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FAQs

Why should you attend the 2017 MDA Annual Session?

Find answers to more Annual Session topics including registration, exhibit hall hours, continuing education credits, lunch options, and more by clicking on a question below to view the answer.

How do I register in advance?

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.






Is there a general registration fee?

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.

  • Name Badge Only: FREE to ADA/MDA member dentists, dental staff, students and guests. Name Badge Only allows entry into Exhibits, Welcome Reception, Table Clinics and Keynote Presentation (registration required). Registration and fees are required as noted in the Annual Session information for CE courses.
  • Non-member Dentists: There is no registration fee. Rates for CE classes are an additional $50 per session for non-members (except for Saturday courses). Additional fees paid can be applied to membership within 30 days. Non-member dentists can also attend the Exhibit Hall for free.












Where is the Exhibit Hall and who is exhibiting?

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.






Are there dining and shopping discounts for attendees?

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.






Where can I park?

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. 

  • Parking meters are enforced Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
  • Parking meters on Monroe Center are enforced on Saturday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
  • Parking meters are free after 5 p.m. -- unless they are marked as enforced.

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.

Hotel Parking

The three host hotels offer parking for their guests. Those rates are:

  • Amway Grand Plaza Hotel: $24/day - self-parking; $29/day - valet.
  • J. W. Marriott Hotel: $19/day - self-parking; $29/day - valet.