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Special Seminars/Events/Vacations

MDA special seminars and events are held in addition to the courses found in the annual MDA CE Catalog. Click the name of the special seminar or event below to learn more information about it and to register.

2017 MDA Leadership Forum 2017 Alaskan CE Cruise
Health Care Reform 2.0  

June 30 - July 7, 2017 — Alaska

Seven-Day Continuing Education Alaskan Cruise

Speaker: John Molinari, PhD
When: June 30 - July 7, 2017
Cost: $499 (CE program). Additional cruise and flight costs below.
CE Credits: 12

Continuing education program topics include:

  • Let’s Talk About Infectious Control & OSHA
  • Vaccine Recommendations: Science, Success, & Myths
  • Emerging & Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • Allergies: Increasing Population Incidence and Their Challenges to Health Care

About the Speaker ... John A. Molinari, PhD is currently director of infection control for The Dental Advisor in Ann Arbor. He is also professor emeritus at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, where he served for 32 years as professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Director of Infection Control. He has published over 450 scientific articles, text chapters, and abstracts in the areas of microbiology and immunology, and lectures nationally and internationally on topics dealing with infectious diseases and infection control.

About the Cruise

Enjoy a 7-Day Alaska Tracy Arm Fjord Cruise aboard the Celebrity Solstice, one of Celebrity’s premiere ships. Soak in the grandeur of Tracy Arm Fjord; catch a flightseeing tour over the many glaciers that surround Juneau; and visit Skagway, which in its heyday before the turn of the century, was one of the centers for those hoping to strike it rich during the gold rush.

Celebrity Solstice® is one of Celebrity’s more decorated ships at sea. So it’s no wonder that it’s full of “firsts.” Like the first Lawn Club at sea. The first Hot Glass ShowSM. The first cruise line to have five women, also known as “the Leading LadiesSM” redesign, and redecorate the staterooms. Some other things that set the Celebrity Solstice cruise ship apart are its specialty restaurants. Celebrity’s passion for outstanding cuisine has taken the restaurants, the food and the overall dining experience to a whole new level in the cruising world. But staterooms and specialty restaurants are only part of this ship’s charm. Celebrity Solstice also has the Canyon Ranch SpaClub® and fitness center, where you can pamper yourself with spa treatments or push yourself in a workout with one of our trainers. If only life on land was as good as life on Celebrity Solstice.


  • Friday, June 30, 2017: Seattle, Washington (Embark)
  • Saturday, July 1, 2017: At Sea
  • Sunday, July 2, 2017: Ketchikan, Alaska
  • Monday, July 3, 2017: Tracy Arm Fjord & Juneau, Alaska
  • Tuesday, July 4, 2017: Skagway & Inside Passage, Alaska
  • Wednesday, July 5, 2017: At Sea
  • Thursday, July 6, 2017: Victoria, British Columbia
  • Friday, July 7, 2017: Seattle, Washington (Disembark)

Prices and Fees

All costs and fees for this continuing education cruise (including the continuing education program) are being processed by Classic Travel of Okemos.

Cruise Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and do NOT include flights, transfers, gratuities, insurance, or other optional extras. Please call for single, triple, or quad prices as they are based on availability and subject to change.

Starting at $2,210.89/person

Starting at $2,260.89/person

Prices include:

  • 7 nights aboard the Celebrity Solstice
  • All meals (not including beverages)
  • Taxes, fees, and port expenses

Flight Options and Prices

Delta Group Flights: $605.66 per person

  • Friday, June 30, 2017: Depart Detroit 8:30 a.m., Arrive Seattle 10:42 a.m.
  • Friday, July 7, 2017: Depart Seattle 11:43 a.m., Arrive Detroit 6:54 p.m.

Space is limited. First come, first served! Additional baggage fees may apply. On your registration form, describe any variations to the above itinerary for which you would like a quote, including Detroit Metro park-and-fly packages and other pre- or post- cruise travel.

A deposit of $500 per person for the cruise portion and $250 per person for the group flights is required to confirm space. It is refundable, less a $100 admin fee, until the final payment date of April 3, 2017.

To guarantee group rates, you must register by Feb. 24, 2017.

Classic Travel accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. Note that a 3 percent service fee will be charged if paying by credit card. If you would like to pay by check, make checks payable to Classic Travel and mail or deliver to the address below.

