A Guide: How to Resign as a Dentist

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Resigning as a dentist can be a difficult decision to make for any practitioner, and it is important to consider all aspects of the process before taking the plunge. There are three main stages of a dentist’s resignation, what to think about before, during, and after the resignation.


Before resigning, the dentist should make sure they have considered all of the possible implications of their choice and have thoroughly explored each option. This includes considering the financial impact of leaving your current workplace, the effect on their reputation and potential future work opportunities, as well as the impact this will have on your patients. A dentist should also consider the impact of their resignation on any supervised training they are receiving and any current dental treatments they are delivering.

During the resignation process, it is important to remain professional and respectful to both fellow colleagues and patients. It is essential to inform the relevant individuals of your decision in an appropriate manner, always making sure your employer has received formal notification. It is a good idea to organize a handover period to ensure that your current patients are taken care of and that any newly referred patients have their transition managed in the best way possible.

Once you have resigned, you should take some time to reflect on the situation. After the resignation, you should take action to ensure that any professional issues from your previous role are handled properly. This includes filing any legal documents that need to be sent or received, as well as ensuring that you have notified your professional regulator and all relevant bodies that you are officially no longer a practitioner. Additionally, you should ensure that your patients are informed of your resignation and any actions they have to take in order to source new treatment.

Overall, resigning as a dentist is not an easy decision and one that should be considered deeply before taking action. It is important to think through the implications of resignation before, during, and after in order to ensure that both you and your patients remain safe and taken care of during the process. Once you have made the decision to resign, begin planning the transition. Talk to colleagues, patients, and any other professionals who may know you and be impacted by your resignation. Let them know why and when you will be leaving and provide any resources they may need.

Before you submit your resignation letter, think of ways to make the transition as smooth as possible. You may want to offer some assistance to your colleagues or practice regarding the transition, whether it be helping to train a replacement or providing guidance on existing patient care.

During the transition period, check in with all of your patients to ensure their care will continue without interruption. Let patients know who their new provider will be if applicable, or recommend other providers if necessary. You can also inform patients of any resources they may need during this time, such as health insurance coverage options.

After submitting your resignation letter, take time to review the documents.


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Mohsen Saeed Al Ozaibi, BDS, MBA. A Dentist at Bani Yas Medical Clinic and at Emirates Jordanind Medical Center, Founder of OziDent.com. Graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor's Degree in Dental Science from Misr International University and a Master's degree in Business and Administration from the University of the People. A veteran in digital dental content publishing and marketing.

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