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Hiya everybody...
I've got myself into a bit of a situation - I regret my course choice of dentistry. So here's the story, my parents kinda suggested that Dentistry was a really good career choice, without forcing me into anything, but I wanted to impress them and at the time the salary/hours/ fact I could be called a Doctor/ fact they would be proud looked REALLLLY attractive so much so that I applied. I've now had all 4 offers for interview (no actual offers yet) and am beginning to regret my choice. I should stress that I've been feeling this way for some time and the reality that I'm going to spend the rest of my life looking into other people's mouths terrified me ... I feel like I'm going to wake up at age 40 and totally regret my life choices.

So basically I feel like I "undersold" myself and should have applied to medicine. Speaking to friends who have applied I love the idea of it a lot and feel way more passionate about it than I do dentistry. Is this just a flitting fancy (i.e. grass seems greener on the other side). I also love the idea of being a "proper doctor" as regardless of what people say I don't think people regard dentists with quite the same level of respect ( clearly I read too much into what other people think that's what got me into this mess in the first place.

Basically I'm scared of not getting into dentistry at all (i.e. no offers) but equally if I do get an offer I'm scared that If I reject it and take a year out to get my medicine work experience etc and reapply for 2017 entry I might get rejected and have totally ballsed up and wasted time when I had a perfectly good dentistry offer.

Also am I naive to think I can just waltz right into medicine now .. I got a really good UKCAT score and the prospect of revising for it again terrifies me, also the thought of spending hours tweaking yet another personal statement and going through work experience as well as the BMAT seems so daunting. But then again I think MAN UP GIRL ITS MEDICINE THEY WON'T SERVE IT UP ON A SILVER PLATTER!!!

Also despite my parents saying to people "oh yeah she decided to go into dentistry on her own accord" and telling me that they never said that they thought I should become a dentist I wouldn't know how to tell them I regret my choice but equally feel foolish for choosing a career on a potentially misconstrued conversation I also think that if there are uni offers on the table they would urge me to take them, and tbh i can see why

So what do I do guys, play it safe and stick to dentistry and potentially regret it or take a leap of faith and go for medicine.
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(Original post by tkam<3)
Hiya everybody...
I've got myself into a bit of a situation - I regret my course choice of dentistry. So here's the story, my parents kinda suggested that Dentistry was a really good career choice, without forcing me into anything, but I wanted to impress them and at the time the salary/hours/ fact I could be called a Doctor/ fact they would be proud looked REALLLLY attractive so much so that I applied. I've now had all 4 offers for interview (no actual offers yet) and am beginning to regret my choice. I should stress that I've been feeling this way for some time and the reality that I'm going to spend the rest of my life looking into other people's mouths terrified me ... I feel like I'm going to wake up at age 40 and totally regret my life choices.

So basically I feel like I "undersold" myself and should have applied to medicine. Speaking to friends who have applied I love the idea of it a lot and feel way more passionate about it than I do dentistry. Is this just a flitting fancy (i.e. grass seems greener on the other side). I also love the idea of being a "proper doctor" as regardless of what people say I don't think people regard dentists with quite the same level of respect ( clearly I read too much into what other people think that's what got me into this mess in the first place.

Basically I'm scared of not getting into dentistry at all (i.e. no offers) but equally if I do get an offer I'm scared that If I reject it and take a year out to get my medicine work experience etc and reapply for 2017 entry I might get rejected and have totally ballsed up and wasted time when I had a perfectly good dentistry offer.

Also am I naive to think I can just waltz right into medicine now .. I got a really good UKCAT score and the prospect of revising for it again terrifies me, also the thought of spending hours tweaking yet another personal statement and going through work experience as well as the BMAT seems so daunting. But then again I think MAN UP GIRL ITS MEDICINE THEY WON'T SERVE IT UP ON A SILVER PLATTER!!!

Also despite my parents saying to people "oh yeah she decided to go into dentistry on her own accord" and telling me that they never said that they thought I should become a dentist I wouldn't know how to tell them I regret my choice but equally feel foolish for choosing a career on a potentially misconstrued conversation I also think that if there are uni offers on the table they would urge me to take them, and tbh i can see why

So what do I do guys, play it safe and stick to dentistry and potentially regret it or take a leap of faith and go for medicine.
You only have one chance to live your life. Don't waste it on doing something you are not happy with. Also good things don't come easy. It will be a lot of work to apply for medicine such as personal statement, work experience, BMAT, UKCAT, interviews etc. However it will be worth in the end. Good luck
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Honestly speaking, if you really can't see dentistry as a career for you, I would decline a couple of those interviews/withdraw your application so someone who actually wants to be a dentist could have a chance.

