While you are in dental school, it’s common to think that you don’t need to worry about things such as insurance because you’re still in training. Some might think that insurance can be dealt with once “real life” kicks in, yet there are some compelling reasons for securing disability income insurance while you are still in school.
Thought leaders are recognized as an authority in their fields of expertise. When you want to learn something about a particular subject, these are the people you go to talk to, the ones whose opinions matter most. Thought leaders provide a lot of value, but how do you actually identify if someone is a thought leader or not?
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.