Today we have a fascinating discussion with Dr. Raghu Chennapati about helping new graduates transition smoothly into the dental profession.

Dr. Chennapati has a unique perspective, having trained as a prosthodontist in India before moving to Australia and starting his career over as a general dentist. He shares insights from his own journey of navigating a new country and healthcare system while building his skills. Through both his personal experiences and mentoring many new associates, Dr. Chennapati has developed a framework of 10 key points that he believes are crucial for graduates to focus on.

In our discussion, we delve into each of these 10 points, with Dr. Chennapati providing practical tips and stories from his experiences. Some of the highlights include the importance of connecting with your entire team, using tools like magnification and photography to continually improve your skills, and knowing when to refer out or hit pause on a procedure. We also discuss cultivating resilience through open communication and having backup plans.

Dr. Chennapati emphasizes focusing on education, ethics, excellence, efficiency and patient experience. For any new graduate listening, I hope you find Dr. Chennapati’s wisdom and guidance as insightful and helpful as I did. Thank you for listening, and I hope you enjoy our discussion with Dr. Raghu Chennapati. 


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