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Is dentistry harder than medicine?

do dentists constantly review what they have learnt from university and do they forget most things they learn after the completing the exam for it or do they go back on it?

do dentists get a lot of free time and does dentistry include essay writing after you have the degree?

Do dentists just learn about the teeth and head and brain and not the rest of the body and does this information stay with them for the rest of their lives?

Does dentistry involve hard chemistry like learning about atoms, elements and bonding or is it mainly biology?

do dentists get free time after they have the degree or do they have to review everything they have learnt everyday?
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Is dentistry harder than medicine?

do dentists constantly review what they have learnt from university and do they forget most things they learn after the completing the exam for it or do they go back on it?

do dentists get a lot of free time and does dentistry include essay writing after you have the degree?

Do dentists just learn about the teeth and head and brain and not the rest of the body and does this information stay with them for the rest of their lives?

Does dentistry involve hard chemistry like learning about atoms, elements and bonding or is it mainly biology?

do dentists get free time after they have the degree or do they have to review everything they have learnt everyday?
It is neither harder nor easier. It's probably about the same. If you're good with your hands then dentistry will suit you. If you're not then you might be better off with medicine. Although it's possible to learn how to improve your manual dexterity.

Dentists have to do 250 hours of constant professional development in a 5 year period. This involves furthering your professional learning. So even when you leave uni you wont stop learning. You need to remember things, most of the stuff you will learn you will use every day in work, so you have to remember it.

Free time is more plentiful than for doctors in general. You may need to write essays if you wish to further your learning through specialisation etc. But there aren't any exams after you qualify as such.

You don't just learn about the head, you learn about the entire body. The vascular system, the digestive system, the cardio-respiratory system etc. You have to know about the kidneys, the liver. Most of the major part of the body, in a fair bit of detail. We have to know a lot more than most people realise. You may not need to remember all of the intricate details but most of it will stay with you. As you use it in taking a patients history. If someone tells you they have CIPA or they have a history of infective endocarditis. You need to know what that is and how it's going to affect your care.

You may need some hard chemistry in your dental materials, when you look at the physics and chemistry behind the materials you use. But for the most part, dentistry is largely biology based.

You have a fair bit of free time, weekends off etc, but you will have lots of paperwork and of course you will have to keep up to date with things in the world of dentistry and make sure that you're practicing safely.
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