Why would a dental graduate or later career dentist consider entering an associateship?
- One key point for the associate candidate to ponder very judiciously is this: am I looking only for a probably short-term job OR am I looking for a career track? The distinction is fundamental to the reasons for seeking an associateship. Clearly, having a job is a good outcome! Bills have to be paid, including student loans. Some life situations may necessitate a “job-only” mentality—for example, a spouse’s education or career constraints or other life goals such as having children may lead an associate to view a potential associateship as a short-term job with no expectations beyond 1 to 3 years. Conversely, a career track implies long-standing employment in a practice and probably, for most dentists, a future ownership position in a practice(s). A career-track focus necessitates a much more rigorous vetting process in evaluating a potential associateship opportunity such as addressing the long list of items/questions discussed toward the end of this course.