Midwest Dental Conference Cancelled Due to COVID-19

Dear MDC attendees:

It is with much regret that we announce that the 2020 Midwest Dental Conference and all related events and activities, April 16 – 19, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri, have been cancelled due to spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Under the authority of Mayor Quinton Lucas’s State of Emergency proclamation, and per new Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance, no events or gatherings with 50 or more attendees will be allowed in Kansas City for the next eight weeks. With this new information, we must safeguard the health of all attendees, guests, presenters, exhibitors and staff who are a part of the event. As part of our larger dental family, we want to do all we can to help ensure your safety.

All registered attendees will receive a full refund for registration via the method used at time of registration in the coming weeks. We appreciate your patience; with a large number of registrants it will take a while to facilitate all the refunds but we promise we will get to you and hope you understand we will be working as hard as we can while also insuring the safety of our staff.

Please contact your hotel directly for cancellation of your reservations. hotel has informed us that guests may cancel their reservation for no charge until two (2) days prior to arrival. Please note that the hotel will assess a fee equal to one (1) night room and tax if the reservation is cancelled after this deadline, so we do urge you to contact the hotel sooner rather than later.

To contact the Sheraton at Crown Center, please call: (816) 841-1000 or (866) 716-8134

To contact the Westin Crown Center, please call: (816) 474-4400 or (800) 228-3000

Most major airlines are currently waiving change and/or cancellation fees for tickets purchased, but please check with your individual airline to confirm.

We would like to thank all involved with the conference for your support and understanding as we did not come to this decision lightly during this challenging time.

We hope to see you at the 2021 Midwest Dental Conference April 15 – 18, 2021.

For more information about the Coronavirus, frequently asked questions, or how to mitigate the transmission of the disease, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control.

We know that with the cancellation of the Midwest Dental Conference, it may be difficult to find alternative ways to get your continuing education credits. The UMKC School of Dentistry’s Continuing Education Program full course listing can be found here: https://dentistry.umkc.edu/continuing-education/course-offerings/. We invite you to join us for our upcoming courses, including our webinars this summer.

We are a proud ADA CERP Recognized Provider and an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry (Provider number 214214). In addition to our program, we suggest taking a look at the ADA’s continuing education programs, available here: https://ebusiness.ada.org/education/CourseCatalog.aspx, as well as the AGD’s continuing education program, available here: https://agdonlinelearningcenter.org/. Both offer a selection of online courses.

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