MDC 2021 Gets Underway

DAY ONE of the 2021 Midwest Dental Conference, Thursday, April 15th, featuring MDC’s signature specialty lectures was a great success!  Sadly, the MDC, which had to be canceled last year because of the pandemic but returned this year in a reimagined virtual format attracting attendees and speakers from all over the country.  And on the eve of the conference, a special ceremony on Wednesday for the Rho Chapter of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon honor society welcomed new members and honored scholarship recipients.

The Thursday specialty lectures featured:

The 25th Annual Dr. Dan Cruz Memorial Lecture
Terry Donovan, DDS, Cer. Prosth., presented “Practical Pearls for Clinica Use:  A Day with Terry Donovan”

The 30th Annual Dr. Peter Fedi Periodontics Lecture
Suheil Michael Boutros, DDS, MS, FACD, FICD, spoke in the morning on “Implants in the Esthetic Zone: How to Avoid and Manage Complications,” and in the afternoon on “The Growing Prevalence of Peri-Implantitis: Diagnosis and Management of the Disease.”

The 28th Annual Dr. Robert Allen Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Lecture
Joe Niamtu III, DMD, presented “Common Cosmetic Procedures to Integrate into the OMS Practice.”

The school’s Dental Alumni Association. Dental Hygienists Alumni Association and Roy J. Rinehart Foundation boards also met Thursday afternoon.

On Wednesday, April 14, 2021, the OKU ceremony recognized initiates Lyndzie Brace, Abigale Frazier, Michelle Hendrix, Jaime Masunaga, Taylor Michelson, Bryson Nakatani, Brianne Schmiegelow, Cassandra Shannon and Megan Yamaguchi. This year’s faculty initiates were Dr. Mabel Salas andDr. Linda Seabaugh. Interim Dean Russell Melchert was an honorary initiate.

This year’s scholarships and their recipients are the William S. Kramer Award, Mahzad Jalili; and the Richard Ackerman OKU Scholarship Awards, Samuel Bertholf, Jumanah Behbehani, Richard Boehm, Bryce Boyd, Megan Ching, Katherine Hayes, Stephanie Kubik, Mikayla Stevens and Devonshire Whyte.

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And mark your 2022 calendars for next year’s MDC, April 21-24 when we hope to see you in person!