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Title: 2104 - Is Corporate Dentistry the Future of Our Profession?

Authors:

Migena Kotelli-Arciszewski, New York University
Bapanaiah Penugonda (Presenter)
New York University

Mehak Gupta, HSJ institute of Dental Services
Barbara Slaska, New York University

Abstract:

Objectives: This study investigates the experience of new graduate dentists working in Corporate Dentistry, the time they work there, as well as the reasons why dentists continue or leave this model.
Corporate Dentistry is a practice model that operates in 44 states in USA and has more than 8000 dentists affiliated with it. 7.4% of dentists in USA practice in this model.

Methods: Methods: We sent a survey to 100 dentists, all graduated from NYU Dentistry for the past 3 years. 27 dentists working in Corporate Dentistry responded. The subjects were asked about their satisfaction while working there and their intentions and reasons to continue or leave Corporate Dentistry

Results: The range of age differed from 30-40 years with most of the respondents being 30 to 35 years old, including twice the females than males. 37.50% work with Corporate Dentistry from 2 to 5 years, 29.17% from 1 to 2 years, and 29.17% less than 1 year. 50% are “satisfied” with Corporate Dentistry, 45.45% “not satisfied at all” and 4.55% “very satisfied”. 60.87% want to remain in Corporate Dentistry, 34.78% said “not sure” and only 1 responded “no”. The reasons dentists want to stay with Corporate Dentistry were “good pay and benefits”, “no administrative duties”, “no dealing with insurance”. Among the reasons the dentists want to leave Corporate Dentistry, 52.38% stated “to open their own office”, and 47.62% had “other” reasons. In “the other” choice they expressed extreme dissatisfaction with the corporate model and how Corporate Dentistry administration interacts with dentist and patients.

Conclusions: Corporate Dentistry is a lucrative way of practicing dentistry, and many dentists are satisfied with this practice, however improvements should be made in the relationship between corporate and dentists in order to improve dentists working experience, dentist-patient relationship and ultimately patient’s outcomes of oral care.

Disclosure Statement:
The submitter must disclose the names of the organizations with which any author have a relationship, the nature of the relationship, and the clinical or research area involved. The following is submitted: NONE

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