Dental students learn early on that they must learn to manage all forms of dental anxiety in their patients. While reassurance and a friendly smile can go a long way, effective communication is essential to helping patients feel comfortable in potentially stressful situations. In fact, many of us have already began working on these important skills before dental school, sometimes without even realizing it. I believe that the best way to maximize the development of your interpersonal skills is to immerse yourself in activities that require you to constantly interact with people, such as part-time employment.
Buying a car is the No. 1 way to practice negotiating skills. Countless hours are spent researching the specs, price point and availability of a desired make and model. It can take hours in a dealership to leave with a negotiated selling point.
Dentistry does not have the luxury of spending a whole Saturday to discuss treatment options with one patient. Some key points will help dental office negotiations become mutually advantageous for dentists and patients.
“Dentistry is the easiest part of your day.” Words by Boston University graduate Dr. Courtney Brady. One of the biggest challenges in a day is managing the people you encounter. Many leaders assume that extrinsic rewards, such as a raise, will motivate others to work harder. But researchers have found that what lasts are personal relationships and a sense of belonging by the provision of intrinsic rewards. In the busy environment of a dental office, it can be easy for dentists to forget to be understanding or working to gain trust from their patients and team. The workflow at a dental office can be stressful and fast paced; so slow down when it comes to managing people. I interviewed Dr. Brady on what she learned over the years as the lead dentist in a private practice. Here are some essential tips on managing people…
Graduating from the preclinical labs to the predoctoral clinic brought a lot of anxiety and the unexpected. The experience has been very rewarding though I wish I’d known a few little nuggets beforehand that would have made the transition smoother. Here are a few tidbits that have helped me the past two years in clinic. I hope they can be beneficial to you as well!
Graduating dental school and working in a private practice is an exciting time. Unfortunately, it also means a huge learning curve for young dentists. I was no different! Here are four common mistakes that I see new dentists make:
This is the first post in a new series called “Management Monday.” We are excited to bring you career advice, practice management tips and more once a month. If you are a dental student with an interest in these topics or have a mentor who can offer some great advice, email Editor@ASDAnet.org to see how you can blog for us (members only). Now let’s hear from one of ASDA’s international members on what he learned as a new dentist.
I studied dentistry in Egypt at Misr International University. I graduated in June of 2010. Upon my graduation and internship year, I registered for a 2-year oral medicine and periodontology postgraduate program, and worked as a general dentist at a specialized hospital. I’m now about to start a new chapter by working at the reputable Al Kharashy Dental Center in Qatar, while looking into master programs for the near future. Here are 5 things I’ve learned as a new dentist: