As an Orthodontic Resident, When Should I Begin Searching for a Practice Opportunity?

As an orthodontic resident, when should I begin searching for a practice opportunity?By: Mandy King
Client Support Associate

As a liaison for residents seeking orthodontic opportunities, my job is to provide you with support during the recruitment process with our placement services. In doing so, I am able to share insight about crafting an “About Me” letter, preparing a curriculum vitae, and answer any questions you might have, including ‘when should I start looking for an opportunity?’

You should begin to determine in which state and city or town you wish to practice after the first six months of your residency. If you wait until your last year to start the process of identifying the area in which you wish to live, you are taking a gamble on finding an opportunity. Some of you are pretty open to different areas, which is great because this will give you more opportunities. A good rule of thumb is, beginning when you are one year out from graduation, you should dedicate two hours per week to your job search depending on your geographical preferences.

If you are considering buying-in or purchasing a practice, you need to start preparing early. Be on the lookout a year or two in advance for practices for sale in the areas where you hope to purchase. Speak with a lender to determine financial goals you may need to meet in order to be extended a loan.

Do not hesitate to inquire about opportunities that interest you or to ask questions you may have about current market trends. You never know when the “right” one will present itself.

Each month our team sends out the Bentson Copple InSight e-newsletter which includes a list of available practice opportunities. If you are not receiving the InSight and would like to stay up-to-date with current orthodontic career opportunities, please click here and sign up.

3 Reasons to Visit Our Team at the AAO

Visit Bentson Copple at the AAO Annual Session
The AAO Annual Session is one of the most highly anticipated events for the orthodontic community each year. There are so many activities, as well as networking and learning opportunities under one roof for doctors, staff and exhibitors. Just like you, we enjoy learning about new trends, advancements and the overall health of the orthodontic industry at the Annual Session. As a company, we use events such as these to increase our knowledge and, in turn, pass along this wisdom to the ortho community in articles, lectures or during our client transactions. There are three reasons you should take note of the events Bentson Copple & Associates are participating in at the AAO Annual Session (April 21 – 25) in San Diego.

    1. Opportunity for Information Sharing

The Annual Session offers many educational lectures and we are honored to share our knowledge in a variety of learning environments. Listed below are a few lectures that you may want to attend:

Practice Transition Seminar
Friday, April 21 – 8:00am – 5:30pm
The all-day Practice Transition Seminar is a tool to aid orthodontists during the challenging time of a career transition. The seminar brings together a four-person panel of transition experts to share insights for orthodontists preparing for a future transition.

Invisalign In-Booth Lecture 
Saturday, April 22 – 12:00pm – 12:50pm
Chris Bentson will be presenting an Invisalign in-booth lecture (Booth #505). The title of the lecture is “No Voodoo – How Invisalign Adds Profit to Your Practice” and its content will offer market data showing that practices are growing their business with Invisalign treatment. Seeking growth and higher profits? This presentation will offer real data and insights about how Invisalign treatment can fit into one’s practice model.

State of the Orthodontic Industry
Sunday, April 23 – 10:30am – 11:30am (Repeat Monday, April 24 – 10:30am – 11:30am)
Results for the solo and small group practice were very strong in 2016, and doctor-owners are looking to build on that in 2017. With many forces pushing and pulling to change the shape of dentistry, Chris Bentson will offer doctor-owners the knowledge to make necessary strategic decisions with present facts regarding the current market.

New Orthodontist/Resident Conference
Sunday, April 23 – 2:30pm – 4:00pm
This program, sponsored by the AAO, with keynote speaker Chris Bentson, will address the steps to follow to pursue specific orthodontic career paths or practice modalities. Following his 40-minute presentation, attendees will break into small groups for discussions. Shannon Patterson, our Director of Practice Opportunities & Orthodontic Placements, and Doug Copple will be two of many leading the discussions.

      1. Networking

Many doctors attend the meeting just for the available networking opportunities. One of the most anticipated networking opportunities is one especially for doctors seeking career opportunities. Our team will be a part of the third annual Orthodontic Career Fair.

