Doctor Demographics
Doctor Demographics
scottmc56
I write about where to put a practice, the market conditions that are influencing the places where dentistry works best, and the trends that are helping or inhibiting practice.

Posted 12/4/2017 by scottmc56 in Doctor Demographics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 58
Multiple Office Sites: Dentist or Dental CEO
There are some big decisions you have to consider when it comes to opening a multi-office dental practice.  One of the big ones deals with whether you really want to be a dentist or a dental CEO.  There are not really the same thing and you may have to leave your comfort zone to do it.  Can it be...  Read More
Posted 11/27/2017 by scottmc56 in Doctor Demographics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 165
Best 20 Cities for a Start-up Practice
Last week, I discussed the 10 locations that start-ups are going to be tough.  This week I offer 20 cities in the U.S. where Start-up Practices should be fairly well (as well as what to look for in other sites). Best Places for Start-up Practice   Read More
Posted 11/13/2017 by scottmc56 in Doctor Demographics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 572
Where NOT to Do a Start-up Practice: 10 Worst Cities in the U.S.
This is our fall list of cities in the U.S. that are probably best avoided when it comes to considering a place to start-up.  Nevertheless, the most valuable thing about this session is really learning what variables are rising in high risk sites.                                      ...  Read More
Posted 11/6/2017 by scottmc56 in Doctor Demographics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 27
Parking Matters
Sure, demographic character, competition, accessibility, and visibility are going to be forever aspects of finding the perfect place to put a practice.  But in many locations, we are seeing a rising crisis regarding parking.  How much space is enough?  How far from the office should it be?  What...  Read More
Posted 10/30/2017 by scottmc56 in Doctor Demographics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 58
Monumental Mistakes in Dental Careers
One of the advantages of being more experienced in life (and I mean by that: Older) is you can look back at your mistakes and share the errors with others who have similarly been through a rough time.  The disadvantage is that you cannot really go back and fix all the dumb things you did.   This...  Read More
Posted 10/21/2017 by scottmc56 in Doctor Demographics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 26
Natural Disasters and Great Practice Locations
G                                        Natural Disasters and Great  Practice Locations                            Given the demographic and cultural nature of this nature, finding a place to practice that is in the recovery phase may be a great idea.  Oddly, population size,...  Read More
Posted 10/9/2017 by scottmc56 in Doctor Demographics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 24
Virtues of Changing Locations
We don't often discuss it in dental practice management but the research shows definitively, that making a change, particularly a visible change, can do a great deal to build up the enthusiasm for the practice.  Yup, it goes right to the bottom-line and can be a great shot-in-the-arm to grow the...  Read More
Posted 10/2/2017 by scottmc56 in Doctor Demographics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 16
Analysis; Not Numbers Alone!
This episode is a bit of an expose on where companies who offer demographic reports get their information, what makes them different from each other, and what you should expect from the sources of data.  Not all databases on competition are the same!   I deal with the dangers of using a...  Read More
Posted 9/26/2017 by scottmc56 in Doctor Demographics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 56
The Biggest Lie in Dentistry Revisited
                                       Biggest Lie in Dentistry                            I feel just awful having to tell you this but some of core messages  you heard in dental school and even in continuing education is a lie.  You were told this to purchase dental equipment and...  Read More
Posted 9/18/2017 by scottmc56 in Doctor Demographics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 21
The Virtues of Urban Sprawl and Dental Locations
                                       Virtues of Urban Sprawl and Dental Pracitce                            The idea of being in a highly urbanized setting has been a popular idea in theory.  But when it comes to "practice" in a downtown area is turning out to be a not-so-good...  Read More
Posted 9/12/2017 by scottmc56 in Doctor Demographics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 22
I am BIG!  When your want a huge practice.
