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    (Original post by ando181)
    GP?

    Never played runescape?
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    (Original post by Lanfan)
    I don't think a disproportionate amount of people want to study dentistry. Maybe in certain schools with more kids from certain backgrounds you'll get lots of dentist hopefuls, but surely also lots of doctors too?

    To me, the mouth is just another part of the body and is not that much more gross than other bits.

    I have noticed that the trend is, aspiring doctors are worshipped as selfless do-gooders admired for wanting to help people, while dentists are seen as just in it for the money.

    Upon discovering my ambition to be a dentist, the first thing people actually say to me is "oh, good money". I know what they are thinking of me. It's quite funny actually. For me there's actually this weird kind of allure to going into a demonised profession (obviously not my main motivation).
    Well it is quite hard to see what people would actually intrinsically love about being a dentist. What is there to be passionate about? (Unlike being a doctor, where you are saving lives and so forth.) I'm not attacking you, and God knows there's nowt so queer as folk, but surely you can see why people assume it is just for the money rather than an intractable passion.

    Also it's pretty hyperbolic to say it's a demonised profession!! :eek:
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    (Original post by Amphiprion)
    and for all the hot young women who graduate from dental hygeine courses to be a dentist "*****".
    You're forgetting dental nurses too! lol
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    (Original post by scrotgrot)
    Well it is quite hard to see what people would actually intrinsically love about being a dentist. What is there to be passionate about? (Unlike being a doctor, where you are saving lives and so forth.) I'm not attacking you, and God knows there's nowt so queer as folk, but surely you can see why people assume it is just for the money rather than an intractable passion.

    Also it's pretty hyperbolic to say it's a demonised profession!! :eek:
    From dentists/students that I've spoken to. Dentistry mixes a load of things into one.
    You're a primary healthcare professional, you help people in pain and you do in fact save lives(oral cancers, look at number of deaths from tooth abbesses before dentists - obvs not as much as doctors)
    You're self employed, unlike a doctor. You set your own hours and working schedule and your own patient list
    Huge cosmetic side of dentistry: ortho, implants, whitening, crown and bridge work.
    A lot more 'businessy'. If you're business savvy, dentistry is perfect.
    Shorter working hours than doctors, similar pay(much higher if you're private/own practice) and social status
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    I want to become a dentistry for numerous reasons.

    I enjoy working with people, and being able to help people gives me a great amount of satisfaction.

    Unlike medicine, you can sort out patients problems there and then. A patient could enter your clinic in pain, and in less than 30 min leave happy.

    Also there will always be a job for you. And the hours are good.Unlike medicine i.e. having to work nights etc
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    Dentists are just fake doctors.



    *grabs popcorn*
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    Well i do not think so, i have not even a single friend or known person studying dentistry
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    (Original post by AnushkasHero)
    Dentists are just fake doctors.



    *grabs popcorn*
    biomed, lol.
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    (Original post by alevelzzz)
    biomed, lol.
    Yes! with a first class from a top London university lol
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    (Original post by AnushkasHero)
    Yes! with a first class from a top London university lol
    The king of all medical/dental rejects:

    biomed.
    Pharmacy is catching up, don't you want to do a degree in that too?
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    It's hilarious that some people think there's no risk to being a dentist. As if dentists have negligible responsibility. If you mess up bad, sure, you probably won't kill anyone, but you could ruin lives by causing problems that cause constant pain and take years to fix.

    (Original post by scrotgrot)
    Well it is quite hard to see what people would actually intrinsically love about being a dentist. What is there to be passionate about? (Unlike being a doctor, where you are saving lives and so forth.) I'm not attacking you, and God knows there's nowt so queer as folk, but surely you can see why people assume it is just for the money rather than an intractable passion.
    Also it's pretty hyperbolic to say it's a demonised profession!! :eek:
    I understand why you and many people think there's nothing to love about being a dentist, which I believe is exactly why people think it's all about the money :3
    You don't need to save lives to help people and feel good about helping people. There's also the element of working with your hands and doing fiddly things in a confined space, and having that long-term relationship with your patients.
    And come on, everyone hates dentists! Those sadistic mercenaries xD
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    (Original post by alevelzzz)
    The king of all medical/dental rejects:

    biomed.
    Pharmacy is catching up, don't you want to do a degree in that too?
    no.

    What point are you trying to make here anyway? A lot of people are rejected from medicine/dentistry as they are both extremely competitive. Biomed is very similar to medicine, it's just less clinical and more research based so medical rejects (like me) could still enjoy doing this degree.
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    (Original post by ando181)
    A dentist and a GP has a lot more responsibility than probably 95% of jobs. Both of them have responsibility to spot cancers and at the end of the day have 100% responsibility of the well being of a patient. A single error and they're struck off and can never practice again.
    That's not really how it works...
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    (Original post by Pennyarcade)
    Have you ever shadowed a GP? Do you know the responsibilities of a GP? Have you ever heard of a GP being on call?

    Evidently not.

    Heres something else you probably dont know: When GPs are simply 'sitting on their bum all day writing prescriptions', they are actually analysing mountains of trial data, trying to decipher if a certain treatment is best for the patient.
    If you think that has no stress involved, then you really are naive.
    I highly doubt that. There are standard drugs you use for different things.
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    (Original post by ChickenMadness)
    And lets be serious. GP is one of the easiest jobs in that field.
    For some. I could never be a [good] GP - waaaay too broad a knowledge base is needed. Specialist fields are far easier to get to grips with.
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    I've never wanted to be dentist... the teeth are one of the few parts of the body that just makes me shudder. I can understand why some see it as interesting, though.
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    if you end up with a private clinic, you rake it in.

    FUN FACT: Dentistry has second highest suicide rate of all occupations, as probs cause there is minimal patient interaction, and it is very dull. Most people hate their dentist
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    (Original post by Chief Wiggum)
    I highly doubt that. There are standard drugs you use for different things.
    There are tons of new drugs which come out year on year. GPs need to read alot of medical journals in order to keep up to date. Loads of new drugs claim to be better than the standard drugs.
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    (Original post by bigdadiv)
    if you end up with a private clinic, you rake it in.

    FUN FACT: Dentistry has second highest suicide rate of all occupations, as probs cause there is minimal patient interaction, and it is very dull. Most people hate their dentist
    Dentistry has the second highest suicide rate?
    What? Hygienists? Nurses? Dentists? Dental technicians???

    minimal patient interaction? Sorry, drilling someones mouth isn't interactive enough for you....

    Most people hate their GP, lawyer
    Welcome to the real world.
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    (Original post by Pennyarcade)
    There are tons of new drugs which come out year on year. GPs need to read alot of medical journals in order to keep up to date. Loads of new drugs claim to be better than the standard drugs.
    Ehh I'm not sure how much that actually happens. Certainly for most drugs that are prescribed, GPs prescribe the commonly used drug. Yes they need to read to keep up to date, but they don't need to frantically read loads of journals for each drug they prescribe. There are often centralised guidelines on what to prescribe.
 
 
 
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