The best way to help young dentists

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Dr Mark HassedIf you employ younger dentists in your practice then this article is for you!

Quite often younger dentists under-perform relative to their potential especially in the first few years after graduation. They are learning their craft and I’m sure that you want to help them but how do you do it?

The single most effective way is to have a senior, top-performing dentist sit at the back of their operatory and watch them work for a day. Allow an extra 10 minutes after each patient for a debrief so you can discuss what went on.

You’ll be amazed at what you observe and how helpful you can be. You’ll be able to get an exact idea of their problems and move them on a year, in terms of experience, in only one day.

If you don’t have the time then you can employ me to do it. Recent results show an average of $900 per day improvement for the young dentists I have mentored. At that rate you recoup your investment in just over a week.

6 thoughts on “The best way to help young dentists

    DR JEREMY ROURKE said:
    January 24, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    WHY NOT HAVE A NEW DENTIST SIT IN ON A DAY WITH AN EXPERIENCED DENTIST – THE NEW DENTIST WILL LEARN HOW TO DO IT RIGHT RATHER THAN THE OLD DENTIST TELL THEM WHAT THEY DID WRONG IF IT IS THE YOUNG DENTIST WORKING AND THE OLD DENTIST OBSERVING – JEREMY ROURKE

      Dr Mark Hassed responded:
      January 24, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      Thanks for the suggestion. I think that the way I suggested is much more effective. It’s sort of like learning tennis. You can watch Roger Federer hit the ball all day and you won’t improve at all. The way to improve is to practice hitting the ball yourself and then getting feedback from a better player.

    nadinelindsay said:
    January 25, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Like your reply Mark . I feel the new Dentist would benefit far more more from your advice than from the Dentist who is employing him no matter how competent the older dentist. The owner can then followup on your suggestions later. From previous experience we know “new graduates” usually expect to start at the top and who better to help them to achieve this is Mark Hassed .

      Dr Mark Hassed responded:
      January 25, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      Thanks Nadine. You’re right. I’ve found mentoring very effective mainly because I don’t have an emotional attachment to the outcome as I would if the dentist was an employee of mine. I can be very open with my advice yet it is accepted well because I am not at all angry or judgmental.

    davidmoffet said:
    January 28, 2013 at 7:06 am

    Mark, the ROI on this teaching explains why it a very simple plan to implement and see quick results. I think this is something we can all learn to do, as teachers and mentors.

      Dr Mark Hassed responded:
      January 28, 2013 at 7:53 am

      Right David. The ROI is so quick, and it’s fun to help the young dentists.

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