9 Contract Terms You Should Pay Attention to Before Signing a Contract for a Dental Job

9 Contract Terms You Should Pay Attention to Before Signing a Contract for a Dental Job
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    When you have just completed your studies and you receive an offer for a new job, you may be too excited to have landed your first job that you forget to read your contract before signing it.


As well, you might refrain from asking too many questions or raising concerns about parts of your contract that you are unhappy with, for fear of leaving the wrong impression on your employer.

Employment contracts are usually long and full of jargon. Contracts in the medical field are even more complicated, because it is a field that deals with people’s health and as such exposed to malpractice suits.

It is important to understand your employment contract before you sign it. Read through each page, research further on any parts that you don’t understand and most importantly, get a lawyer to explain to you whether your contract leaves you exposed.

Below are contract areas you should pay special attention to, before signing it:

Employee duties

Focus on the duties listed in your contract. You might go into your job with one notion of what it will entail, only to find yourself doing something different.
Neglecting your responsibilities could lead to termination. If you don’t agree with any of the duties listed on the contract, do not sign. Instead, confirm if you have received the correct contract.


Issues surrounding compensation can only be dealt with before a contract is signed. After you sign, it will be difficult to adjust salary amounts, payment dates or bonus terms.


Most employers give benefits to encourage their employees to stay on the job. However, most benefits usually have a catch so that by the time you receive the benefit amount, it’s a lot lesser than you expected. Make in-depth inquiries about all benefits including retirement plans, medical insurance and fringe benefits. 

Contract Duration

Job security is important. Therefore, confirm what your contract says about the duration of your contract. It should also be clear what will happen once your contract expires.


Understand what factors constitute grounds for firing. As well, understand the procedure for termination.

Malpractice insurance

It might be difficult to go through your whole career without a malpractice suit. Some employers purchase malpractice liability coverage and others don’t. If your employer doesn’t have malpractice cover for his employees, find out how much it will cost you to purchase one.

Noncompete clause

Your contract’s Noncompete clause might forbid you from holding another job as a dentist within a specific geography, in case you ever leave your job. Be clear on the specifics of the noncompete clause.

Dispute resolution

Disputes are bound to arise in the work place. Find out about the established procedure for dispute resolution at the work place. If disputes have to go to court, understand your limitations if any.

Liquidated damages

This outlines what will happen if you breach parts of your contract. Find out whether you will be required to pay damages.

You should not take your contract lightly. Be on the safe side and seek the necessary expertise before signing.

About the author
Jeanine Prosperi has been a human resource manager for 9 years. She cautions all employees to read contracts before signing and consult sites like http://ddsconnections.com/ when in doubt. Read on to learn more.


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