When I graduate dental school, I will be unable to work as a full-time dentist. How should I pursue a part-time dental position, or other dental related careers?
Finding part-time work as a dentist may be easily found by asking local dental societies for offices who have an interest. There are a lot of offices that could benefit from a part-time dentist. When offices are growing there is a huge leap between having a sufficient patient count for one dentist versus two dentists. Being a vital part of the growth of an office is key, and a candidate that is not counting on a 4-5 day work week is very beneficial to a practice. So, try to have an announcement made at local meetings in areas where you may be interested in working. Keep in mind that you may have to proactively search for a position because many dentists in this scenario are too busy to advertise and interview actively. They would rather just work the long hours than try to solve the issues of handling a work load that is too great for them to handle on their own.
Jennifer Davis, DMD
foremost you need to decide where you would like to practice. After
that, send a letter to all the area dentists stating what you’re
interested in pursuing. I think that there are a lot
of opportunities for part-time dentists. Secondly, check with
PDA. They may have some leads for you through their Placement Service as well. The classified ads in the Pennsylvania
Dental Journal and in JADA should also be useful. As a
caution, make sure you don’t enter into an agreement that could be
detrimental to your career. Have an attorney review any contract
you plan to sign to prevent any hardships when you decide to
pursue dentistry full-time.
Wade Newman, DDS
I would contact your local dental society by sending
them a letter of interest. By doing this, you will likely be
contacting a very large number of dental practices in your area of
interest. If you get several responses, you may then want to
evaluate the opportunities based on the number of hours you want to
work, the type of practice, location, practice values, etc.
Secondly, you should contact the major dental supply groups in your area. They generally have a good feeling for which offices are looking for extra dentists and which ones are not. If you get some interest, try to find out how many associates the doctor has employed in the last five years. If he or she is more interested in making money, he or she may have had a lot of associates. Keep in mind that more than 50 percent of partnerships fail because of things not being equitable down the road. Make sure you get legal advice before you sign anything.
Tad Glossner, DDS