Destination Dental Education

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 A&B of the Lansing Center). Be sure to make your reservations as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Seating is limited.

Why should I pre-register?

When you pre-register by April 5, 2021, you’ll receive your bar-coded badge, welcome materials, Annual Session Official Program, maps, etc., by mail two weeks in advance of Annual Session. Please note that a separate registration form is needed for each participant.

You can still register online after April 5, but your packet will be held on-site at the will call booth in the Exhibit Hall registration area Halls A&B of Lansing Center.

Can I register on-site?

Yes, a driver’s license or photo ID is required for on-site registration. On-site registration hours are:

  • Thursday, April 22 from 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.
  • Friday, April 23 from 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 24 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Registration is located in Halls A&B of the Lansing Center.

What is the cost to attend Annual Session?

The exhibits held on Thursday/Friday April 22-23 and the keynote on Thursday, April 22 are free to attend. The 2021 Annual Session offers two different registration options for the balance of the CE courses (see information below). Special events are priced individually and are not included in the package pricing.

The 2021 Annual Session registration is unique for this year only. There is no pre-registration deadline and rates will not increase after a certain date. It is possible that this year’s Annual Session will go virtual so registration options were designed for flexibility. Keep in mind all course dates, rates and times will remain the same should the Annual Session transition to virtual. All courses are either one or two hours to streamline the conversion process to virtual.

Package Pricing: Take as many courses as possible in the 3-day span for one low price. Should the event go virtual this package will also allow you on-demand access to recorded courses for up to 60 days following the Annual Session.

  • $295/Member Dentists
  • $195/Dental Team Members
  • $395/Nonmember Dentists

Individual Course Pricing: If only interested in a course or two there is the option to register for each course. Should the event go virtual and the course or courses you selected are recorded then on-demand access will be available to view a course for up to 60 days following the Annual Session. Most classes are priced (unless otherwise noted) as follows:

Two-hour courses:

  • $89/Member Dentists
  • $59/Dental Team Members
  • $139/Non-Member Dentists

One-hour courses:

  • $49/Member Dentists
  • $29/Dental Team Members
  • $99/Non-Member Dentists

Additional fees paid by nonmembers can be applied to membership within 30 days.

Is there a rate increase after the pre-registration deadline?

No, there will not be a rate increase after the pre-registration deadline in 2021. You will however, have to pick up meeting credentials on-site. They will not be mailed to you in advance.


Is registration required for all classes, even the free ones?

Yes, registration is required for every class so the proper continuing education credit is recorded.

Will I have to do something with my registration if the Annual Session goes virtual?

It is possible that this year’s Annual Session will go virtual so registration options were designed for flexibility. Keep in mind all course dates, rates and times will remain the same should the Annual Session transition to virtual. All courses are either one or two hours to streamline the conversion to virtual. You don’t have to do anything with your registration as it will automatically transfer to the virtual event. If you don’t want to attend virtually you may request a full refund. Email Jody Marquardt or call 517-346-9408.

How do I cancel my registration?

For a cancellation refund, a written request must be mailed and/or emailed to the MDA office no later than April 21, 2021. Email Jody Marquardt with your cancellation request. Cancellation may be subject to a $25 administration fee. No refunds will be granted after the start of Annual Session.

Do I need a name badge at Annual Session?

A badge is REQUIRED for all CE lectures, events, and exhibits. If you have lost or misplaced your badge, please go to on-site registration inside Halls A&B of Lansing Center for a replacement. A driver’s license or picture ID is required to get a badge. Lost or exchanged badges are subject to a $25 fee.

What if I lose my badge?

Go to on-site registration inside Halls A&B of the Lansing Center to get it replaced. All lost or exchanged badges are subject to a $25 fee. A driver’s license or photo I.D. is required to receive a new badge.

Will I receive course/event tickets?

No, Annual Session is a “Ticketless” event. The MDA uses a bar code badge system instead of issuing paper tickets for courses and events. No paper tickets will be issued. All class and event reservations will be loaded onto individual badges through a special bar code system. Just present your badge as you enter each course or event — badges will be scanned for admission. Exhibitors may also scan badges for follow-up information, prizes, and promotional purposes. All course exchanges must be done on-site after April 5, 2021.

How do I calculate the CE credits earned at the Annual Session?

One hour of class attendance equals one credit of continuing education.

Will the CE credits earned at the Annual Session count toward license renewal?

Yes. The Michigan Dental Association is a nationally approved continuing education provider through the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP). The current term of approval extends from Nov. 1, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2023. The Michigan Board of Dentistry recognizes ADA CERP providers and will accept Michigan Dental Association credits toward license renewal.

