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.

What is the cost to attend Annual Session?

The virtual exhibit halls 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. Keep in mind all course dates, rates and times will remain the same even though the Annual Session will be a virtual event. 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. Even as a virtual event this package will allow you on-demand access to recorded courses for up to 60 days following the Annual Session.

  • $295 | Member Dentists
  • $195 | Dental Team Members/Life-Retired MDA Members
  • FREE | Dental Students
  • $395 | Non-member Dentists

Individual Course Pricing: If only interested in a course or two there is the option to register for each course. Courses you select 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/Life-Retired MDA Members
  • $139 | Non-member Dentists

One-hour Courses:

  • $49 | Member Dentists
  • $29 | Dental Team Members/Life-Retired MDA Members
  • $99 | Non-member Dentists

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

*Course #22, #41, #48, and #51 are only available as a live session and will not be recorded.

Is there a pre-registration deadline?

No, there is no pre-registration deadline. The only exception are the CPR courses, which you must register for by April 2, 2021, in order to receive necessary course materials.


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 and viewing access is provided.

Will I have to do something with my registration now that the Annual Session is virtual?

This year’s Annual Session will be virtual but registration options were designed for flexibility. Keep in mind all course dates, rates and times will remain the same even with the virtual event. 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.

Can I register for courses with overlapping times?

Yes, however, you will need to pick which course to view live (for live CE credit) and which to view the recorded version (to receive online credit). NOTE: There are four courses (#22, #41, #48, and #51) that are only offered live and not available on demand.

Can the entire dental team view a session on one computer?

Yes, however, after the session concludes, each dental team member will need to log in individually to take the test and print their CE certificates.

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.

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?

Attendees will watch their course. Upon completion attendees will be taken to the course exam/test. Once they have passed the test attendees will complete the evaluation and the continuing education credit will be added to their cumulative certificate. Attendees can print or save the certificate at that time or they can print their cumulative CE certificate by clicking the “My CE” button in the lobby.

Will there be course handouts?

Handout materials will be available online (as permitted by the speaker) beginning Monday, April 10, 2021. Visit the Course Handouts section to download. No printed handouts will be provided to registrants by the MDA.

Is there an Exhibit Hall and who is exhibiting?

The Annual Session exhibits are located on the virtual platform’s main lobby event page. Here’s where you’ll discover the latest dental products, services and techniques, plus Annual Session show specials.

You can click on the Exhibit Hall link to get a list of all exhibitors participating at the event. View event specials, product demos, talk with product representatives, and see what’s new in dentistry.

A full listing of exhibitors also appears in the Exhibitors section of this website.

When is the Exhibit Hall open?

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

  • Thursday, April 22: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Friday, April 23: 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Remember, NO EXHIBITS on Saturday, April 24!

Will MDA Insurance and MDA Services be at Annual Session?

Yes, they will be participating in the MDA Virtual Exhibit Hall, which will be 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 Member Center?

The MDA will staff a virtual booth in the Exhibit Hall during show hours. This is an opportunity to ask MDA staff any questions you may have on topics covering human resources, legislative, insurance, CE, and more.

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.

Are dental students allowed to attend?

Yes! The Michigan Dental Association welcomes all dental student members to attend and experience Annual Session. Course registration is FREE for dental students at the 2021 Annual Session. Please select the package pricing option when registering.

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

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