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Incentives for the dental team

Part of our job is to create confident smiles. How, then, do we make sure our staff comes to work every day with smiles on their faces? Front desk staff, dental assistants and hygienists are the backbone of any good office. We begin to understand this as students, since we tend to play the roles of scheduler, dental hygienist and dentist all in one. As we transition into dental practice, though, how do we make sure our employees are motivated to bring their “A game” every day? Here are three incentives dentists use to motivate their employees.

The importance of monitoring your credit score

As busy dental students, our credit score is the last thing we want to think about, but it is never too early to start building your credit. Building my credit score and maximizing credit card spending rewards are two of my hobbies. In my downtime, I like to check my credit scores and online bank statements, as well as read financial articles. Earlier this year, the method in calculating credit scores was changed. The new scoring system is being implemented by a company called VantageScore, which was created by Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. These changes could affect your credit score overall, whether you have good or bad credit. But how is your score calculated in the first place? Here are some factors that impact your credit score.

Manage debt so it doesn’t manage you

As a dental student, no one understands dental school better than you. Day and night, you’re focused on learning so that you can become a capable, compassionate dentist. But, for better or worse, there’s more involved with being a successful dentist than providing excellent care. Personal and practice financial management is a vital part of building a successful career in dentistry – and allowing you to lead the life you imagined.

Hitting the big time: From local to national leader

Transitioning from chapter level leadership to national ASDA has been as amazing as it has been challenging. I was recently elected District 10 Trustee, and even though I worked to learn the position as much as I could last year, it has still been a wild ride with so much more for me to absorb. From flying out to our first board meeting, site tours for the district meeting, emails, conference calls and more emails, I have already learned a lot. The greatest difference I have found in national leadership is the way and the frequency in which you interact with others.

Participating in the American Association for Dental Research

There are a number of organizations available to dental students that help us enhance our education. By advancing our knowledge base, we develop as a dental community. One organization dedicated to expanding knowledge in the dental field is the American Association of Dental Research National Student Research Group (AADR NSRG). The AADR NSRG is student-run and supports students who wish to broaden their education through dental research.

Remember your ‘why’

When I was applying to dental school, I was full of hope, dreams and aspirations. My personal statement was chock-full of determination, resilience and steadfastness. Absolutely nothing was going to stop me from accomplishing my dream of getting into dental school.