FAQs

What is the cost to attend Annual Session?

It’s free to attend the exhibits, table clinics, and keynote presentation. See the Schedule section on the Annual Session website for individual course prices. Nonmembers pay $50 more per session and $100 more for hands-on courses.

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.

Why should I pre-register?

When you pre-register by April 10, 2023, 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 10, but prices increase $10 per course and your packet will be held on-site at the Will Call booth in Halls B and C of DeVos Place.

Can I register on-site?

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

  • Wednesday, May 3 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 4 from 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.
  • Friday, May 5 from 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 6 from 7:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Registration is located in Halls B and C of DeVos Place.

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

Yes, prices increase $10 per course after the April 10, 2023 pre-registration deadline. You will also need to pick up your packet and meeting credentials at the Will Call booth in Halls B and C of DeVos Place. 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.

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 May 2, 2023. 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.

What if I lose my badge?

Please go to on-site registration in Halls B and C of DeVos Place 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.

Why does my name badge have a barcode?

The MDA uses a barcode badge system instead of issuing paper tickets for courses and events. 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 10, 2023.

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 Shawna Owens, MDA manager of continuing education.

Will there be course handouts?

Handout materials will be available online (as permitted by the speaker) beginning Monday, April 10, 2023. Visit the Course Handouts section to download. No printed handouts will be provided to registrants by the MDA.

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).

Is there an Exhibit Hall and who is exhibiting?

The Annual Session exhibits can be found in the Exhibit Hall inside Halls B and C of DeVos Place. The exhibit hall is where you’ll discover the latest dental products, services and techniques, plus Annual Session show specials.

There are nearly 150 exhibitors at this year’s MDA Annual Session Exhibit Hall. Many are 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 online, inside the Annual Session Official Program, mailed to you with your pre-registration materials, and available onsite.

When is the Exhibit Hall open?

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

  • Thursday, May 4: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Friday, May 5: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Remember, NO EXHIBITS on Wednesday, May 3 or Saturday, May 6!

Is there a Welcome Reception?

Yes, it will be held in the MDA Exhibit Hall inside Halls B and C of DeVos Place, May 4, from 4:30 – 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 28-29. You’ll discover friendly advice, helpful service and big savings on MDA-endorsed insurance and member services.

When and where are the Table Clinics?

Table Clinics will be in the MDA Exhibit Hall inside Halls B and C of DeVos Place on May 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Receive one credit for attending four 15-minute table clinic presentations. Table Clinics are free.

What is the Welcome Center?

Everyone is invited to visit the Welcome Center located just inside MDA Exhibit Hall, near registration. 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 first meeting of the MDA House of Delegates will be held Thursday, May 4 at 8:30 a.m. The second meeting will be held Saturday, May 6, at 1 p.m. The House of Delegates will be located in Ballrooms C/D of DeVos Place. 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. Dental students can guarantee attendance to available continuing education classes at Annual Session by paying the dental staff rate for each 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 517-346-9402 or email the Shawna Owens, MDA manager of continuing education. Advance notice is required by April 10, 2023.

Where can I park?

Parking facilities at DeVos Place are managed by the city of Grand Rapids. Metered parking is also available on the streets near the convention center.

  • Parking meters are enforced Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. unless marked otherwise.
  • Parking meters are free after 5 p.m. — unless they are marked as enforced.

Please refer to the city of Grand Rapids Parking Services website for more information or call 616-456-3290.

Where can I get lunch/dinner?

DeVos Place will provide a variety of concessions including healthy options inside the MDA Exhibit Hall. There will also be a daily hot buffet in the back of the exhibit hall during the lunch hours. If you prefer to wander outside the convention center, Grand Rapids offers a variety of places within a short walking distance. Stop by the guide booth in the Grand Gallery of DeVos Place near the main entrance for maps and dining suggestions.

Is the Michigan Dental Assistants Association holding events in conjunction with the MDA Annual Session?

Yes, the Michigan Dental Assistants Association will host a Student Day on Friday, May 5 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., and hold the MDAA House of Delegates in the afternoon starting at 2 p.m. Both events take place in the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. For more information email Karen Minca or call 810-516-4984.

What are the area attractions?

Grand Rapids Art Museum: Located in the heart of downtown, GRAM is the world’s first LEED® Gold-certified museum. Browse three floors of art, see the hottest touring exhibitions, and engage in learning and doing opportunities.

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum: Explore the life and times of the 38th president through multimedia exhibits including an Oval Office replica and a simulation of the typhoon that hit Ford’s WWII warship. See artifacts from the president’s Grand Rapids childhood, discover the trailblazing influence of First Lady Betty Ford, and visit the couple’s burial site.

Grand Rapids Public Museum: GRPM features world-class exhibitions on science, history, and culture in a beautiful riverside setting. Stroll through a detailed recreation of downtown Grand Rapids circa 1890, ride a 1928 Spillman carousel, and see stars in the planetarium (separate fee applies).

Grand Rapids Downtown Market: The pre-eminent destination for innovative food experiences houses 20+ restaurants and artisan food vendors, from butchers and bakers to chocolatiers and fishmongers. Dine, shop, and celebrate the city’s farm-fresh food scene.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park: One of the world’s “Top 30 Must-See Museums” combines natural beauty and human creativity to dazzling effect. Visit different gardens — Japanese, Victorian, tropical, farm, children’s, and more — and see nearly 300 sculptures from classic and contemporary artists along your journey.

Beer! Voted Beer City USA in national polls and named Best Beer Town and Best Beer Scene by USA Today readers, Grand Rapids is an ale aficionado’s dream. The Beer City Ale Trail boasts 50 breweries within 30 minutes — visiting just eight of them can earn you a free T-shirt.

Family Time: Grand Rapids was named the #1 Best Place to Raise a Family in 2022, thanks in part to so many kid-focused attractions. Grand Rapids Children’s Museum inspires learning through playful, hands-on exhibits. John Ball Zoo offers a four-story zipline, sky trail ropes course, petting zoo and more than 2,000 animals in residence. Parks, playgrounds and nature centers encourage activity and discovery.

Fine Food: Grand Rapids is home to one of America’s finest culinary schools and one of the world’s best growing regions — so it’s no surprise it was named a Top 20 U.S. Foodie City in 2021 (and the most affordable of them all!). You’ll find an astonishing variety of fresh, farm-to-table dining options for every taste and budget. Get a taste at ExperienceGR.com/Restaurants — scroll down and click “Downtown” in the “Regions” category for a list of 140+ eateries within a 10-minute walk of downtown hotels.

Fun After Dark: You’ll find plenty of things to do after dark in Grand Rapids. The downtown entertainment district puts you in the middle of a dazzling array of nighttime diversions: live-music venues, sports bars, brewpubs, comedy clubs, theatres, and more. Everything’s within a 10-minute walk of your downtown hotel!

Are their discounts for Annual Session attendees at local restaurants/attractions?

Yes. Sign up for GR Attendee Exclusives before you visit. You’ll enjoy special attendee-only discounts at local restaurants and attractions, just by showing your smartphone!

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

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