Study clubs from a business perspective
Englewood, Colo. — For new dentists, there can be a lot to learn when it comes to creating or running a small business.
Establishing the necessary business elements and learning how to run a successful dental practice can provide challenges early in one’s career.
Over the past few years, Dr. Justin Pearson, a 2008 University of Michigan School of Dentistry graduate and current chair of the Colorado Dental Association New Dentist Committee, has been working with a team of general dentists and sponsors who volunteer their time to organize quarterly study clubs aimed solely at providing business education to their members.
Because Colorado is a large state that encompasses more than 100,000 square miles, the New Dentist Committee also live-streams each study club session for free in an effort to reach dentists who cannot make it to the study club on a given night. Podcasts will soon be available on the Colorado Dental Association website (cdaonline.com) and New Dentist Committee Facebook page (facebook.com/ColoradoNewDentistCommittee) to allow members to listen to the programs at their leisure. Watch parties for the study clubs are also regularly organized in other communities to encourage engagement throughout the state as members watch the presentations together.
The program is interactive and attendees can ask the presenters questions from the outreach locations via an online chat function.
“I really enjoy networking with our younger colleagues and owe a lot to the many clinicians who have helped me get my start over my first nine years in general practice,” Dr. Pearson said. He enjoys keeping current on the latest trends in dentistry and maintains that these networking opportunities afforded to young dentists allow them to share ideas and work together to solve many business quandaries.
Dentists who are interested in finding a study club near them, including ones that offer continuing education, can contact their local or state dental society.