How to be a Superstar Associate Dentist with Dr. Andrew Cheng

The Noobie Dentist Podcast – Dr Andrew Cheng

Episode Run Time: 00:59:56



Today, I talk to Dr Andrew Cheng. Andrew is an amazing up and coming dentist in Australia. Andrew has completed many structured formal learning pathways and is passionate about CPD. These courses have allowed Dr Cheng to get the most out of his clinical practice, and take on ever more challenging and interesting cases. He has completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Orthodontics, a Postgrad Certificate in Dental Implantology, and he frequently travels to Seattle where he attends Kois.

In this week’s episode, we talk about CPD and the importance of investing in yourself, how to get the most out of mentorship and how to be a successful associate. We also discuss maintaining our mental and physical well-being, the importance of self-care, and becoming a successful clinician.

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Time Stamps

[00:03:31] Dr Cheng’s origin story

[00:06:45] Dr Cheng’s personality and dentistry

[00:11:20] Structured learning and commuting for clinical days

[00:15:43] Dr Cheng’s experience at the Kois Center

[00:22:45] Highlights of Dr Cheng’s time in the US

[00:23:55] What’s next for Dr Cheng?

[00:24:35] Finding balance and coping with the stress of work

[00:31:57] Dr Cheng’s five essential investments: Courses, assets and self-care

[00:42:50] Dr Cheng’s ambitions for the future

[00:45:21] What social media has done for dentistry

[00:53:02] Starting a practice and the impact of the pandemic

[00:54:47] Dr Cheng’s vision for 2021

[00:56:37] Dr Cheng’s top 3 dentistry Instagram accounts


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Headline Quote

[50:51 – 51:21]

..Yeah, this was this thing I read where like, you know, like, if you are building a house, you don’t focus on building the house first right. Or, you know you don’t go in on day one and say “look, I am going to build this house perfectly”. What you do is you start, like with the foundation. So you pick up a brick and, you know, you look at the brick and you are like “ok, well how can I place this brick as perfectly as a brick can be placed?”. And then if you do that every day and, like, before you know it you have learned how to build that house. Or like, that house is, like, flourishing. Do you know what I mean?


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