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.

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Posted 8/9/2018 by scottmc56 in Doctor Demographics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 19
Great American Migration for Dentists
There is a huge migration going on in the U.S. that dentists, students, and associates should know about.Dental Commute  Read More
Posted 8/9/2018 by scottmc56 in Doctor Demographics   |  Comments: 1  |   Views: 15
Dental Commutes
How far is "too far" for you to consider a practice from your home or from your current office?Dental Commute  Read More
Posted 7/11/2018 by scottmc56 in Doctor Demographics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 64
The Empty Office Next Door
Finding an acceptable office to purchase in all parts of the United States is just not possible.  So, many Clients have asked me about how one can evaluate a practice that has been stressed or empty due to the absence or failure of the dentist.  In short, how do you evaluated a practice (and area)...  Read More
Posted 6/28/2018 by scottmc56 in Doctor Demographics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 27
Affordable Housing and Practice Site Potential - Correlation
When attempting to find the best place(s) to practice, there are several demographic features to consider.  One of the most important that we are noting is the middle-class housing affordability index.  Rather than simply consider how much homes are selling for or the median household income in an...  Read More
Posted 6/19/2018 by scottmc56 in Doctor Demographics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 52
What Trumps Demographics
Now, let's get real.  I provide demographic data for dental practices as do several other vendors.  But it might be time to share a little naked truth: demographics can be VERY helpful to mitigate risk but it will not predict success.  You are going to need more than just a good competition ratio....  Read More
Posted 6/19/2018 by scottmc56 in Doctor Demographics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 66
Is There Reason for Optimism in Dentistry? A Demographer's Perspective
I have read a great deal about how DOOMED the profession of dentistry is.  I have also been working in the profession for more than 35 years and I can say that what you have heard may need a little mitigation.  So, here are some thoughts from an outsider.Is There Reason for Optimism  Read More
Posted 6/19/2018 by scottmc56 in Doctor Demographics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 38
Race, Culture, and Dentistry
What practices are often seeking is a "natural constituency" in order to growth the office quickly and without a great deal of drama.  To do this, it might be wise to consider the different races, ethnicities, language groups, and similar populations.  This a great first-step to figuring out how to...  Read More
Posted 5/21/2018 by scottmc56 in Doctor Demographics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 47
Locations for Practice: The Surging South
The Surging South is about how the job market is revealing where locations to place a practice or to purchase and office can be found.  Forbes has just released its markets that show the most new jobs and we tie it together by seeing how this will influences places to practice. The Surging South  Read More
Posted 5/21/2018 by scottmc56 in Doctor Demographics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 55
Treasure and Trash Sites in the Midwest
A great deal has been said about opening or purchasing a practice in the Midwest.  But the "where" of where to go has been revealed in some excellent regional demographic information.  This podcast episode deals with that issue. Treasure & Trash in the Midwest  Read More
Posted 4/23/2018 by scottmc56 in Doctor Demographics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 50
Using Practice Brokers: A Demographic Perspective
What do you do when the demographic character of a location is marginal?  This is a perspective on using a practice broker from the point of view of a demographer.  Brokers, TAKE HEART!Practice Brokers  Read More
Posted 4/23/2018 by scottmc56 in Doctor Demographics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 33
Time Table for Research and Order of Operations for Practice
How far in advance should you research the viability of a site? What do you really need to know?Timetable for Research  Read More
Posted 4/6/2018 by scottmc56 in Doctor Demographics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 82
Places with Promise for Practice, 2018
Ever wonder where you should  be looking in the US for sites that show most promise?  Well, this is the podcast session you should hear TODAY. Places with Promise, 2018  Read More
Posted 3/24/2018 by scottmc56 in Doctor Demographics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 67
Three Demographic Factors that Spell Success or Tragedy
There are three important factors that will spell success for a practice site.  And, no, one of them is NOT competition (which may surprise you).  Rather, they are more important and relevant to the profitability of your practice operations. Three Vital Demographic Factors  Read More
Posted 3/14/2018 by scottmc56 in Doctor Demographics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 45
The Geriatric Dental Practice
It may seem that all the "good spots" are taken.  What we may need to consider is how to serve an underserved population better in order to make our practices grow.  This session deals with the idea of age related demographics may be fertile ground for existing and new practices. The Geriatric...  Read More
Posted 3/2/2018 by scottmc56 in Doctor Demographics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 47
Profitability and Working with the Poor
Some dentists complain that all the "good locations" have already been taken.  That is because so few consider locations that do not fit a narrow calculation of what makes a reasonable place to  build a practice.  This episode deals with those locations that will work well for serving a broader...  Read More
Posted 2/12/2018 by scottmc56 in Doctor Demographics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 53
Fertile Ground for Start-ups
Fertile Ground for Start-upThis is not so much about the process of doing a start-up.  There are already some outstanding podcasts on that topic.  Rather, it is about finding what you need to know about whether a site is viable or not.  Read More
Posted 1/20/2018 by scottmc56 in Doctor Demographics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 141
Who needs a Partner (Good Reasons and Bad Reasons)
Why Choose a PartnerWhy in the World would you want a partner (good reasons and bad reasons).  Read More
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Posted 12/20/2017 by scottmc56 in Doctor Demographics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 71
Resolutions for Demographics and Wealth in 2018
Your outcomes for a successful practice (particularly when it comes to where to put a practice) will have their seeds NOW.  This little session is a reminder of what you need to think about in the next two weeks to achieve serious wealth in 2018.Resolutions for Wealth in 2018 (Demographics)  Read More
Posted 12/4/2017 by scottmc56 in Doctor Demographics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 119
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: 292
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: 803
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.                                     Start-up...  Read More
Posted 11/6/2017 by scottmc56 in Doctor Demographics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 53
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: 114
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: 54
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, employment, and wealth...  Read More
Posted 10/9/2017 by scottmc56 in Doctor Demographics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 47
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
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