Resources to Kickstart Your Dental Career | American Dental Association

Resources to kickstart your dental career 

Find advice, tools, and other resources to help you chart a satisfying path for your dental career. 

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  • Explore your options
  • Find a job
  • Negotiate a contract
Dr. Sara Makary shares how mentorship boosted her career — and how you can benefit, too.
How-to
How-to
See the latest HPI data on the supply of dentists, demographic trends and workforce shifts.
Research and data
Research and data
See all the doors your dental degree can open, including research and consulting.
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Article
Learn the ins and outs of different practice settings, academia, military, FQHCs, and more.
Webinar
Webinar
Consider whether a solo practice may fit be right for your personal and professional goals. 
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Article
See 5 tips for finding the right dental associateship for your goals and dreams. 
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Article
Ace the interview with advice from the New Dentist Beginner’s Guide to Finding a Job.
Guide
Guide
Get off on the right foot by setting your priorities. 
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Article
Find out what to ask practice owners during your associate interview.
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Article
Evaluate whether that nice practice will support your goals — and career satisfaction.
How-to
How-to
Review legal terms about compensation, non-competes, more with the help of a lawyer.
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Download
Set your priorities and negotiate the whole package (including restrictive covenants).
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Article
Write a well-grounded counter offer that’s more likely to be accepted.
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Article
See how your take-home pay can vary if you’re paid on production vs. collections.
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Article
Understand key terms, calculations and considerations for your associate compensation.  
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Article
Discuss a proposed contract, salary and benefits with your would-be boss. 
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Article
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Resources for wellness and work-life balance

Videos 

Mindfulness techniques may help you reduce stress
Mark Abramson, DDS shares a series of short videos that can help you cultivate mindfulness to reduce stress and anxiety. 

Take care of yourself so you can take care of others
Learn the value of self-care and how mental health impacts your life. Then access resources that can help you and your team take better care of yourselves.

CE opportunities from the ADA Accelerator Series

5 steps to practicing dentistry pain-free: evidence-based strategies for a long and healthy career
Did you know that a musculoskeletal disorder is the cause of one third of early retirements among dentists? Untreated chronic pain can result in physical and financial disaster! In this presentation, ergonomics expert Dr. Bethany Valachi offers tips to help you continue practicing without pain. Learn the five key areas that are essential to effectively resolve work-related pain in dentistry and how to sequence these changes. 

Wellness in dentistry: Inspired and supportive leadership
In this one-hour workshop, you will be introduced to the concepts around inspired and supportive leadership. Take a dive deep into the power of leading with core values and the invaluable impact of trust, rapport, and instilling hope in the workplace. NAMI Chicago will introduce strategies for discussing mental health with dental team members, employees, and peers, and talk about laying the foundation for creating a culture of wellness. 

Mental health, dentistry and you
Learn about the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Chicago's resources, dive deep into the definition of wellness, learn how to recognize when a colleague is struggling, and identify ways to be supportive. Hear how specific aspects of the dental practice and workplace provide challenges and opportunities for wellness, and get wellness techniques and strategies that dentists and their teams can implement to build resilience and improve workplace wellness. Then create your own "Wellness Plan" in order to better manage stress and engage in self-care.

Other resources

Mental health resources
Take care of yourself and your team with a Workplace Mental Health Toolkit, videos on stress-busting breathing techniques, free access to ClassPass workouts and more. 

Dealing with depression
54% of dentists reported medium or high levels of depression in a 2021 survey. See the signs and symptoms of depression and learn how to get help for yourself or support a colleague. 

Juggling motherhood and a full-time dental career
Dr. Rohini Agarwall shares her advice on achieving work-life balance.

ADA Practice Transitions (ADAPT)

ADAPT can help you find your dream associateship (at no cost for ADA members seeking their first job) or explore ownership.

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