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What’s Next: How to Plan for the Dental Career of Your Dreams



As you think about the end of dental school, or how to plan your career, you’re probably wondering, “What's next?”

Far too often, I hear dental students say something like, “My only option is to grab the first job I can find. I know I’m going to be miserable while I increase my speed and clinical skills.” But you don’t need to feel that way!

Last week I discussed exactly that during the most recent ADA Practice Transitions Coffee Talk webinar. I offered advice to plan for the dental career you have always dreamed of, including:

We also had an active Q&A session, during which we discussed:

  • What are the most important things to consider when negotiating a contract for practice acquisition?
  • I’m thinking about moving out of state after dental school but I don’t have a mentor or any professional connections out of the state I am in. Any advice for how to establish yourself as a new dentist out of state?
  • What is the best way to get ahead business- and finance-wise while in dental school? (See: 5 financial must-dos before buying a dental practice.)
  • What resources are there for finding opportunities?
  • What does an owner look for when hiring? What factors into their decision to hire someone?
  • What should I know about negotiating an associate contract?

Watch the entire thing.


Remember, if you are a D3 or D4 (or looking for a practice transition of your own), you can create a free ADA Practice Transitions profile to join our matching pool. You’ll gain access to resources tailored to your needs, plus the guidance of an ADA Advisor. It costs nothing to join and receive matches, and the entire fee is waived if we find you your first job out of dental school. See full pricing details.

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Additional resources mentioned during the session

The American Dental Education Association, if you are interested in pursuing a career in academia

The National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards (NCRDSCB), if you are interested in learning one of the twelve recognized specialties

Ebook: What You Need to Know Before Signing that Contract

Guidelines for Practice Success from the ADA Center for Professional Success, to help learn the “business” of dentistry. This can help you better evaluate potential practices!

Should You Take the Money? The True Cost of a Signing Bonus

Don’t Settle: Identify the Ideal Practice for You

What Went Wrong: My Restrictive Covenant Was Too Restrictive

What Went Wrong series, with tips to avoid all-too-common scenarios

Transition Tales series, with real-world stories from our dentists

We also shared a testimonial video from Dr. Jessica Sikora. Dr. Sikora wanted to find the right practice after graduation, but lacked connections in her adopted state of Maine. Through ADAPT, she found the ideal practice where she can get the hands-on mentorship she craves while building the foundation for eventual ownership. As she explained, “If I hadn’t found ADAPT, I probably would have ended up in a group practice and that is not what I wanted.”

Check out other topics in our Coffee Talks webinar series:

  • How Mentorship Can Enhance Your Career - No Matter what Phase You're In
  • Find Career Success with ADA Practice Transitions
  • Taking the Legal Pain Out of Buying or Selling a Dental Practice
  • How to Manage & Retain Staff During a Practice Transition
  • Selling Your Practice in the COVID-19 Era: Advice from Accounting Experts
  • Before You Buy: The Financial Side of a Practice Transition


Topics: associateship, coffee talks


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