May 2019 Volume LIV Number 3

 
 
 
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Resident's Corner

March 2019 Volume LIV Number 2

 A Resident’s Perspective of Attending AAPD Annual Session
by Sofia Kennel, D.D.S.
 
AAPD 2019 is quickly approaching! Here’s what you need to know as a resident to be prepared. This year the meeting will be held May 23-26, 2019, in Chicago, Ill. The Annual Session consists of continuing education, social and networking events, AAPD leadership and council and committee meetings, and an exhibit hall. Residents can register for the conference and book accommodations through annual.aapd. org.  There is no conference registration fee for residents if you register  before early registration deadline of April 3, 2019. While residents are expected to attend continuing education courses and present research, it may be beneficial to participate in some of the social events available and explore ways to become involved in organized dentistry.
 
The AAPD Annual Session mobile application is available on the App Store and Google Play, allowing access to course schedules and events to help you plan your itinerary. This app also contains all presen- tation slides and access to research posters.
 
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How is the meeting organized?
The Annual Session is organized into four main components: the leadership/council and committee meetings, the preconference course, the scientific sessions and the exhibit hall. The conference presentations are available through the AAPD 2019 mobile app.
 
What social and networking events are available?
On Friday, May 24, there are two events available: The Early Career Dentist Happy Hour and the Welcome Reception. On Saturday, May 25, the International Reception is available for international members. On Sunday, May 26, the meeting wraps up with the President’s Farewell Dinner. Please note, there are additional costs to attend the Happy Hour, Welcome Reception, and Farewell Dinner. These events do sell out, so we advise to purchase your tickets early, especially to the Welcome Reception!
 
Numerous Chicago tours and experiences are available for purchase as well through the Annual Session website.
 
Are there opportunities for job seekers?
The Career Fair is on Saturday, May 25, from 3-5 p.m.  This is a great opportunity to network and view positions available throughout the country. This event immediately follows the Early Career Dentist Course.
 
What is included in registration? What costs extra?
Included: Conference, Scientific Sessions, Exhibit Hall
Extra: Preconference, Learning Labs, and some Social Events
 
What are Learning Labs?
New this year, Learning Labs (formally Breakfast Rounds) are small one hour lectures of no more than 25 people. Refreshments will be served. You must register to attend these lectures and there is an ad- ditional fee.
 
How do I get my CE?
After the conference, you will receive an email to evaluate the confer- ence and the courses you attended. Once this is completed, you will receive your CE credit.
 
What should I wear?
It is advised to wear business casual for the meetings unless you are presenting research, in which case, it is best to be dressed in more formal business attire. The social events will indicate the appropriate attire.
 
How do resident research presentations work?
You will see a scheduled list for research presentations on the app. Re- search presentations are scheduled based on topic. If you are presenting, you will have a time slot assigned to your poster and should be prepared to answer questions on your research during that time. Feel free to also peruse other posters and show up to support your fellow colleagues!

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