According to the Healthcare Convention and Exhibitors Association, which releases its annual Top 50 Largest Healthcare Meetings list each June, the sector that reported the largest number of top 50 shows in 2012 was dental. A total of seven dental meetings made the year’s top 50; six of them made the top 15.

FIME Show, a medical trade show based out of Miami, took the top spot in 2012 as the largest reported medical meeting with 54,147 total attendees. In the previous four years, the top spot was held by either the Radiological Society of North America or the Greater New York Dental Meeting. These events ranked two and three respectively in 2012.

Total reported attendance for the top three events is separated by only 600 attendees. Rounding out the top five are two new entrants: the Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society and the American Dental Association.