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Germany, Uni-Roadshow ZahniCampus makes dental students keen on self-employment. Most dental school graduates in Germany still dare to take the plunge – even if the model of the registered dentist no longer appeals to everyone. It is hardly surprising that entry into the professional world is accompanied by a certain insecurity, especially with regard to the daily reality of selfemployment. This in no way, incidentally, implies that the decision to set up one’s own surgery is inevitable, but can also be a dental occupation in the form of a partnership or an employee relationship with profit sharing. Hardly any graduates are provided with wellfounded information on the prospects and opportunities of self-employment. The opportunity to directly speak to competent partners, for instance in professional organisations and the dental industry, would be ideal. A good idea thus spawned an event series custom tailored to dental students. After a preparation time of almost two years the Uni-Roadshow ZahniCampus kicked off in June of this year.

The initiative, conceived by the » BdZM and the » BdZA and supported by associations of dentists and associations of statutory health insurance dentists, strives to make students keen to enter the career and answers open questions. Five enterprises act as premium partners and make their various areas of competence available. These include Dampsoft a dental software, which is wellknown in Germany and Komet Dental producer of dental instruments, but also apoBank and BFS health finance. Dürr Dental is also participating in this, until now and in this form, one-of-a-kind series of events. The associations, bodies and partners are for the first time visiting the 30 university dental clinics in Germany together and seeking out direct access to the next generation under the slogan, “Your path to self-employment!”. In this way students receive first-hand information on matters such as dental accounting and financial concepts for dentists, dental instruments, imaging procedures and hygiene management.

“It’s unbelievably important for dentistry vocational policy to be in close contact with the new blood. Our up-and-coming colleagues are not just the future of our profession for ensuring oral health in Germany. This succeeding generation is, in fact, game-changing with regard to preserving self-employment, as we have come to know and value it, in dentistry. We are very happy to have premium partners support us in this project,” said Jan-Philipp Schmidt, head of the BdZA (Association of dental alumni in Germany) and initiator of ZahniCampus, about the Roadshow. The organisers criss-cross Germany for two years, directly interacting with representatives of BdZM (Association of dental students in Germany), BdZA and corporate enterprises, in order to provide future surgery operators with the opportunity to increase their knowledge on transitioning from academics to work life. Mike Layer, head of marketing at Dürr Dental, has been involved in planning since the original idea and is convinced of the project. “Our common goal is that ZahniCampus not have the character of a sales event, but rather that it comprehensively and effectively inform, support and also show opportunities that facilitate self-employment.”

Direct communication with students plays a relevant role in the event. For this reason all those interested at the various locations can sign up for the discussion round – the ZahniCampus Think Tank. Participants are given the chance to ask questions on types of dental business models and to speak with representatives of chambers, associations of statutory health insurance dentists and others. Get-togethers at local pubs moreover enable in-depth personal discussions about problems and individual issues.

Published by: rf/tk 04/16
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