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June/July 2019 - Entrepreneurship + Innovation
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Approach dental school with an entrepreneurial mindset

2018-19 ASDA Editor-in-Chief David Danesh, Harvard '20, writes: "Dr. DeAngelo S. Webster applied for his start-up practice loan as a D4 student. Shortly after graduating, he opened his practice, White Pine Dental Health. He took a lean approach to start his practice for less than $100,000, and now operates a profitable and efficient office. He also shares the challenges and successes of his start-up through his Facebook group, Practice Biopsy. I asked Dr. Webster what three characteristics make a successful dental entrepreneur. His answer: 'Decisiveness, willingness to learn and grit.' These characteristics will help you in any path you take in dentistry, whether owning your own practice, leading cutting-edge research or improving public health policy. How can you apply these principles during your dental school education? I don't (necessarily) mean you should be an accounting prodigy or an inventor of a brilliant product. Being an entrepreneurial dental student means taking a fresh perspective on what you're learning as a student."

The June/July issue of Contour provides firsthand insights into business ownership from dentists who have done it. In addition, learn about what to keep in mind when looking for an associateship, influencer marketing, trauma dentistry and more.

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