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Is it advisable to minor in business if my aspiration is to be a dentist with my own private practice?

I know that I want to go to dental school and become a dentist or maxillofacial surgeon but, my dilemma recently has been what I should minor in or if I should even pursue a minor at all. I am a Biology major currently and I thought it might be beneficial to have some knowledge of how business works for my future. #dentistry #dentist #maxillofacial #business

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Steve’s Answer

If you plan to run your own office, some business courses would be very helpful. As the owner, you'll need to understand basic accounting, finance, and marketing. And everybody needs to take a basic economics class. I know too many people who don't understand supply and demand.

However, many of these topics can be learned through reading. See http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00SZ636NY for a collection of Business for Dummies books.
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Steven’s Answer

Most applicants to dental will have majored in life or physical sciences. Having a minor in business may well help you to stand out from the crowd as an applicant. Of course it may give you a leg up on others if you're planning to go into private practice (though I can't say how much direct applicability most undergrad. business courses will have). But even if you don't, it may well be an asset if you gravitate toward academia, research or management. If you are interested in the course offerings, I say go for it!
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Neil’s Answer

Yes, take as many courses related to owning a small business as you can. Even if you weren't to own your dental practice, it will help you understand the dental business. It will give you confidence when it comes time to own your dental practice. I wish I had dinner than - I had to learn on the job when I bought my dental practice. Good luck!
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