11/05/2012

Mobile Guide for the New Dentist launches


To assist more dentists with their career needs, the CDA Practice Support Center has launched a mobile version of the Guide for the New Dentist.  The mobile site, cda.org/newdentist, provides dentist with valuable career tips and more, right at their fingertips.

“We want the Guide for the New Dentist to reach as many dentists as possible because making career decisions isn’t always easy. Making it mobile allows us to do that,” said Chair of the Committee on the New Dentist, Jon Pascarella, DDS.

The 18-chapter guide was originally made available on cdacompass.com in March. The guide serves as a checklist that leads a dentist from the time of their graduation through retirement, providing tips on licensing, permits and certifications; marketing; preparing for associateships and practice ownership; and understanding dental benefits plans.

Searchable by chapter, the content on the mobile site was primarily written by Practice Support Center analysts,with contributions made by several CDA members, CDA Endorsed Programs and TDIC. Though it is not to be considered an “all-inclusive” resource for a dentist beginning his or her career and purchasing a practice, nor a substitute for legal, financial or other expert counsel, it is full of important information, broken down by career stage.

Specifically, the guide covers, among other things:

  • Choice of practice model;
  • Social media;
  • Insurance needs at each stage of your career;
  • An overview of laws and regulations that impact dentistry and the dental practice;
  • Management of finances from graduation through active practice and beyond;
  • Marketing and preparing yourself for employment;
  • The ins and outs of associateships, including the interview process and contract negotiation;
  • Practice purchase, including developing a   business plan and understanding the practice acquisition process;
  • Leadership and managing the dental team;
  • Patient management, including scheduling, financial arrangements and treatment planning; and
  • Relationships with physicians, laboratories and supply companies.

Users also will be able use the search function to find keywords.

“The format of the new mobile site is very user-friendly, I think you will find it to be just as functional as it is informative,” Pascarella said.

In addition to the Guide for the New Dentist, The CDA Compass also provides a plethora of resources for members on issues involving practice management, employment practices, regulatory compliance, dental benefit plans and education.

For more information on the Guide and the CDA Compass, or to connect with a Practice Support Center content expert, call 866.232.6362, or email compass@cda.org.