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January 27-30, 2022

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Secrets Riviera Cancun
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About
1. WHO WE ARE?

MEC builds dental teams. Virtual and live continued education courses year-round. Best-in-class speakers and community.

2. What is MECxico?

Once a year, the entire MEC community is invited to join our annual destination experience in Cancun. Attendees travel to a specially curated location with luxurious amenities, compelling course content, and evening extravaganzas.

3. Why attend?

Enjoy cutting-edge education content designed to build and grow your clinical skills & relationships within your teams. Most importantly, come to relax, recharge, and renew your work/life balance while kicking off the start of a new year!

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Accomodations

Welcome to Secrets Riviera Cancun, an
all-suite, adults only, luxury all-inclusive resort, nestled between the Caribbean Sea and the Lagoon of Bahia Petempich.

Made for adults seeking the perfect balance of romantic tranquility and social sophistication, guests enjoy exclusive Preferred Club benefits, Unlimited-Luxury® inclusions and free-flow access to the riveting Breathless Riviera Cancun next door.

If you’d like to view the resort website, please click here.

Discounted room rates have been secured for our group at Secrets Riviera Cancun. 

Preferred Junior Suite Run of House:

  • Single/Double Occupancy Rate (1 or 2 people in the room) = $500 per night*

Please note that we have limited availability in our room block. We recommend attendees reserve their room as soon as possible to guarantee a room during our event and at our discounted rate.

Please follow the instructions provided on the following tab to book your resort reservations.

*max two adults per room

Attendees are responsible for booking their own room reservations. 

If you are currently a confirmed registrant for this event, please contact us via email at education@midwaydental.com for instructions on how to book your room reservations. 

All Preferred Junior Suites offer the following amenities:

  • Daily Breakfast, lunch, and dinner service on property at the resort’s restaurants and bars
  • One King or two double beds (Limited availability, not guaranteed)
  • Personalized Check in and Check out at the preferred Club Lounge
  • Private Secrets Preferred Pool & Whirlpool
  • Private Restaurant, Rosewater, open for breakfast, lunch and Dinner
  • Private Preferred Club Lounge
  • Daily Refreshed Mini bar with beer, soda, juice, water and soft drinks
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Turn down service
  • Electronic in room safe
  • Complimentary access to spa’s hydrotherapy circuit once per stay
  • Upgraded Secrets Preferred bath amenities
  • Pillow Menu
  • Upgraded mini-bar
  • 24 hour room service
  • In room Continental Breakfast service (pre-programmed)
  • Pool concierge with exclusive amenities and services
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • In-room tequila bar
  • Martini Bar with complimentary belvedere vodka
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

tRansportation

Midway Education has secured discounted airport transportation rates through AmStar DMC.
After you’ve booked your airline reservations, click the button below to book your transfers!

Please note that this link will expire on January 23, 2022. Please make sure to book prior to this date to guarantee your transfer!

TUITION
Connect Offices
$349 / Person
 
50% off General Admission tuition
Full access to education
Full access to all evening social events
Earn Up to 8 CE credits
general admission
$699 / Person
 
Full access to education
Full access to all evening social events
Earn Up to 8 CE credits
event Agenda
The theme for MECxico 2022 is Teamwork, Technology, & Transformation!
Our four high energy speakers are going to discuss how to build a synergistic team, why technology implementation is a full team approach, and how to use these tools to transform your practice and provide better patient care. Breakout sessions are on day three for both the clinical providers and front office team.
Thursday, January 27th, 2022
Arrivals

Event Registration & Hotel Check-In

WELCOME RECEPTION

Join us for a night of cocktails and appetizers and meet the other attendees! Our Midway Team, Speakers, and Vendor Partners will also be there to network with the group. This reception is sponsored by Planmeca. Don’t forget to attend this party because around 8:00pm we will be doing a special giveaway for a free trip* to our MECxico 2023 Destination for one lucky winner! Attendees must be onsite to be eligible to win this giveaway.

*Winners will receive one complimentary tuition, one economy class roundtrip airfare ticket, and one hotel reservation for the three nights of our meeting in 2023. Dates and location to be announced. 


Friday, January 28th, 2022
Registration

Check in for today’s session before we kick off the education for the day! Attendees can enjoy breakfast at the resort’s buffet prior to arrival at registration.

