About the 2016 Florida Dental Convention
Florida’s dental professionals from family dentists to cosmetic dentists to pediatric dentists, orthodontists, emergency dentists, and other dental professionals will be converging in the warm and sunny environment of Kissimmee, south of Orlando, Florida on the 16th to 18th of June 2016. The 3-day Florida Dental Convention will focus on enhancing the readiness of the state’s dental professionals in meeting the expectations of a technology-driven society marked by increasing consumer awareness of their individual rights as dental patients.
The confab will feature more than 360 trade booths in the exhibition halls of the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center where more than 300 business organizations are expected to provide dental professionals a preview of what the future of dentistry will look like in the Sunshine State. Bona fide FDA members are already guaranteed of free pre-registration as a member benefit. All they will have to do is to show up at the convention and try to learn as much as they possibly can from the more than a hundred or so topics and/or courses that are duly accredited to carry continuing education (CE) credits.
Located near the famed Walt Disney World Resort, this year’s 3-day confab of dental professionals offers an exciting opportunity for dentists to bring their families as they can always have fun in nearby Disney’s Art of Animation Resort or even Disney’s Hollywood Studios while their dentist family members are attending the different activities at the convention. This should be an exciting treat for the dentist’s family while at the same time professionally enriching for the dentist. Convention organizers have already coordinated with different resort and recreation providers for discount tickets to the different attractions in Orlando.
Organizers of the convention have also allotted a whole block of rooms especially for convention participants as well as exhibitors at the plush Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center at a special convention price of only $190. This already includes access to the parking area of the convention center. Participants and exhibitors who would like to avail of this wonderful opportunity to stay at the elegant and truly luxurious Gaylord Palms for the entire duration of the convention are requested to get in touch with the convention organizers or simply call the hotel. For budget-conscious participants, the convention organizers have teamed up with the Springhill Suites Marriott which is about 3 miles from Gaylord Palms. At $119 a night with a parking fee of $4 a night, this should be appealing to those who want to stay practical. Understand however, that there are is no shuttle service to and from the Gaylord Palms.
For convention participants with cars but not staying at Gaylord Palms, they can park their vehicles at the ESPN’s Wild World of Sports complex. They may also park their vehicles at Gaylord Palms although majority of the parking slots are reserved for hotel guests and convention participants staying at the hotel. There is a shuttle service from a remote parking site located within minutes from the Gaylord Palms. The shuttle service runs from 7 o’clock in the morning of the 16th of June to 6 o’clock in the evening of the 18th.
Dentists who come with children are expected to register their children if they are at least 12 years old. Any child younger than 12 need not be registered. It is important to remember that children are never allowed in continuing education sessions. Parents can nonetheless avail of the services of Gaylord Palms’ Kids Nite Out in-room child care service where children are treated to a lot of fun and educational activities that are tailored specifically to their developmental age. All child caretakers are duly licensed, certified, and insured to provide convention participants the peace of mind they need while they attempt to advance their professional practice at the convention. Participants who may want to avail of such in-room child care services are expected to make reservations at least 24 hours in advance. Additionally, the minimum number of child care hours is 4 hours.
The confab is open to local and international dentists, dental students, dental hygienists, dental assistances, dental lab technicians, and guests. The confab is also open to the public, albeit at a stiffer price of $555 for pre-registered participants and $600 for on-site registration. Guests include significant persons in the convention attendee’s life which can include his family, friend, relative, or any significant other.
This year’s Annual Florida Dental Convention promises to be an exciting confab as the FDA is optimistic about the future direction of dentistry in Florida. The only thing left is for dentists all over Florida to actively participate in the continuing education sessions.