                                       I am BIG!                            When you want a huge, multi-office practice.  Read More
Posted 8/30/2017 by scottmc56 in Doctor Demographics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 45
Dentistry: Death By Regulation
As a demographer, we are tasked with trying to predict the future.  I know, right? But something has been driving me crazy when it comes to figuring out where to put a practice: someone else who does NOT practice, acting as though they are working in the public's best interest.  In other words:...  Read More
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Posted 8/30/2017 by scottmc56 in Doctor Demographics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 28
In Defense of the Little Guy
I have a certain orientation when it comes to working with practices: I tend to think about dentists (as individuals) rather than practices (which may be large or small). Therefore, my thought is to look at the world from the point of view of the individual; the little guy.  And this may be a...  Read More
Posted 8/17/2017 by scottmc56 in Doctor Demographics   |  Comments: 1  |   Views: 35
Millenials and Dentistry
Pictured are just a few of MY Millennials.  So, are they important to a dental practice.  Frankly, they ARE important but only indirectly.  This session explains why you need them in your neighborhood.                                        Millennials and Dentistry                   ...  Read More
Posted 8/17/2017 by scottmc56 in Doctor Demographics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 34
Common Qualitative Research Problems: It's what you THINK you know that is the problem
There are lots of places to get demographic information.  But there are limited places to get those numbers interpreted. In short, you can be making some huge assumptive errors and this session is all about that.                                         Qualitative Resarch Problems        ...  Read More
Posted 8/17/2017 by scottmc56 in Doctor Demographics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 24
Dentistry and Charlottesville - Chaos Prevention
This podcast was inspired by real events that happened to my friend and client in Charlottesville, VA this last weekend.  It is a reminder of what to do when chaotic events not in your control overtake you.                                        Dentistry and Charlottesville          ...  Read More
Posted 8/17/2017 by scottmc56 in Doctor Demographics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 19
Get Me Out of Here: When Disaster (REAL Disaster Strikes)
Everyone has a bad day.  Not everyone has a disaster in their career.  I  have some perspectives on what to do when that happens.                                        Get Me Out of Here                              Read More
Posted 8/4/2017 by scottmc56 in Doctor Demographics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 34
Historical Drift and Your Patient Base
The term "Historic Drift" was coined by me to describe how the distribution of a patient base in the geographic area around a practice site changes over time. It is no one's fault that it changes but according to our observations, it happens. This is important for buyers, sellers, brokers, and...  Read More
Posted 8/4/2017 by scottmc56 in Doctor Demographics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 35
Growth Projections. Lies, Myths, Hopes, and Follies
Too many dentists are relying upon statistical projections of growth or stability and taking serious risks when they do so. This episode is about mitigating those risks and putting these numbers in proper perspective. Growth Projections. Lies, Myths,...  Read More
Posted 7/10/2017 by scottmc56 in Doctor Demographics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 77
Low Risk Locations for Long Term Dental Practices
Low Risk Locations for Long Term Dental Practice For access to our demographic information, please go to www.DoctorDemographics.com. Low Risk Locations for Long Term Dental Practice Hello. This is Scott...  Read More
Posted 6/6/2017 by scottmc56 in Doctor Demographics   |  Comments: 1  |   Views: 59
Consumer Confidence Index and Professional Practice Hello, this is Scott McDonald and welcome to the Perfect Place to Put a Practice Podcast. There are likely some good doctors who would just like me to tell them where to put a practice and have done with it. But this session is going to discuss...  Read More
Posted 6/6/2017 by scottmc56 in Doctor Demographics   |  Comments: 1  |   Views: 23
Even if the competition is limited. Even if everyone in a neighborhood is affluent. Even if the place is growing so fast that it is about to burst at the seams. If you cannot make a profitable practice, move along. This post is all about the financial implications of practice placement. It deals...  Read More
Posted 5/3/2017 by scottmc56 in Doctor Demographics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 109
Dental Practice Areas with Promise
Dental Places with Promise   Read More
Posted 5/3/2017 by scottmc56 in Doctor Demographics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 35
Priced Out of the Market: Dangers of High Cost of Doing Business
I have done enough of these blogs for you to know that I have a few biases when it comes to looking at dental sites for practice. Specifically, if you are thinking about a start-up, you need a location that is growing (in terms of population) and developing (in terms of employment, demographic...  Read More

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