We put patients first. We do not value money above all else. Whether we recall an oath sworn upon graduation from dental school or have implicit agreement in the Principles of Ethics and Code of Conduct as a member of the American Dental Association, we respect patient autonomy, we pledge to do no harm and to do good, and we promise to be fair and truthful in our dealings with patients. With that in mind, we also must run a successful business.
Running a leaner practice with less overhead and more profit is no easy feat. It requires that we have multiple systems operating smoothly and the keen eyes to measure and improve them. This year, DE’s Principles of Practice Management Conference (June 25–26 in Las Vegas, Nevada) will have a special theme: The Profit Summit. Wherever you are in your practice journey and whatever your business model may be, profit is what keeps the lights on. I hope you’ll consider joining us for what will be a master class on cash flow for dentists. (See my article on page 12 for more details.)
I would be remiss if I didn’t call attention to one of the stellar speakers of past Principles of Practice Management Conferences, Dianne Watterson, MBA, RDH. This issue marks the last installment of her Practice Wisdom column. Dianne first appeared in Dental Economics in 1998, and her regular column began in 1999. Over the past 20 years, she has helped countless dentists become better team leaders, more personable health-care providers, and more sound stewards of their businesses. As a young dentist, I found her content invaluable. Being able to work with her as a columnist and speaker in my role with DE has been my great honor. Our profession can never pay her back for the education she’s given us. I know you’ll join me in wishing Dianne Watterson a happy and healthy retirement.
Chris Salierno, DDS