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.
ADA Center for Professional Success
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.
Where would you like your dental career to take you? Clinical dentistry is not your only option. Many dentists pursue non-clinical dental career opportunities. The ADA Center for Professional Success has career resources to give you a better picture of options open to a graduating dental student.
Day and night, you’re focused on learning so that you can become a capable, compassionate dentist. But, 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 career in dentistry – and allowing you to lead the life you imagined.
In 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.
ASDA 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…
Congratulations! You’ve finished dental school, you’ve received an offer to join a practice, the package looks right, and you’re ready to sign the employment contract.
Before you sign an employee contract, make sure you understand the terms and conditions of that contract.