Your career in dentistry isn’t all there is.
Dr. Jim Clark, Benco’s resident Practice Transitions Specialist, describes dentistry as a lifelong learning path. His drive for continuous growth proves why he is successful in his field.
Dr. Clark’s career in dentistry spans far and wide. For over 36 years, he has been buying, selling, and managing practices. He has also served as a military dentist and worked as an education specialist for a prominent implant manufacturer.
Dr. Clark spoke at one of our most recent webinars to answer commonly asked questions by dental students. Here are some of the insights we’ve gleaned from his session
1. Learning to grow in your career in dentistry.
Learning doesn’t stop once you graduate from dental school.
Dentistry, like many other careers, is a continuous learning process. Advancements in the field, especially as they relate to COVID-19 safety, are rapidly evolving.
According to Dr. Clark, one of the best ways to invest in one’s practice is through continuing education (CE).
Why are CEs important? Dentists need CE credits to expand their practices and consider new ways of treatment. Also, CE allows dental practitioners to broaden their network and learn from others.
How do you choose the right CEs? Other than the basics—perio, operative, and crown and bridge—Dr. Clark encourages dental students to branch out.
“Pick what you’re interested in and what you think you’re going to (emphasize in) your practice going forward.”
An investment in continued education may take time away from your practice, but Dr. Clark encourages dentists to go through the process anyway. The knowledge you gain is valuable in your career path in dentistry.
Having a passion for learning helps you build on what you already know and broaden your perspective. Adopting a growth mindset also enables you to stay the course and keep pushing forward despite any challenges you encounter.
2. Buy the right dentistry equipment.
New dental equipment is designed to be faster, smarter, gentler, and generally more effective. In every way, it is meant to be an upgrade over what it replaces.
Before making a purchase for the right equipment for your practice, you need to ask yourself the following questions:
- Will your practice get by with the equipment you currently have? If so, for how long?
- What is the projected return on investment of the equipment you’re considering? Will it increase production and cash flow?
- Will the upgrades improve your team’s job efficiency and satisfaction?
Ergonomics should be a critical factor in selecting dental instruments. Lighter and larger-diameter devices, especially those with a textured-grip surface, are easier to grasp. These tools also minimize the amount of force required during procedures.
3. Invest in a passion project.
Pursuing a passion outside of work is beneficial for your overall well-being.
Look for something outside of your day-to-day work that you can pour your time and resources into. For Dr. Clark, it was real estate. “I built houses on the side and did a lot of stuff like that, but I enjoy it.” He considers himself as a multi-tasker, being able to juggle his work and side projects simultaneously.
“Do what you’re interested in. Invest your time and money into stuff you enjoy,” Dr. Clark shares. Whether it’s gardening, the stock market, or starting a new podcast, a hobby will be very helpful for both your career and your overall mental and emotional health.
Ready to begin?
Dr. Clark encourages all of us always to keep our eyes open. “That’s why it’s called a dental practice. You never master it. You’re always learning every day.”
Benco Dental offers continuing education and high-quality dental products for your practice. Contact your Friendly Benco Rep for more information.