There are a number of reasons that endodontists consider becoming an associate. Some of those may be to:
- Transition from the academic environment to clinical practice.
- Gain time to clarify one's values, philosophy and goals.
- Gain clinical, technical and practice management experience.
- Buy into an existing practice.
- Determine local manpower needs and compatibility with the practice location.
- Enter a particular community where it may be difficult to begin a solo practice.
- Earn income without the financial risk and management responsibilities of a solo practice.
- Take advantage of the experience of the senior endodontist in professional consultations and treatment planning.
- Provide part-time practice options for semi-retired endodontists, endodontists with families who do not desire ad full-time schedule or those who have other positions (such as teaching) that prevent full-time practice.
Reprinted with permission from the ADA Practical Guide to Associateships, Copyright ADA 2013.