The first Hinman meeting was held in 1911 by Dr. Thomas P. Hinman and was considered to be the first clinic strictly for
serious-minded educational purposes. Dr. Hinman believed strongly in the individual's contribution to dentistry.
The meeting developed a reputation for devotion to detail and hospitality that continued to grow through the years with every meeting. These qualities are represented in the motto:
Devotion to detail is the secret of success.
Born in 1870, Thomas Hinman graduated from Southern Dental College in Atlanta with his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1891. The following year, he joined the faculty of his
alma mater and became Professor of Oral Surgery. Dr. Hinman held high offices in many professional organizations including the appointment by President Woodrow Wilson as the U.S.
Delegate and Honorary Chairman of the Section VIII of the Fourth International Congress of Dentists in London. This nomination was considered one of the highest tributes in the
The first classes for the Atlanta Midwinter Clinic, later renamed the Hinman Dental Meeting, were initially limited to 40 dentists with strict focus on education. The attendee
was honorbound to return to his state dental society and present what he had learned in a formal program.
By the late 20's, the clinic was attracting national attention. Year after year, featured clinicians and attendees spread the word about the informative programs offered and the
extraordinary hospitality extended to them. As the meeting grew, the location changed. The first meetings were held in the Piedmont Hotel, the Ansley Hotel, and, later, the Biltmore
Exhibits were introduced in 1942 with 14 booths appearing in the Ballroom at the Biltmore Hotel. The meeting then moved to the Atlanta Municipal Auditorium at Courtland and Gilmer
Streets in 1944 followed by the move to the new Atlanta Marriott Motor Hotel in 1966. In 1977, the meeting expanded to the Atlanta Hilton and Towers, and in 1986, it shared space
between the Hilton and the new Atlanta Marriott Marquis. With the continued growth of meetings and exhibits, the Society voted to move the meeting to the Atlanta Market Center,
using exhibit and meeting space in INFORUM, the Apparel Mart and the Merchandise Mart.
In 2007, more than 23,000 dental professionals participated in the 95th Annual Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting at the Georgia World Congress Center and Omni Hotel at CNN Center.
The exhibits program included representatives from more than 400 companies occupying over 900 booths. Attendees were housed in more than 20 hotels in downtown, midtown, and Buckhead.
They traveled from all 50 states and as far away as Sweden and Saudi Arabia.
Today, the focus is still on providing the best possible continuing dental education, not just for the dentists but also, the whole dental team. The program addresses the needs
of the general dentists, specialists, hygienists, assistants, front office staff and students.
The Hinman Dental Society today is comprised of 750 dentist members, primarily located in metropolitan Atlanta. One of the primary membership responsibilities is volunteering
service during the meeting each year. This service enables the reputation for unparalleled hospitality to continue. The combination of outstanding education and hospitality ensures
the position of the Hinman Dental Meeting as one of the top dental programs in the country.
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