Orthodontic Career Fair
Sunday, April 23 – 4:00pm – 5:30pm
The Orthodontic Career Fair offers the opportunity to engage face-to-face with employer representatives and discuss possible opportunities. The event will feature many companies and practices with available opportunities, such as associate positions, equity-minded associate opportunities and practices for sale.

      1. Meet Our Team Face-to-Face

Face-to-face meetings are not just preferable, but necessary for building deeper, stronger bonds with clients and maintaining productive relationships. The Annual Session provides just that. We invite all doctors to stop by the Bentson Copple & Associates Booth (#3537) any time during the Annual Session and speak with us in person. Our team will be happy to discuss plans for a potential practice valuation/appraisal, a practice transition, recruiting or any other change of orthodontic ownership. Residents and job seekers can also learn more about our placement services and career opportunities. Be sure to pick up a complimentary copy of the Bentson Copple reSource newsletter, published for all orthodontists, regardless of practice size or career stage.

See You in San Francisco

AAO-2015Be sure to join Bentson Clark & Copple at the upcoming AAO 2015 Annual Session, May 15 – 19, in San Francisco. We will be located in booth #334, so plan to stop by. We would love to provide you with a complimentary copy of the Bentson Clark reSource, published for all orthodontists, regardless of practice size or career stage. Be sure to learn about our upcoming full-day partnership seminar while attending the show.

Our team will be happy to discuss plans for a potential practice valuation/appraisal, a practice transition or any change of orthodontic ownership venture. We will also be on hand to speak about our recruiting services, if you are seeking to sell an orthodontic practice or take on an associate. Be sure to pick up some of our materials and chat with us regarding your future plans.

Bentson Clark & Copple will also be participating in the 2nd annual 2015 AAO Orthodontic Career Fair. We will be onsite to discuss with each attendee about our company’s orthodontic recruiting and placement services. We will additionally have a list of the most current orthodontic practices available for purchase, full-time associateships, part-time associateships and partnership transactions available. This career fair is being held on Sunday, May17, 2015 from 4 PM – 5:00 PM at the Moscone Center, in the MC-125. (The Career Fair is currently sold out; however, for additional information click here and scroll down to the bottom of the page.)

Join us at the 2014 AAO Orthodontic Career Fair

2014 AAO Orthodontic Career FairBe sure to join Bentson Clark & Copple at the 1st annual AAO Orthodontic Career Fair. We will be on-site to speak with each attendee about our company’s orthodontic recruiting and placement services. We will have a list of the most current orthodontic practices available for purchase, full-time associateships, part-time associateships and partnership transactions available.

This inaugural career fair is being held on Sunday, April 27, 2014 from 3 PM – 5 PM at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, in the Great Hall B, located on Level 1. The Career Fair will bring together those with position openings, or practices for sale, and those individuals who are seeking practice opportunities. This event is being held in conjunction with 2014 AAO Annual Session as part of the AAO’s “Career Day” events. This is one of three signature events designed to help newer and younger orthodontic members be more successful in their career transition.

There are countless advantages of starting your career search with Bentson Clark & Copple. We are committed to working with residents each step along their journey. As experts in the field of orthodontics, we have earned an excellent reputation as an organization that orthodontic professionals can truly rely on. Our experience and highly trained staff ensures unsurpassed service and dedication to each and every doctor.

Orthodontic Associate Practice Opportunity – North Georgia

A well-established multi-location practice located in northern Georgia is seeking a full-time associate. This multi-year employment opportunity offers a very competitive employment package.  Ideal candidate is available by the spring of 2014 and eligible for Georgia licensure.

To learn more about this and other available orthodontic practice opportunity for orthodontic residents and orthodontists, please contact Shannon Patterson, Bentson Clark & Copple’s Director of Practice Opportunities & Executive Recruiting. She can be reached via email at shannon@bentsonclark.com or via phone at 1-800-621-4664.

Click here to view additional practice opportunities available from Bentson Clark & Copple.

Orthodontic Associate Practice Opportunity – Northern Virginia

This near term associate opportunity is located in Northern Virginia. This is a four clinical and one administration day a week employment opportunity leading to equity/partnership interest. This practice has state of art technology with multiple locations. The doctor is seeking the right person for this associate position that will lead to a long-term partnership with the right candidate. Ideal candidate is available by January 1, 2014, and eligible for Virginia licensure.

