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- 22-07-2013 19:08
- 22-07-2013 19:33
I know this isn't very helpful, but it's very much a personal choice. Get work experience in both and see which you prefer.
Training to be a doctor takes 5 - 6 years at uni, I think dentistry is about the same. I wouldn't say the view that dentistry is inferior to medicine pervades through society, it's just different for people with different interests and skills.
Medicine is stressful as a junior doctor, but after that it greatly depends on your chosen path. Some specialties are very stressful, others less so. Can't comment for dentistry, but I'd hazard a guess it's less stressful overall as it seems largely clinic based.
Money is very variable within medicine. Pay is solid, but it's not likely to make you rich. Don't know about dentistry, but I reckon the average salary is similar but may be a bit higher. NHS dentists and medical consultants share the same pay scale.
- 22-07-2013 20:28
To me both dentists and doctors have the same amount of respect. Dentists are not failed doctors i thought they we both equally hard to get into.
I dont know much about dentistry becuase I wana be a doctor therefore thats what I try find out info about haha. Btw how does tge EPQ work becuase im also thinkin of doing that but im not sure what you do it on?like whats it best to relate it on.
Id say the best thing to do it try get experience in both fields to see what you like the most. If you know of any doctors ir dentists you can always ask them any questions about their work and trianing etc
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- 22-07-2013 23:05
Do medicine pal, you wont get the same kudos with dentistry. Also with dentistry you are literally just looking in mouths all day, shockingly enough!
- 22-07-2013 23:11
- 22-07-2013 23:16
I'm starting at uni as a Medical Student in September, so any advice I can give may well be a little biased That said, if you are struggling to decide between the two, then yes, you should get experience in both. Remember that, whatever you choose, it should be a personal choice, and getting work experience should be a key part of that decision. I can't help you much with the two unis you've mentioned, and as someone else said, Medicine and Dentistry are different degrees for different types of people- Dentists certainly aren't failed Doctors. Hope this helps
- 22-07-2013 23:45
As the people above said, do work experience in both. For medicine, try finding work experience in a teaching hospital, where the hospital gets paid to teach people and look after students etc. When I did it last week they were really nice and accommodating you really get to see what its like.
Doing work experience is what made me decide to do medicine over vet med, so yeah, go with whatever you enjoy most and can see yourself doing for the rest of your life
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- 23-07-2013 00:10
Dentistry is a surgical degree, so no, dentists in the UK are not given the title "doctor" upon qualification.
Regarding question 2, are you serious?
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- 23-07-2013 04:42
Thanks for the advice everyone!
I will have a good sleep and probably consider doing WK for both....
However, quick question... how long would it take to become to do both a dentistry and medicine degree?
- 01-08-2013 16:35
1) Shall I get work experience for both medicine or dentistry?
2) Which job is more stressful, becoming a doctor or dentist?
Doctor. Less pay, longer hours on the whole, generally more responsibility but depends on specialism.
3) Which pays more?
4) How competitive is King's College London and Queen Mary's for dentistry?
Competitive, like every other course.
5) In University, which would you find more interesting for learning?
Obviously dependent upon personal interests.
6) What are the benefits/disadvantages of doing dentistry or medicine.
Both pretty rewarding, both good career pathways. Medicine has longer hours, more unsociable. Dentistry is maybe less immediately rewarding than being a doctor in, say, acute medicine? Equally challenging though I'm sure.
7) How long would it take in the UK to become both a dentist and a doctor
5 years PMQ, 2 years foundation doctor/dentist, 4 years doing the other one. A while, and hugely competitive!
8) are dentists undervalued compared to a doctor?
Maybe socially, but not within either profession I wouldn't have thought.
- 01-08-2013 16:44
choose dentistry as the same with me my ambition has been to have a successful career in dentistry since I was 12 just like you and have now started studying it at queen Marys uni and am doing it as a 5 year coarse where as with medicine it is a 7 year course.
- 01-08-2013 17:37
In terms of doing both medicine and dentistry I've not heard of any dentists doing 4 years of medical school. I thought it was only the three clinical years which were required (the GMC minimum if I remember rightly). Likewise there are places for medics to do three years of dental school.
That would make it (assuming you want to take as little time as possible and don't feel intercalating could improve your chances), five years of dental school, two+ years of practice (our maxfax lot seem to have spent 3-4 years out before coming to medical school), three years of medical school, then two years of foundation training, and then apply for maxfax specialist training.
Note that locum work whilst doing the second qualification should make life much more comfortable, its not necessarily going to be 8+ years on beans.
- 02-08-2013 16:48
You also have to factor in the fact that when you finish your medical degree you aren't qualified to do anything. You have to do 2 years as a foundation doctor and then you specialise and yes general practice is a speciality just like being a consultant with further training required and postgraduate exams.
The medical degree is just the start of it.
There is more variety within medicine.
I'm a GP so have limited knowledge of the dentistry career path.
I'd chat to both. Work experience is hard to get in both areas due to confidentiality issues but many GPs and dentists would be happy to chat to you for 20 minutes to discuss the career if you write and ask them.
I think talking to a variety of doctors and dentists is more useful as far as deciding this is a career you want to do than some of the often irrelevent work experience people end up doing for medicine.