ADA Center for Professional Success

The associateship: Preparing for the next step in your career

As a new dentist, you will have many professional options after graduating from dental school. One of these options is joining an existing office as an associate dentist. Although it may seem like an ideal route for you, it may face some challenges if the future associate and the practice owner do not discuss — and put in writing — important hiring agreements such as compensation, benefits, laboratory expenses, supplies and future purchase terms.

The Importance of Ergonomics

You’ve been crouched over your patients for hours. Your hands are starting to cramp and your neck is getting a bit stiff. You don’t really have the time to stop and go get a massage so you push through the discomfort and finish delivering the necessary care. Unfortunately this is a common response to pain. It’s a negative habit that can have real physical consequences in the future.

Patient records and non-payment: What’s a dentist to do?

ADA CPS video stillIn an American Dental Association survey, 69 percent of people said they were more likely to choose an ADA member the next time they were looking for a dentist because of the patient-first promise ADA members make as a part of the Association’s code of ethics.

The ADA has created short videos that present and answer ethical situations a dentist may face in his or her practice.

Be mindful of your mental health

Prof_Success_HeaderASDA has designated September as Wellness Month. Managing your mental health is major factor in maintaining overall wellness.

Multiple studies have been used to measure stress among dental students. The primary stressors reported by students include examinations, grades, and workload. Students reported that the effects of chronic stress resulted in mood changes, frustration, and decreased concentration. Some students even reported changes in behavior like developing smoking habits and substance abuse.

If stress can be identified early, action can be taken before the pressure becomes a problem. The American Psychological Association has published several tips to help you manage stress…