Traveling specialist

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  1. bkwash

    bkwash Senior Member
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    I am wondering about how the process works for a dental student out of a specialty residency (ortho,pedo, perio, endo) I have heard that they travel to dental offices and handle specialty cases, for a % of the revenue. If anyone knows rates and % of any regions could you post these? One of the posts on the dental board mentioned that an ortho spec. could gross 2k/day in NY is that the norm?
     
  2. DcS

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    I've never heard of contracting out like that but i'm sure it's done. I can say for NC that a pedo can come out making 200k first year out, in GA i've heard as much as 250k+ to start.
     
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    Sure 2K can be done...I know a resident that makes 3K a day moonlighting here in NC. So 2K doesn't seem like a huge stretch. Probably easier to do for pedo, endo or omfs than something like ortho (you can see your patient once and be "done" with that part of care). Just curious, do you ask because you don't want your own office?
     
  4. gryffindor

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    What bkwash described isn't uncommon here in NYC. The GP offices I work in have an endodontist come once every two weeks (but they still refer lots of endo out), an Oral Surgeon come and place implants every two weeks, a Periodontist come to see the perio referrals once a week, and an Orthodontists every Friday who treats all the kids & adults referred through the GP office. All these specialists who come to the GP offices also have their own specialty offices somewhere. I don't know how much they get compensated though.
     
  5. TanakaJohnson

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    The so-called "traveling specialist" is someone who works as an independent contractor. The title is important b/c of tax purposes. In general, people who work as independent contractors are either looking to only work part time or are doing so b/c they aren't busy enough in their own practce. The reason being that you don't make as much as you would otherwise. There is also a big distinction between being an employee vs independent contractor, b/c an independent contractor has to supply all his own supplies, but the tax structure is different and theoretically they can make more.

    The short story is it isn't a first choice, unless there are extenuating circumstances.
    TJ
     

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