Dental Realist Podcast
Dental Realist Podcast
The Dental Realist podcast is unlike any other dental podcast. As three practicing dentists we have learned things that we wish we'd known before dental school graduation. We are here to give future, new, & veteran dentists the honest info you need.
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Dental Realist: Episode 51 - Practice Transitions w/ Randon Jensen
On Episode 51 we welcome Randon Jensen, practice transition consultant with CTC Associates, to the Dental Realist Podcast to discuss all aspects of practice transitions. -Is practice ownership still an attractive option for dentists? -What is the profile of a first-time buyer? -When is the right...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 50 - Dental School During the Pandemic w/ Brian Trecek
**Note: There is a bit of an audio technical difficulty for the first 5 minutes but clears up after that.** On Episode 50 we welcome back Brian Trecek, Director of Admissions at Marquette University School of Dentistry, to discuss all aspects of dental school and the dental school application...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 49 - Feeling Like an Imposter
Imposter Syndrome is the persistent inability to believe that one's success is deserved or has been legitimately achieved. It can affect people in any profession, including dentistry. On Episode 49 we discuss what Imposter Syndrome is, how it can affect dentists, and what can be done to manage it. ...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 48 - An Unprecedented Return
Most dentists are back to work, but how has Covid-19 affected the everyday operations of dental offices? On Episode 48 we discuss: -How we felt going back to full-time dentistry. -The extra precautions we're taking. -Our least favorite pandemic phrases.  -A variety of news topics. We start the...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 47 - Staying Positive in Trying Times
Even though most dentists are only allowed to treat emergency patients right now, there are still some ways to stay positive and also tackle some necessary projects at the office. We discuss some ways to find positivity during this stressful time, as well as continuing to be productive even when...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 46 - The COVID-19 Effect on Dentistry
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all aspects of life and is now having a profound effect on dentistry. On Episode 46 we discuss: -The ADA’s recommendations for dental practices -How dentists are coping during this crisis -How the virus has changed every day practice -The effect the virus is...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 45-Standing Up To Dental Insurance Companies w/ Benjamin Tuinei
On Episode 45 we talk with Benjamin Tuinei to discuss how dentists can fight against low insurance reimbursements. Mr. Tuinei is the founder and CEO of Veritas Dental Resources and host of The Navigating Dental Insurance Podcast. We cover a variety of topics, including: -How to negotiate higher...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 44 - Preparing for Board Exams
Episode 44 Clinical board exam time is one of the most stressful periods during dental school. On Episode 44 we discuss how to best prepare for boards in the weeks and days prior. We also relive some of our memories from our boards and discuss some ideas to improve board exams for dental...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 43 - Deciding on a Job After Dental School
Choosing which job to pursue after dental school can be one of the dental student’s most important decisions. On Episode 43 we discuss our individual stories for getting started after dental school, when dental students should start researching job opportunities, who to contact first, and what we...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 42 - Holiday Bonuses for the Dental Team
The dental team is one of the most important assets of an enjoyable dental career. During the holidays the dental team is usually given a bonus of some kind, but how do you know how much to give each team member? And how do you scale back if your practice has had a slow year? What do you do if you...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 41-Helping Private Practices Stay Competitive
  Episode 41 With the cost of running a dental practice getting more expensive, the rise of DSOs, and the changing dental marketplace how do private practice dentists stay competitive? To help dentists and future dentists navigate their careers during these changing times, we are joined by Caleb...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 40 - Burnout in Dentistry
Burnout in dentistry has become a hot-button issue in recent years with more and more dentists being willing to admit they have experienced moderate to severe stress at some point in their careers.  How is burnout defined?  How does burnout manifest itself?  How can it affect a dentist's personal...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 39 - Challenging Patients and Diagnoses
Every dentist encounters patients who have oral hygiene issues that are difficult to diagnose and questions that may not have clear-cut answers. Also, some patients claim to have immaculate oral hygiene home care, but still get cavities and want to know why. What are the best ways to deal with...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 38 - How Decisions in Dentistry Impact Your Life
Decisions during your dental career are some of the most important you will make throughout your life. From deciding to go to dental school to deciding where to practice, decisions in dentistry can impact your life for years to come. What should be considered before making these major decisions? ...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 37 - Is This the Truth About Dentistry?
The release of a recent article by The Atlantic called  raised some questions about some of the information about dentistry that the general public receives. On Episode 37, Dr. Neff, Dr. Stevens, and Dr. Waldron discuss many of the topics in this article. Is dentistry really a science?  Where is...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 36 - Questions From Future Dentists
Recently, some of the the dental students that Dr. Neff works with asked him some very important questions concerning their futures in dentistry. On Episode 36, Dr. Stevens and Dr. Waldron try to answer some of these questions and give guidance to all future dentists.  Why do dentists seem to only...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 35 - Is the Solo Practice Dead?
With the rise of dental service organizations, is private practice still a viable option for dentists? What sets dentistry apart from medicine that will allow private practices to survive? What are the benefits of working for a DSO? What are the benefits of working in a private practice? What are...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 34 - Challenges of Rewarding and Retaining Employees
With the current economic realities of dentistry what is the rationale for offering our employees incentives and bonuses?  How do you communicate this to staff members?  How can you make employees feel like their job is rewarding when you can't offer big bonuses and benefits packages?  What...  Read More
Dental Realist Podcast: Episode 33 - Retirement Age Is Increasing and Is the ADA Doing Anything To Help?
Episode 33 According to the American Dental Association, the retirement age of dentists is increasing and we discuss why we think this is, what dentists and future dentists can do to avoid a later retirement, and what the ADA can do to help.  We also breakdown a recent interview with incoming...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 32 - Mentur DDS
Episode 32 On Episode 32 Dr. Neff, Dr. Stevens, and Dr. Waldron announce and discuss our new mentoring program, Mentur DDS. We started the Dental Realist Podcast to help other dentists and dental students navigate their career in dentistry and Mentur DDS will allow us to do this on a more personal...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 31 - Is a Residency Right For Me?
Episode 31 In this episode Dr. Neff, Dr. Stevens, and Dr. Waldron discuss doing a one-year residency after dental school graduation, and Dr. Neff offers his unique perspective on these programs.  What are the benefits of a one-year residency?  What are some potential drawbacks?  What are some...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 30 - Dealing With A Bad Employer
Episode 30 In this packed episode Dr. Neff, Dr. Stevens, and Dr. Waldron start by discussing how patient stress can impact the treating dentist. We continue our discussion by answering a listener's questions about dealing with a bad owner-dentist. Whose job is it to bring in new patients? Who...  Read More
Dental Realist Podcast: Episode 29 - Important Questions From A Dental Student
In this episode we answer a second year dental student's email about his future after dental school. -With $300-350k in student debt, is it possible to have the lifestyle his family wants? -What is a good timetable to plan to purchase a practice?  -Is working in public health for a year after...  Read More
Episode 28 - Dealing with Insurances and Salespeople
In this episode we discuss some actual situations that happened recently at our offices. We start by discussing Dr. Neff's recent experience with a salesperson. Are salespeople out of touch with real world dentistry? Do they really have the dentist's best interest in mind?  We continue our...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 26 - How Dentistry Is Changing
Episode 26  In this episode we discuss how dentistry is changing and how these changes will affect the future of dentistry. What affect will retiring baby boomer dentists have on dentistry? Dentists are working less than they did in years past. Why, and will the trend continue? How will a higher...  Read More
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