In the very competitive dental tradeshow and conference world, the Yankee Dental Congress has taken a leaf from the American Dental Association’s (ADA) book by offering the use of cadavers for hands-on training in new dental techniques.
The ADA was one of the first to experiment with the concept at its 2012 Annual Session in San Francisco, when more than 2,500 people crowded into a theater at the Moscone Center to watch live demonstrations of the latest dental techniques. Another 1,100 dental professionals watched a live stream of the demonstrations remotely.
Dentists attending the Yankee Dental Congress Jan. 29-Feb. 2 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center will have the chance to do the same thing. The human cadaver dissection lab program will allow participants to attend the hands-on courses using cadavers to explore topics that will range from the use of anesthesia to crown lengthening and basic anatomy.
The Yankee Dental Congress sessions on the use of local anesthesia will be conducted by Dr. Alan Budenz of the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry and Dr. Mel Hawkins of the Aurora Dental College in Aurora, Ontario.
As with the ADA Annual Sessions, the use of the cadavers—which are really just the lower jaws and teeth—was pioneered by Budenz at Pacific. The demonstrations will be conducted in live conference sessions off-site, this year at the Louisiana State University Health Science Center when the ADA meets in New Orleans Oct. 31-Nov. 3. In the case of last year’s ADA meeting in San Francisco, they were held at the nearby University of the Pacific dentistry school.
The Yankee Dental Congress is clearly hoping for the same kind of results the ADA had in 2012 when it beat its attendance goal by 17 percent.
“There are a lot of dental meetings out there,” Catherine Mills, director of the Council on ADA Sessions, told MedExpo. “We needed to set ourselves apart.”