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post #46 of 62
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Thanks for the excellent replies, guys. Given me a lot of food for thought.
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Originally Posted by chobochobo View Post
Perhaps this sounds a bit naive, but if you have to ask a clothing forum whether you should be a doctor or not, you probably shouldn't.
I'm on a few of medicine/dent forums, but I just wanted to gauge the opinions of "normal" people . I'm definately going to get into one of them, but I'm just weighing in the pros and cons. Both courses are 5 years and involve me staying away from my home, family and close friends. Money is not my concern as such, since Dentistry will hit me with a $120K debt in those 5 years, Medicine will be alot less. I think I have over romanticised the whole "saving lives" thing and never really thought about the lawsuits, paperwork, long hours etc that entails being an MD.
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Originally Posted by Notreknip View Post
I'm a dentist, and full-time professor at a dental faculty that works closely alongside medicine. I don't have time to comment on this thread tonight (nor read it thoroughly), but I will attempt to later. As for now, as somebody alluded to earlier, unless you know you want to be a physician/surgeon in a particular area, dentistry is probably a better option for you.
I'd like to hear what you have to say.
post #47 of 62
So you are a smart dick. Congratulations.

You should do whatever will give you 'life long' personal satisfaction. All the short term considerations running through your mind are insignificant as time will fly. Either way you will be the guy who looks down people's gobs or the guy who has to on ocassion stick his finger up an old persons backside.

Well done 'smartypance'.

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Originally Posted by Zenny View Post
Hard decision that I have to make. I got accepted into undergraduate Medicine and Dentistry programs at universities here in Australia. This is a very tough choice for me as I love both lines of study. Almost everyone has told me to do Dentistry due to the fact that Dentists get rich quick.

Could any MDs or Dentists (or anyone for that matter) chime in with any advice etc.

Cheers
post #48 of 62
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Originally Posted by Zenny View Post
I think I have over romanticised the whole "saving lives" thing and never really thought about the lawsuits, paperwork, long hours etc that entails being an MD.



I'd like to hear what you have to say.


Well remember it all depends what type of doctor you are. If you are a foot doctor, you wont be getting as many casualties as a surgeon. You would have to pick your line of work and worry about that after. As for a dentist there are rarely any casualties, and rarely any injuries. I dont think my moms boss has ever had anything about malpractice (as a dentist). However I dont think the doctor I went to when i cut a cut infected on my foot has much of malpractice to worry about. What type of doctor/dentist do you want to be?

Also I dont think after 4 years or 5 years of med school you get to become a surgeon, or a foot doctore, or pediatrician. You have to go even longer for the specific profession you want. For dentistry you can go for the 4 or 5 years and your done.

You should look at orthodontry. For an extra year you make about 2-3x the amount of money and you do half the work. Your nurses actually do alot of the work for you, all you do is tell them what to do. So if its worth the extra year for you, I would strongly reccomend that.
post #49 of 62
If it is for the money and a better work life balance then I would suggest Dentistry. No internship or residency requirement means that you that you are earning right out of the box. Your patients by and large are educated, wealthy and informed and are eager for care. The undergraduate course of study is more time intensive than Medicine: more course hours overall as you combine the didactic plus the clinical care. In many places Dentists out-earn GP's Physicians. On the other hand, a medical sub-specialist has higher earning potential but you then have to factor in all the years of additional training. It really comes down to what you want to do. Dentistry often evolves into a very mechanically oriented profession and you rely less and less on your diagnostic abilities. The "Dr." is all about what is between you ears and how best you diagnose and treatment plan for your patients. However, dentists face more occupational illness risks versus physicians: noise, chemicals etc. One final point: if you choose Dentistry, learn as much as you about business management and investing or surround yourself with experts. Dentists are notoriously poor businesspeople and worse investors. By running an efficient business model you won't fall into the trap of needing to work until you croak because you have outspent your earnings.
post #50 of 62
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Originally Posted by Xericx View Post
I got into dental school. the work looked depressing to be honest and I didn't continue. It was expensive schooling and I really couldn't see myself enjoying going into work everyday.

OMFS is difficult to get into and is long.

If you think you'll like it, go for it. Its basically like medicine but you're specializing in the teeth. No people really die either, which was the big attraction for me.

dentists have better hours...no long, on call hour bullshit.


If you want to save lives, be a doctor.

