Understanding and Evaluating Associateship Opportunities
Patient-related Variables

Course Author(s): David G. Dunning, MA, PhD; Robert D. Madden, DDS, MBA

Patient-related Variables

  1. How many new patients are coming into the practice per month? If entering a practice as the second dentist, a new patient flow of approximately 15 to 25+ per dentist per month will be needed in most cases.
  2. How far out are patient’s booked? This gives an indication of demand for services; the longer, the better for the associate candidate.
  3. How will patients be assigned? It is usually helpful if patients are assigned to the first appointment opening available in the schedule unless they request a specific provider.
  4. What is the active patient count? At least 1500-1800 patients are recommended for a two-dentist practice.
  5. How will emergency appointments be managed outside of normal office hours? Shared equally? Some associates may wish to cover disproportionately more emergencies to help meet more patients.