I am abit confused why you went for Dentistry as your motivations aren't really specific to Dentistry and could have applied to certain medical specialties. Staying out of education for one year is probably better than spending 5 years studying something you don't like. That being said, it could be just stress that's making you feel this way - I felt the same way and found reaffirming the reasons why I wanted to do Dentistry helpful although it sounds like you'd be much happier doing medicine in which case I say go for medicine.
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If you were good enough to get 4 interviews for dentistry, you'd have a very good chance of getting 4 med interviews as long as you get relevant work exp and apply to your strengths. But yeah, dont go into these careers without a passion for it
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(Original post by tkam<3)
Hiya everybody...
I've got myself into a bit of a situation - I regret my course choice of dentistry. So here's the story, my parents kinda suggested that Dentistry was a really good career choice, without forcing me into anything, but I wanted to impress them and at the time the salary/hours/ fact I could be called a Doctor/ fact they would be proud looked REALLLLY attractive so much so that I applied. I've now had all 4 offers for interview (no actual offers yet) and am beginning to regret my choice. I should stress that I've been feeling this way for some time and the reality that I'm going to spend the rest of my life looking into other people's mouths terrified me ... I feel like I'm going to wake up at age 40 and totally regret my life choices.

So basically I feel like I "undersold" myself and should have applied to medicine. Speaking to friends who have applied I love the idea of it a lot and feel way more passionate about it than I do dentistry. Is this just a flitting fancy (i.e. grass seems greener on the other side). I also love the idea of being a "proper doctor" as regardless of what people say I don't think people regard dentists with quite the same level of respect ( clearly I read too much into what other people think that's what got me into this mess in the first place.

Basically I'm scared of not getting into dentistry at all (i.e. no offers) but equally if I do get an offer I'm scared that If I reject it and take a year out to get my medicine work experience etc and reapply for 2017 entry I might get rejected and have totally ballsed up and wasted time when I had a perfectly good dentistry offer.

Also am I naive to think I can just waltz right into medicine now .. I got a really good UKCAT score and the prospect of revising for it again terrifies me, also the thought of spending hours tweaking yet another personal statement and going through work experience as well as the BMAT seems so daunting. But then again I think MAN UP GIRL ITS MEDICINE THEY WON'T SERVE IT UP ON A SILVER PLATTER!!!

Also despite my parents saying to people "oh yeah she decided to go into dentistry on her own accord" and telling me that they never said that they thought I should become a dentist I wouldn't know how to tell them I regret my choice but equally feel foolish for choosing a career on a potentially misconstrued conversation I also think that if there are uni offers on the table they would urge me to take them, and tbh i can see why

So what do I do guys, play it safe and stick to dentistry and potentially regret it or take a leap of faith and go for medicine.
What were your grades like? Honestly, I don't think people like you deserve it. I worked so hard for dentistry yet my grades weren't good enough. Then there's people getting offers and they aren't even passionate about it. Applying for a good pay, or because it gives you a good title should NOT be why you apply. Honestly, go get a ton of work experience. Be sure about what you want to do. This is something you have to live with for a long time so make sure you make a wise decision.
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Ugh, gtfo.

"undersold"
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I would advise you take a year out and reapply. You have a much better idea/more experience than others on what to expect, so you'll be in a good spot so long as you get the necessary stuff done i.e. UKCAT, work experience and so on. Coming from someone who's currently taking a gap year, the time goes by a lot quicker than you may think Just make sure you're choosing medicine for the right reasons . . . you don't want to make the same mistake again.
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Note, I am a year younger than you, but I can attempt to give some advice I guess.
I think you should first see how your interviews go, maybe by then youll have changed mind. Also maybe out of all your choices you could ask one of them for a possibility for a deferred entry, benefits of this being that next year you can apply for medicine with a back up plan of dentistry perhaps ?Also if you managed to get a good grade in ukcat , you should manage it again, so don't worry about that.

