been known as poster sessions and essay programs, and were the main focus of the ODA’s first Annual Session in 1866.

During the ODA’s 150th ODA Annual Session, attendees will again have the opportunity to present and attend Table Clinics. They will be held Friday, Sept. 16 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall during the 2016 Annual Session 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.

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

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.

Presenters and attendees have the opportunity to earn two hours of CE credit each biennium under Category G: Table Clinics of the Ohio State Dental Board’s CE requirements, and top presenters are eligible for cash prizes. 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. Judging is based on mastery of subject, scientific content, relevance to dentistry, delivery, professionalism, use of visual aids and handling questions.

Individuals interested in presenting must complete a Table Clinic application. The deadline to apply is Aug. 26.

Table Clinics are presented inside the Exhibit Hall, where over 200 vendors will showcase the latest dental products 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