Did dental school really prepare you for the REAL LIFE questions and situations you’ll encounter while you’re practicing in the “trenches?”
We’d all like to think so. But, the reality is that it did not...it could not. You learned the technical and problem-solving skills to be a great dentist. But, you still have burning questions about the reality of owning a dental practice, how to be fully compensated and treated fairly as an associate, how to practice dentistry while also succeeding at business. How will you live the life you’ve always hoped to live? How do you learn these things? And, is there an easier way than making the MISTAKES that thousands of young dentists have made before you?
Why does dental school NOT prepare us for REAL LIFE dentistry? Why do most dentists graduate with virtually ZERO business skills even though close to 80% of dentists own a small business? We graduate with a mountain of debt and virtually no training in how to make money and SUCCEED in dentistry.
I’ve seen the grind that life and practice can have on dentists over the years. Early in our careers we painfully stumble through our mistakes and grasp at anything we can to help quicken our transition toward becoming confident and experienced dentists. Gradually, we find a comfort zone and we accept the less than ideal aspects of our careers and lives that we believe are too hard to change...mostly because we were not given the proper training to be CEOs. I’m going to tell you that it DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY!
I love dentistry. But, I’ve always been someone who questions conventional wisdom and the adage “Well...this is just how it’s always been done. This is how it’s always been.” A year after graduating dental school, I began teaching as a clinical instructor at the University of Minnesota. I soon realized that although I was young and relatively inexperienced, I understood the perspective of the dental students I was teaching. I understood their position and their questions. And most of all I understood that they craved to learn the things that my colleagues and I had learned through struggles and mistakes as real-world practicing dentist. Many of the hard lessons I’ve learned were not learned, and could not have been learned in dental school.
I created Liftoff Academy as a resource for young dentists and dental students. It is intended to fill the gap between dental school and private practice. It is a program that will better prepare you to THRIVE as a young dentist. The Dental CEO Program is the second step, which bridges the gap between dental school/associate positions and owning and running your own practice. It’s the blueprint for building a solid foundation as an owner, so that you can thrive and SUCCEED in the business of dentistry. Both programs will help you avoid the painful mistakes and pitfalls that all dentists stumble through early in their careers and they will quicken the transition from rookie dentist to confident and experienced dentist. You will start to plan your tract for your life and career so that you can live the LIFE you always wanted and LOVE dentistry along the way.
Here is my gift to you to get you started! I spent the time interviewing dentists and compiling the “pearls of wisdom” learned by mistakes and trial and error. I hope you will find these seven lessons helpful.
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