Everyday Oral Surgery: Surgeons Talking Shop

Dr. Ian Lehrer: tips for transitioning from residency to a group practice

September 06, 2021 Grant Stucki - oral and maxillofacial surgeon Episode 66
Everyday Oral Surgery: Surgeons Talking Shop
Dr. Ian Lehrer: tips for transitioning from residency to a group practice
Show Notes

Today, we are joined by Dr. Ian Lehrer, an oral maxillofacial surgeon practicing in Dana Point, California. In this episode, we discuss how to prepare to join a practice after you have completed your residency program. Dr. Lehrer has some valuable and practical tips to share, including the value of keeping in touch with your upper level residents and attending meetings at the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) and the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (ACOMS). We also touch on contract negotiations and choosing between money, scope of practice, and location, as well as the benefits of joining group practice, proving your worth, and building relationships. Tune in today! 


Key Points From This Episode:

  • An introduction to Dr. Ian Lehrer, his education, and his practice.
  • How he figured out which practice to join after residency, starting with researching different cities and the practices in each area.
  • The value of keeping in touch with your upper level residents after your residency.
  • Another helpful tip: make sure to attend annual AAOMS and ACOMS meetings.
  • Utilize all the resources that you have available to you, including courses and observerships.
  • Advice for contract negotiations: consider your location and how much leverage you have.
  • Different kinds of contracts you can expect, like an associateship in Dr. Lehrer’s case. 
  • Why Dr. Lehrer says defining your location is the most important thing when searching for a job; work where you want to live!
  • Picking out one of three options: money, scope of practice, and location.
  • The benefits of joining a group practice, including learning from the experience of others.
  • Dr. Stucki highlights the importance of having a good work ethic and proving your worth.
  • The value of building relationships; Dr. Lehrer encourages listeners to reach out to him.
  • Rapid fire questions: Dr. Lehrer shares the best book he read this year and non-oral surgery skills that assist him in daily oral surgery.
  • Ending on a note: “You can either go through life and be humble or you will be humbled.”


Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Dr. Ian Lehrer on LinkedIn — https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-ian-s-lehrer-865b56ab/

Dr. Ian Lehrer on Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/drianlehrer/

Dr. Ian Lehrer Email — [email protected]

Niguel Coast Oral & Facial Surgery — https://www.niguelcoastoralsurgery.com/

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) — https://www.aaoms.org/

American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (ACOMS) — https://www.acoms.org/

Osteo Science Foundation — https://www.osteoscience.org/

Man’s Search for Meaning — https://www.amazon.com/Mans-Search-Meaning-Viktor-Frankl/dp/0807014273/

Dr. Grant Stucki Email — [email protected]

Dr. Grant Stucki Phone — 720 441 6059