How do I get my CE Voucher?

Handheld scanners at each course or event captures data from your badge’s barcode as you enter. CE certificates can be downloaded online by using your badge number. Printed continuing education vouchers will not be available on-site. Attendees will receive an email immediately following the event with a link to download the CE voucher. If you do not receive an email, please call 517-346-9402 or email Shawna Owens.

Will the MDA provide course handouts?

In a continued effort to minimize paper waste, traditional course handout materials will be available online beginning Monday, April 10, 2021 (as permitted by each speaker.) Visit the Course Handouts section to download.

NOTE: These materials will not be printed for distribution on-site. If you wish to have these materials to reference during the course please be sure to download and print them in advance. Handouts will also be available for download after Annual Session for a limited time (as permitted by each speaker).

Where is the Exhibit Hall and who is exhibiting?

The Annual Session exhibits can be found inside Halls A&B of the Lansing Center. Here’s where you’ll discover the latest dental products, services and techniques, plus Annual Session show specials.

You’ll find nearly 150 exhibitors at this year’s MDA Annual Session 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 Exhibitors section, or find them inside the Annual Session Official Program, mailed to you with your pre-registration materials, and on-site.

When is the Exhibit Hall open?

The MDA Exhibit Hall will be open Thursday and Friday of Annual Session. Exhibit Hall hours are:

  • Thursday, April 22: 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.| NEW! Member Dentists-only Hour
  • Thursday, April 22: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Regular show hours
  • Friday, April 23: 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. | Regular show hours

Remember, NO EXHIBITS on Saturday, April 24!

Is there a Welcome Reception?

Yes, it’s held in the MDA Exhibit Hall, Halls A&B of the Lansing Center Thursday, April 22, from 4-6 p.m. Everyone is invited! During the reception complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be provided along with a cash bar.

Will MDA Insurance and MDA Services be at Annual Session?

Yes, they will be in center Endorsed Aisle of the MDA Exhibit Hall floor. The MDA Exhibit Hall is open April 22-24. You’ll discover friendly advice, helpful service and big savings on MDA-endorsed insurance and member services.

When and where are the Table Clinics?

The 2021 Annual Session will not feature Table Clinics. They are expected to return for the 2022 Annual Session in Novi, Mich.

What is the Welcome Center?

Everyone is invited to visit the Welcome Center located just inside Halls A&B of the Lansing Center. There you can relax, grab some coffee, visit with staff, check out the latest MDA products and services, and get all your questions answered. It’s a great way to make sure you’re taking full advantage of all that membership in the MDA has to offer. Office managers — we’ve got resources that can help make your job easier. Stop and see how the MDA can help you, too.

When and where is the first meeting of the House of Delegates?

The MDA House of Delegates will not meet during the 2021 Annual Session. It is scheduled to happen virtually on April 17-18, 2021. Please refer to the MDA House of Delegates website for more details.

Where can I park?

There is limited parking at the Lansing Center and additional parking at several downtown facilities.

Please refer to the parking location map provided in your pre-registration packet or click click here.

Are dental students allowed to attend?

Yes! The Michigan Dental Association welcomes all dental student members to attend and experience Annual Session. Dental students can guarantee attendance to available continuing education classes at Annual Session by paying the dental staff rate for that course. Or, dental students can wait and sign up on-site at Annual Session and attend a class for free providing seating is still available for the course.

What if I need special accommodations?

If you have a disability and require special accommodations, please contact the MDA Continuing Education Department at 800-589-2632, ext. 402, or email Shawna Owens. Advance notice is required by April 25, 2021.

Who do I contact for further information on the MDA’s Annual Session?

Email Jody Marquardt or call her at (517) 346-9408.

Where can I get lunch/dinner?

You have many options. You can get lunch right in the MDA Exhibit Hall. The concession area offers a hot buffet, variety of sandwiches and healthy food options, plus snacks, coffee, and soft drinks.

There are also many restaurants and eateries located within walking distance of the Lansing Center. Visit the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau website to find the dining locale that suits your tastes. Dining maps will also be available at the Annual Session Information booths.

What are the area attractions?

New in Downtown Lansing. The Greater Lansing area has a vibrant downtown, offering numerous entertainment, dining and nightlife options all within walking distance of the Lansing Center and Radisson Hotel. Experience upscale downtown dining with EnVie, Lansing’s new contemporary French-inspired bistro. Discover Lansing’s only full-production brewery and gastro pub, Lansing Brewing Company, located just behind Jackson Field, home to the Lansing Lugnuts. A hot spot growing in popularity is MP Social, set alongside the Grand River and overlooking the new Rotary Park and urban beach. Later on, try small batch craft distillery American Fifth Spirits or kick up your heels for some dancing and a cold beer at Duke’s Saloon. Decide you need to find a grab and go meal or snack? Just a block away from the Lansing Center, try the new Capital City Market. This sleek urban grocery store features numerous delicious items from local vendors.

