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New Graduates

graduation class of 2019

ADD THE "I'm a dentist"

The ADA's 163,000 member dentists - your colleagues - are working to drive dentistry forward. As a new dentist, you’re starting the next step in your career journey and we have resources, tips and tools specifically for recent grads like you. Getting ready to succeed in the world of dentistry starts with a few early pieces of advice.

Welcome to the profession and the start of your career journey​!

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New Dentist Now Blog

Feeling anxious about coronavirus? Remember to reach out to fellow dentists
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 14:40:19 +0000 The past week has been one strange week. Many didn’t see this coming the way it did, and I doubt anyone expected state heads to [...]
In the face of novel times
Wed, 25 Mar 2020 13:00:16 +0000 Hard to believe just a few short weeks ago when I had asked another medical provider about this virus in China that was causing the [...]
Making tough decisions, finding support during coronavirus crisis
Mon, 23 Mar 2020 13:00:27 +0000 I never imagined that the news I was hearing about a virus months ago would affect us so personally on so many levels. As dentists [...]
‘All in this together’: Despite uncertainties over COVID-19, let’s be the voice of reason
Thu, 19 Mar 2020 13:30:37 +0000 I sit here looking at torn up carpet, smelling fresh paint and hearing nothing.  It’s the middle of a Thursday morning and my dental office is silent. [...]
Leadership for newbies: Becoming a trustee two years after dental school
Tue, 17 Mar 2020 13:43:54 +0000 Once I graduated from dental school, I began to seek out leadership opportunities in the real world. One of the first things I noticed was [...]
Do it for the ‘gram: Developing your dental practice’s social media identity
Thu, 12 Mar 2020 13:30:17 +0000 Have you heard of Instagram? Of course you have. It’s one of the largest social media platforms, currently serving over one billion monthly active users. [...]
Surviving your first months as an associate
Mon, 09 Mar 2020 13:30:15 +0000 So you just finished dental school or a residency and you are ready to move in to a new world. You are done with academia [...]
Implementing new technology into an older practice as a new associate
Tue, 03 Mar 2020 14:30:38 +0000 It was October of 2017, I was graduating in May of the next year, and I happened to score a job from the first and [...]
Will the perfect doctor please stand up?
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 14:30:43 +0000 I’ll never forget the night that the most popular guy at my high school broke down and cried on my shoulder minutes after a varsity [...]
Camaraderie over competition: Why I started a study club
Mon, 24 Feb 2020 14:30:36 +0000 I started thinking about buying a practice in the summer of 2019. I’d been out of school an entire year by then and was already [...]