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General News December 27, 2018

Private Practice Series

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The ACP Private Practice Committee is pleased to feature the collection of 12 articles from the Private Practice Series, a series of articles for members in practice -- written by prosthodontists, for prosthodontists.

The series includes articles on topics related to private practice such as referrals, starting a practice, hiring and training staff, cost factors, tips for time management, and more. 

These articles are intended to share tips and wisdom that members have picked up from their experience in practice -- with useful ideas for prosthodontists new in practice and those who are further into their careers.

See all twelve articles below:

SHOULD YOU MAINTAIN A REFERRAL-BASED PRACTICE?
Contributed by Dr. Sundeep Rawal, published Dec. 19, 2018

Dr. Rawal describes the benefits of a referral-based practice, including the advantages of collaboration and strong networks as well as the potential disadvantages due to shifting trends in dentistry.

HOW MY CAREER IN EDUCATION BOOSTED MY CAREER IN PRIVATE PRACTICE
Contributed by Dr. Khaldoun Ajlouni, published Dec. 12, 2018

Dr. Ajlouni describes his unplanned career path in education and it opened up new avenues for his career in private practice. He recounts relationships with mentors as inspiration and connections with students and colleagues as beneficial to his career.

"THANK YOU" LETTERS CAN KEEP DOORS OPEN
Contributed by Dr. Elaine Torres-Melendez, published Nov. 28, 2018

Dr. Torres-Melendez describes the importance of sending follow-up "thank you" notes to dentists after they refer patients to her practice. A sample letter that can be used as a template is included in the article.

THEN & NOW: BUILDING A REFERRAL-BASED PRACTICE
Contributed by Dr. Paul Scruggs, published Nov. 14, 2018

Dr. Scruggs looks back at his own experience and describes the importance of building relationships and networking when it comes to referrals. He sees how this proven concept stands the test of time and continues to be successful 30 years later. 

DENTAL MARKETING
Contributed by Dr. Donald Ridgell, published Nov. 15, 2017

Dr. Ridgell explains how to utilize social media and Google to gain more new patients through use of search terms, target marketing, and more. He explains tips for private practitioners with smaller budgets and how to gain a high return on investment.

IMPORTANT FACTORS FOR TRANSITIONING INTO PRIVATE PRACTICE
Contributed by Dr. Sundeep Rawal, published Nov. 8, 2017

Dr. Rawal describes two important factors that a new graduate must consider when looking at career opportunities. On top of individual practices and their philosophies and cultures, one must also consider whether or not dental implants will be a part of your practice and how much digital technology is available in the practice.

RETURN ON INVESTMENT
Contributed by Dr. Robert Bentz, published Oct. 18, 2017

Dr. Bentz provides advice for gross income and net profits and how it affects your workflow and bottom line. He offers tips on first starting out in practice, attending dental conventions, involving your staff, and more.

INVESTING IN YOUR STAFF
Contributed by Dr. Gregory Guichet, published Oct. 11, 2017

Dr. Guichet provides tips for meeting with your staff, performance 'previews', and how to involve your staff in ensuring a positive experience for your patients. The article includes ideas on strategic planning meetings, praising staff, and more.

TIPS ON HOW TO HIRE AND TRAIN STAFF
Contributed by Dr. Khaldoun Ajlouni, published Oct. 4, 2017

Dr. Ajlouni provides tips for how to hire the right employee and how to make them a happy and productive member of your team. The article includes ideas on where to look for talent, how to interview, and what ideas work for keeping employees happy.

THE COST OF ENTERING AND STAYING IN PRIVATE PRACTICE
Contributed by Dr. Carl Pogoncheff, published Sept. 27, 2017

Dr. Pogoncheff identifies some of the lesser-known costs of private practice, as well as ways to use your skills to your advantage -- including tips on how to save time, what will help you in your career, and things to avoid.

TIPS FOR BETTER TIME MANAGEMENT IN THE OFFICE
Contributed by Dr. Elaine Torres-Melendez, published Sept. 20, 2017

Dr. Torres-Melendez offers ideas to help you dedicate more time to your patients chairside and give them a better experience, as well as to help you avoid interruptions and distractions.

TEN TIPS FOR STARTING A NEW PROSTHODONTIC PRACTICE
Contributed by Dr. Derrick L. Williamson, published Sept. 13, 2017

Dr. Williamson describes considerations such as demographic research, locations, technical infrastructure, how to spread the word about your new practice, and more.

Please feel free to discuss the articles in the ACP Community for Private Practitioners.

 

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