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Click here to register online. Otherwise you can register by fax (517-372-6704), by mail (MDA, 3657 Okemos Road, Ste. 200, Okemos, MI 48864), or by telephone 517-346-9408. Classes may also be reserved on-site in the registration area (Halls B&C, DeVos Place). Be sure to make your reservations as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Seating is limited.
When you pre-register by March 31, you’ll receive your bar-coded badge, welcome materials, Annual Session Official Program, maps, etc., by mail two weeks in advance of Annual Session. Please note that a separate registration form is needed for each participant.
You can still register online after March 31, but prices will increase $10 per course and your packet will be held on-site at the Will Call booth in the Exhibit Hall registration area inside Halls B&C of DeVos Place.
Save money by pre-registering by March 31, 2017. After that date, rates will increase $10 per course.
Yes, s driver’s license or photo ID is required for on-site registration. On-site registration hours are Wednesday, April 26 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.; Thursday, April 27 from 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.; Friday, April 28 from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m.; and Saturday, April 29 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Registration is located in Halls B and C of DeVos Place.
Yes, registration is required for every class so the proper continuing education credit is recorded.
No, there is not a flat fee for attending the conference. You pay a per course or per event fee. There are some classes and activities that are free, but still require registration. See registration categories below.
For a cancellation refund, a written request must be mailed and/or emailed to the MDA office no later than April 25, 2017. A $25 administration fee will be charged per course cancellation. No refunds will be granted after the start of Annual Session.
A badge is REQUIRED for all CE lectures, events and exhibits. If you have lost or misplaced your badge, please go to on-site registration in Halls B and C of DeVos Place for a replacement. A driver’s license or picture I.D. is required to get a badge. Lost or exchanged badges are subject to a $25 fee.
Go to on-site registration inside Halls B and C of DeVos Place to get it replaced. All lost or exchanged badges are subject to a $25 fee. A driver’s license or photo I.D. is required to receive a new badge.
No, Annual Session is a “Ticketless” event. The MDA uses a bar code badge system instead of issuing paper tickets for courses and events. No paper tickets will be issued. All class and event reservations will be loaded onto individual badges through a special bar code system. Just present your badge as you enter each course or event — badges will be scanned for admission. Exhibitors may also scan badges for follow-up information, prizes, and promotional purposes.
One hour of class attendance equals one credit of continuing education.
Yes. The Michigan Dental Association is a nationally approved continuing education provider through the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP). The current term of approval extends from November 2015 through December 2019. The Michigan Board of Dentistry recognizes ADA CERP providers and will accept Michigan Dental Association credits toward license renewal.
Handheld scanners at each course or event captures data from your badge’s barcode as you enter and leave. CE certificates can be downloaded online by using your badge number. Printed continuing education vouchers will not be available on-site. See the Annual Session Official Program for a website link to download CE vouchers or visit the MDA website after May 1, 2017 for the link.
Hot Topic courses are a quick and easy way to get answers to questions or information on issues that have interest and importance to you. The cost is just $25 per session unless otherwise noted. Space is limited to 30 seats so register early. Earn 1-2 credits of continuing education.
In a continued effort to minimize paper waste, traditional course handout materials will be available online beginning Wednesday, April 5, 2017 (as permitted by each speaker.)
NOTE: These materials will not be printed for distribution on-site. If you wish to have these materials to reference during the course please be sure to download and print them in advance. Handouts will also be available for download after Annual Session for a limited time (as permitted by each speaker).
Stop by the Welcome Center (located inside Halls B and C of DeVos Place for a free MDA Continuing Education Record-Keeping Folder. This handy folder tracks your CE credits and contains the state of Michigan’s updated rules for mandatory continuing education.
The MDA Exhibit Hall will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday of Annual Session. Exhibit Hall times are:
Remember, no Exhibits on Wednesday, April 26!
The Annual Session exhibits can be found in halls B and C of DeVos Place. Here’s where you’ll discover the latest dental products, services and techniques, plus Annual Session show specials.
You’ll find nearly 200 exhibitors at this year’s MDA Annual Session/Spirit of Michigan Exhibit Hall. They’re offering show specials, helpful advice, and the chance to see the newest products “up close and personal.” You can get your questions answered, talk with product representatives, and see what’s new in dentistry. It’s all at the MDA Annual Session Exhibit Hall — Michigan’s largest dental expo!
A full listing of exhibitors appears in the Annual Session Official Program, mailed to you with your pre-registration materials or available on-site.
Yes, they will be in the Endorsed Program Aisle as you first enter the MDA Exhibit Hall floor. The MDA Exhibit Hall is open April 27-29. You’ll discover friendly advice, helpful service and big savings on MDA-endorsed insurance and member services.
Look for the MDA–Endorsed banners as you first enter the MDA Exhibit Hall floor. Booth numbers are 1001-1006 and 1101-1106, located right near the entrance.