General Session
THERE’S NO “ME” IN TEAM! WAIT, YES THERE IS.
SYNERGY AND COMMUNICATION THAT BUILDS WORLD-CLASS DENTAL PRACTICES

Doctors: You pay them, you count on them, you respect them. So why then, do you not let them assume more responsibility within your practice?  Nothing is more comforting to a patient than an apparently synergistic team that overtly works towards a greater good. When the team is educated and given responsibility, they take ownership within the practice, while removing inherent burdens for those in charge. This should be the ULTIMATE goal for any practice owner or administrator.

Team Members: The power to be an irreplaceable member of a team is based on only one word: Dedication. A team member that is dedicated to his or her practice, the patients, and continued learning is one that grows with the practice and the opportunities that far exceed job titles. This course will help everyone on the dental team identify the leaders within themselves and teach the principles that help to create world-class dental practices.

In this interactive and light-hearted presentation, Drs. Bell and Horowitz will approach these topics from differing vantage points. Dr. Bell co-founded and manages two very successful insurance based / managed care practices in the suburbs of Raleigh N.C. while Dr. Horowitz founded and manages 3 fee-for-service practices in the Myrtle Beach area of S.C.  For both business models, the principles discussed can be applied to create practices that rise to the top of the dental profession.

At the conclusion of this course, participants should expect to understand:

  • The role of the team as the fundamental building block for successful practices
  • The required elements of an effective team: Training, Empowerment, Atmosphere, and “Me”
  • How to define the MVP’s (Mission, Vision and Plan) for the practice to create team synergy 
  • Using Automation Technology and Delegation to create time (and cost) efficiencies for both doctor and team 
  • How to build team communication through an understanding of personality and perspective                             
FREE TIME

Enjoy the resort pools and all-inclusive amenities.

MEC EN Fuego

Join us for MEC en Fuego! A heated night of cocktails and appetizers, music, and live entertainment sponsored by Dentsply Sirona. This social event is scheduled from 8:00pm – 11:00pm at Energy Pool. Make sure you’re onsite at this party to win a trip* to our MECxico 2023 Destination!

*Winners will receive one complimentary tuition, one economy class roundtrip airfare ticket, and one hotel reservation for the three nights of our meeting in 2023. Dates and location to be announced.

 

 
SATURday, January 29th, 2022
Registration

Check in for today’s session before we kick off the education for the day! Attendee’s can enjoy breakfast at the resort’s buffet prior to arrival at registration.

Breakouts
Dream TEAM - Successful Hygiene

There is no doubt that a successful hygiene practice growth begins in the hygiene chair. This program will go into step-by-step approaches on how to be not only more productive in your operatory, but equally important, how the practice wins. Two key facts: 83% of restorative dentistry is diagnosed in the hygiene chair and 89% of patients visits over a 5-year time frame occur in the hygiene operatory. This course is designed to demonstrate effective communication and collaboration between the Dental Hygienist and Dentist as well as how to optimize the latest technologies. 

Course Objectives:

  • Review how to maximize the 1-hour appointment, minute by minute, to success
  • Discover today’s technologies to maximize diagnostics and treatment plans
  • Establish patients to say “yes” for their care – why everyone must be on the same page
  • Identify how to create a normal 2K production day
  • Review the doctor/hygiene handoff: What really needs to happen!

Technologies and Communication Skills - Getting to “YES” through Show and Tell

In this breakout session, assistants and administrative team members will be introduced to the technologies that create “a-ha” moments for patients. Competence in these technologies provides an easier pathway to patient understanding and removes the burden on dentists of feeling they need to “sell” cases. Verbal skills that can be utilized with these technologies can make all the difference in case acceptance while creating more efficient workflows.

 

At the conclusion of this session, participants should expect to understand:

 

  • Using Automation, Technology & Delegation to create time/cost efficiencies for both doctor and team  
  • How to use Digital Scanning, Caries detection, Cone Beam Manipulation, Pulse Oximetry
  • Verbiage and Communication skills to accompany these procedures for case acceptance

 

General Session
Practice Transformation: A Round-Table Panel Discussion

The past two days have exposed teams to strategies that have the potential to transform practices forever. But what happens after the flight home when everyone settles back in their normal routines? In this dynamic panel discussion, the speakers will discuss strategies for implementation that have worked within their own practices, while offering a forum for audience questions on these topics. The only objective for this session is to have every office leave with a deeper sense of team and their own plans for desired transformation.

 

FREE TIME FOR ATTENDEES

Enjoy the resort pools and all-inclusive amenities.

