May 19, 2010
The world is flat, it’s a global economy, loyalty to the company is a thing of the past, we’ll all be working as contract players, it’s a new economy, learn Mandarin, yadda and yadda. No one can predict the future…….if we could, we’d of all bought Microsoft in /84 and sold just before Vista arrived. However, as we’re all dentists, it would be advisable to develop a “crystal ball” capacity to predict changes and trends……….unfortunately, market drives science in our world today………from iPADs to electric cars, we’re told what we want,unfortunately,no one is ensuring that it’s what we need.
For this blog to thrive and to be of relevance, it needs input, comments……direction, areas of concern both generally and specifically……..we are a mosaic of cultures, demographics, analytics and unless you live in Toronto, realistic expectations of the housing market. But we all practice dentistry in a myriad of ways, with dentistry being the common denominator. As such……..let’s demarcate the playing field and work from there.
With new research, technology, and a patient that has become increasingly esthetics
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oriented, the future of dentistry is looking monetary stable. However, in order for the
dental profession to continue to evolve, adapt, and meet the needs of underserved
population, they will need to increase their manpower. Dental manpower is low due to
the closing of some dental schools, decreased numbers of positions at those schools, and
the unattractiveness of practicing in the underserved areas. Those who suffer most from
this lack of manpower are the uninsured, poor, elderly, disabled, and those living in under
served regions. To deal with this shortage in dental care providers, there needs to be an
increase in dental caregivers. This can be accomplished by funding existing and new
dental schools, and offering financial incentives to practice in the underserved regions.
This will be beneficial to the overall health of the underserved and the overall success of
the dental profession.
The last paragraph is for discussion purposes………………discuss………….