Don’t miss the MDA-endorsed Aisle Reception on Friday, April 28 from 4 - 6 p.m. Complimentary beer, wine and soda will be offered. Get your tickets at any Endorsed Services booth.
Table Clinics are held on Friday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the back of the MDA Exhibit Hall inside Halls B and C of DeVos Place. Earn FREE CE credit when you attend four or more 15-minute presentations. See the listing of table clinics in the Annual Session Official Program.
Everyone is invited to visit the Welcome Center located just inside Halls B and C of DeVos Place. There you can relax, visit with staff, check out the latest MDA products and services, and get all your questions answered. It’s a great way to make sure you’re taking full advantage of all that membership in the MDA has to offer. Office managers — we've got resources that can help make your job easier. Stop and see how MDA can help you, too.
Yes! The Grand Rapids Convention & Visitor's Bureau offers Downtown Shopping Deals and Downtown Dining Deals programs.
With 100+ restaurants in downtown Grand Rapids, you’re sure to find something to suit your fancy. Many restaurants are offering special deals to suit your budget, too! Just present this map and your convention name badge when you place your order — and please remember to tip your server on the pre-discount price.
The first meeting of the MDA House of Delegates will be held Thursday, April 27 at 8:30 a.m. The second meeting will be held Saturday, April 29, at 1 p.m. The House of Delegates will be located in Ballrooms C and of DeVos Place.
The MDA will hold a Candidate Forum following the first session of the House of Delegates on Thursday, April 27 in Ballrooms C and D of DeVos Place.
There will be one reference committee hearing that will be held on Thursday, April 27, in Ballrooms C and D of DeVos Place.
District caucuses will be held Saturday, April 29 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel connected to DeVos Place. Check the Annual Session Official Program for exact times and locations (also available on the mobile app).
Parking facilities at DeVos Place are managed by the city of Grand Rapids. Metered parking is also available on the streets near the convention center.
Click the parking location map or contact the city of Grand Rapids Parking Services at 616-456-3290. Visit the city of Grand Rapids website for more information about parking in downtown Grand Rapids.
The three host hotels offer parking for their guests. Those rates are:
If you have a disability and require special accommodations, please contact the MDA Continuing Education Department at 800-589-2632, ext. 402. Advance notice is required by April 6, 2017.
Yes! The Michigan Dental Association welcomes all dental student members to attend and experience Annual Session. Dental students can guarantee attendance to available continuing education classes at Annual Session by paying the dental staff rate for that course. Or, dental students can wait and sign up on-site at Annual Session and attend a class for free providing seating is still available for the course.
Yes, go to Google Play or the App Store, search MDA Annual Session. The MDA Annual Session mobile app will not be available until March 2017. The mobile app will provide updates and changes, list room locations, display the schedule of events and other pertinent information.
Contact Jody Marquardt at (517) 372-9070 or (800) 589-2632, ext. 408.
DeVos Place will provide a variety of concessions including healthy options inside the MDA Exhibit Hall. There will also be a daily hot buffet in the back of the exhibit hall during the lunch hours. If you prefer to wander outside the convention center, Grand Rapids offers a variety of places within a short walking distance. Stop by the guide booth in the Grand Gallery of DeVos Place near the main entrance for maps and dining suggestions.
Grand Rapids offers a variety of cuisines from Asian to Spanish and everything in-between. Use the Grand Rapids Convention & Visitor's Bureau Restaurant Database Search to find the dining locale that suits your tastes.
The Michigan Dental Assistants Association is holding its annual House of Delegates and MDAA Student Day at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, concurrently with the MDA Annual Session. The MDAA is co-promoting a number of continuing education sessions with the MDA. General registration for MDAA events is will take place in the DeVos Place.
MDAA Student Day is scheduled for Friday, April 28 at 9 a.m., and will include a guest speaker, scholarship awards, student videos, speech competitions and, as always, a few surprises! Students and instructors from all levels of dental assisting programs are invited to participate and visit the MDA exhibit hall at DeVos Place afterwards.
The MDAA House of Delegates will convene on Saturday, April 29 at 9 a.m. at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. The President’s Lunch will take place from 1 to 2 p.m., with the House reconvening at 2 p.m.
On-site registration is combined with the MDA inside Halls B and C of DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, but we suggest you register in advance through the MDA website.
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To be a part of any of these events or for additional information, contact Karen Minca at 810-667-2045, ext. 72264. The registration deadline is April 1, 2017.
You can see and do more in Grand Rapids in one day than you can in one week in other cities. Grand Rapids features an endless array of things to do — and everything is close and convenient! Check out the Grand Rapids Convention & Visitor's Bureau for a list of all the fun things you can do in the area.
Yes, it’s held in the MDA Exhibit Hall on Thursday, April 27, from 4:30 until 6 p.m. Everyone is invited! During the reception complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be provided along with a cash bar.
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