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For most of us, it’s natural to have some moments of self-reflection. It may be related to our health, family, friendships, or in this case, our careers.

In dentistry, it isn’t any different. For decades, there have been specific roles in a private dental practice that individuals hold onto for the duration of their careers.

But what are some of the reasons why professionals, like dental assistants, want a career change?

  • Lack of professional or personal challenge
  • Stagnant work atmosphere
  • No opportunity for growth or career development
  • Boring routines
  • Negative work environment
  • Extensive past holding the same job roles
  • Lack of job flexibility
  • Limited training
  • Lack of employment benefits

It should come as no surprise, then, when some people debate whether or not it’s time to mix things up a bit.

For instance, one member of the front office team might decide to become a certified dental assistant to float between the reception and clinical areas or become more competitive in the job market. Another member may choose to go to hygiene school to move practices and work fewer hours.

But one dental professional role takes a unique approach when it comes to moving into a new position: dental office management.

A career change to dental management

While there are brick-and-mortar programs for dental assistants, hygienists, and dentists, there is typically no such thing for dental practice managers. Most educational resources are somewhat limited to medical and health care management of organizations, such as health clinics, hospitals, etc.

For individuals who are curious about getting into dental management, the next steps can be a confusing and daunting process. More often than not, they are entrusted with the role by their dentist, or self-taught. This particular career route can make becoming a practice manager both intimidating and challenging.

Fortunately, The American Association of Dental Office Management (AADOM) was created to bridge such gaps. AADOM is made up of peers in the dental office management industry, allowing them to share resources, recommendations, experience, and support to others in similar career paths. Many of whom are former and current dental assistants.

Exploring a career change to dental management can provide professional and personal fulfillment when it comes to your day to day career.

AADOM makes it possible to make that transition a practical and successful one. With cohorts throughout North America and a national conference held each year, dental office managers are likely to find that becoming a dental office leader may be one of the most exciting and fulfilling changes they could ever make in their dental careers.

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