To learn more about this and other available orthodontic practice opportunity for orthodontic residents and orthodontists, please contact Shannon Patterson, Bentson Clark & Copple’s Director of Practice Opportunities & Executive Recruiting. She can be reached via email at shannon@bentsonclark.com or via phone at 1-800-621-4664.

Click here to view additional practice opportunities available from Bentson Clark & Copple.

Orthodontic Associate Practice Opportunity – Wichita, Kansas

This near term associate opportunity is located in Wichita, Kansas. This is a five clinical day a week associate opportunity leading to equity/partnership interest. The practice area has a solid economic base with excellent schools and neighborhoods. The doctor is seeking an associate that could lead to a long-term partnership with the right candidate. Ideal candidate is available by the spring of 2014, and eligible for Kansas licensure. This is an excellent opportunity for a doctor looking to live and raise a family in a Midwestern atmosphere/culture.

To learn more about this and other available orthodontic practice opportunity for orthodontic residents and orthodontists, please contact Shannon Patterson, Bentson Clark & Copple’s Director of Practice Opportunities & Executive Recruiting. She can be reached via email at shannon@bentsonclark.com or via phone at 1-800-621-4664.

Click here to view additional practice opportunities available from Bentson Clark & Copple.

Orthodontic Associate Practice Opportunity – Northwest, Texas

Well-established orthodontic practice located in northwest Texas seeking a full-time associate. The community is a hub for multiple counties in the area and is known for its strong economic industry, excellent education facilities and healthcare. A great place to raise a family with outstanding public education continually ranking as one of the top in the state. Ideal candidate is available by the spring of 2014, and eligible for Texas licensure.

To learn more about this and other available orthodontic practice opportunity for orthodontic residents and orthodontists, please contact Shannon Patterson, Bentson Clark & Copple’s Director of Practice Opportunities & Executive Recruiting. She can be reached via email at shannon@bentsonclark.com or via phone at 1-800-621-4664.

Click here to view additional practice opportunities available from Bentson Clark & Copple.

Orthodontic Associate Practice Opportunity – Omaha, Nebraska

A private fee for service orthodontic practice is currently seeking a full-time associate to help grow an already rapidly growing orthodontic office. Practice is located in the heart of the Midwest and home to an estimated 800,000 residents in the metropolitan area. This is a well-established orthodontic practice and has been in the area for many years. Ideal candidate is available by the fall of 2013 and eligible for Nebraska licensure.

To learn more about this and other available orthodontic practice opportunity for orthodontic residents and orthodontists, please contact Shannon Patterson, Bentson Clark & Copple’s Director of Practice Opportunities & Executive Recruiting. She can be reached via email at shannon@bentsonclark.com or via phone at 1-800-621-4664.

Click here to view additional practice opportunities available from Bentson Clark & Copple.

Publication Focuses on Adding an Orthodontic Associate

There are many magazines, journals and newspapers that our team reads on a regular basis to keep up with current news and events in the orthodontic community. When a publication arrives, it gets passed around the office with a sticky note, indicating who has read it and who has not. (It’s ultimately a pretty good system unless the sticky note falls off.)

Chris Bentson has been recently published in a couple of orthodontic publications. His most current article is co-authored with Daniel Sroka, JD, who has served the legal needs of Bentson Clark & Copple’s referred clients since 2004. The April/May 2013 issue of Orthodontic Products Magazine features Plus One: What You Need to Know when Adding an Associate to your Practice.  Below is a short excerpt from the article.

“Adding a doctor to the practice is a big decision and affects a great number of systems in the office. Change will occur. Thus, having clarity about why you want an associate is often the first question to ask. While there may be many motivations for bringing an associate into a practice, typically, an owner doctor chooses to bring an associate for one of three reasons.

The first is to help with the workload of treating patients due to practice growth. The second is to allow for more time out of the clinic or away from the practice, or, said another way, to increase the quality of life for the owner doctor within the practice but not necessarily to grow the practice. The third reason is often as a first step in a future transition plan where partial or full equity will eventually be offered to the associate doctor, but that plan is not yet defined.”

Click here read the entire Orthodontic Products article.