How a 31 Year Old Dentist Saved $750,000
Happy New Year. I hope this post finds you well and healthy. The student loan payment and interest freeze have gone on much longer than expected with the most recent “final” pause set to expire this month being extended until May. Since most of the readers of this blog are interested in student loans, you are also probably interested in personal finance. While it’s...
byPractice PirateJanuary 4, 2022
What You Should Know Before Applying to a Pediatric Dental Residency Program
Pediatric dentists separate themselves from general dentists, by gaining familiarity with current and historic literature in the field of pediatric dentistry and becoming masters of behavior modification techniques necessary for working with anxious children. Depending on the program, obtaining your certificate in pediatric dentistry requires two to three years of additional education and...
byPractice PirateJune 6, 2021
How to Prepare for Endodontic Residency Applications
Deciding to apply to postgraduate specialty residencies is an important decision. This post outlines how a dentist or dental student should prepare to apply to endodontic residency programs.
byPractice PirateApril 27, 2021
Should You Become a Dentist?
I am asked this question often. There are several factors to consider when choosing a profession and two of them are the return on investment you expect to receive from obtaining the education and the suspected level of personal satisfaction or job fulfillment you would expect to achieve while working. The latter is much more difficult to quantify as one can find satisfaction from multiple...
byPractice PirateJanuary 24, 2021
Recommendations for Website Hosting for Dental Practice Websites
5 Reasons Every Dentist Should Use WordPress
Is Being a Dentist Worth It?
This project was inspired by a blog post authored in 2014 titled “Dentistry Sucks”. The post has accumulated more than a thousand comments and I discovered it during a Google search when I was trying to connect with others who find this career choice particularly challenging. I enjoy practicing dentistry, but do...
byPractice PirateDecember 23, 2020
How to Buy a Dental Practice Volume 1 – Second Edition by Brian Hanks – Book Review
As you explore the possibility of ownership, this book is probably the single best resource available for dentists interested in purchasing a practice. Buying a business is a complicated transaction and doing it by yourself is ill-advised. This book highlights the importance of assembling a competent team to assist in the acquisition. Regarding your team, you’ll learn why the only advisors in...
byPractice PirateSeptember 22, 2020
How Are Associate Dentists Paid?
I get asked this question frequently. “What is the difference between production, adjusted production, and collections?” Associates are typically paid on either adjusted production or collections. Adjusted production is production minus any insurance write-offs or discounts. To understand adjusted production, you need to know what “production” means....
byPractice PirateJuly 4, 2020
The COVID crisis effects on student loans continues. This pandemic has highlighted a complete lack of communication between the Department of Education and the loan servicers. You may have noticed that your federal student loans were automatically placed into forbearance last week. My loans are held with FedLoan and they automatically placed my account into an emergency forbearance in 2017...
byPractice PirateApril 5, 2020