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NYC/ LA,, too hard to make a living?

Discussion in 'Dental' started by stdent9972, Feb 18, 2001.

  1. stdent9972

    stdent9972 Member 10+ Year Member

    Jan 5, 2001
    indianapolis, IN US
    I'm an older student(28), who's lived in Brooklyn and Chicago and is currently in the middle of nowhere finishing up pre-reqs.
    After having spent 1 and 1/2 years outside cities as I get older, I realize that I really miss cities and would like to practice in NYC/ LA.

    What I'm concerned about is that I've heard that it's not very feasible to practice, especially right in the city. Now everyone knows that the biggest problem is dentistry and medicine is maldistribution.

    There's a shortage of dentists in places like rural West Virginia, Tennesee, etc. However, there are unique problems to both NY and LA. If you want to live in a great neighborhood, like say the east village, grammercy park, the upper west side, or say west hollywood, santa monica or silver lake, I'm wondering how you make a viable living.

    First of all in NYC, rents in Manhattan make it extremely difficult to be profitable. The only places I hear about practices for sale are places as far out as Bay Ridge or Bayside or something. Otherwise, the only ones where I see opportunities are way in outer Rockland County, Eastern Suffolk or central Jersey. It would make a hellish commute.

    As for LA, and California is general, is the oversupply of health care professionals. I've heard about primary care doc earning 70K and dentists making 65K. Rents are a cheaper in LA, but again if you want to open a practice in the city center, it's gonna be hard.

    An easier option might be, say Philly or Chicago.

    Any advice, personal stories?


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  3. turtleboard

    turtleboard SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

    Jun 3, 1999
    New York, New York
    Bayside may be in the middle of nowhere (straddlin the Queens/Nassau county line), but Bay Ridge is one of Brooklyn's most exclusive neighborhoods. You'd do well to have a practice in Bay Ridge.

    I believe the same situation exists for many primary-care physicians, and I think the solution is to join a group practice with other general dentists.

    I have friends at NYU Dental School who are planning to join a group practice after graduating and "making partner" at some point in their careers, eventually to take over the whole darn practice. These are relationships that they've set up with some dentists in New York before entering school, though, but I doubt that kind of thing can't happen once you've started.

    Or you can go into advanced training, become an orthodontist, periodontist, or one of those really well-paying specialties, and have your own practice. There really aren't that many orthodontists in New York City after all.

    Tim W. of N.Y.C.

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