Dental Student Club Explores the Business Side of Dentistry

Dentistry Today


A new student-run organization at the Western University Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry is creating a space for dental students to learn about business and entrepreneurship opportunities within their future profession.

The Dental Entrepreneurship, Business and Innovation (DEBI) club has been active on social media since August, posting information related to human resources, finance and accounting, business law, and more, according to Schulich Dentistry.

In September, DEBI hosted its first virtual speaker event. Schulich Dentistry alum and adjunct clinical professor Jonathan Mahn, DDS, shared his experience as the owner of a practice in Paris, Ontario, managing more than 60 members.

In his seminar, “Owning Your Practice Vs. Getting Owned by Your Practice,” Mahn discussed the joys and pitfalls of practice ownership, the skills needed to be an owner, and the importance of having a vision for one’s career.

According to the club, DEBI was created to address “a crucial need within dental education” for students to graduate “equipped with the business acumen they need to navigate the dental industry.”

DEBI president Nima Noyan, a member of the Schulich Dentistry class of 2023, said the success of the first seminar was encouraging and motivated the club to continue its seminar series. In October, DEBI hosted a second seminar with Dr. Shervin Rowshani, who shared his insights as a dentist and as an MBA graduate.

Noyan said the club also will continue to expand its online peer education efforts through its YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook accounts as well as an upcoming podcast.

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