POLICIES

Yankee Dental Virtual 2021 Code of Conduct

By registering for the Yankee Dental Virtual Conference, you agree to the following: 

Yankee Dental is committed to providing all attendees, exhibitors, and guests with an enriching, collegial and respectful meeting experience. All meeting participants and service providers are expected to abide by this Virtual Meeting Code of Conduct. To that end, agree to take care not to engage in discriminatory, harassing or otherwise offensive or unprofessional conduct toward others while participating in meeting events. This policy applies to all Yankee meeting-related events, including those sponsored by organizations other than Yankee but held in conjunction with Yankee events on public or private platforms.  


WE EXPECT ALL PARTICIPANTS TO: 

  • Remain positive, friendly, and welcoming to others always in person and in virtual event environments (webinar, livestream, etc.) 
  • Recognize that Yankee events encourage diversity of thought, organization, and individuals; as such, be respectful and inclusive; avoid disruptive speech or behavior that interferes with another individual’s participation 
  • Comply with instructions from event and venue staff including moderators and virtual event staff 
  • Comply with all applicable laws
  • Be alert and report any discriminatory, harassing, aggressive, or exclusionary behavior or speech to event staff immediately 

UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR IS DEFINED AS:

  • Harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in any form.   
  • Verbal abuse of any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, MDS staff, service provider or other meeting guest.
  • Examples of verbal abuse include, but are not limited to, verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, national origin, inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces or in presentations, or threatening or stalking any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, MDS staff member, service provider or other meeting guest.
  • Disruption of presentations during sessions, in the exhibit hall or at events throughout the virtual meeting. All participants must comply with the instructions of the moderator and MDS staff.
  • Presentations, postings, and messages should not contain promotional materials, special offers, job offers, product announcements or solicitation for services. The MDS reserves the right to remove such messages and potentially ban sources of those solicitations. 

SOCIAL MEDIA AND ONLINE FORUMS 
The Yankee online community is steered by a "common sense" attitude across all media channels which include but are not limited to, online forums, and social media. The above guidance is also applicable when engaging online. We expect all participants - MDS employees, attendees, presenters, sponsors, vendors, and guests engaging online to comply. 


CONSQUENCES OF UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR 
Unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated. Anyone engaged in unacceptable behavior is subject to expulsion from the event, in Yankee’s sole discretion, without refund. Breaches of this Code of Conduct may result in disqualification from participating in future live and virtual events and from engagement across Yankee online forums, and social media channels. 


REPORTING UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR 
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being treated poorly, or have additional concerns, please contact any member of the MDS staff. For virtual event participants, please contact designated support staff or session moderators. Additionally you can contact, Alisa Ufland, Director of Marketing at aufland@massdental.org or 508.449.6073. We expect all participants to follow this Code of Conduct at all event venues, all related social event venues, in the virtual environment and across media channels. The policy may be revised at any time by Yankee without notice. In the event of an emergency, please contact local authorities immediately. 

Continuing Education Credits

As an attendee you will receive continuing education credits for only the courses that are listed under your name and unique registration number. If someone from your office cannot attend a course and you plan to attend in his/her place, the change MUST be made to your registration as well as to that of the person you are replacing. Please call the Yankee Customer Service at 877.515.9071.

General Attendance Credits (Please note: No general attendance credits will be issued for Yankee Virtual 2021.)

MA Dentists:  For the 2022 license renewal cycle, CE credits obtained between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2022, including a total of 5 credits for general attendance at a conference during that period, are allowed.

MA Dental Hygienists: For the 2021 license renewal cycle, CE credits obtained between April 1, 2019 and March 31, 2021, including a total of 4 credits for general attendance at a conference during that period, are allowed.

MA Dental Assistants: For the 2021 license renewal cycle, CE credits obtained between November 1, 2019 and October 31, 2021, including a total of 3 credits for general attendance at a conference during that period, are allowed.

For information about recent changes in MA regulations go to www.mass.gov/dph/boards/dn

ADA CERP logo

The Massachusetts Dental Society is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at ADA.org/CERP.

