Essential Tips for New Dentists
The whole idea of finally putting into practice what you have learned in dental school can be very exciting. Without a doubt, you cannot wait to become one of those amazing ‘success stories’ – a new practitioner whose rise to financial prosperity and clinical excellence is nothing short of phenomenal.
However, before you experience the success you have always envisioned, you need to equip yourself with the wisdom and foresight necessary to make your mark in the exciting world of dentistry.
Below are some basic tips to get you off to a good start.
- Set realistic financial expectations. More often than not, you are not going to make a gazillion once you are out there in the real world practicing your profession. The potential to earn adequately however is there especially once you are able to establish your practice. While waiting to strike that pot of gold, it would be wise to work at refining your clinical skills, and perhaps learn about any other sides to the industry as those are aspects not always taught in dental school.
- Acquire the necessary skills and traits. Making it big in the industry entails more than just clinical skills. While essential, dentists should know that clinical skills alone will not guarantee them a loyal and robust clientele. For starters, you need to know how to cope with whatever challenges you are confronted with, communicate effectively and be willing to learn, among other things. In addition, adaptability, determination and business foresight will also help you bring into fruition the success you have always envisioned.
- Educate yourself on the business side of the industry. Dental school is the perfect venue where you learn about the different techniques and materials of the trade. Practicing exceptional dentistry however, involves more than just possessing dental skills and knowledge. Utilizing tools such as practice management consultants and CE courses can assist in furthering your knowledge of the business side of the industry. You also need to know how to attract and keep your patients by adhering to exemplary business practices such as efficiency and peerless customer service. In addition, it will also work to your advantage if you learn to be cognizant of your patients’ limitations whether they are need, time or money.
- Specialize in something you love. If you prefer doing ‘general / family’ dentistry, that is perfectly fine. However, if on the other hand you feel passionate about cosmetic dentistry, then by all means, go for it. The important thing is that you are happy about what you are doing and your patients are happy with the kind of service you are providing.
The American Student Dental Association provides leadership training and practice management advice for those areas you aren’t taught in dental school. From personal finance to learning more about the issues affecting dentistry, ASDA has you covered. To learn more about ASDA and the resources we provide, visit http://www.ASDAnet.org.
Being a dentist with your own practice means you actually have two jobs. You are now a business owner, and that means knowing how to do a lot more than just teeth! You have to manage employees, keep the books, deal with patients in and out of the chair, work with insurance companies, and more. A lot of that you learn by doing.
Very inspiring blog post for new dentists. Wishing them the best! Great to know they an read your excellent blog about dentistry 🙂
wahtever you said i do agree with you but the thing is if you searching for an new dentists i will suggest you ask your friends, relatives etc. and while searching dentists main important thing you need to taken care off that his treatment should be covered in insurance plan.
Mostly such things are happens when we go to/shifted in new place, just because not having proper knowledge about that location…Actually there are so many medicial field guys having their own association throught this you can search address of nearest dentists. Yes, I do agree with you Daisy we need to taken care off that his treatment should covered in insurance plan because their charges almost touches the sky…
I have a friend who is planning on going to school to become a dentist, so thanks for sharing this! I like your point about learning to communicate effectively and having business foresight. I’ll be sure to tell her about these other skills that she’ll need to learn outside of school to be successful.