Externs shouldn’t be allowed to work freely in an office without one-on-one supervision. The purpose of the Extern is to develop the proper skills, leaving an Extern on their own is a formula for failure; it also places extreme risk on both staff and patients by lowering the safety standard. Externs should be assigned to a senior staff member who will be the Extern’s mentor. Externs are tomorrow’s Dental Professionals and should be given the very best in training and development, not used as free labor!
by Tom Terry