I've applied to both med and dent this year. Med has always been my #1 choice as a career, but thought I'd open more doors by writing the DAT and applying to dent as well (since the MCAT is...well... the MCAT lol).
Considering how much in debt residents are in, and how long it take to finish a speciality, or even family med for that matter, do any of you wish you would have just done dentistry (4yrs vs. 6-9yrs )? I see how many hoops medical students need to continue to jump through to get into a specialty, and even the stress of residency. It seems like its never ending and too stressful. Some people make it seem like there is such a dark side to it.
What is life like through med school and residency, do you even get to have one?
Is it hard to match to specialties (that aren't crazy competitive)? Does research during undergrad w/ publications even help wth matching or is it clinical research only?
How do you feel like your overall life is compared to you friends who've done dentistry?
I think I'd choose med if I was lucky enough as to be accepted to both since I see med as being more fulfilling in the long run, especially with the number of different specialties available.
I got into both when I applied. Went into medicine (now a resident).
A couple things I am happy about with the choice, some I am not.
Reasons I wish I had gone into dent sometimes:
-length of training. I am an R5 in neurology and have almost maxed out the LOC. Would kill to have started to make money 4 years ago. This will cease to matter in a few months likely, but holy shit it will matter in your late 20s/early 30s
-Not really passionate about medicine like others are. TBH it makes people with SO much passion get on my nerves. It may become irritating to you that many of your colleagues boast to friends, have self-inflated importance, see it as so much more than "just a job"
Reasons I'm happy with the choice
-It may seem weird, but money makes a big difference. Medicine is more of a guarantee overall. My friends in dent really have to market themselves. For every amazing story of the dentist who makes 500k, there are 10 for those in Toronto struggling to get enough patients and taking home under 150k. Medicine makes it not that difficult to top 200k even without working TOO hard. (as long as you don't self-sabotage by doing specialties without jobs, etc)
-Prestige matters (don't kill me). Medicine sounds waaaaaay more impressive to people not in health care (and to the non med and dent health care ppl)
-you have to work with your hands constantly in dent. Med gives you options to not do that, and options are good
Note that IMO, "not liking teeth" is a really stupid reason to not choose dent (no offense to above), seeing as how in almost every med field there is gross stuff also. Like to me this seems like a good reason if I was a 5th grader and was making a Bristol board lol