Why should I practice in Pennsylvania?
for appropriate delegation of certain dental procedures to maximize
office efficiency and to maximize the utilization of staff resources
that other states don't allow (in New Jersey orthodontists, for example,
are much more restricted in what they can have assistants can do in
rendering patient care). In addition, Pennsylvania allows for
expanded function dental assistants while many states do not.
Kevin Klatte, DMD
Where you should practice
depends on many things. If you like city life, you would not want
to practice in a small rural town, miles from nowhere. Conversely,
if you like small town life, you would not want to practice in "Big
City, USA." When deciding where to practice, you must also consider how
closely you want to live to any family you or your significant other
might be blessed or cursed to have in your lives. Finally, you will
have to practice in a state that accepts the board that you have
If you pass the NERB, Pennsylvania fits the bill. Pennsylvania is diverse enough with both large and small towns. Regardless of your lifestyle, you should be able to find a niche that fits your needs.
One last reason to practice in Pennsylvania is that the state does not give much financial support to its dental schools. I know that sounds like a negative, but it is actually good for new dentists. Our dental schools are graduating far more out-of-state residents than in-state residents. Therefore, many Pennsylvania-educated, non-resident dentists are leaving the state to go back to their home states to practice. This will, in my opinion, result in a deficit of Pennsylvania dentists in 3-5 years. Where better to practice than a state that may have a high patient to dentist ratio in the near future?
Tad Glossner, DDS
There are lots of opportunities in
Pennsylvania, especially in the mid-state region. Many people are
looking for associates to work within their practices or buy
into their practices. Plus we have a little of the city life and a
little of the country life in Pennsylvania...the best of both worlds.
Jennifer Davis, DMD