Incentives for the dental team

Part of our job is to create confident smiles. How, then, do we make sure our staff comes to work every day with smiles on their faces? Front desk staff, dental assistants and hygienists are the backbone of any good office. We begin to understand this as students, since we tend to play the roles of scheduler, dental hygienist and dentist all in one. As we transition into dental practice, though, how do we make sure our employees are motivated to bring their “A game” every day? Here are three incentives dentists use to motivate their employees.

The perfect partnership

Daryn Lu found the perfect fit with his partner.Following dental school, we search high and low for the perfect fit. No matter the practice setting, chances are you’ll be working alongside another dentist. I’ve been blessed to work with an incredible mentor for the past 1.5 years.

From the moment I met him right before graduating dental school, he’s been there to support me clinically with complex cases, emotionally on the days when dentistry has kicked my butt and through leadership challenges when I’ve struggled with the team. We recently sat down for a meeting where he shared with me, “I’m happy where I am with dentistry. My greatest success will be when you succeed.”

How I helped set up a new practice as a predental

This past summer, I had the unique opportunity to assist in setting up a new dental practice – Riverview Dental Care Ltd. in Saint Charles, Illinois. A relative was opening a new clinic, her first private practice, and they asked me if I wanted to help. I felt fortunate to have this experience as a predental student, as typically, one may not have these experiences until after graduating from dental school or opening their own practice.

You want to learn how to run a dental practice, don’t you?

piggy bank with billsWelcome! We are about to embark on an eye-opening journey, discovering a new world that many dental students are unaware of. One of the biggest fears that dental students face right out of school is knowing how to run a dental practice and their knowledge of practice management.

To extinguish that fear I created a list of some of the best resources out there to help you hit the ground running. These continuing education resources include podcasts, mobile videos, seminars, weekend events and many others. What’s so great about these resources is the variety of learning types they tailor to. Some people learn better in person, others prefer video, and some learn simply by listening. We will share some resources that have helped others tremendously in having them hit the ground running into private practice out of dental school.

How practicing dentistry in Singapore changed my perspective on dentistry

At age thirteen. I left Taiwan and my family to pursue my personal and professional goals through education in America. I received my DMD from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 2013.

After graduation, I decided to put my Asian language abilities and American degree to use abroad in Singapore. I chose Singapore because there are four official languages: English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil, two of which I am fluent in. My US credentials were fully recognized by the Singapore Dental Council. After receiving a job offer from the Ministry of Health Holdings, I obtained my license as a general dentist within a few weeks. Having a special interest in community and pediatric dentistry, I requested to work at the Health Promotion Board (HPB), a local service organization that focuses on health promotion, disease prevention, and patient education. Keep reading to learn more about Peggy’s adventure abroad…

A guide to navigating the transition from dental school to dental practice

matthew-parkerAs you make your way through dental school, you’ve probably thought about what to do after graduation. While it’s an exciting time in your life, new graduates are faced with many different options upon finishing dental school.

The downturn in the economy has undoubtedly affected the dental market. However, buying an existing dental practice is a practical option for graduates making the transition from dental school. With many of the “baby-boomer” dentists looking to retire, there are increasing amounts of great dental practices available for new dentists to acquire.

As a new dentist, it can be difficult to navigate through your next steps. To make the process less stressful, I’ve created a guide based on my own experience with this Phoenix area dental practice to help make your transition as seamless as possible.