Continuing education program topics include:

Additional Information

Travel Insurance

Optional travel insurance is not included but is highly recommended and should be purchased at time of registration. The cost is based on the age of traveler and trip cost per person. Please indicate on your registration form if you would like a quote.

Proof of Citizenship

U.S. citizens on closed-loop cruises (cruises that begin and end at the same port in the U.S.) will be able to enter or depart the country with proof of citizenship, such as a government-issued birth certificate and laminated government issued picture ID, denoting photo, name and date of birth. A U.S. citizen under the age of 16 will be able to present either an original or notarized or certified copy of his or her birth certificate, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad issues by DOS, or Certificate of Naturalization issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

NOTE: Baptismal papers and hospital certificates of birth are not acceptable. Voter registration cards or Social Security cards are not considered proof of citizenship.


Contact Jill Fischer or Joy Thrun at Classic Travel or call 800-643-3449. Office Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


The Michigan Dental Association is an ADA CERP recognized provider.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

Please note that the Michigan Board of Dentistry does recognize ADA CERP for continuing education credits toward license renewal.

The MDA is an AGD Accepted Program Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit (provider number 219252)


MDA Leadership Forum

When: Aug. 24-25, 2017
Location: Inn at St. John's, Plymouth, Mich.
Registration Fee: $99
Hotel Reservations: $149/night
Call 734-414-0600 by Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 and use 10K5C5 as your registration code.
CE Credits: 7
Online Registration: Coming soon!

Whether you’re a current volunteer leader, would like to get more involved in organized dentistry, or just want to build your personal leadership skills, this forum’s for you! You’ll be inspired by Detroit’s own Larry Alexander, sharing how collaboration is bringing about the renaissance of this troubled city. Gain an overview of what lies ahead for organized dentistry. Get the latest thinking from association and leadership experts. Hone your own knowledge on key topics such as public speaking, social media, conflict management and more! Plus, network with friends old and new.

Scholarships: A limited number of scholarships are available for attendees with financial needs. Email Jennifer Lennemann at to apply.

Cancellation: No refunds will be granted after the start of the Leadership Forum. For a cancellation refund, apply in writing by mail or email to Jennifer Lennemann by Aug. 24, 2017. A $15 administration fee will be charged per cancellation.

Continuing Education: The Leadership Forum offers 7 hours of CE credit. The Michigan Dental Association is an ADA CERP provider and is also recognized by the AGD for FAGD/MAGD credit (provider number 219252).

Special Seminar Series

Health Care Reform 2.0: Uncertain Times

Presented by: MDA Insurance
CE Credits: 3

When it comes to choosing your health insurance plan for 2018, the only thing you can be certain of is uncertainty. But don’t fear. MDA Insurance will fill you in on what you need to know and what changes may be in store. Whether you are in the individual or small group market, or the self-funded MDA Health Plan, we can help you make sense of it all. This seminar will cover:

  • ACA-related updates
  • What you can expect from the individual health insurance market
  • How insured small group plans are evolving
  • What’s new with the MDA Health Plan (new plan options, why and how to join, strategies for funding)
  • Impact on the Marketplace and subsidies

This three-hour seminar provides time for questions and answers. Please note: This program will not address Medicare or Medicare-related health plans.


  • Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 — Marquette (map)
    6 – 9 p.m.
    Northern Michigan University
    (Don H. Bottom University Center)
    1401 Presque Isle Ave.
    Marquette, MI 49855
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  • Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 — Okemos (map)
    9 a.m. – noon.
    MDA Headquarters
    3657 Okemos Rd.
    Okemos, MI 48864
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  • Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 — Grand Rapids (map)
    9 a.m. – noon.
    Doubletree by Hilton Grand Rapids Airport
    4747 28th St. SE.
    Grand Rapids, MI 49512
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  • Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 — Traverse City (map)
    9 a.m. – noon.
    Grand Traverse Resort
    100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd.
    Acme, MI 49610
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  • Friday, Nov. 10, 2016 — Troy (map)
    9 a.m. – noon.
    Detroit Marriott Troy
    200 W. Big Beaver Rd.
    Troy, MI 48084
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  • Friday, Nov. 17, 2016 — Saginaw (map)
    9 a.m. – noon.
    Four Pointes by Sheraton
    4960 Towne Centre Rd.
    Saginaw, MI 48604
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All meetings should last no more than three hours. CE credits will be given to all attendees. A light continental breakfast will be available for the morning seminars. Space is limited, so please register early.


The MDA is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The MDA is an AGD Accepted Program Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit (provider number 219252)