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How many days a week do you work and how flexible is your schedule?


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Akshay’s Answer

Hi Elon,

I would say, it depends!
Well, it depends on what kind of practitioner are you - So if you practice in a hospital, they have fixed hours for a checkup (OPD) & a fixed amount of hours for Operations. So it is not that hectic. I would say a dentist would spend 2 hours in OPD and 4 hours in an operation.

Now, if you also practice a personal clinic, then you would spend a lot of your time treating your patients in clinic which generally depends on your lifestyle.

I would also add that any kind of doctor and the medical profession, in general, is the most punctual and well-arranged profession. So, very low chances of flexibility.

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Nagendra’s Answer

If you say work - just to earn the pay then I work for 5 days a week and it is bound to time .

But i do consider the other work that I do it for my happiness. i too call them as work because it involves realtion building, inspiring people, Making others happy, stay connecting with large people and a quite lot more of them.

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Patricia’s Answer

To add to the previous answer. Most community health clinics have 5 days a week schedules. Some corporate dental clinics like Comfort Dental have schedules of 12 hours shift days.. therefore they work less days of the week.

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Mohammed’s Answer

To add more to the previous answers:
the amount of student loan debt you have and how much do you want to make is another big factor, most new graduates try to stay busy all week to help them get out of the dental school debts and try to reach other goals early for example ( buying a house, a practice etc..).
also if you become a specialist like an orthodontist, you can work less with a more flexible schedule since you are going to see fewer patients for more income.

best of luck.

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Debjeet’s Answer

I have to work 40 hours a week ,i.e 5 days for 8 hours . Sometimes I have to work on weekends too. Work hours are not exactly flexible because of my profile requirements.

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Kapildev’s Answer

i work for 5 days a week and in addition to that i need to work on a weekend. the schedule would be of either the first half starting from 6:30 to 2:30 or from 11 to 7.

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David’s Answer

Most of the dentist and specialist work about 3 or 4 days even though there are couple work 5 days at my family dentist clinic due to they are not only working for us but also for hospital and other clinics. We give the dentist a pretty flexible schedule because they normally only pick up new or previous patient on the schedule they are working and we go back it as well as passing to other dentist if it is emergency or if they are on vacation.

Thank you, I really appreciate all of your feedback. Elon O.

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