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    Annual AACD Session delivers education in the art and science of cosmetic dentistry

    More than 1,300 people attended the four days of educational programming.

    The 34th Annual American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Scientific Session concluded its educational program on April 21 at McCormick Place Lakeside Center in Chicago. More than 1,300 people attended the four days of educational programming, which included 98 speakers, 125 courses, three entertaining and motivating general sessions, and some memorable social events.

    AACD 2018’s cosmetic dentistry education program featured an expertly curated selection of topics and speakers, which were purposefully selected to keep attendees ahead of the curve and maximize their CE dollars. The educational program consisted of four main collections of focused education: the Complex Case collection, the Accreditation collection, the Lab Focus collection and the Dental Team collection.

    “The educational program was designed to enable attendees to return to their practices to create masterpieces of their own,” explains Sten M. Ericson, DDS and chair of the AACD Professional Education Committee.

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    In addition to rich educational opportunities, the scientific session is a chance for the Academy to recognize and honor its members who have demonstrated their dedication to continuing education and responsible patient care by becoming an Accredited Member or Accredited Fellow. This year, the AACD acknowledged 14 newly Accredited Members and four newly Accredited Fellows. Other exemplary members of the Academy and of the profession were also recognized and honored with Celebration of Excellence Awards, known as the Evy.

    AACDAttendees of the conference also enjoyed opportunities to unwind and catch up with friends and colleagues. The social events began Wednesday night with the welcome reception at the Museum of Science and Industry. On Thursday night, attendees took to the stage to perform karaoke and raise funds for the AACD Charitable Foundation’s Give Back a Smile program. The scientific session concluded with the Celebration of Excellence closing reception, which delighted guests with its Roaring 20s theme. Attendees came in period attire and enjoyed delicious food, music and dancing the Charleston. The wow-factors of this year’s social events have attendees looking ahead to AACD 2019 in San Diego.

    AACD 2018 delivered an exceptional continuing education experience for dental professionals who are passionate about pursuing excellence in the art and science of cosmetic dentistry, but there’s plenty more where that came from. The 35th Annual AACD Scientific Session will take place Wednesday, April 24 – Saturday, April 27, 2019 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California.

    Registration for AACD 2019 in San Diego is already open. Visit www.aacd.com/sandiego for more information.

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