Do Dental Schools Prepare Dentists for Today’s Practice?

Do Dental Schools Prepare Dentists for Today's Practice? (video)Dentists must have a degree from an accredited dental school in order to practice dentistry in the U.S.

But does dental school teach dentists everything they need to know about being a dentist?

The Wealthy Dentist conducted a survey asking dentists if dental school adequately prepares dentists for the real world.

A Maryland dentist responded, “Dental schools routinely produce graduates who believe they know a great deal more than they really know.  They are definitely not ready for private practice.”

In this survey 4 out of 5 dentists felt dental graduates are not prepared for the financial realities of practicing dentistry.  Only 1 in 5 dentists felt that dental schools do an adequate job.

“Most dental schools give some instruction in the economics of practicing dentistry, but it only scratches the surface!” wrote an Indiana periodontist.

To hear more of what dentists had to say in this survey,  Click on Play to watch the following video —

What has been your experience with recent dental graduates?

A Day-in-the-Life of a Dental Student

A Day-in-the-Life of a Dental Student Dentists, are you curious if dental school has changed very much since you graduated?

Today’s Friday random video features Clint, a 2nd-year dental student, who explains what a typical day is like at dental school.

Clint is attending the University of Minnesota’s school of Dentistry.

The University of Minnesota was established in 1851, and it took over the Minnesota College Hospital in 1888 in order to establish its own Department of Medicine. Its Dental School, originally a part of that Department, was separated off in 1892, and in 1932 it took the name of the School of Dentistry. (Wikipedia)

Early students used a dental hand-piece driven by a foot pedal and made some of their own laboratory and clinical instruments in class. A lot has changed with dentistry since then…

Enjoy reliving dental school with Clint, and a day in the life of a dental student —


 
Dentists, what is your favorite memory of dental school?

Dental Graduates Are Not Prepared To Start a Business (video)

Dental Graduates Are Not Prepared To Start a BusinessThe Wealthy Dentist conducted a survey that asked dentists, “Are today’s dental school graduates prepared for the real world?”

Four out of five dentists who responded felt that dental school graduates are unprepared for the business realities of running a dental practice.

One dentist declared, Dental schools routinely produce graduates who believe that they know a great deal more that they really know. They are definitely not ready for private practice!”

Specialists were more likely to approve of the job that dental schools are doing in educating dental students.

Watch the following video to hear more of what dentists had to say about dental schools —

What are your thoughts? Are dental school graduates prepared to run a dental business?

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