According to the Healthcare Convention & Exhibitors Association, dentists are gathering in record numbers these days: The largest U.S. medical meeting held in 2010 was the Greater New York Dental Meeting, which drew 58,135 attendees. Three other dental meetingsâ€”those of Chicago, Massachusetts, and California dental societiesâ€”also made the top 10 largest U.S. HCEAâ€™s top 50 list.on
Overall, the average total attendance was up 5 percent in 2010 over 2009, to 19,512. Average reported professional attendance also was up 7 percent to 13,227.
HCEA ranked the medical meetings by counting all of a conventionâ€™s registered participants, including exhibitors. It used professional attendance to determine rank in the case of a tie.