Faculty member interviewed about solo vs. group practice trend2 min read

March 20, 2018

Faculty member interviewed about solo vs. group practice trend2 min read

Ann Arbor, Mich., March 19, 2018 -– The longstanding private practice model for dentistry is changing as an increasing number of early-career dentists opt for group or corporate practices.

The trend is the subject of an interview with School of Dentistry faculty member Dr. Romesh Nalliah in the current issue of Incisal Edge, a national magazine for dentists published by Benco Dental.

Dr. Romesh Nalliah

Dr. Nalliah, clinical associate professor and director of Pre-Doctoral Clinical Education, has been interested in the changing business model for several years. In 2014, when he was an instructor at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, he and five co-authors published a paper, “The Erosion of the Solo Private Practice Model,” in the Journal of the Massachusetts Dental Society. It examined how the so-called Millennial generation has different career and life aspirations than previous generations and also faces high levels of student debt that may influence their practice choices.

The magazine asks Nalliah to discuss the issue and what, if anything, dental schools should be doing differently to address the trend.

The interview can be found on the Incisal Edge website.


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