Where is our profession headed?

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Where is our profession headed?

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”I have had enough”, wrote Gordon J. Christensen, “where has my profession gone?” Perhaps you have occasionally wondered the same thing. Or, perhaps you have been too busy to notice, as you try to keep things moving in the right direction in a dramatically changing marketplace.

Regardless, only the most recent of graduates will be  unable to recognize the dramatic changes over the past 30 years.

The deprofessionalization.

The industrialization.

The depersonalization.

The manipulation.

The cynicism.

The growing distrust.

The concurrent technological advancements

What is one to make of it all? And where is our profession headed? Is it “gone”?

These are not new questions, as they were on the minds of Pankey, Barkley, King, Wirth, and others more than 50 years ago. And the counter-questions they would all pose were:

Where do YOU want to end up as the marketplace inevitably evolves more and more in a reductionistic  direction?

Where does YOUR heart lie?

What are YOU committed to?

And do YOU have the will to see YOUR commitments through?

There is one truth here: Dentistry has always been changing. And some will ride the current meta-trends to great degree of financial success. Others will bob about like a sail-less boat on a turbulent sea. And others still, will find counter-cultural, or hidden opportunities to explore, and advance.

I have just returned from the annual meeting of The American Academy of Resorative Dentistry. (And thank you again Brian Vence for inviting me). No reductionistic thinking there, just an amazing group of dentists pushing the boundaries of what is possible, and what is most helpful to others.

No manipulation.

Pure professionalism.

Highly personalized.


Our future is largely what we make if it, and driven by how we think of  it. About this, George Orwell famously wrote, “People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome”.

How are things playing in YOUR future memory? Is your profession “gone”, or are you renewing it every year with amazing new discoveries, which will ensure that YOUR preferred will never be lost?

Paul A. Henny, DDS

Thought Experiments LLC, © 2018

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