Medical and dental professionals should be constantly engaged in a lifelong learning process. There are so many new procedures and treatment options being uncovered on an annual basis that it requires constant vigilance in order to stay on top of it all. This is especially important for dentists. The temptation might be to remain so focused on the growth and development of your own practice that you neglect opportunities to learn from other professionals in the field. Your practice may be growing and you want to have feelers out for a potential partner or associate to join your office. You may want to connect with specialists you can establish a relationship for referrals. Whatever the case may be, it’s always a good idea to be known within your field of work. It is important to network with other dentists in the field and to learn from them, just as they will learn from you.
There are multiple conference opportunities that come up throughout the year. It is helpful to find one or two that appeal to you. Make plans to attend when your schedule permits, as these are great venues to network with other dental professionals. You can engage them on a deeper level and learn some new things in the process.
CE courses offer additional opportunities to further your own education. Perhaps you have been in the field for a number of years and have not taken the time to learn some new procedures and techniques that have been developed. In order to take full advantage of what is emerging in your field, you will want to go back to school, so to speak. Courses like Safe Dental Care Starts with Sterilization and Disinfection are prime examples of this powerful learning opportunity.
It is also helpful to be involved in your local area. Schedule a guest speaker to come and visit with a group of dentists that you network with. This is a great way to broaden your horizons, and you might find that other professionals in the field schedule you to speak to their group at a future date.
If you invite guest speakers to a community dental school or family health program you’ll not only be able to gain exposure, but also teach the people you serve about proper oral care and preventative oral diseases. This type of impact and change can happen in your hometown or trips abroad. Make a difference wherever you stand.
In order to get others to know you, it is helpful to be visible at community events. Offer to volunteer or to sponsor certain events that are meaningful to you. You will also meet other community members at the same time.
These are all ways that dental professionals can become more engaged and successful in their practice. It is important to learn from others and to showcase your talents to the community. It is also healthy to get out of the office on a regular basis and connect with other professionals in your field. If you will do this, then you will find that your practice likely grows right alongside your knowledge.
About the Author
Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max. Kara recommends dental professionals take Preventing Chronic Diseases CME courses when looking to diversify their portfolio.
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