Hello! I am a recent graduate about to embark on the professional world. To gain a variety of experience, I am starting at a temp agency and am looking forward to new challenges and experiences. However, being fresh out of the gate i have no idea what is expected of me on a day to day basis at a normal office. When are exams and xrays scheduled in, and do I get patient consent for every prophy? I would like to have a better understanding of the ” normal flow” of an office so I can perform to the best of my ability without feeling lost. Feedback appreciated!
Starting out temping is a great way to gain experience and figure out what type of office will be a good fit for you. While temp agencies can be a great way to gain employment, another way is to distribute your resume directly to offices with a cover page that expresses your willingness to work on short notice and fill-in when needed.
About exams and films, most offices these days have digital charts and the schedule for the day will show what is expected for each patient. You can ask the doctor how she/he likes the exam to be done, ie; always at the end of the hygiene treatment or does the doc come in when they have a free moment.
Getting consent for a prophy is not necessary unless you are seeing a new patient to the practice, then a diagnosis needs to be made by the doc before hygiene treatment can be performed.
Just starting out can feel scary and daunting but you will be surprised at how smoothly things will go. Don’t be afraid to ask questions of the other employees and just have faith in what you have learned. You will do great!!