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Dentist being disrespectful

I have recently had a dentist I was working with question my abilities in front of my patient during their exam. . What is the best response to this? How should I handle this situation?

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This is never professional, I’m so sorry! The question is, has this happened only once or does it happen often? If it has only happened once it may be worth having a quick, private chat with the doctor. I would ask the doctor to please pull you aside, privately, to discuss any issues because doing so in front of a patient undermines you as a clinician and professional, and in turn, reflects poorly on the office/practice (this makes the doctor have “skin in the game.”)
If this happens frequently, the same conversation should be had with the doctor. If things don’t change, this may not be an office you want to work at. I say this because you were put through an interview process and chosen because you were the best fit. If they no longer believe this, it’s best for both you and them to move on. It’s just not worth feeling demeaned at work.

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