Neon Night
Bright Colors, Night Sky, Sandy Beach. Get ready to celebrate the final night of MECxico with our theme party, Neon Night! Dress in your favorite neon colors, accessorize with light up necklaces and glasses, and party with us on the beach. Enjoy a live DJ, dancing with the sand between your toes, and fun prizes and giveaways. Raise your glass to a great weekend of education and for being a part of the best community in dental as we watch the countdown timer reset for MECxico 2023! Make sure you’re onsite at this party to win a trip* to our MECxico 2023 Destination! *Winners will receive one complimentary tuition, one economy class roundtrip airfare ticket, and one hotel reservation for the three nights of our meeting in 2023. Dates and location to be announced.
SUnday, January 30th, 2022
Departures

A fond farewell while the countdown timer resets for MECxico Destination 2023!

speakers
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS​

Updates from the U.S. Government and CDC as of December 6, 2021 regarding International Travel:

On December 6, 2021, travel changes will be implemented impacting people traveling to the U.S. from international destinations. The most significant change for U.S. citizens is a new policy that if you plan to travel internationally, you will need to get a COVID-19 viral test (regardless of vaccination status or citizenship) no more than 1 day before you travel by air into the United States. You must show your negative result to the airline before you board your flight.

Secrets & Breathless Riviera Cancun will continue to offer antigen testing free of charge for guests of our group staying onsite at the resort. Attendees will be asked to schedule their testing appointments when they check in for the event on Thursday, January 27th. Appointments for attendees departing on Sunday, January 30th will be available on Saturday, January 29th from 12:30pm – 5:00pm. Results are provided same day electronically to your email. This negative test will meet the U.S. requirements for a Sunday, January 30th departure.

For more information regarding these changes, please visit the AM Resorts or the CDC website

Tourists traveling to Cancun are now required to show proof of a negative COVID test or their vaccination status to enter the country. Mexico does however, require travelers to fill out a Health Questionnaire Form called “Questionnaire of Identification of Risk Factors in Travelers” prior to arrival and departure. Once completed, you are given a QR code that you’ll need to keep available to scan upon arrival at Cancun International Airport. Guests will need to fill this form out again prior to their departure back to the United States and keep it available to show at the Cancun airport before boarding their flight. This form can be filled out through the following link.  Click here to access questionnaire.

Midway Education is continuously monitoring travel guidelines and restrictions to Mexico. If you have questions about guidelines and requirements of traveling internationally due to COVID-19, please visit the CDC website for the most up to date information.

Updates from the U.S. Government and CDC as of December 6, 2021 regarding International Travel:

On December 6, 2021, travel changes will be implemented impacting people traveling to the U.S. from international destinations. The most significant change for U.S. citizens is a new policy that if you plan to travel internationally, you will need to get a COVID-19 viral test (regardless of vaccination status or citizenship) no more than 1 day before you travel by air into the United States. You must show your negative result to the airline before you board your flight.

Secrets & Breathless Riviera Cancun will continue to offer antigen testing free of charge for guests of our group staying onsite at the resort. Attendees will be asked to schedule their testing appointments when they check in for the event on Thursday, January 27th. Appointments for attendees departing on Sunday, January 30th will be available on Saturday, January 29th from 12:30pm – 5:00pm. Results are provided same day electronically to your email. This negative test will meet the U.S. requirements for a Sunday, January 30th departure.

For more information regarding these changes, please visit the AM Resorts or the CDC website

Tourists traveling to Cancun are not required to show proof of a negative COVID test or their vaccination status to enter the country. Mexico does however, require travelers to fill out a Health Questionnaire Form called “Questionnaire of Identification of Risk Factors in Travelers” prior to arrival and departure. Once completed, you are given a QR code that you’ll need to keep available to scan upon arrival at Cancun International Airport. Guests will need to fill this form out again prior to their departure back to the United States and keep it available to show at the Cancun airport before boarding their flight. This form can be filled out through the following link.  Click here to access questionnaire.

Midway Education is continuously monitoring travel guidelines and restrictions to Mexico. If you have questions about guidelines and requirements of traveling internationally due to COVID-19, please visit the CDC website for the most up to date information.

Prior to or upon arrival at Cancun International Airport, the airline will require all travelers to fill out a customs declaration form. You will need to present this form with your passport at the Immigration & Customs desk. Customs forms are usually provided for you on the plane prior to landing. If not, they are available at the airport when you arrive. 

