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Five Lessons Learned After Graduation

By Christopher Mazzola, DDS – PDS®-supported Owner Dentist at The Springs Modern Dentistry in Colorado Springs, CO


This article is written to the recent dental school graduate, and features 5 significant lessons that one clinician learned as an associate dentist and dental practice owner.  Dr. Mazzola’s five lessons are: Evolution, not Revolution; Patient Acceptance vs. Case Acceptance; Creating Financial Independence; Life-long Learning and Make Your First Career Choice the Best Career Choice.

Quoting from the article:

As young professionals, we often assume that dentistry is easy – that the lessons we learned in school will be the pillars on which we build our careers. Over time, you will amass a multitude of these pillars. Dental school is outstanding in providing baseline knowledge to succeed, but the problem with this knowledge is that all dentists are compared on the same scale. Young dentists need to have proper resources – learning and advancing quickly – to decrease the separation between seasoned practitioners and themselves.

This article originally appeared in Dentaltown in the September 2013 Special New Grad/Student Edition. Read the full story here.

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