I recently had a great conversation with a listener who's working at an FQHC and is considering her next career move after fulfilling her student loan forgiveness agreement. She's passionate about serving patients in need but is feeling burnt out by the demands of public health. If you're listening to this podcast, chances are you're also dedicated to providing dental care to underserved communities, possibly in a public health setting. I get it - that's where my career started too. I shared with the listener my own experience of feeling conflicted about the limitations of public health dentistry. While I have immense respect for those who dedicate their careers to it, I knew it wasn't the long-term path for me. And if you're feeling the same way, considering a shift to house-call dentistry might be the perfect next step for you.
The beauty of house-call dentistry is that it allows you to focus on individual patient needs rather than efficiency. You can spend quality time with patients who are homebound and medically complex, providing personalized care and education to both patients and their caregivers. It's a stark contrast to the rushed nature of public health settings. As a house call practice owner, you have the freedom to set your own schedule and prioritize quality over quantity. Imagine being able to spend more time with fewer patients each day, all while having the flexibility to structure your day according to your preferences.
If this sounds appealing to you, I encourage you to explore the Dental House Call Practice Academy (DHCPA), an online course that provides a step-by-step roadmap for building your own dental house call practice. It's everything I wish I had known when I started out. If you want a glimpse of what your day could look like as a house call dentist, check out our free scheduling guide, A Day in the Life of a House Call Dentist. The flexibility and low-stress nature of house call practice ownership, combined with the ability to increase access to care, make it a truly unique and rewarding career choice. If you have any questions or want to learn more about DHCPA, feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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