Perhaps easier done by a online shoe store than a dental office. After finishing Tony Hsieh’s book Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose, I found that this book provided some great insight into starting and running a successful business. Business and practice management is infamously under-taught in Dental School. Most recent dental school graduates are no longer starting practices from scratch or buying practices straight out of school due to the overwhelming student loan debt many of us face. Instead, due to finances, recent graduates are limited to working as associates in private practices or for corporate practices. Which luckily frees us from most practice management and business worries. As an associate, I am using my “free time” to prepare to swim in the business world prior to jumping in the deep end of practice ownership. And doing so through the only way I’ve know how to after being in school for 20 years — reading books written by people smarter and more experienced than me.
I recently had the opportunity to choose which type of implants I want to place. As a general practitioner, cost is a large factor in choosing implants because of the need to keep overhead low due to low insurance reimbursements. While I am looking for lower cost implant options, quality for my patients is still very largely on my mind.
I recently saw this post from one of my former classmates, Alison Fishman DMD: