Dental schools don’t officially teach students how to find a mentor. They place students in guided clinics and classes under direct mentorship from expert dentists, but it’s up to each person to reach out and forge a connection.
A major decision for many new dentists and dental students is whether to start their own practice, work as an associate or start as an employee dentist for a practicing dentist, group practice or corporate group. But how do new dentists decide which option is best for them?
Rising from the chair after performing your final dental procedure of the day, you pause, letting the discomfort in your back settle before walking out. Your neck aches and your shoulders droop, and you realize it’s only Tuesday. It’s time to ask yourself how to improve your posture in the dental clinic.
Leadership in dentistry includes being able to make difficult decisions and effectively communicating those choices to all team members. As a leader, how would you react to the following four common dilemmas?
Dentistry is a physical profession that can take its toll on clinicians if we do not implement appropriate self-care. A key part of preserving your health is creating an optimal dental operatory set-up to avoid unnecessary strain on your body.
Think back to the interviews you’ve had over the course of your career. Did you spend hours rehearsing your answers and preparing for every possible question that could be thrown your way? Now that you’re further along in your career, it’s your turn to sit on the other side of the table.
Attending a dental convention can be overwhelming. Educational panels, shiny new technology and product representatives all vie for your attention while you hustle through a hall filled with colleagues you haven’t yet met.
Marketing your practice to attract patients and convincing them to return to you for quality care are two distinct challenges. One key part of patient retention is patient satisfaction, but it can be a hard metric to measure.
The Fit 4 Prevention Mindset: 3) Healthy patients need you too! Help them protect their whole mouth health – for lasting peace of mind. Make ‘healthy patients’ central to your dental team’s work. Not only do they represent regular customers for preventive procedures – if satisfied, they could also become the most passionate recommenders of your dental practice.
Inspirational Leadership© point 5: Demonstrate Presence to revolutionize your rapport with patients