What does it take to find the right fit for your practice transition?
It all comes down to finding someone who shares your mission, vision, and values. That’s true whether you’re an associate looking for a practice or a long-time owner trying to find a successor.
So how do you assess mission, vision, and values during your search process? They can be hard to articulate — particularly if you haven’t been practicing very long — but in-depth discussions can reveal your preferences and priorities.
Before you get to the point where you’re signing a letter of intent or an associate contract, spend time together in the practice. (Preferably, that means shadowing the practice and doctor at least three times — while patients are being seen — to get a true feel for how the practice runs.) Observe closely to make sure you’re on the same page about:
- The level of care being delivered
- How you interact with patients, specialists, and the community
- Treatment planning
- How you manage and work with staff
I recently discussed all this with Patrick Chavoustie of the Dental Brief Podcast.