Are you satisfied? – Practice setting and dentist job satisfaction
Are you satisfied with your current job situation? Are there certain aspects you wish were different? Maybe you are just starting your career, or looking for a change. It turns out the type of practice you work in may impact how you feel about your dental career.
In an innovative, first-of-its-kind study, researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago and the ADA Health Policy Institute (HPI) examined how dentists view different aspects of solo, small group, and large group practice. They found that:
- Dentists working in small group settings reported the highest overall career satisfaction.
- Dentists working in large group settings reported more satisfaction with income and benefits than dentists in solo practice, as well as less stress.
- Dentists working in large group practices affiliated with dental management organizations were more satisfied with weekends off and fewer hours spent on non-clinical tasks.
- Dentists working in dentist owned and operated practices were more satisfied with income and their overall feelings about dentistry.