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FAQs

What is the cancellation policy?

Cancellation requests must be emailed to gslds@prereg.net and received on or before October 5, 2023. All approved refunds are subject to a $25 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made for cancellations requested after October 5, 2023. All approved refunds will be returned in the original form of payment. If registration materials and badges have been received, you must return all materials prior to receiving an approved refund to MCDC, 6840 Meadowridge Ct., Alpharetta, GA 30005.

Can I register on-site if I didn’t register prior?

Yes! On-site registration on Thursday, October 26, 2023 is from 7:00 am – 6:00 pm and on Friday, October 27, 2023 from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Is it true GSLDS member/Affiliate member dentists receive complimentary registration?

Yes! This is an exclusive membership benefit introduced in 2014.

How do I become a GSLDS member or Affiliate member Dentist?

Visit greaterstlouisdentalsociety.org to learn how to become a member. Become a member by 9/29/2023 and enjoy complimentary registration to attend the Mid-Continent Dental Congress!

Does the Mid-Continent offer a hotel convention room block?

Yes! We encourage attendees to stay and play in luxury!  Book your reservation at the low convention rate of $169 plus taxes per night at St. Louis Union Station Hotel, AAA Diamond rated. The deadline for the convention rate is October 4, 2023. Phoned in hotel reservations, use code “Grtr Stl Dental23.” Visit https://www.mcdcstl.org/hotel-travel/ for hotel information.

Will a meeting app be available?

The MCDC meeting app has it all: course locations and times, speaker info, handouts, CE certificates, exhibitor listing, maps, and more! The meeting app is free and easy to use. It is available 4 weeks prior to MCDC on the app store. Search for “Mid-Continent Dental Congress.”

If I already registered, do I need to visit the registration desk prior to finding my event room?

No. There is no need to visit the registration desk if you receive your registration materials in the mail. You may proceed directly to your course room listed on the back of your badge.

Where can I find my course rooms when I arrive?

A detailed map of course rooms will be available and handed out onsite. You may also view a map here.

If someone registered for the meeting and can no longer attend, can you substitute the name and events registered for to another person at no additional fee?

No transfers for name badges or events will be allowed.

Will I receive my registration materials in the mail?

Registrations received online or by mail by 10/16/23 will be mailed. Registrations received after this date will be processed and available for onsite pickup at the registration desk.

I’m a dental student, do I pay a registration fee?

No. Dental Students and Dental Graduate Students are offered complimentary registration. A copy of your 2023 student ID must accompany registrations. Registrations are only accepted by mail or on-site.

What do I do if I lose my badge?

A replacement fee of $10.00 will be charged for lost badges. Badges must be worn at all times. You will not be allowed to enter any event without one; the back of the badge will list all events for which you are registered, and will serve as your ticket to attend event(s).

I have questions regarding the Mid-Continent registration, who do I contact?

For any registration questions, you may call 678-341-3048.

Where do I park when I arrive to St. Louis Union Station and will there be a fee?

Convention parking rates: $16 all day self-parking, $25 overnight self-parking and $35 overnight parking. Self-parking All Day event passes will be included in Registration packets mailed. If you need additional/replacement passes, please see the registration desk onsite.

There are two available self-parking lots (https://www.stlouisaquarium.com/parking-map):

  • West Parking Lot: enter from Market Street on 20th.  Parking Lot is on the right.
  • South Parking Lot: enter from Market Street on 18th Street.  Parking lot is on right.

Valet parking rates: 0-3 hours $20, 3-6 hours $28 and over 6 hours $35

  • Valet parking available at the Main Grand Hall entrance, on East-bound Market Street.

Will there be a designated lactation room at the Mid-Continent?

Yes, a lactation room will be available both days at St. Louis Union Station in Zephyr Rocket room located on the second floor.

Can I add events if I already registered?

Yes! Events may be added online by logging in using your account number. Onsite, you must visit the registration desk before the event begins.

Can I switch events I registered for onsite?

On-site transfers will only be allowed before an event begins.

Where do I get my handouts?

Printed handouts will not be available onsite. You may download handouts online at www.mcdcstl.org for your registered events four (4) weeks prior to the convention. All registered attendees will receive an email when the handouts are accessible to download. Please note, not all events will have a handout available.

How do I receive CE credit for courses I attend?

A 4-digit code will be provided to attendees at the completion of courses. CE verification certificates may be obtained at on-site kiosks, on the meeting app or online at www.mcdcstl.org.

Will there be a social event during the Mid-Continent?

Yes! “The Party @ MCDC” will be held on Thursday evening, complimentary to all registered attendees and exhibitors. Complimentary appetizers and a cash bar. Music by Vote for Pedro, one of the best and most respected bands in the St. Louis area. The party will be held at St. Louis Union Station and will offer appetizers and beverages. Registration is required, your convention meeting badge will serve as your ticket to attend.

When can I visit with exhibitors during the Exhibit Hall hours?

The Midway Exhibit Hall will be open Thursday, October 26, 2023 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Friday October 27, 2023 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. There will be a complimentary attendee “Pre-Party Happy Hour” in the hall on Thursday from 4:30 to 6:00 pm.  In addition, almost every course will have a 30-minute mandatory break both mornings and afternoons. Complimentary food, coffee and iced tea will be served during each break.