Additionally, Cancun International Airport requires travelers to fill out a Health Questionnaire Form called “Questionnaire of Identification of Risk Factors in Travelers” before arrival. This form can be filled out through the following link and will help speed up your time while going through immigration. Guests will be given a QR to show proof of filling out this form. We recommend filling this out prior to your departure to Cancun as internet and data service may be difficult at the airport when you arrive. Click here to access questionnaire.

Once travelers proceed through immigration and customs, please pick up any checked baggage. Attendees will then go through the customs line in which you will present your customs declaration form to the Customs Agent.

Once through customs, attendees will proceed outside to the meet and greet area to locate your airport transportation service. Please refer to your confirmation from the transportation company for instructions on how to meet your driver.

Prior to departure back to the U.S, attendees must complete a few additional forms prior to arrival at the airport. 

First, attendees must fill out and pay the mandatory VisiTax required by the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. This $11 tax per person must be paid prior to arrival at the airport. Once paid, it will generate a QR code as proof of payment which you will show to the airport agents before going through security. Airports participate in random screenings of the VisiTax. To have a smooth departure, make sure to have this paid prior to leaving the resort and have your QR Code ready so you are not bumped to the back of the line to pay the tax onsite at the airport prior to going through security. 

Below is a link to the website to pay the Visit Tax: http://www.visitax.gob.mx/ 

Additionally, Cancun International Airport requires travelers to fill out the Health Questionnaire Form again called “Questionnaire of Identification of Risk Factors in Travelers” before departure. This form can be filled out through the below link and will help speed up your time while going through security on your departure day. Guests will be given a QR to show proof of filling out this form. We recommend filling this out at the resort prior to your departure to Cancun Airport as internet and data service may be difficult at the airport when you arrive. Click here to access questionnaire.

Have your COVID-19 Test results ready and available to show at the airport. You will need this available in order to board your flight back into the U.S. 

With all of this required at the airport, you will want to anticipate more delays than usual. Please give yourself at LEAST 3 hours from your flight’s departure time to get through security and the additional screenings even if you are not checking a bag. 

With the many changes happening daily with COVID-19, we wanted attendees to be aware of the safety precautions and event requirements that will be in place for MECxico 2022.

Secrets & Breathless Riviera Cancun will be following the following safety protocols for all hotel guests:

  • Guest temperature will be taken with a thermal scanner or thermometer. This will be done for new guests checking in and also those guests returning from an offsite activity.
  • Guests will complete a health declaration form, confirming they are in good health and not currently infected with COVID-19
  • Lobby and common guest areas are cleaned with high-grade disinfectants every hour
  • Guests are required to use hand-sanitizer upon arrival at check in
  • Guests are required to wear masks in indoor common areas around the resort
  • For a full list of precautions taken by the resort, please visit the AMResorts Website.

If you’re using AmStar Transportation Services the following safety protocols will be followed:

  • Amstar requires masks to be worn in the vehicle at all times for both drivers and passengers
  • All vehicles will be sanitized before, in between services, and at the end of each day
  • Hand Sanitizer will be available upon arrival, during, and at the conclusion of the transfer

Midway Dental and our MEC Event Team will be following the below safety protocols:

  • Masks will be required by all Midway Team members and Event Attendees while inside the General Session Education room at all times (the only exception to remove the mask while indoors is to drink a beverage)
  • Buffet service will not be provided onsite at the education. Attendees will need to dine at one of the restaurants onsite prior to attending our education each morning
  • Our evening social events will be hosted at outdoor venues (weather permitting)
  • Our Midway Team will be tested prior to their arrival at the event to ensure their safety and yours
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be provided in the education room as needed
  • Contactless check in for the event will be provided

IMPORTANT NOTES FOR ATTENDEES:

The country of Mexico does not currently require a negative COVID Test or proof of vaccination to enter the country. However, the United States DOES REQUIRE a negative COVID test taken 24 hours prior to departure back in to the U.S. to be shown to the airline in order to gain admittance back into the country. Secrets & Breathless Riviera Cancun will provide COVID Testing for our event guests at no charge onsite at the resort property. Results are shared same day and will be provided electronically via email to all guests. If your test comes back positive, Secrets & Breathless Riviera Cancun offers up to 14 days quarantine on property at no charge to the guest.

