The contest, named “#whyiattend,” drew hundreds of submissions from dentists, dental teams, family members, and local and state societies from across the United States and nine countries.
The ADA 2016 “#whyiattend” contest winners, chosen by random, are:
- Grand prize: Dr. Emily Mattingly from Missouri.
- 2nd place: Dr. Daryn Lu from Oklahoma.
- 3rd place: Dr. April Buffington from Arkansas.
To enter, eligible individuals had to write why they attend the ADA annual meetings on a piece of paper, take their photo holding the paper, and post on Twitter and/or Facebook using the hashtag #whyiattend.
Dr. Mattingly won round-trip airfare to Denver, the site of the annual meeting, one standard hotel room for four nights during the meeting and free registration to the meeting. Dr. Lu, a new dentist, won one standard hotel room for four nights during the meeting and free registration. Dr. Buffington won free registration.
There will be more opportunities to participate in ADA annual meeting activities leading up to ADA 2016. Stay tuned to ADA.org/meeting for the latest information and mark your calendar for May 4, when registration opens. In addition, for more information on the New Dentist Conference, which is held in conjunction with ADA 2016, visit ADA.org/ndc.