I have owned my own practice as well as worked as an associate in the private practice world early in my career. I have spent the bulk of my time working for the state and in a federally qualified community clinic. I like working in the govt./nonprofit area best. You do your job and go home. Minimal headaches. In the short run you may make less money but in the long run you come out MUCH farther ahead.Excluding the military I was wondering if anyone knows about jobs in dentistry working for the govt. or for a nonprofit and what those jobs are like?
Please explain to me how you make out MUCH better in the long run when your colleagues that own their own offices make double or triple what you make; while many times working less than you. Jobs in community health usually max out around 130K or so; and most of the time your miserable. If you have absolutely no business sense than ya public health is for you otherwise owning your own practice is the way to goIn the short run you may make less money but in the long run you come out MUCH farther ahead.
1. Money is not the only thing I was referring to in my statement.Please explain to me how you make out MUCH better in the long run when your colleagues that own their own offices make double or triple what you make; while many times working less than you. Jobs in community health usually max out around 130K or so; and most of the time your miserable. If you have absolutely no business sense than ya public health is for you otherwise owning your own practice is the way to go
Wow...A county health department is giving a dentist 120k...that is outstanding because I work with a dentist in a county health department in South FL and I heard he said he makes a little bit over 90k but he has great benefit though. You are right that the dentist is not in charge and he does not like that someone who has no idea about what he does telling him what do to. However, overall he likes his job. These county jobs for health care practitioners are usually almost stress free...and most people who work in these type of jobs usually like them. Kudos to you because you probably have one of the best jobs in dentistry.I work for a county health department. I graduated 1.5 years ago. I dont like to talk specifics but maybe it will help someone make a practice decision. My first year...I made 120K salary, an additional 12K in 401K, and great benefits (health, dental, eye). I also get paid vacation/sick leave and it is very hard to fire someone who is a govt employee so add to that job security. Okay thats not really that great BUT I also get 50K (tax free) for 2 years of service with the NHSC. Thats about 32K if I had to pay tax on it. If I sign on for a third year...its 40K (tax free) for that additional year. I believed they raised the initial contract to 60K for 2 years of service. All the NHSC monies must be paid to student loans. I graduated with 250K and after 1.5 years I owe about 170K.
I dont like non-dentist telling me what to do. I dont like the lack of mentorship. I dont like the waste. But I love the "work stays at work" approach I can take to my life. Overall, I recommend this approach to the more risk averse, or those with heavy student loans.
1. Money is not the only thing I was referring to in my statement.
You can own a private practice -OR- the private practice can own you. I have found that private practice ownership was just more hassle then it was worth. I would rather take less money and have more "life".
2. I have not been miserable in my government/community health work.
Im a dentist that has managed to string together a bunch of part-time jobs into a great adventure of a career.
I have plied my craft for the military, in prison, public and private clinics, in college programs, in hospital programs and with a mobile unit that went into schools. I have been lucky enough to practice my profession on three continents and 7 states. (BTW I have done most of this working a 4 day week.)
3. Let's talk money/benefit plans.
I have found that my totally paid for health insurance plan is far better then my peers. I have always received paid vacation time (at one time in my career I had 4 weeks of paid vacation annually) , paid sick time (for which I could cash out unused days), paid personal days, paid CME days and paid military leave time. Many of my professional expenses are taken care of by the government. For example malpractice insurance, CME, License fees, mileage, etc.
Then there is the big one (if you are lucky and plan well)... IF you play your cards right, it is possible to receive a federal pension, a state pension and a university pension at the same time as you are working in a community clinic.
Without talking specific dollar amounts....
Trust me, I am doing just fine.