Whoa! Help the Doctor!
This is a case that could occupy us for days if we chose to enter into discussion and debate. I look at this case and see every discipline in dentistry involved. And I am certain that if I attempt to tackle it alone, I am in trouble.
You know by now that my emphasis is always on comprehensive, interdisciplinary care. What you may not know is that I got there by way of failure and sadness, as cases I tried to complete without the right help failed or were disappointments.
Creating a great ID team takes work and tenacity; I don’t know of anyone who simply falls into it. My own experience is that I had to work hard to find specialists who wanted to take this walk with me. Once I identified them, the real work began. We talked, discussed, argued, went to courses and belonged to a study club together. We picked fine points of a case and asked each other how what we learned could apply to upcoming cases, or perhaps didn’t work so well.
What we do is hard enough that I choose not to do it alone. I want the best specialists I can find, and I want them to challenge me, learn with me and never stop growing or asking “how can we get better?”
Think about it. What are you doing on an intentional basis to grow your team? If you don’t have an answer, e-mail me. I have lots of ideas!