What type of practice is best for me?

July 30, 2015
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Dentistry is constantly changing, and the employment environment is no different. Years ago, a dental student graduated, maybe did a residency (it wasn’t required for licensure), then started working for numerous dentists until opening or purchasing a dental practice.

Now? Not so fast. Many states currently include a post-graduate residency program as part of the licensure requirements. Due to citizenship requirements, some dental school graduates migrate to states that allow employment without permanent residency status. Others need an employer to sponsor them for citizenship in order to gain permanent residence status in the United States.

Generally speaking, new graduates pursue dental job options based on the type of dentistry they want to perform. However, that decision has become more complicated over time. In the past, options to consider included whether the employer accepted fee-for-service or insurance-based or state-assisted dental plans. Now, dental graduates must also consider life requirements, such as citizen sponsorship, demographics, family relocation, cost of living, benefit packages and contractual agreements. In addition, the advent of corporate dentistry, including multi-service organizations (MSOs), dental-service organizations (DSOs) and community-based programs, has added numerous choices to the traditional option of joining or opening a private practice.

No matter what, job seekers need to do their homework when interviewing prospective employers. That’s right! You are conducting an interview, just as you are being interviewed. If you’re interested in a particular position, do some research to make sure that the dental practice meets both your professional and personal parameters. Because the best dentist is a happy dentist. And that’s one thing that hasn’t changed a bit.

~Doccupations.
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