What are the best dental office manager qualifications and training to get ahead?

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What is the best training for becoming a dental office manager? What types of ongoing training or certifications are necessary to be an effective dental office manager?

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cat in Orlando, Florida

105 months ago

being a dental assistant first.

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Tooth Fairy in Commerce City, Colorado

104 months ago

I don't agree with cat. In order to be a manager you need to have the talents that a manager needs.. whether its dental or not. Talents are god-given. Skills are learned. If you have the talent to coach, multitask, make sound judgement and decision making, and are an excellent multitasker that can get results the rest can be taught.

The TRICK is.. while being on the job and still "learning" it does hinder the respect that your team will give you. Its not good to be a "manager" and ask your staff for help on something you are unsure of. I would definitely try to get a job where extensive training happens BEFORE being placed into the role. This will eliminate the "Can you help me figure this out" moments you may have with staff, and it will also give you people to call when you might be in need of help. I have experienced many people in my career being great managers and not coming with a dental background. Some of the best ideas come from new people who haven't been stuck in "dental" thinking for long periods of time.

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DBird in Fort Worth, Texas

102 months ago

There is some Webinars on Practice Management that can help.

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