Trip to Chicago for 2018 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons conference

Last week I was in Chicago for Dental Tribune, to cover the annual gathering of the nation’s top oral and maxillofacial surgeons. We published three issues of our at-show newspaper, called “today” — the second issue of which was our “live” issue that included my on-site news reporting and photography. Here’s the cover — if you click on it you can see it bigger:

Fred Michmershuizen Dental Tribune

The official title of the event was the “100th Annual Meeting, Scientific Session and Exhibition of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS).” That is quite a mouthful! This is a significant event in the dental profession, attracting thousands of DMDs. A DMD is a dentist who is also a medical doctor. These professionals do everything from extractions to implant placement to complex oral surgery cases. Colin Powell was the keynote speaker. Several thousand meeting attendees attended his talk. I wrote a brief article about his speech for Dental Tribune — link here. My meeting roundup article and photo gallery is here. The complete edition of the Day 2 live paper is available as a PDF here.

The dental event, which included educational sessions plus a three-day trade show, was held at McCormick Place. We stayed across the street at the brand new Hilton Garden Inn, which is in the same building as a Home2 Suites and a Hampton Inn.

Chicago Hilton Garden Inn

On one of the days I finished early, and I had time to make a brief visit to the Art Institute.

Art Institure Chicago
The Art Institute in Chicago. (Photo by Fred Michmershuizen)


Grant Wood’s ‘American Gothic’ — which depicts a father and his unmarried daughter. (Photo by Fred Michmershuizen)


Napoleonic-era ‘Londonderry Vase’ at Art Institute in Chicago. (Photo by Fred Michmershuizen)