Interview with a 4th year Dental Student – Matt Lewis

Bulletproof Dental Practice Podcast Episode 16

Host: Dr. Peter Boulden / Atlanta Dental Spa

Guest: Matt Lewis

Key Takeaways:

  • Corporate often invites dental students to join them although it feels that they only present ideal scenario most of the time.
  • Deciding to sell to the corporate model is a tough decision to make.
  • Corporate dentistry can compete on pricing but not on relationship factor.
  • Dental students should keep their options open whether they’ll go corporate or pursue a private practice.
  • Corporate dentistry can help dental students get a job and learn practical dental skills.
  • Huge dental debts encourage students to go corporate after graduation.
  • The more in-debt you are after graduation, the fewer choices you have.
  • Fewer students now want to start their own practice after graduation.
  • Corporate offers $500-a-day baseline pay to dental students.
  • Dental associates who are willing to hustle their pay after six months are good for a practice because it means they are interested to be in a win-win situation.
  • When selecting where to practice after graduation consider market saturation. Don’t just go with the herd.
  • When looking for a CPA, look for someone who can give you personalized attention, especially if you are running your own business.
  • For contract reviews, you only need the simple services of an attorney.
  • When looking for people to work with – like a CPA or an attorney – look for someone who you are comfortable working with. Interview if necessary and ask for recommendations.
  • Corporate dentistry will make sure you work hard for the money they pay you.
  • Be awesome in something that you are passionate about. Don’t force yourself to do something you do not like.
  • Try different procedures first in order to find something you love. You may like a procedure that you hated during school.

Tweetables:

  • Force yourself to back out and look at the big picture.
  • Keep an open mind at the things coming at you. Open mind is key.
  • Attitude is everything.

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