Happy endings cannot be taken for granted. Be comfortable in returning to work if you can, but be ready for the prospect of using your inability to practice as an opportunity. Use your courage to encourage others. Even if you never become disabled, reach out to help those who do. Each of us has to build his own residence to tragedy. Strongly consider volunteer work, teaching or counseling.
Consider an alternative career. 10% of dentists practice in non-traditional roles with limited to no clinical exposure. Post-Graduated programs for dentists now offer stipends in many specialties. Refer to firstname.lastname@example.org for ideas to continue your association with dentistry.
Retraining loans are available through the ADA foundation. Adaptive equipment/retraining programs for handicapped dentists are available through many of the larger medical centers. Check online for opportunities, there have been over 100 dentists in the UK and United States trained in these programs. Get more information online or by calling 312-440-2763 or ext. 2763 on the ADA member toll free number.
Alternate Careers include:
Organized Dentistry Officer at the National (ADA) or State level-Salaried Positions
Retraining with education in Dental Pathology/Dental Radiology/Oral Medicine
Retaining into Medicine-Physician’s Assistant, Medical Doctor, EMT, Paramedic
Teaching-Dental School, Dental Hygiene, Dental Assistant School
Dental Forensic Specialist
Dental Journal writer/editor-Public or Private
Telemedicine dentist online (dental advice online)
Obtain a Masters in Public Health- County and State positions available
Dental Practice Management Consultant
Academia – Teach at the College or High School Level Full or Part Time
Run for Political Office in your State Legislature or US Congress.
Missions – Volunteer work locally or internationally- Medical/Dental Teams
Military Service (if you are not disabled) and want out of Private Practice
Governmental Positions-National Institute of Health has dental positions
State Board/ DentalCommission Positions
Dental Insurance Adjuster/Consultant
Dental Career Consultant-Practice Sales and Purchases
Dental Sales Consultant-Henry Schein, Burkhardt etc.
Research-Federal, State, Private
RESOURCES FOR JOB OPENINGS ONLINE INCLUDE:
- ADEA-link http://www.adea.org/DentEdJobspage.aspx?id=35670
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