If I were you, I would take the risk and take a gap year, if I really didn't want to dentistry ( as in your case). Its worth relaxing for a year whilst gaining valuble work experience and having some free time ( you've been in school/college for the last 14 years of your life, so a year break is nothing but beneficial imho.
None the less , hope you make the decision right for YOU( at the end of the day, its about you, not your parents, friends , or society , so do what makes you happy)

good luck
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You'll regret doing medicine in the long run, especially if it's the prestige or respect you're looking for. I lived with medics and they all say the same, if it wasn't for the absolute love of the career then they would have given up ages ago (i know some who have). The training pathway is long and arduous and you need to be very committed. Dentistry is a nicer lifestyle and quite honestly the pay is better too, also if you want to stop the specialisation pathway and just be a bog standard dentist after uni then that's fine, you don't have to specialise or go on lots of courses and sit lots of exams (unless you want to), you also don't have to do nights or on-calls.

Unless you're super duper passionate about medicine then don't bother. I love dentistry completely and i want to specialise and go really far with it, i want to make myself the most qualified i can be so that i can provide the best care i can, but i wasn't sure until i started seeing my own patients that i realised dentistry was 100% for me, i took a leap of faith. What has your work experience taught you, what do you really enjoy doing in life? I was never really sure which i wanted to do, medicine or dentistry so i picked the one which i would be least likely to regret doing if i didn't go through into maxfax training, for me that was dentistry, maybe for you it's medicine.

Remember this though, if you say no to dentistry now. That's it, you don't get another chance. Same with medicine, they will want to know why you've had a gap year and saying that you ditched dentistry at the very. last minute could go either way in their minds, it shows that you've not thought things through and that you can be impulsive. They might think - "right, this person has fooled some dental admissions into giving them an interview, are they doing the same now?" I've sat on interview panels and have rejected people for not doing enough homework or knowing too little about dentistry, it's super easy when you see so many applicants in one day to tell those who are really passionate and those who are not, i pick the passionate ones over the academics every time.

How would you feel if you ended up with neither?
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Just to weigh in with this point: if you apply for Medicine, but don't get any offers and get into your 5th choice (Biomedical Sciences?), you could pursue that instead? You could then consider applying for Medicine on the grad route?

Another alternative is to take a second gap year and apply again (if you're really determined)? Someone from my school actually applied THREE times and his persistence eventually paid off!

Point being, don't let fear of not getting into Medicine force you into a course that you're not going to enjoy (an intense, long course at that!).

(Original post by Science_help)
Also maybe out of all your choices you could ask one of them for a possibility for a deferred entry, benefits of this being that next year you can apply for medicine with a back up plan of dentistry perhaps ?
I'm not sure you're allowed to apply through UCAS if you already hold a deferred offer?

Edit: you can't: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=3160621
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(Original post by tkam<3)
Hiya everybody...
I've got myself into a bit of a situation - I regret my course choice of dentistry. So here's the story, my parents kinda suggested that Dentistry was a really good career choice, without forcing me into anything, but I wanted to impress them and at the time the salary/hours/ fact I could be called a Doctor/ fact they would be proud looked REALLLLY attractive so much so that I applied. I've now had all 4 offers for interview (no actual offers yet) and am beginning to regret my choice. I should stress that I've been feeling this way for some time and the reality that I'm going to spend the rest of my life looking into other people's mouths terrified me ... I feel like I'm going to wake up at age 40 and totally regret my life choices.

So basically I feel like I "undersold" myself and should have applied to medicine. Speaking to friends who have applied I love the idea of it a lot and feel way more passionate about it than I do dentistry. Is this just a flitting fancy (i.e. grass seems greener on the other side). I also love the idea of being a "proper doctor" as regardless of what people say I don't think people regard dentists with quite the same level of respect ( clearly I read too much into what other people think that's what got me into this mess in the first place.

Basically I'm scared of not getting into dentistry at all (i.e. no offers) but equally if I do get an offer I'm scared that If I reject it and take a year out to get my medicine work experience etc and reapply for 2017 entry I might get rejected and have totally ballsed up and wasted time when I had a perfectly good dentistry offer.

Also am I naive to think I can just waltz right into medicine now .. I got a really good UKCAT score and the prospect of revising for it again terrifies me, also the thought of spending hours tweaking yet another personal statement and going through work experience as well as the BMAT seems so daunting. But then again I think MAN UP GIRL ITS MEDICINE THEY WON'T SERVE IT UP ON A SILVER PLATTER!!!

