Get the Most Out of the 2018 IDA Conference

If you’re a dentist in Indiana, there’s a good chance you will be attending the 160th IDA annual session and IUSD Alumni Dental Conference coming up on May 16-19. If you’ve been struggling to find information on the conference and surrounding area, don’t worry—we’ve already done all the digging for you! We’ve gathered everything here that you need to make the most of the amazing opportunities this conference presents. Keep reading to get the scoop on the location, event schedule, and everything French Lick has to offer.

While you’re there, stop by booth #400 to say hi to Dr. Chad Stutsman and the DentalForms team and enter to win a free iPad!

Download the App

Make sure to download the INDental event app for iOS and Android to stay up to date on the schedule, learn about the exhibitors, view interactive event maps, find speaker notes, and more. (Hint: the app store listings are from the 2017 conference, but you will be given the option to download the current event information after opening the app.) Download the app ahead of time to plan your schedule and to print off the handouts for continuing education courses.

If you can’t download the app, much of the information it contains can be found in the registration booklet (click here for the PDF). The schedules listed in the booklet will not reflect any changes that were made after it was published, so we recommend double-checking the times and locations of any events you’re hoping to attend.

Exhibition Hall

Over 60 vendors will be setting up shop in the exhibition hall on Thursday and Friday, giving you a chance to learn more about exciting products and take advantage of special deals. As an added bonus, every $100 you spend with a vendor will give you one entry into the money grab. Don’t forget to stop by booth #400 to meet the DentalForms team and enter to win a free iPad!

Exhibition Hall Schedule

Thursday, May 17
2 – 6 pm: Exhibit Hall, Member Center, & Money Grab Booth Open
4 – 6 pm: FREE! Happy Hour
7:30 – 10:00 pm: Member and Vendor Celebration in The Gardens – FREE Thursday night dinner and live band 

Friday, May 18
8 am – 4 pm: Exhibit Hall, Member Center, & Money Grab Booth Open
8 – 9 am:  FREE! Coffee Rush
10:30 am – 12:30 pm: FREE! Snack Attack
2 – 4 pm*: FREE! Mix & Mingle

*All CE courses end by 3:30 p.m. on Friday, so this is your last chance to make a purchase in the exhibit hall!

Hotel Info

This year’s conference is once again being hosted by the beautiful French Lick Resort. With plenty of delicious food options, gorgeous facilities, and activities for all ages, your entire family can have a great time at this year’s conference.  The resort offers an indoor/outdoor pool, bowling, three golf courses, two spas, hiking trails, bike rentals, horse back riding, frisbee golf, a volleyball court, croquet, foot golf, scenic walks, a garden area, and big veranda porches with rockers.

All conference activities, including the IDA House of Delegates, CE sessions, breakout sessions, and the exhibit hall, will be held in French Lick Resort’s event center. If you’re staying at the West Baden hotel, please allow a bit of extra time to take the free shuttle or train trolley back and forth from the event.

French Lick Resort Address: 8670 West State Road 56, French Lick, Indiana 47432

Phone:+1 (812) 936-9300

Check in Time: 4 PM
Check out Time: 11 AM

Off-Site Activities

Looking for things to do outside of the resort campus? French Lick and the surrounding areas have a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities. Make the most of your trip to southern Indiana by checking out a scenic railway, local winery, escape room, water park, hiking, and caving – all within an hour of the resort.

IDA Socia Media

While you’re enjoying your time at the 2018 IDA conference, don’t forget to tag @INDental and @FrenchLickResort on Instagram and Twitter! Tag your posts and images with #INDental18 and #frenchlickresort. You can also check out the IDA’s Facebook page throughout the conference.

This will be our first time attending the IDA conference, and we can’t wait to see you there! Make sure to stop by booth #400 to learn more about how DentalForms can serve your office and your patients.

Lindsay Kyle, LindenWords