Transition from Dentist to MBA/Consulting: would being an Assistant Professor at a new dental school be a good transition idea?

Hi all - currently a dentist who is seeking a career change through consulting or applying for an MBA program. As of right now, I work as a clinician full time, and as you can imagine, there isn't much to write about that on a resume.

I'm seeking a career change by reapplying for advanced degree MBB spots (I've talked to a couple dentists who have made that transition) or to business school. In the meantime, a new dental school is opening up in the city I live in and they have positions for Assistant Professors to teach. I might have some other admin duties on top of teaching, but as far as I know, teaching is the main task.

Will being a professor reflect more positively on an MBA application over being a full-time clinician? I imagine so, especially with potential letters of recommendation from deans/associate deans, but business school applications are beyond me. Any advice would be appreciated.

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Nov 9, 2021 - 11:59am

It's a rather expensive education, definitely. Motivation for leaving, simply put, is that I do not enjoy (and am becoming rather miserable) doing nonstop clinical/physical work. Not intellectually stimulating and not passionate about it. In other words, hit me hard that I went into it for the wrong reasons and trying to make amends before I really get stuck in the golden handcuffs. 

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Nov 9, 2021 - 4:04pm

Appreciate the thought. I've honestly been exploring for quite a while with no dice and have networked quite a bit. If you have any ideas to consider, would love to hear from you! Feel free to PM.

Nov 10, 2021 - 2:00pm

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