Midway Education is STRONGLY RECOMMENDING (although not requiring) for all attendees to take a COVID test 24 hours prior to travel into Mexico. This will protect both the attendee from bringing COVID down to the event as well as other guests onsite. Please note that if you do choose to take a COVID test prior to departure and it comes back positive, we are not responsible for any fees incurred to the attendee regarding the resorts, the airlines, or the event’s cancellation policy.

Your safety at this event is our first priority. Attendee participation in this event is voluntary and Midway Dental cannot guarantee that patrons in attendance will not become infected with COVID-19 while at this event. Attendees assume all risks for attending. Midway Dental has no responsibility of any kind If an attendee is not allowed back into the U.S. due to a positive COVID test being received prior to their departure.

If you have questions regarding these precautions and guidelines, please contact us at education@midwaydental.com.

As of April 1st, 2021,  all tourists that visit the Mexican State of Quintana Roo, home to popular destinations such as Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Riviera Maya, will be required to pay an $11 travel tax.

Foreign travelers will be able to pay the tax electronically when they book their trip, during their stay, or upon exiting the state via the website Visitax. The payment is required for all foreign visitors over 4 years old.

Once the payment is made, each individual traveler is given a QR Code that they must present prior to boarding their return flight at Cancun International Airport. 

We highly recommend that all attendees pay this tax prior to their departure back to the U.S. so you have the QR Code ready and available before arriving at Cancun International Airport.

Below is a link to the website to pay the Visit Tax: http://www.visitax.gob.mx/ 

Upon reserving your hotel room at Secrets Riviera Cancun, attendees are required to pay the for their stay in full at the time of booking.

Cancellation from the time of booking until 16 days prior to arrival will result in one night penalty. Cancellation from 15 days until arrival will incur in a full penalty of your deposit paid.

If guest is a no show, full penalty will apply, and your deposit is nonrefundable.

In the event that there is a international COVID-19 breakout and the government mandates a travel ban to Mexico during the dates of our scheduled event, the event will be cancelled and all room reservation deposits will be refunded to attendees in full. 

Attendees must provide written notice of cancellation a minimum of 30 days before the event start date for a full refund. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made under 30 days from event start date. Registrants that no show for the event, will not receive a refund for tuition paid.

Yes! Discounted room rates have been secured for our group at Secrets Riviera Cancun.

We have limited availability in our room block. We recommend attendees reserve their room as soon as possible to guarantee a room during our event and at our discounted rate.

Visit our accommodations section for more details on how to book and about the resort.

Midway Education has contracted discounted private ground transportation rates through AmStar DMC. Please visit the transportation section of our website for instructions on how to book.

Discounted rates start at $148 for round trip transportation for up to 6 guests in the vehicle. Attendees must reserve their transportation before January 23rd, 2022 to be included in our group rates.

Please note our MEC Team is here to answer general questions about booking airport transportation but will not be able to book reservations on the attendees’ behalf. It is the attendee’s responsibility to book their own travel arrangements.

Please plan to fly into Cancun International Airport (CUN). Secrets Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa is about 15 miles from the airport.

The resort has provided our group a discount code to use when booking reservations to honor the discounted rates. Please visit our accommodations section on our website for full instructions.

Our MEC Team is here to answer general questions about hotel reservations but will not be able to book reservations on the attendees’ behalf. It is the attendee’s responsibility to book their own accommodations through the link or by calling in to the resort directly.

Please visit our accommodations section for the full list of all-inclusive amenities available at the resort.

Yes, Secrets Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa is an 18 and older property.

Yes, our group has secured a 20% discount on spa services for attendees that reserve their reservation within our group room block.

The dress code for our event is resort casual. Resort casual includes but is not limited to sun dresses, jeans, t-shirts, shorts, linen shirts, and flip flops. We want our attendees to be comfortable and enjoy the relaxing beach environment of Riviera Maya.

There are dress code requirements for a few of the restaurants on property. Visit the hotel’s website for more information.

Yes! We have social events scheduled for Thursday, Friday, & Saturday nights during our meeting.  Attendees will have the opportunity to network with other attendees, the Midway team, speakers, and vendor partners. They will also have the opportunity to win fun prizes and giveaways at our evening social events. Make sure you’re onsite to win!

MECxico 2022 will offer up to 8 CE Credits for the General Session currently scheduled. Please note that attendees must sign in and participate in the education each day to receive CE Credits. 

Yes! We are planning to have breakouts that will focus on the team as well as the doctor. Please visit our agenda for the most up to date information. 

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