For the last couple of months life's been a swirl, as I was shifting my pediatric dental practice... to a mall.
Probably the first ever pediatric dental clinic in a mall in our country :-)
Was a herculean task.
I wonder how a fresh graduate goes about setting up a practice all on his/her own. There is a vacuum in the dental services industry when it comes to guidance/active help for establishing a new practice. Of course once we have the practice in place it is just the beginning of another steep learning curve because now begins the task of experiencing first hand how patients treat us and vice-versa. Also how difficult or easy is it to make a living from what we have been taught. Things like:
How to get patients to the practice?
How to get patients to accept our treatment plan?
How to go about running a practice on a day to day basis?
How to market the practice and then gain from it.
Discounts or no discounts?
Charge more or less?
Call a consultant or do everything on one's own?
Sadly, nobody offers any help, and what is available is usually not customized.