“What should I do after I graduate from dental school?”
Recently, I was on a panel of dentists speaking to third- and fourth-year dental students. This was the question on the top of their minds. This is the question that I had to answer for myself just over two years ago. I considered every reasonable possibility that I could conceive, but I did not expect to find myself owning a dental practice just a short time later.
When I graduated from the University of Florida College of Dentistry in 2013, I knew that I wanted to move back to my hometown of Winter Park, Florida. Beyond that, I had hoped to work for my dentist but nothing had been set in stone. While many of my classmates had decided to specialize or had already accepted a job, I found myself scrambling to find work.
I applied to just about any position that made sense. This included private practices and corporate offices. I went on lots of interviews and, in the span of about a year, I worked part-time in six different dental offices, and ultimately bought a practice that was not one of those six. While at times it was difficult to keep my head on straight, it gave me a lot of experience that I would not have been able to get if I had been working in just one office.
Over the next few months I will be guest blogging and publishing my “New Dentist’s Beginner’s Guide.” Through this series, I hope to share much of the experience that I have earned in my first years out of school. This will include topics such as “How to find a job”, “How to handle money” and “How to speak to patients with confidence.”
Dr. Drew Byrnes is a New Dentist Now Guest Blogger. He graduated from the University of Florida College of Dentistry in 2013. His practice, Dr. Drew Byrnes Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, can be found at 199 E Welbourne, Ste 200, Winter Park, FL 32789, 1-407-645-4645. In his free time, he enjoys running, spending time with his wife and volunteering with his church and in his community.