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    Hi guys, since year 10 I've always said that I wanted to become a Dentist because it is a well respected degree but also the working aspect is easier than being a doctor. I think I got this idea because of the whole junior doctor problem going around and I really don't want to study 6 years then work my ass off for another 3-5 years.

    I was speaking to my friends, and they mentioned private doctors and being a surgeon. I know that I shouldn't be doing this for the money and stuff, but I really want to earn 6 figures and the only way I can do that with Dentistry is if I work as a Wholly private dentist which I think is not easy to do, because if it was all dentists would be doing it.

    If I do Medicine I can become a Orthopedic Surgeon, but I don't know much about the profession and the job itself.

    What do you guy think?

    (btw I want to get A*A*A* in bio,chem and maths, but realistically A*AA)

    I would seriously reconsider if you are motivated into doing Medicine for money. This is not to say that none of my colleagues are like that, but the first years as a junior doctor will make you reconsider your priorities especially if you are thinking you're only motivated financially.

    I do know of a few colleagues who are "full time locuming" - i.e. they do not have a regular full time job, but spend their days looking for (usually temporary) vacancies in different hospitals as these tend to pay more and usually they are paid per hour.

    Orthopaedics is a competitive specialty, obviously not to say it is impossible to get into. It requires lots of self-motivation, doing (post-graduate) exams early on after you graduate from med school and competing at FY2 (for Core Surgery) and CT2 (for ST3 Orthopaedics). In choosing sub-specialties there may be other competition as an ortho registrar. Perhaps arrange with your local (or regional) hospitals for a "shadowing a doctor" course and speak to the orthopaedic doctors on the ground? (Not junior ones, but registrars / consultants)
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