Pacific Dental Conference 2021: A new experience
The world has changed a great deal in the past year, causing every aspect of the dental industry to change gears along with it. In keeping with this new reality, organizers of the Pacific Dental Conference have adapted to offer attendees to this year’s meeting an all-virtual experience.
“This year is totally different from anything we have done before,” said meeting organizers in a pre-event welcome announcement. “The PDC has been reimagined into a completely online event, and we’re happy you’ll be joining us from the office, your home or anywhere.”
Conference attendees — more than 9,000 at last count, according to the PDC — receive admission to all virtual educational sessions, plus access to more than 100 exhibitors and their virtual exhibits.
The meeting opens today (Thursday, March 4) and continues through Saturday. If you’re already registered, then you’re all set. But if you happen to be reading this issue of the today newspaper after the event, you don’t have to worry because online registration for the conference and access to pre-recorded sessions remain available until Apr 30, 2021.
Everything is accessible at pdconf.com.
There are more than 35 hours of educational content available to virtual attendees. These open sessions cover a wide range of topics, including implant dentistry, fixed prosthodontics, endodontics, digital technology, head and neck cancer, teledentistry, smart photography, marketing your practice and staffing your practice.
There are even a number of “hands-on” courses, being taught via Zoom, including “Mastering the Class IV Restoration,” presented by Dr. Robert Margeas; “Shape & Polish Anterior Composites to Rival Porcelain,” presented by Dr. David Chan; “Esthetic Peg Lateral & Class III Direct Restorations,” presented by Dr. Marcos Vargas; and “Creating Endodontic Success: Predictably, Efficiently and Painlessly,” presented by Dr. Gary Glassman.
In all, there are 26 speakers presenting 28 different educational sessions at PDC 2021.
No meeting would be complete without an exhibit hall, and this year’s virtual PDC is no exception. To make things more interesting for online attendees, a number of enhancements are being featured for the online exhibits. Companies are offering 30-minute, pre-recorded messages about all the latest products and technology that the industry has to offer. Attendees can also conduct real-time chats with exhibitor reps.
To make things even more fun this year, there’s a scavenger hunt with codes hidden through out the event in session feedback forms, descriptions, daily announcements and chat. And a personalized “virtual swag bag” is being delivered to each attendee’s inbox.
In addition, many exhibitors are offering exclusive discounts and savings to PDC attendees.
The virtual exhibit hall is open today (Thursday) from 1 to 8 p.m. (PST); tomorrow (Friday) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30pm (PST); and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Throughout the meeting, attendees are invited to connect with colleagues on one or more of PDC’s social media platforms using the hashtag #2021PDC. Look for PDC postings on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
“We thank you for joining us in this new experience,” meeting organizers said. “We promise you an incredible three days — learn, socialize, enjoy!”
(Source: Pacific Dental Conference)