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Pros and cons please guys!
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Dentists are the biggest layabouts on the planet - and they get paid well for it. Nuff said.
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id like to know to actually.

dentist you are specifically based on teeth, and well other parts above the neck if you study further, and doctors, well you look at the majority of a human body, not just gums and teeth.

is the course length the same?
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Course length is the same (5yrs) but then doctors have to work there way up whilst dentists need only do one year vocational training.

Dentists do have to know about the body - how to treat a patient with severe asthma or epilepsy or anphylatic (sp?) shock etc.
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There are some overlaps in the science, as well as the need to communicate and empathise well.

Dentists get paid more, quicker. Doctors have longer working hours, are on call but have more diverse career options.
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if you're not completely passionate about medicine, go for dentistry. being a doctor for the nhs is a thankless job and not something that i'd ever consider. i think that it's so stupid that 17-year olds have to make a decision about doing something like medicine for the rest of their life without knowing what it is REALLY like!
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(Original post by achieb)
if you're not completely passionate about medicine, go for dentistry. being a doctor for the nhs is a thankless job and not something that i'd ever consider. i think that it's so stupid that 17-year olds have to make a decision about doing something like medicine for the rest of their life without knowing what it is REALLY like!
You'd have to be exceptionally passionate about either, after all you're entering into life-long learning either way.. and it's comments like that which gain dentists the reputation of being "failed medics", it's so irritating!! Both are highly respectable professions, and neither is better than the other.

In my eyes the major difference is that at the end of the day as a dentist you're a self-employed person.. and it's all about applying your theory in a practical situation, unlike a doctor. It's far FAR more hands-on.

And incidentally, it's probably best to get some work experience and find out what suits you!
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(Original post by mobbdeeprob)
Dentists are the biggest layabouts on the planet - and they get paid well for it. Nuff said.
*cough* bitter *cough*
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of course doctors get respected a lot more than dentists... and doctors get much greater responsibility

there might an excess of dentist and a shortage of doctors later on...
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there might an excess of dentist and a shortage of doctors later on...
You never know, that may well happen, cos of all the hype about dentist shortage at the moment, many people may consider this career path and then after 10 years or so there might be too many...
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(Original post by nabzp)
You never know, that may well happen, cos of all the hype about dentist shortage at the moment, many people may consider this career path and then after 10 years or so there might be too many...
Unlikely. It is NHS dentists that the UK is short of with too many practicing privately. And besides it takes 6 years to become a practicing dentist so an increase in applicants or dentistry places won't really do much yet?

We will always need doctors and dentists- that's one thing about these professions is that they will always get a job.
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of course doctors get respected a lot more than dentists... and doctors get much greater responsibility

there might an excess of dentist and a shortage of doctors later on...
Since when do doctors get a lot more responsibility?! Bear in mind that dentists still need to know human anatomy and physiology in great detail - they might not need to diagnose a problem with .. i dunno.. your legs or something.. but ultimately, a dentist - capable of anaesthetising you and prodding in your gob with all manner of sharp metal implements .. that's a hell of a lot of responsibility. Actually nabz mentioned this above, sorry to steal your point
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Since when do doctors get a lot more responsibility?!
even though a lot of doctor/dentist responsibilities (such as confidentiality, ethics) overlap, doctors face many more life-changing decisions in terms of patient care.

i think, as someone said earlier, you need to have a passion for either medicine or dentistry and not just choose one because you don't like the other. the only time i ever hear dentists being referred to as 'failed medics' is at medics/dentists pub crawls, but that's all in good jest (similar to the vets with their "we had 3 A offers" pubcrawl banter!).
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thanks for your opinions
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