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Old 04-14-2013, 09:44 AM   #1
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Hey guys, i would like to hear some of your thoughts on the topic stated above.

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Old 04-14-2013, 10:12 AM   #2
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Hey guys, i would like to hear some of your thoughts on the topic stated above.

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What would you like to hear about? You can't just state 2 professions without telling us what you want to discuss about. Its like as if I am telling you 'Chicken VS Fish - Discuss'.

Please be more elaborate.
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I am interested in both professions because they are equally meaningful, and allows me to contribute to the society, especially the poor and old.

Both professions are in the healthcare sector and have significant areas of overlap. Thus, I would just like to hear some of your reasons behind why you chose one profession over the other.

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Old 04-14-2013, 11:07 AM   #4
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Equally meaningful? In my opinion, certain specializations of medicine like obstetrics, emergency med, family med, geriatric, oncology... are universally meaningful and have a HUGE impact in lives.

Other healthcare professions (yes, includes radiologist, therapist, dentistry...) has lesser impact. As for dentistry, I always wonder what is so fascinating about the mouth? I mean, it is less on impacting lives because the patient can't talk most of the time. When the communication is limited, there is lesser meaning even if you are clinically trained and in the 'front line'. The 'meaning' will have to come from the worker himself/herself.

Of course, there are other folks who are purely in for the money and/or prestige. I am not saying that it is a bad thing but I suggest these folks to go elsewhere because the effort is... just not proportionate to the material reward.

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If you think about it, Dentistry is just a branch of Medicine specializing in the area of the mouth. Less impact on society? Why do you think Dentistry is the only specialty that branches itself out of Medicine to have its own standalone faculty worldwide?

Do you know there are 8 specialisations (Master's degrees) in Dentistry alone? Oral Surgery and Oral Medicine, Orthodontics, Endodontics, Prosthodontics, Periodontics. Operative Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry and Public Health. And each of them takes another 3 years of studying?

Did you know that whatever happens in your mouth has an impact on systemic health, and also vice versa? Did you know that dental students have to study medicine modules (albeit in less depth) during their 4 year course, on top of all the dental subjects? Modules such as anatomy, physiology, pathology, general surgery and medicine. They are important simply because clinician needs to recognize that each dental patient will also present with systemic illnesses that have to be considered during dental treatment.


Less meaningful because communication is limited you say? All the more it is more meaningful because you will be trying to provide the best of care you can for someone who cannot tell you how much pain he is in, or he cannot tell you how appreciative he is in words, but can only do so in action. Can you enjoy life as a Singaporean when you no longer have the ability to eat?

Yes we do not deal with life and death that often, and I am happy for that. I am happy walking into clinics everyday and seeing patients that are not going to die the next day. I am happy walking into clinics to make someone's smile prettier and make their day. Because not everyone cuts it to make a doctor. It is a noble job to be a doctor and not everyone who makes it into Medicine will make that good doctor.

There is a misconception as to why Dentistry takes so many years to study and people always wonder why Dentists are paid so much. Dentistry at NUS is possibly the toughest course in the university (and if you want to know why, I can tell you too), and all that training comes out at the end to produce clinicians who are competent. People ask why dentists make so much money for a single tooth extraction that takes them seconds. You should be glad that it took only seconds and that means the dentist is competent!
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I am sure folks like Ashearo finds his career meaningful. Perhaps I should add that while I personally find most healthcare professions less meaningful as a career, I am very appreciative of their professions as a patient.

And as to why dental schools are separate from medical schools... The primary reason is history and origins. It is kept that way because it is way too specialized.

I think one point that I should have said differently is that dentists and other healthcare professions have... different kinds of impact to society's health. Not lesser. What I am trying to say is: When eyeing on a career in healthcare, do not limit the choices to just medicine and dentistry.

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History and origins have no practical significance in separating Dentistry and Medicine, apart from administration. They are in fact very much inter-related, but one simply cannot expect a medical doctor to know enough about the mouth or to provide care (dentistry is a surgical degree), neither are dentists expected to diagnose systemic illnesses and provide care, but they are still expected to recognise and consider such implications.

How meaningful a career is depends on what you are looking for in a career. It simply cannot be measured quantitatively. On average, it is very true that dental students suffer more during dental school, and have an easier life after graduation as compared to other professions. To the topic starter, what are you really looking for?
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Hey Ashearo, i am just curious to know how you "found" that passion for dentistry?

I want a career that is people-oriented, allows me to interact and engage with my patients while putting my medical knowledge(dentistry/medicine) to good use. Which profession would that aspect be more significant?
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Hey Ashearo, i am just curious to know how you "found" that passion for dentistry?

I want a career that is people-oriented, allows me to interact and engage with my patients while putting my medical knowledge(dentistry/medicine) to good use. Which profession would that aspect be more significant?
I can't say that I have found that passion even now. But I find joy in treating patients and i get satisfaction from seeing the results of my treatment.

Both careers will allow you to interact with the patient, but it is definitely more for the medical side (if you are a GP, you spend a lot more time talking), as compared to dentists that usually spend some time talking but most of the time working with their hands.
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I can't say that I have found that passion even now. But I find joy in treating patients and i get satisfaction from seeing the results of my treatment.

Both careers will allow you to interact with the patient, but it is definitely more for the medical side (if you are a GP, you spend a lot more time talking), as compared to dentists that usually spend some time talking but most of the time working with their hands.
Yea, but similarly, being a doctor brings you that joy and satisfaction from treating and interacting with patients. Both professions are people-oriented careers that allow you to help and interact with patients. So what exactly makes dentistry stand out among the two, and what is something I can look forward to in the pursuit of a dentistry career, be it whether is it the course of study, or the career itself.

Thank you so much for your valuable inputs!
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