stevenashrocks Posted May 29, 2010 Report Share Posted May 29, 2010 Hello everyone, Undergrad here who recently discovered this board and the wealth info. A little info about me: I am in computer science, but found health care appeals to me a lot more thru various experiences. My gpa's so far in the past 2 years is competitive for both medicine and dentistry (I think - 88% / 3.95 - depending on how you calculate it). I've done the pre-reqs but not MCAT or DAT yet. What are your opinions regarding the pros and cons of these fields? I am trying to make a decision, and shadowing or volunteer experience I've done in both areas do not seem to help with the decision. I've researched into the education process, and am quite familiar with the training programs of both field. I am a fairly analytical person, and "soul searching" advice from councilors has not helped in terms helping me make a decision. I am hoping to make an informed decision. Specifically I am interested in the following: (1) Income: what is the average earning of a dentist compared with the average earning of a family doctor? I know in both fields, the stars can make a lot (ie dentists w/ lots of clinics around the world vs ophthalmologists w/ lots of OR time or radiologists). But assuming I am an average general dentist vs family doctor. (2) Lifestyle / stress: how is the lifestyle of dentist vs a family doctor, both in training and in practice? (3) Job prospect. I am mainly interested in living and practicing in Vancouver. I may consider Toronto. I am not willing to go anywhere else for family reasons. What is the job prospects of each? There seems to be lots of dental clinics and medical / walk-in clinics everywhere. How easy is it for a newly grad in dentistry or medicine to set up a place? Or do new grads have to work under someone for a long time in Vancouver to be able to establish something on their own? (4) Job satisfaction / work related injuries I've heard dentists are prone to repetitive strain & work related injuries. How about family doctor? What about job satisfaction - it seems like family doctors complain a lot in newspaper saying how there is a shortage and they are overworked - but that is actually a good thing in my opinion - in the sense that you are more valuable? Or does shortage simply lead to long hours and no vacation? At the same time, I keep hearing that dentists have the highest rate of drug addiction and suicide among medical professionals (why?), followed by anesthesiologists. (5) Social respect / prestige Traditionally MDs appears to be more respected than dentists, which I presume due to their longer training process or the difficulty of admission into medical school. However med schools have become much easier nowadays thanks to the vast expansion across the country. Are MDs still looked upon more favorably? It's not something I care about much, but I do not want to be looked down upon either. At the same time I keep hearing that there are dental students transferring / re-applying to medicine every year, but not the other way around. (6) MCAT vs DAT. English is my 2nd language. I am willing to work hard and take prep courses, but I am not sure how well I can do on the language portions of either exam. Can people comment on the relative difficulty of the English portion of MCAT vs DAT, to score at a level competitive for admission to Canadian schools? These are the questions I have, and I am sure lots of premeds / pre-dents have. Any other consideration you think I've left out are welcome. Your feedback is very well appreciated. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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