1. For years .... the accepted route out of school was to enter a partnership or associateship leading to eventual ownership. That was my entry into ortho ownership. Associate for 6 months ..... partnership for 18 months ..... owner. Of course .... all of this was in writing from day one of the partnership (buyout in 18 months). Lots of positives. Mentorship. Real life learning. Salary. Probably most important was that the new dentist/specialist was buying in a situation where the older docs have done all the work to establish a successful practice. Pretty sure most young grads (specialists) have no idea how hard it is to finance/build a practice and then establish referrals. It is very difficult being the young guy trying to break into established referral patterns. It's give and take. As the OP stated .... the older docs are not as aggressive as they once were. That's why YOU ARE there. A young specialist can establish new referrals with the younger dentists. Also .... the older docs have a built-in situation for when they want to retire. Right or wrong.
or 2. Quote. "You're getting screwed over." End quote.
Then 3. This is a good example of the reality of Corp dentistry. Corp dentistry offering higher levels of $$$$ than established speciality practice with multiple partners. The reality of Corp dentistry taking over.
I think the $$$ may be better for specialists in corporate currently but for how long? Eventually corporate offices will start cutting specialist pay just like they did/do for general dentists. That’s the problem with corporations/private equity being involved in anything healthcare related. It’s all about profit. Eventually when they’ve saturated all areas and gotten supply costs as low as possible where do you think they’ll start squeezing costs??? It’ll be the ortho/oms/perio/endodontists.