The Chicago Dental Society (CDS) announced today that its 156th Midwinter Meeting, previously scheduled to be held at McCormick Place in Chicago, will be a virtual event. The meeting will be hosted February 25–27, 2021.
“Every year, CDS brings together nearly 30,000 dentists, other health-care professionals, and exhibitors from throughout the world,” said CDS President-elect Dean P. Nicholas, DDS. “While the camaraderie and connection afforded by an in-person event will be missed, our first and foremost concern is the health and safety of our attendees. In an abundance of caution, our board of directors determined that the 2021 Midwinter Meeting, ‘Heart of Dentistry,’ will be moved to a virtual format.”
He continued, “As essential health-care workers, CDS dentists are 100% committed to ensuring that they are able to care for their patients. At this time, it is difficult to predict whether a vaccine or treatment for COVID-19 will be widely available. A virtual meeting will still allow for important education and scientific exchange. We are disappointed that we cannot be together in-person but look forward to a robust meeting.”
As a virtual event, the 2021 Chicago Midwinter Meeting is planning a full program along with an interactive exhibition for dental professionals.
“We understand that our participants—including dentists, their staff teams, speakers, and exhibitors—rely on the annual Midwinter Meeting as a source for the latest research, premier professional education, and cutting-edge innovation in dental products,” said Dr. Nicholas. “Connecting dental professionals and manufacturers is more important than ever during this time, and CDS is doing this in the safest way possible.”
Registration for the virtual 2021 Midwinter Meeting opens November 2, 2020. Registration is free to CDS members. Additional details, registration fees, and course package information will be announced in the coming weeks. Updates may be found at CDS.org.
Editor's note: This post is an edited version of press release issued August 27, 2020, by the Chicago Dental Society.