Recruiting- Helping Group Practices Hire an In-House Orthodontist
Our team has a network over over 40,000 dentists and orthodontists, many of whom are looking for associateships. We offer a service to help in the recruitment of an orthodontist in the US and Canada only. Our fee for this service is a flat rate retainer of $15000 that is paid upfront. There are NO guarantees of outcome or success. There are NO refunds.
If you are struggling to hire or retain an orthodontist, it is likely not due to the amount you are willing to compensate. This is the biggest misconception. It it is likely due to a lack of proper “opportunity”, systems and guidance. This $15000 retainer includes up to 60 days of support and also up to 6 (six)- 50 minute strategy sessions. Retail price for these strategy sessions is $1000 per session.
We recommend starting with at least three or four of your strategy sessions before we commence the recruiting process to ensure that we fully understand the opportunity and your opportunity is optimized for best chance of success.
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What are the challenges of adding orthodontic services?
While there is certainly a host of opportunities by adding these services, many practices underestimate just how complex of a process it is. In fact, more often than not, most corporations will not follow through with the expansion due to the challenges that arise.
Some of the most common issues you will face include:
One of the first challenges that come with adding orthodontic services is the large amount of investment that is required. In order to offer high-quality orthodontics, you will need to pay for significant tools and equipment, including an internal scanner, which requires clear budgeting.
Of course, you will then face additional costs throughout each quarter, too, from lab fees to replacement equipment, so it is essential you understand the costs involved before starting.
Another major challenge is that orthodontics faces extremely high turnover rates. It is very unlikely that your new doctor will stay for a long time, with many either not being up to standard, leaving to find better remuneration, or to start their own practice.
This creates significant challenges, as you will need to either be able to complete the services yourself or pay for an experienced orthodontist to join your team temporarily.
You will also need to establish how you will pay your doctor. You should not be paying your orthodontist in full until the entire project has been completed and the patient has signed a statement of satisfaction.
That means you should break the fee down into clear segments for work completed, and this needs to be clearly outlined in their contract.
It is also very likely that your doctor will only be able to do one certain day a week. While to begin with that will likely work well and patients will understand, eventually, life will dictate that patients need to swap days or that your doctor might no longer be able to make that day.
It is also very likely that at some point in time, you will also face a patient who needs emergency treatment. In both of these instances, you will need to either be able to step up or face having to refer them to another practice. As the owner, it is your responsibility to pick up the pieces.