If I don’t stay in an event I registered for in its entirety, can I receive partial CE credit?

No partial CE is given for an event not fully completed; you will forfeit any CE credit for that event.

Can I bring my spouse or family member if she/he is not in the dental profession?

Yes, we encourage you to do so! Union Station offers many fun, family friendly activities! Family of registered dentists who are not in the dental field may register at no charge and attend events as their guest. Family must register prior to convention; onsite family registrations are not offered. No CE can be earned in this category.

Is there a dress code?

Business casual; please feel free to be comfortable and wear comfortable shoes. We do recommend you dress in layers as temperatures in meeting rooms can vary.

I don’t need CE and I just want to visit the Exhibit Hall, what can I do?

You may register for Exhibits Only, available only to dentists/staff. Exhibits Only registration is not available on-site so be sure to register prior to the convention date.

Where can I eat lunch during the Mid-Continent?

You will not need to leave St Louis Union Station for lunch.  A complete list of onsite restaurants below. You may also visit www.stlouisunionstation.com/taste for further information. Multiple food trucks will also be available both days on 20th Street.

The Pitch Athletic Club & Tavern

The Pitch is the place for fans. Gather for great food and drinks across the street from CITYPARK stadium. Food you’ll want to cheer for. Drinks you can’t wait to celebrate with. This is where sports fans go to get the best seats in the house—and the elevated eats to go with it.

St. Louis Union Station Soda Fountain

Step inside the home of the famous Freak Shakes to get a feast for your eyes and your stomach. From classic diner burgers to fountain drinks with a twist, this place is a dream come true.

The Train Shed

Experience fun and flavor that delights all ages and appetites. A menu with everything from apps and entrées to cocktails and rotating taps makes this the place to gather after a full day of exploration.

1894 Café

The search for casual, family-friendly fare stops here. Pop in for a light lunch or afternoon snack and choose from a selection of sandwiches and salads made to sustain hours of fun.

Landry’s Seafood House

This Gulf Coast legend is a seafood lover’s ideal dinner destination with specialties like Blackened Snapper and Lemon-Pepper Catfish. Dine on the boardwalk for a front row view of the Fire and Light show.

Station Grille

While this historic eatery used to cater to travelers, now patrons can enjoy the panache of a prior time as well as some of the finest food in the city – no train ticket required.

The Grand Hall

Dramatic 65-foot archways and stunning mosaics make this celebrated St. Louis landmark the perfect setting for a vibrant evening of dinner, drinks and catching a 3-D light presentation.

Taco Container

Live everyday like Taco Tuesday!  Choose from a selection of tacos.

Cookies & Cupcakes

The best things in life are sweet! Serving: coffee, cookies, cupcakes and fudge. Located next to the St. Louis Aquarium Gift Shop.

What activities are available to me, my team, and/or family outside of convention hours?

Fill your getaway to the gills with a destination that delivers a variety of activities and adventures all in one place listed below.  You may also visit   www.stlouisunionstation.com/explore for further information.

Show your MCDC badge to receive 20% off during your stay on all attractions listed below.  Tickets must be purchased in person; discount not available online.

St. Louis Aquarium

Go beneath the surface for an unforgettable underwater adventure in the middle of downtown. Discover the creatures that call our rivers home and journey beyond the shallows to shark infested waters.

The St. Louis Wheel

See the St. Louis skyline from the best seat in the city – a fully enclosed, climate-controlled gondola that lifts guests 200 feet above the street. You can enjoy the sights 365 days a year.

Selfie Express

Union Station Selfie Express is an immersive, interactive train themed walk thru attraction for the whole family. Explore over 12 different spaces in this illusionary world while taking family fun “selfie photos”.  You never know where this train of imagination will take you!

A-MAZE-ING Discoveries Mirror Maze

Prepare to get lost in a labyrinth of mirrors that challenge your sense of direction and your 1904 World’s Fair knowledge. Discover what magic waits inside as you navigate this nod to an iconic fun house.

Ropes Course

Soar three stories over the main floor on this wildly unconventional indoor agility course. Its 30+ obstacles mean hours of fun for everyone – even the littlest adventurers can reach new heights on the Sky Tykes course.

Mini Golf

Bring your A-game to our greens. From first-time putters to reigning champions, this interactive 18-hole course is the perfect destination for carefree fun and friendly competition.

Carousel

Make time for a little nostalgia between your Freak Shake and shark canyon adventure. Go for a spin – or two – on a classic amusement ride that caters to both the young and the young at heart.

Fire & Light Show

This complementary year-round showcase of pyrotechnics and dancing lights is too spectacular to watch just once. Behold as bursts of fire are shot 25 feet in the air against a backdrop of a 100 foot long waterfall that cascades 40 feet down into the lake.

The Grand Hall Light Show

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the way fireworks, deep-sea dwellers and other vibrant animations shoot across the 65-foot ceiling of the historic Grand Hall. More than 30 video vignettes captivate visitors each hour courtesy of a one-of-a-kind 3D presentation.

What are the future dates of the Mid-Continent Dental Congress?

Thursday & Friday, October 24 & 25, 2024 @ St. Louis Union Station

Thursday & Friday, November 20 & 21, 2025 @ St. Louis Union Station

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