When you enter the dental profession, you have many career options, including joining an existing practice or establishing a new practice. Establishing a new practice is a significant step in the career of any dentist. Doing so allows you to avoid many of the complications inherent in other options but requires attention to various details.
In the operatory where I work hangs a sign that reads “Welcome Home.” It hangs among a wall of photos — most of them black and white — of men and women dressed in uniform (some more casually), standing on warships or next to aircrafts. I work as a general dentist at the outpatient Veterans Affairs (VA) dental clinic in Chico, California. Many of my patients like to add their photos from their time of service to our decorated wall. For them, sharing photos is their way of sharing their stories.
In this edition of “Let’s Talk,” Christian Pearson, national director of dental partnerships at Treloar & Heisel, Inc., shares highlights from a conversation with Matthew Krieger, DMD, a practicing oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Dallas.
As a doctor recruiter with Heartland Dental, I spend a lot of time discussing career options with dentists. I tell them that the first impression of who they are, even before talking with them, comes from their resume. Although resumes provide essential details such as work history, education and applied skills, all too often, they fall short of highlighting one important trait that I look for: leadership.
This past fall, our Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD) ASDA chapter partnered with our local Ronald McDonald House to serve families who are displaced while their seriously ill or injured child receives care at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. We helped provide home-cooked meals for families on a monthly basis, interacting with them and spreading information about our resources at IUSD, which is located across the street. These dinners also served as a time for the family members to share their child’s story and connect with other parents who may be going through similar experiences.
ADA Practice Transitions is a new service offered through ADA Business Innovations Group to foster relationships between dentists at key points in their careers. The purpose is to match dentists who are looking to join a practice with owners who are seeking a partner, associate or someone to purchase their practice.
Not many reimbursement processes come with a roadmap. It usually takes making sharp turns, avoiding accidents and great maneuvering skills to get reimbursed for your hard work. Using CDT reference guides from the ADA will give you an easy-to-use roadmap and get you to your reimbursement quickly.