There have been numerous examples of how Ray Dalio manages Bridgewater with unusually stringent and weird rules he calls “The Principles.”
The bad news: the fund still has a 30% turnover rate, according to CNBC.
But back to the good news. Here’s an example of what Bridgewater allegedly asks you to provide before you join: your dental records.
A source who was applying for a job at the fund says Bridgewater asked him to send them a copy without giving an explanation.
Why the heck, we have no idea.
But here’s what dental records appear to show:
- Whether or not you’re a pussy about getting procedures (like if you request tons of painkillers)
- How many cavities you have and when you got them
- Summaries of all of the conversations you’ve had with your dentist
We’ve considered the possibility that the reason Bridgewater aska for the documents is that they might provide employees with their own dentist, but it’s apparently not customary to do this. We also tried to get in touch with them to ask, but contact info other than for a webmaster is not on their site.
In most states, if not all, you have every right to confidentiality about your dental records. (Maybe this helps explain why the firm has had five legal complaints related to employment brought against it.)
So why ask?
Here’s an explanation from Dentistry.com that answers the question, What’s In Your File?
It sounds like you can tell a lot about a person from their dental records, so perhaps it’s simply part of Dalio’s “pursuit of truth,” one of the guiding principles of his management style.
The short answer is, everything.
A good dentist will log every conversation that he has with a patient, in an abbreviated form, in that patient’s dental record. If you call and cancel an appointment or change an appointment, it will be noted in your records. If you ask a question about a procedure, it will be recorded in your file.
Details on any procedure that is performed, such as the anesthetic used, the type of procedure, the cost and the person who oversaw it, will also be recorded in your dental records. Anything that is done in the office is also recorded, whether the dentist diagnosed a particular issue or talked to patient about a concern.
A condensed form of each conversation and question should be contained in your file, so if it comes up again in the future the background information is easily accessed.
Here’s what the ADA says should be included in your file:
- database information, such as name, birth date, address, and contact information •
- place of employment and telephone numbers (home, work, mobile)
- medical and dental histories, notes and updates
- progress and treatment notes
- conversations about the nature of any proposed treatment, the potential benefits and risks associated with that treatment, any alternatives to the treatment proposed, and the potential risks and benefits of alternative treatment, including no treatment
- diagnostic records, including charts and study models
- medication prescriptions, including types, dose, amount, directions for use and number of refills
- treatment plan notes
- patient complaints and resolutions
- laboratory work order forms
- mould and shade of teeth used in bridgework and dentures and shade of synthetics and plastics
- referral letters and consultations with referring or referral dentists and/or physicians
- patient noncompliance and missed appointment notes
- follow-up and periodic visit records
- postoperative or home instructions (or reference to pamphlets given)
- consent forms
- waivers and authorizations
- conversations with patients dated and initialed (both in-office and on telephone, even calls received outside the office)
- correspondence, including dismissal letter; if appropriate