Like in any other profession, as dentists, we will experience speed bumps throughout our careers. Burnout in dentistry is quite common where, according to one study, 84% of dentists have experienced burnout during some part of their careers.
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This is why we need to have a clear purpose that guides us through. If we’re not careful enough, we run the risk of getting beat up by all the realities of day-to-day practice to the point where purpose becomes something that’s way back in the rear-view mirror.
In this week’s thriving dentist episode, Naren & Gary share some wonderful insights & strategies to avoid burnout as a dentist.
- 00:00:24 – Introduction to the episode
- 00:01:04 – Announcement 1
- 00:02:21 – Announcement 2
- 00:05:11 – Does every single dentist experience burnout at some point in their career?
- 00:09:29 – How does having a purpose help you glide through speed bumps you’re going to hit in your career?
- 00:12:48 – Why does Gary emphasize that dentistry as a career is a marathon and not a sprint.
6 Specific Strategies To Avoid Burnout
- 00:15:07 – Strategy Number 1
- 00:17:00 – Strategy Number 2
- 00:20:28 – Strategy Number 3
- 00:21:29 – Strategy Number 4
- 00:22:03 – Strategy Number 5
- 00:22:57 – Strategy Number 6
- 00:24:10 – Recap of the 6 strategies
Dental CPA Insight Segment
- 00:27:16 -Robby Apple on Entity Choice
- 00:33:16 – Question 1 – I’m a young Dentist. I had a good experience in Clinic in Dental School but I recognize the need for much more training. What path would you direct me for my postgraduate CE?
- 00:36:40 – Question 2 – Your concept of the 3-Day work week interests me, but I seem to be heading in the opposite direction. I recently added a fifth clinical day per week intending to make more money so that I can reduce my practice debt. Is the 3-Day work week even realistic in today’s practice environment?
- 00:42:54 – Question 3 – I know that I need to become more effective at marketing so that I can reduce insurance dependence, but I have not had much marketing success so far. Help!
- 00:47:37 – Question – 4 – I am currently a solo Dentist working on adding an Associate Dentist and perhaps providing a Partnership opportunity for the right Associate Dentist. How do I know when I am ready to add the Associate?
As a dental practice coach, Gary provides guidance for dental professionals on how to create a healthier practice style that lets them deliver excellent patient care while reducing depending on insurance.
More importantly, Gary’s insights are not just based on theory – as a co-owner of a dental practice, he has first-hand experience in making this transformation from a high-volume and low-fee insurance model to a fee-for-service approach that is more sustainable and promotes a patient-centric and financially healthy dental practice, and he is dedicated to sharing this knowledge with other dental practitioners via the popular Thriving Dentist Show!