How should I prepare myself for life after dental school?
Read the PDA New Dentist Committee’s publication,
in Pennsylvania: A Guide for the New Dentist... twice! You can
download a PDF version or contact Andrea Hoover at (800) 223-0016, ext.
123 to obtain a copy. I also would recommend getting
disability insurance immediately. Visit PDAIS for more
information on disability insurance.
I also think it’s important to keep in touch with your dental school friends and colleagues and attend local dental meetings to meet established dental colleagues and begin building relationships with your dental community. Finally, attend practice management lectures at local, regional and national dental meetings to gain "practice jewels” that will help you get started with the nuts and bolts of running a practice
Kevin Klatte, DMD
Life after dental school? You have probably been so busy with
tests, competencies, requirements, patient transfers, etc. what you
haven’t prepared for is what awaits you in the “real”
world. I believe everyone should give some consideration to a residency,
either an AEGD or a GPR. This will give you another year of experience
before diving into the pool of private practice. If you decide to go
into practice right out of dental school, start looking for a position
in the beginning of your 4th year. There is no harm in
taking your time and finding the right situation for you. For help
with finding a position in your area, please visit PDA's Placement
Finally, when preparing for life after dental school you should be as focused on your personal goals as you are on your professional goals. There are no credentials, business or scholastic accolades, achievements or awards that will outlive you. The only thing that will do that is your personal reputation and character!
Tad Glossner, DDS
Learn and much as you can
and don't be afraid to ask questions of your peers. You can learn a
ton from another person's experiences. So, when you get into
practice your enthusiasm will show.
Jennifer Davis, DMD