A Guide To Transitioning From Dental School To Dental Practice

You did it! You finally completed dental school, and while it is a very exciting time, it can also be overwhelming. After the celebrations are over, you are left to determine your career and what your professional life will look like moving forward. If you are looking ahead with some apprehension, this guide can offer you guidance for transitioning from dental school to a dental practice.

1.) Time management will become your best friend. Now that you are jumping into professional life, becoming a master of your own time will help you navigate starting or joining a dental practice.

2.) Start networking. There’s no better time than now to build your professional network. This will help you stay connected for support, job opportunities, and collaboration.

3.) Get a mentor or coach. It can be easy to get overwhelmed and need some guidance when you are just getting started. The truth is, starting your own practice can be a lot of trial and error (which is expensive) so working with someone who is already well versed in this experience and who can guide you in a way that supports your success.

Do you want to get your dental career started on the right path? Are you looking to put in place the practices and procedures to make your existing dental business more profitable? Send Dr. Coughlin a quick email today!

4.) Start focusing on your savings goals and money management. This will become a pivotal part of the process when starting your practice.

5.) Prepare for running your own business. Dental school is a wealth of knowledge, but it does not always prepare you for the reality of starting a business. And as you can imagine, a lot goes into running a business, like setting up systems, hiring, finding clients, and accounting. Of course, working with a mentor or coach can also help you create a more seamless transition.

Is A Coaching Program Worth It?
Yes! When you start out working with someone who has already successfully started a practice, you can skip the growing pains of doing the same. With student loan debt, balancing a new practice, and navigating life after school, a coaching program can help set you up for success.

After starting 14 successful practices, I created a coaching program that teaches you everything I know about the process, how to reach financial success, and how to determine the next stage of your professional life. Even if you don’t want to start a practice right away, this program can still be beneficial in teaching you about contracts, finding a patient base, understanding dental compensation, common mistakes to avoid, insurance requirements, and so much more.

You don’t have to go through this process alone. If you would like to learn more about my coaching program, book an appointment today.