CEU Credits

Credit is assigned by the MDS on an hourly basis, subject to final approval by the Board of Registration in Dentistry (BORID) in each state. Lectures, workshops, and hands-on courses receive one credit per hour (rounded down to the nearest hour). For courses not related to patient care, please contact BORID for allowed credit. You may enter your CE credits for Yankee Virtual 2021, by logging on to yankeedental.com.

Connecticut State Dental Commission Dept. of Public Health
860-509-7648
portal.ct.gov/DPH

Maine Board of Dental Examiners
207-287-3333
www.maine.gov/dental

New Hampshire Board of Dental Examiners
603-271-4561
www.oplc.nh.gov/dental

Vermont Board of Examiners
802-828-2390
www.sec.state.vt.us/professional-regulation/list-of-professions/dental-examiners.aspx

Rhode Island State Board of Examiners in Dentistry
401-222-2827
www.health.ri.gov

NBC Credits

The formal continuing education programs of the Yankee Dental Congress are ADA CERP approved and qualify for NBC continuing education credits. Upon completing courses at Yankee, Certified Dental Technicians (CDT) and Recognized Graduates (RG) should download a transcript of their courses from the yankeedental.com, and submit this directly to the NBC. (Transcripts may also be downloaded from the www.yankeedental.com website) It is the responsibility of the technician wanting to receive approved credit to submit this documentation to NBC before their renewal period, while keeping a copy for their personal records. Yankee Dental Congress does not submit transcripts on your behalf.

DANB Credits

DANB Certificants who attend or participate in Continuing Dental Education (CDE) courses sponsored by the American Dental Association Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP), may be able to use these courses to renew their DANB Certification. It is the responsibility of the Certificant to ensure that courses they take meet DANB’s Recertification Requirements, and that the CDE credits are reported in the appropriate DANB CDE categories, as described in DANB’s Recertification Requirements. DANB does not accept general attendance and/or Exhibit Hall Floor attendance CDE credit.

A copy of DANB’s recertification requirements is available at: www.danb.org

For CDE questions contact DANB by phone at 1-800-367-3262 or email at danbmail@danb.org.

AGD Credits

The formal continuing education programs of the Yankee Dental Congress are accepted by AGD for Fellowship/Mastership credit. The AGD number is 219251.

Exhibit Hall Disclaimer

By attending the Yankee Dental Congress, you acknowledge and accept that Yankee has assumed no duty to review, investigate, or otherwise approve, and has not reviewed, investigated, or otherwise approved, the quality, type, message, nature, or value of any product or service marketed by attendees and exhibitors. As such, you should conduct your own independent research of such products or services, and Yankee disclaims any liability for any damages to persons or property arising from the use of any product or service.

General Program Disclaimer

The continuing education program of the Yankee Dental Congress is planned and presented by the Program Committee to provide attendees with relative topics, speakers, and presentations. Neither the content nor the use of specific products in a course should be construed as indicating endorsement or approval of the views presented or the products used by the Yankee Dental Congress. Speakers are required to inform participants of any financial, commercial, or promotional interest in a product or company that may influence their presentations. The Yankee Dental Congress will not be responsible for a speaker’s failure to disclose such interest. The Yankee Dental Congress encourages the attendee to make independent judgments as to the topics, speakers, and presentations as the content of the program is not reviewed, approved, or necessarily agreed upon. As such, you acknowledge that any and all actions taken by you are done so at your own risk and you further agree to hold Yankee harmless from any and all liability in relation to the same. Please be advised that courses, speakers, or scheduling may change without notice.

Audiotaping, Videotaping, and Photography Policy

Attendees are not allowed to audiotape, videotape, or photograph any portion of the convention. This includes lectures, other meetings, the Exhibit Hall or Exhibit Hall activities, or any other portion of the convention. Violators of this policy will be removed from the premises and will have their registration revoked with no refund of registration fees or penalty to Yankee.

The Massachusetts Dental Society reserves the right to use any photograph/video taken at any courses or events during Yankee Dental Congress 2020 without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video. The MDS may use the photograph/video in publications or other media material produced, including but not limited to: flyers, brochures, invitations, postcards, websites, etc.