Early Career Dentists

Alternative pathways in dentistry: CDA Journal discusses careers outside of traditional private practice

“Private practices have been effectively taking care of the oral health needs of a large portion of the population,” writes…

May 8, 2024 |Early Career Dentists, Leadership and Practice Ownership, News Articles, Practice Transitions, Students

Dentists, dental professionals can apply for up to $5K for education expenses through Webb Family Grant

The CDA Foundation is accepting applications through May 31, 2024 for the Webb Family Grant, which supports the education and training of dental professionals in California.

April 8, 2024 |CDA Foundation, Early Career Dentists, News Articles, Students

A commitment to the underserved distinguishes Maria Augello, RDH, 2023 Webb Family Grant recipient

A commitment to rural and underserved populations guides the educational and career goals of the CDA Foundation’s 2023 Webb Family Grant recipient, Maria Augello.

December 6, 2023 |CDA Foundation, Early Career Dentists, News Articles

L.A.’s new Freelance Worker Protections Ordinance should prompt California dentists statewide to review associate classification

A new Los Angeles city ordinance requires employers who hire and retain freelance workers within the city to provide a written contract and timely payment among other things and also established certain rights for freelance workers. 

August 15, 2023 |Early Career Dentists, Employment Practices, Laws & Regulations, News Articles

Dentists with DEA registration must comply with new federal act requiring opioid use disorder training

Dentists and other authorized prescribers across the U.S. will be required under a new federal law to complete eight hours of instruction on treating and managing patients with opioid and other substance use disorders prior to renewing or obtaining a DEA registration.

March 21, 2023 |Early Career Dentists, Education and Events, News Articles, Online Learning, Regulatory Compliance

CDA-hosted meetups for dentists pair career-building support and guidance with food and upbeat activities

CDA will host two in-person gatherings in San Diego and Ontario in late March that are especially geared toward early-career dentists who want to define or refine their career goals, but dentists in any stage of practice with an eye on the future are invited to attend. 

February 14, 2023 |Early Career Dentists, Education and Events, News Articles, Practice Transitions, Students

Every shared dental-space arrangement needs a shared agreement

Space sharing — that is, sharing space or renting an operatory in an established dental office — may be a viable option for dentists in various stages of their career if the terms are carefully considered by both parties and all proper steps are taken.

February 9, 2023 |Early Career Dentists, News Articles, Practice Management, Practice Transitions, Students

‘Simply treating a tooth is inadequate’ – Recipient of Student Loan Repayment Grant has visionary long-term goal

The CDA Foundation awarded Dr. Stone just over $103,000 in student loan repayment in exchange for her commitment to maintain an overall patient caseload of at least 30% Medi-Cal patients for at least two years in either a Dental Health Professional Shortage Area or an underserved worksite.

December 15, 2022 |CDA Foundation, Early Career Dentists, News Articles, Students

Four loan repayment and scholarship opportunities for California dentists, hygienists, dental assistants, students

Dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and dental and hygiene students in California may be eligible for financial assistance via loan repayment or a scholarship through the Department of Health Care Access and Information. 

August 24, 2022 |Access to Care, Early Career Dentists, News Articles, Students

Graduate of dental assistant training program a ‘wonderful asset’ to San Francisco dentist’s mature practice

Dental assistant training programs are successfully placing graduates in California dental practices. One recent graduate, Liz Martinez, changed her career as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and is now employed by a dental practice in San Francisco.

May 12, 2022 |Early Career Dentists, News Articles, Practice Management, Staffing & Training

Classifying workers as independent contractors under law

Employers in California can now visit a single website to help them understand their requirements under a new law that further restricts their ability to classify their workers as independent contractors. Launched late last year by the California Labor & Workforce Development Agency, the website provides employer-specific resources and FAQ summarizing AB 5 and the ABC test and more.

February 4, 2020 |Early Career Dentists, Employment Practices, Hiring, Firing & Performance, Laws & Regulations, News Articles

‘ABC test’ is now the law, but it’s not a free ticket for independent contractors

Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, it will be more difficult for most employers in California to classify workers as independent contractors, rather than employees, and in some cases will make employees out of independent contractors. And although CDA secured an exemption for dentists, employee classification still isn’t clear-cut, and dentists will need to err on the side of caution when classifying their workers.

October 15, 2019 |Early Career Dentists, Employment Practices, Hiring, Firing & Performance, Laws & Regulations, News Articles