Associate ships are a popular choice for new graduates. They offer the chance to hone clinical skills and spend time with an established dentist, all while bringing home a regular paycheck. There are two approaches to associateships; without practice equity and with practice equity.
Associates without practice equity are essentially employees rather than potential partners to the business. Associateship positions may be available working for an individual practice owner in his or her office or as one of many employed dentists in a large group practice setting.
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Associates with practice equity have the option to “buy in” by investing and become a partner in the practice. Many characteristics are similar to associateships without equity, but having an equity stake in a practice usually means the potential for a higher income and increased say over management practices over time.