Here is the continuation from the last post – Rules Learned As A Certified Dentist – Part 1
4) Learn To Relax
In the start, I was one of those individuals who would think about everything and look to micromanage. If a team member wasn’t doing their job, I was right up in their grill looking for answers and telling them to do better. This got to the point where I got mad if they wanted days off too. I was only thinking about my bills, scheduling, and how my job would go if these things didn’t line up. In the end, this made things worse!
It was at one point when I realized my team members were human beings and had to live their lives too. I had to value their loyalty at the clinic because they kept things running even when it got hard. These were trained professionals who were an important cog in the machine with their roles and responsibilities. They deserved my trust because they had earned it and being in their business was only going to bog things down. I didn’t have to question them as long as I knew they were competent.
One of the biggest things I have changed my mind on would be the idea of bringing children/grandchildren to the clinic. In the past, I would have got in their way and said “no” to the idea. Now, I don’t mind at all and the children are a pleasant addition to the clinic.
The reason they’re bringing these children to the office has to do with their loyalty to me. They want to work hard even if they have to take care of the children. So, getting mad at them is unfair. Their children should be welcome.
It is the same for other things to whether it has to do with vacation time, health insurance, sick leave, or even retirement. You have to give when it comes to the team as a dentist.
5) Run Clinic Like A Business
Yes, everyone wants to think about running a clinic that helps people but you also want to make money. The goal is to run things like a business and not just assume it will take care of itself. The expenses should never eat into the profits. You want to ensure you don’t end up going bankrupt after all! This is why you want to have a look at everything including work hours, benefits, and job descriptions for your employees so there are no gaps in how things function at the clinic. You also want to keep tabs on the accounts receivable (money being paid to you) and not overspend.
Of course, you will have to make investments from time whether it has to do with new equipment or training. You want to learn to optimize it all so you are running a good clinic that brings in money year-round. Learn to use the time at your clinic and focus on the details.
You should look into booking the schedule so you have enough time to carry out treatments without major gaps. Timing procedures can be good and something you will learn over the years as you get steadier as a professional. Sometimes, patients want to be in and out as soon as possible, so you are doing well.
Being efficient is not a bad thing and patients will appreciate it as long as you have good “bedside” manner.
6) Use Guidelines Not Strict Rules
The last rule is to remember these are guidelines and not strict rules you have to adhere to. The same applies to any rule. You want to learn and adapt as much as possible because becoming static is not a good thing as a dentist. You want to think about everything.
Look at avoiding rushing into a solo private practice. Yes, you want to be your own boss but there are so many things to look at such as the bills in such a position. Can you handle it right off the bat?
This is why splitting the burden can be a good idea. Yes, I am lucky to be a boss but it does take time and you have to make sacrifices.
The last tidbit to focus on would be to learn to find a good group of people such as your family and friends to share with. This is the caring environment you want to be in.