Whether you just graduated from dental school, finished a residency program or specialty training, the majority of young dentists begin their careers as associates. The road to becoming an associate is full of variables, and knowing the “lay of the land” can help you make wise decisions. The journey begins with choosing the practice that is right for you.
Consideration #4 – Communication…Communication
Hopefully, you and your employer share values and philosophies on patient care and the important role you each will play in the success of the practice. Like any relationship based on mutual respect, trust, and honesty, associates and employers must engage in ongoing communication to address needs, expectations, and issues that arise.
Take advantage of “learning the ropes” from your employer. Whether you remain with the practice as a future partner or leave to purchase or start a practice, the lessons learned from the non-clinical side of an associateship relationship can have a big impact on the success of your career.