Running a dental practice isn’t easy, even if you have a great business mind. Most practice owners are dentists, however, who were never taught the tricks of the trade in dental school. They learned how to do a crown, an implant, or a filling, but they never learned how to run a business...
As a dental professional, you are constantly put in positions where you have to choose between doing what a patient wants or doing what they need. For example, a patient comes in and they are a hot mess. Calculus coming out of every crevice imaginable, bone loss and mobility galore.
As a DSO, things might seem a bit hectic right now with all of your dental practices not operating at full capacity thanks to quarantining and social distancing. But the pandemic actually presents quite a few opportunities for you to focus on behind the scenes to better your practices and plan for things that can happen after things go back to normal.
Getting continuing education on a consistent basis is really helpful for your dental practice. When your team members know more, they become more effective, efficient, and productive. That makes changing patient lives and growing your dental practice easier.But, like any aspect of dentistry, continuing education is constantly changing.
Many years ago as I was graduating from Dental Hygiene school, I kept hearing the words “burn out”. It was concerning to me because I wanted my chosen career to last a long time, and I didn’t want to feel “stuck” in a job because I “needed the money”. At the time, I was excited to start working with patients and couldn’t fathom the idea of ever hating it.