Due to the increasing concerns and latest public health guidance related to the new coronavirus, CDA today made the difficult decision to cancel its continuing education convention, CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry, which was scheduled to take place May 14-16 in Anaheim. CDA’s dentist-led Board approved the decision.
The health and safety of the dental community is always CDA’s highest priority. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last Sunday recommended that gatherings of 50 people or more not be held in the U.S. for eight weeks to help slow the spread of the virus, which originated last December in Wuhan, China. California public health experts have also strongly urged the cancellation of large gatherings and strengthened social-distancing efforts in recent days following Gov. Gavin Newsom’s state of emergency declaration early this month. All of this guidance together informed CDA’s decision.
What registrants can expect next
- All registration fees will be automatically refunded within 60 days. No action or request is needed from the registrant.
- CDA is offering online and audio learning options at no cost to help dentists and their dental teams participate in C.E. The TDIC Risk Management seminar is also available online with fees waived.
- CDA will continue to prepare for the next convention in San Francisco this fall, with plans to expand programming.
What exhibitors can expect next
Exhibitors have a few choices for how they’d like booth fees to be refunded or credited:
- Request to have all booth fees refunded by CDA within 60 days;
- Apply Anaheim 2020 booth fees to a San Francisco 2020 booth with any overpayment refunded or credited to the next convention; or
- Apply Anaheim 2020 booth fees to an Anaheim 2021 booth.
Exhibitors can facilitate a refund or credit by emailing email@example.com and should allow 60 days to process refunds. If CDA does not receive a request for a refund within 60 days, CDA will automatically issue a refund.
Hotel rooms cancellations
CDA will cancel all hotel rooms for attendees who booked within the CDA room block. If a registrant booked within the CDA room block, the registrant will not need to take any action to cancel the hotel room. CDA will cancel those rooms for the duration of the full reservation. If a registrant did not book within the CDA room block, the registrant will need to contact the hotel directly to cancel the reservation subject to the cancellation policy provided when the reservation was confirmed.
Options for continuing education
- C.E. options are available now through CDA’s online learning platform at cda.org/brightbox. Members can access courses by logging in to their cda.org account. Each dental staff member needs an individual account login to enroll.
- Courses required by the Dental Board of California are offered to CDA members and their dental teams at no charge for the next 90 days.
- Audio recordings from courses offered at the Anaheim 2019 convention will now be available at no charge for CDA members and their teams. To be eligible for course credit, a C.E. summary submission process applies.
CDA will share additional educational opportunities as they become available.
California dentists can find the latest information and FAQ on the new coronavirus at cda.org/covid19.