Medical school and dental school are 2 different things. They are both healthcare providers and take similar classes but dentistry is more small business centered than medicine. Both dental and medical are good professions. Many dentists own their own clinics. Physicians can as well, but many also work as salaried associates.
Both dentists and medical doctors must complete several years of postsecondary training and residency programs in order to work in their field. They both treat and diagnose patients, but their specific focus differs.
While dentists concentrate on teeth and oral health, medical doctors may treat a range of injuries or illnesses affecting any part of the body. Whatever profession you end up choosing should be one that will make you happy. Good luck!
If you like working with your hands, look closely at dentistry. Dentistry focuses on the oral region and there’s a lot more manual work. As far as the residency, it is not required, since you come out of 4 years of Dental school knowing all your procedures and passing the board’s pt II.
However, you can choose to do a GPR (hospital-based) or an AGED (D school-based) residency for advanced training. The other choices with a DDS are specialties in the 9 ADA recognized specialties some of which include, ortho, pedo, endo, oral pathology, and oral and maxillofacial surgery and public health just to name a few. That’s just a view of dentistry.
Dentistry -especially general dentistry- offers great opportunity to spice things up when your job starts getting stale. Many dentists enjoy the challenge of growing a small business and really start to focus on that. Others expand their clinical skills through continuing education – learning to do orthodontics, keeping more complex surgeries in your office instead of referring, etc…
The big sticking point though is that you have to know you like dentistry when you start school. When you graduate you are going to be working with teeth. Dentists are specifically trained to identify potential oral health problems such as gum disease or other issues.
Here are the best Dental Schools in the world:
- University of Hong Kong (HKU) – Hong Kong
- King’s College London (KCL) – United Kingdom
- University of Michigan – United States
- Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam (ACTA) – The Netherlands
- Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) – Japan
- Karolinska Institute – Sweden
- University of Bern – Switzerland
- UCL (University College London) – UK
- KU Leuven -Belgium
- University of Gothenburg -Sweden
Graduating from Med school will give one a lot more options than dental school. Anyone interested in medicine should know the first rule in science. Medicine focuses on the rest of the body (and oral region depending on what you do). Medicine won’t require as much manual work as dentistry.
If you go into med school, as long as you pass all your courses and boards, you will get a residency somewhere, in something. Once you graduate from med school and finish residency, you will have little trouble getting a job as long as you don’t mind the location, and physicians have starting salaries in the six-figure range.
Medicine is different because it is so broad. You can go to med school wanting to be a psychiatrist because you like working with people and after four years decide to do path because you realized you actually can’t stand seeing patients.
Medical doctors see patients, refer them for medical tests and provide a diagnosis and treatment plan. No matter how much the four years of medical school changes you when you graduate there is bound to be an area that suits you well.
Here are the best Medical Schools in the world:
- Harvard University
- University of Oxford
- University of Cambridge
- Stanford University
- Johns Hopkins University
- Karolinska Institute
- The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
- Yale University
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
- UCL (University College London)
In the end, we think both medicine and dentistry are great professions. Both have their drawbacks and both have some great advantages. Dentists and medical doctors are both concerned about the health of their patients. In the end, you just have to pick the one that fits you best.