If you want the $$$$, be a dentist.

that's the way I see it.

Yes, physicians have a greater potential to save lives but it all depends on on how and where you practice. You can't tell me that the average office GP is cracking chests. Saving lives by counseling people to adopt healthier lifestyles - most definitely - but a great deal of Medicine and Dentistry is run of the mill treatment of patients with middling aliments.
post #51 of 62
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Originally Posted by appolyon View Post
the mods need to impose a rule that all 'highest suicide rate' type comments are accompanied by evidence ...too much of that shit being bandied about

The association between suicide and dentistry has always been blown out of proportion. Dentistry does not make well adjusted people kill themselves. The stressful environment of Dentistry: long periods of intense focussing on a very small area coupled with having to run a small business can make it difficult for people who who lack coping skills. It is not a a place for perfectionists either.
post #52 of 62
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Originally Posted by beansprouts1 View Post
Its of my understanding that MD match much better than DO. When most residencys consider applicants, they have a ranking system for this. Top is MD, followed by DO, then by american students who went to med school in the carribean etc, finally foreign med students.

I'm not entirely sure what scores/grades are needed to make a DO as competitive as a med students since im in MD, but foreign med students need to be in the top 95% at least on their USMLE step 1 to even have a shot at getting into some backwater rural residency program. Oh just to add this is more for 3rd world med schools as opposed to well established med schools in countries like englad.

in addition, i dunno about dental, but med school studying sucks big time, especially if you want to get into top specialties. my proof of this is that i'm reading this ridiculous thread to put off biochem studying cause its so damn boring.

I'm a DO student and can answer any questioned posed towards the DO route.

And also let me point out, you might be gunning for that sweet derm/optho spot now, but come the first week of class, most of your hopes and dreams are thrown out the window and all you care about is learning the material to pass and hope it makes sense when you take the boards.
post #53 of 62
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the help guys, I've chosen Dentistry after re-evaulating everything and consulting many doctors. Cheers, and thanks alot.
post #54 of 62
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Originally Posted by poly800rock View Post
I'm a DO student and can answer any questioned posed towards the DO route. And also let me point out, you might be gunning for that sweet derm/optho spot now, but come the first week of class, most of your hopes and dreams are thrown out the window and all you care about is learning the material to pass and hope it makes sense when you take the boards.
im pretty sure mine and most other med schools are set up so that you have to make an effort to fail lol. You are an investment for them after all. That being said, competition for top residencies is insanely tough, especially if your a lazy bum like me who only studies 2-3 hrs a day. still got honors though congrats on picking dentistry and good luck in school zenny
post #55 of 62
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Originally Posted by beansprouts1 View Post
im pretty sure mine and most other med schools are set up so that you have to make an effort to fail lol. You are an investment for them after all. That being said, competition for top residencies is insanely tough, especially if your a lazy bum like me who only studies 2-3 hrs a day. still got honors though

congrats on picking dentistry and good luck in school zenny

I think all med schools are set up that way, it's insanely hard to fail out
post #56 of 62
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Originally Posted by Zenny View Post
Thanks for the help guys, I've chosen Dentistry after re-evaulating everything and consulting many doctors.

Cheers, and thanks alot.

I think that you made the right decision.
post #57 of 62
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Originally Posted by TowleY View Post
As of right now I am majored in BioChemistry. Dental school here in america is ALOT more competitive than medical is. Dentists also have a lot harder time in dental school than medical students have in med school. Dental students/ Dentists also have the highest suicide rate of any other profession due to how hard it is. But yes, the pay isalot more.
I hope you're a Freshman in college because you have no idea what the fuck you're talking about.
post #58 of 62
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Originally Posted by Z!NG View Post
One thing I know is that the DAT is waaay harder than the MCAT
You are a dumbass.
post #59 of 62
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Originally Posted by tiecollector View Post
People named Dennis are also much more likely to become a dentist.
Interesting! http://entertainment.timesonline.co....cle2804926.ece Are we talking DDS or DMD? I can't speak to AU specifically, but not only will a DDS have a higher annual salary, but malpractice is typically less expensive as well. I will need to find some supporting sources for that statement though
post #60 of 62
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Wow strong bump. I've been away from Style forum for a couple of years now lol. None of my MTM fits me as I'm now a competitive weightlifter and pretty much hang around weightlifting forums primarily. Dentistry is great though, made the right decision. Peace.
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