Since the American Dental Association launched ADA Practice Transitions (ADAPT), we have helped general dentists across the country buy and sell practices, hire associates, and find associateships. More than 7,500 dentists have joined the ADAPT platform to find their match.
Today, we’re excited to announce that ADAPT is now matching dentists in all recognized dental specialties! That means that whether you’re trying to join a periodontic practice in Pennsylvania or hire a pediatric dentist in California, ADAPT can help. No matter your dental specialty or state, we can help you find the right dentist or practice for your goals.
How we match dentists and practices
Our team of ADA Advisors works hard to match dentists with a shared philosophy of care. Research shows that these matches are more successful in the long run, for everyone involved.
A doctor’s philosophy of care encompasses their mission, vision, and values — everything that informs their approach to dentistry. When two dentists share a similar philosophy of care, practice transitions are generally more successful, as there’s no conflict. Patients and staff are happier and more likely to stick around. The dentists work well together. In the case of a sale, the buyer’s similar approach helps retain patients and staff.
When you work with ADAPT, you start by creating a free profile. Our online platform walks you through a series of questions about your background, experience, preferences, and goals. You can also add your specialty training, certifications, or goals.
As part of this process, we show you several statements that reflect different aspects of philosophy of care and ask how strongly you agree or disagree with them.
Once your profile is complete, an ADA Advisor contacts you for a brief onboarding call to make sure they understand your preferences and to answer any questions. You will then begin to receive matches that fit your criteria.
Everyone has a philosophy of care
Sometimes, we hear younger doctors say, “I’m just getting started — I don’t really have a philosophy of care yet.” However, we know from experience that every doctor does indeed have their own version of this philosophy!
Philosophy of care reflects how you prefer to work and what’s most important to you.
With every experience you’ve ever had, you have developed preferences. Whether you were folding sweaters at the Gap, bartending in a busy pub, playing a sport, or answering phones in a campus office, you probably found yourself realizing things like:
- I really like working with people.
- I wish I could just do it myself.
- I love how the day flies by when I’m constantly switching between tasks.
- I would prefer to focus on one thing at a time.
- I wonder how this impacts the bottom line.
- I’m glad I don’t have to sort out the financials of this.
Then, as you began working with patients, you may have found yourself making statements like:
- I really need to focus on this one treatment.
- I love the adrenaline of bouncing between operatories.
- I wish my auxiliaries would do more/all of the prep.
- I don’t enjoy making small talk with patients.
- I love hearing about my patients’ lives. They’re all such interesting people!
None of these statements is right or wrong; rather, your answers reflect your own personal philosophy of care. And when there’s a conflict between your philosophy and the practice, things can get tense.
For example, say you prefer to focus on one patient at a time. If you wind up in an office where you’re expected to juggle multiple operatories at once, you won’t be happy. In fact, you’ll probably be stressed. Your patients and the staff will pick up on that stress. Your senior doctor may be frustrated that you’re not keeping up with his expected pace — further compounding the stress. On the other hand, if you land in a practice where you can work at your preferred pace, you’ll be more comfortable and confident — and likely to stick around.
Overall, when a practice is a good fit, everyone’s happy. Staff will work well with the new doctor, so they’re more likely to stay. Patients get care that feels familiar rather than jarringly different, so they are also more likely to stay. Everyone wins!
Start finding your own match
If you’re considering a change, start by creating your free ADA Practice Transitions profile. It costs nothing to sign up, and we can help you take the next step in your career — no matter what type of dentistry you practice.