East Lansing. The home of Michigan State University, which is always buzzing with activity. You’re sure to find one-of-a-kind shopping, dining and nightlife to remember. Step into unique boutiques for custom jewelry and garments you simply won’t be able to live without. Take a while to experience the Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum, full of contemporary art pieces set in a one-of-a-kind space designed by world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid. Stroll along Albert Avenue and discover a string of unique and popular college restaurants and pubs perfect for your next meal, or as a spot for great conversation. El Azteco, an East Lansing staple, serves the most amazing authentic Mexican food around. Next door at the Hop Cat you’ll find a full menu and a wide variety of craft beers. And at the trendy Barrio or Jolly Pumpkin you’ll find dozens of unique craft brews and an environment perfect for networking.

Makers & Shakers Trail. Join in the spirited fun and hop on the Greater Lansing Makers & Shakers Trail. Discover over 20 craft breweries, wineries and distilleries offering tasting rooms and tours. Enjoy a microbrew in a renovated church or pair made-from-scratch foods with a freshly crafted cocktail. Several locations are within walking distance of the Lansing Center. Find a map of the locations inside the Greater Lansing Visitor Guide or learn more at www.lansing.org.

State Capitol Building. Step back into the Victorian Era with a visit to Michigan’s beautiful, historic Capitol building, designed by Elijah E. Myers, one of the foremost architects of public buildings during the Gilded Age. The building contains more than nine acres of hand-painted surfaces and was dedicated to the citizens of Michigan in 1879. The building was breathtakingly restored in the 1990s to its original glory. Tours of the public areas and the House and Senate galleries are available every half hour Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. For more information visit http://capitol. michigan.gov or call 517-373-2353.

Lansing Lugnuts. The “Lugs” await your arrival at the beautiful, newly renovated Jackson Field right downtown! Enjoy good times with good friends as Lansing’s minor league baseball team celebrates in Michigan’s Capital City. It’s family fun at an affordable price, so don’t miss out on the action and your chance to “Go Nuts” with the Lugnuts. For more information visit www.lansing-lugnuts.com or call 517-485-4500 for tickets.

Impression 5 Science Center. Impression 5 Science Center is a dynamic, interactive space for families to play, create, and challenge their understanding of science. Its mission is to facilitate learners in scientific exploration through hands-on exhibits and participatory educational programming. For more than 40 years Impression 5 has referred to the five senses and the way that each sense is engaged during a visit to the science center. For more information, visit www.impression5.org.

Michigan State University. There’s always something happening at MSU and springtime is one of the most beautiful seasons on campus. Stroll through a picturesque setting on your way to one of the many attractions including the MSU Museum, Wharton Center for Performing Arts, the Horticulture Demonstration Gardens, or the MSU Dairy Store. Guided tours of campus are available as well. For more information, you can visit www.msu.edu or call 517-355-1855.

Shopping! Greater Lansing is full of shopping opportunities! Whether you’re looking for a unique art gallery, shopping mall or funky shopping district with one-of-a-kind stores, Greater Lansing has something for you. Discover Lansing’s three major shopping malls, where the assortment is vast and the great prices are hard to resist. Pick up a Greater Lansing Visitor Guide to locate dozens of unique specialty shops and boutiques throughout the community, too, including the charming Old Town district, not far from downtown. For more information visit www.lansing.org.

Dining and Nightlife. Greater Lansing is a casual community, with diverse dining options and nightlife. Looking for upscale steak and seafood, or a sports bar with the big game and plenty of comfort food? Whatever you have in mind, you’ll find it on the menu in Michigan’s Capital region. Explore the Heights at Eastwood in Eastwood Towne Center Shopping area for the area’s hottest steak and seafood spot, Capital Prime. Are you downtown and looking for something unique? Find glass cases full of candy and fresh roasted peanuts at the historic The Peanut Shop. In search of small batch custom cocktails? Look no further than American Fifth Spirits, just steps from Jackson Field. East Lansing and the campus of Michigan State University are full of great pubs and eateries, too. Visit www.lansing.org for more information.

Is the Michigan Dental Assistants Association holding events at the MDA Annual Session?

Yes, the Michigan Dental Assistants Association will host a student day on Friday, April 23 and hold its annual House of Delegates on Saturday, April 24 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Lansing West.

Who do I contact for more information about MDDA?

To be a part of any of these events or for additional information, email Karen Minca or call 810-516-4984.