Also despite my parents saying to people "oh yeah she decided to go into dentistry on her own accord" and telling me that they never said that they thought I should become a dentist I wouldn't know how to tell them I regret my choice but equally feel foolish for choosing a career on a potentially misconstrued conversation I also think that if there are uni offers on the table they would urge me to take them, and tbh i can see why

So what do I do guys, play it safe and stick to dentistry and potentially regret it or take a leap of faith and go for medicine.
> Impressing your parents - look I get it you're trying to make them proud etc, but at this stage you are making a life choice, it can't revolve around your parents.
> Call yourself Doctor as a dentist - nah that's for the pretentious ones.
> People's perceptions of a certain profession should not put you off. When someone has qualified as a doctor people may perceive them as having god-like powers and obviously hold them in better regard than dentists, but it's virtually meaningless (an MBBS/MBChB is just the start of a long ladder). Dentists learn a heck of a lot of craniofacial anatomy and in more detail than medics. Dentists are effectively specialised junior doctors, screw what people say when they make the assumption that all dentists learn about is teeth.
> Looking into mouths for the rest of your life - maxfax maybe? But seriously, don't bother if you have that much of a phobia
> Dentistry is just as hard as medicine, you haven't "undersold" yourself
> If you feel more passionate about medicine, choose medicine

What I will say is make sure what you are choosing is because you genuinely want to dedicate your life to medicine, not for respect/pride/ any other superficial "making mommy proud" sort of thing. I wish you the best of luck with your choices.

P.S. Well done on getting 4 interviews - very impressive.
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Maybe you could defer entry on any offers you get, and in your gap year, reapply for medicine?


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Spoke to a junior doctor recently, he said if he could go back and change something he said he'd apply for dentistry. Make of that what you will.
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My advice is to do more work experience, talk to more doctors and dentists... It sounds like you've got a completely unrealistic view of what a career in medicine and dentistry involves. Maybe think about taking a gap year until you're sure what you want to do?
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Heyy I know this reply is a bit late but go for dentistry! Every doctor I have asked whether it be juniors, F1,F2s or consultants seems to have more regret than dentists I have met. Medicine is not for everyone and needs to be thought about carefully. I feel that with dentistry there is more leeway when working because you do not have people's lives in your hand. I say go for dentistry!

(Original post by tkam<3)
Hiya everybody...
I've got myself into a bit of a situation - I regret my course choice of dentistry. So here's the story, my parents kinda suggested that Dentistry was a really good career choice, without forcing me into anything, but I wanted to impress them and at the time the salary/hours/ fact I could be called a Doctor/ fact they would be proud looked REALLLLY attractive so much so that I applied. I've now had all 4 offers for interview (no actual offers yet) and am beginning to regret my choice. I should stress that I've been feeling this way for some time and the reality that I'm going to spend the rest of my life looking into other people's mouths terrified me ... I feel like I'm going to wake up at age 40 and totally regret my life choices.

So basically I feel like I "undersold" myself and should have applied to medicine. Speaking to friends who have applied I love the idea of it a lot and feel way more passionate about it than I do dentistry. Is this just a flitting fancy (i.e. grass seems greener on the other side). I also love the idea of being a "proper doctor" as regardless of what people say I don't think people regard dentists with quite the same level of respect ( clearly I read too much into what other people think that's what got me into this mess in the first place.

Basically I'm scared of not getting into dentistry at all (i.e. no offers) but equally if I do get an offer I'm scared that If I reject it and take a year out to get my medicine work experience etc and reapply for 2017 entry I might get rejected and have totally ballsed up and wasted time when I had a perfectly good dentistry offer.

Also am I naive to think I can just waltz right into medicine now .. I got a really good UKCAT score and the prospect of revising for it again terrifies me, also the thought of spending hours tweaking yet another personal statement and going through work experience as well as the BMAT seems so daunting. But then again I think MAN UP GIRL ITS MEDICINE THEY WON'T SERVE IT UP ON A SILVER PLATTER!!!

Also despite my parents saying to people "oh yeah she decided to go into dentistry on her own accord" and telling me that they never said that they thought I should become a dentist I wouldn't know how to tell them I regret my choice but equally feel foolish for choosing a career on a potentially misconstrued conversation I also think that if there are uni offers on the table they would urge me to take them, and tbh i can see why

So what do I do guys, play it safe and stick to dentistry and potentially regret it or take a leap of faith and go for medicine.
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