Category Archives: Communicating

As dentists, we step into the public spotlight (whether we want to or not)

One day, I was searching my name on Google (don’t act like I’m the only one that does that), and I saw some interesting things come up that made a few light bulbs go off in my head. The first thing was my name on some website about rating your doctor. I never filled out a profile on… Read More »

Dos and Don’ts: Your practice’s Facebook page

Facebook is the world’s largest and most popular social network in the U.S., and it can be a great way to communicate with patients and promote your practice. Social media can influence heath care decisions. Active and former patients can use various social media platforms and possibly even popular review sites to evaluate healthcare providers. Here are tips… Read More »

Employee Handbooks: You don’t need one, until you REALLY need one

When starting a new practice, you look for every possibility to keep costs down. You are already concerned with paying the loan for the practice, your rent and your staff on top of personal expenses such as dental school loans, home mortgage, etc. Whenever there is a non-immediate expense, you look to postpone it, which is what happened… Read More »

Curriculum vitae or resume: What’s the difference?

While many people use resume and curriculum vitae (CV) interchangeably, their formats are quite different and they are not intended for the same audience, according the ADA Center for Professional Success. Which type of jobs encourage a resume? Which typically prefer CV? Determining what type of employer will be reviewing your application will determine whether you submit a… Read More »

Want to make an impact on the profession? Become a speaker

Have you heard about the New and Emerging Speaker Series? I participated last year, and it was one of the best decisions I’ve made recently. The New and Emerging Speaker Series offers up-and-coming professional educators like me the chance to present at the ADA’s Annual Meeting. If you’re an independent speaker trying to break into the lecture circuit… Read More »

Talking finances in a clinical setting

One of the greatest challenges for many dentists is the need to discuss money with patients. Dentists are people who are devoted to the well-being of their patients; just read any dental school admissions essay and you will clearly see that we are a population of helpers. So in the dental operatory, after having presented treatment to the… Read More »