Rarely in the history of the dental profession have dental students been presented with so many opportunities to build on their dental school training and skills. As their knowledge and desire to explore these opportunities grow, many dental students think about pursuing specialty training. For a growing number of these students, the broad scope of practice and the professional satisfaction offered by the dental specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery present a unique way to maximize their training and make a difference in the lives of their patients.
Graduation is a whirlwind. It’s like being caught in a tornado of laughter, parties, paper work, and fear. We all survive and are left breathless on the footstep of June. The sweet 4 weeks of bliss that we have before we start our residency!
My first recommendation to use this time wisely is: travel. Go out and see the world, live without a schedule, and experience a life that is slow paced.
My next piece of advice is: set goals. I traveled through Europe after my graduation and spent hours on planes, trains and automobiles just thinking. Use this time to jot goals down on your iPad or phone. It’s easy to get caught up in day-to-day life or emails and forget where you want to be in 20 years. It’s also easy to be so overwhelmed with dentistry your first few years that you can’t even think about long term goals.
If you read our last blog … you already know CRUSH is an acronym for THE top 5 Strategies every successful new dentist embraces. If not, and you need some zen pre sleep material CLICK HERE.
In that opening blog, we talked employee and associate. This time we’ll hit partner and purchase.
My generalized exhaustion today would suggest that I had a wonderful — and active — few days in Washington, D.C. for the New Dentist Conference and ADA 2015. In addition to my original goals of volunteering, networking and connecting with old friends and mentors (all of which I did), I took a lot away from this experience.
Ever wondered how past ASDA members like Dr. Chris Salierno became editor of Dental Economics? Or, how Dr. Colleen Greene rose to the forefront of organized dentistry SO fast?
Is it chance…or is there a recipe?
I’ve got friends who’d argue “it’s better to be lucky than good” , but if I’m a betting man…I’m betting on 2 things: Recipe and “CRUSH it.”
Keep reading for a sneak peak at 5 Amazing Mentors and 5 Incredible Strategies for your success.
Dental students and residents frequently ask me for help when they are about to graduate. Here are some tips I hope you’ll find helpful:
In your final year of dental school or residency you should acquire disability income insurance. As a dental professional your ability to create an income is completely dependent on your ability to work. Make sure to lock in career-long discounts while you are still young and healthy and insurable.
You won’t find a class on disability and life insurance in your school’s course catalog. Yet, it may be as vital to your future success as knowing how to fill cavities.
You may not realize that there’s much more to life insurance than a payout if something unexpected happens to you.