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Okay so, from what I have been told... both are really difficult degrees regardless of which country you get your degree from. Both medics and dento's study pretty much the same stuff for the first couple of years and split when it comes to clinicals etc... obviously as dentists you have to go into oral anatomy/neuro a bit more than the meds, however as a medics you need to know lots and lots about everything else. But one is not easier than the other!
I don't like to say that either dental or medical school is easy. They are both different and challenging. I'm currently a dental student at UPenn. In response to the med student that said a dentist doesn't remember the anatomy of the intestine, I would say that a med student, in 4 years, doesn't have the surgical skills that a dentist is taught in order to perform complicated procedures in the mouth.Errr not entirely accurate.
As a medic Im not being bias...just some facts. Not to underestimate dentistry but without a shadow of a doubt medicine is a more academically challenging degree. Whether it be in the clinical or pre-clinical stages. I dont refute for a second dentistry is an excellent degree which pays better and is materialistically more rewarding. I have many friends in the dental field after discussing with them who all agreed medicine is more challenging-The major difference is that medicine just covers suc a broad spectrum-in terms of how much depth you cover the detail depends upon your course structure.As for dentists doing more neurology-thats not again entirely true. You'd be suprised the amount of neuro we cover. To put things into perspective we once had some final year dentists on our Gastro clinics-apparantely it was part of their rotation as some intestine diseases can manifest with signs in the mouth. Anyways it was quite shocking that they didnt know their basic anatomy of the intestine-im not putting them down. Indeed medics will probs know not much about the dental aspects but we cover anatomy and common conditions. However the creme of all is Maxillofacial surgeons-after speaking to some friends in this field they also agreed that medicine was more challenging.
At the end of the day career choice is personal preference. Dentistry is a fantastic degree, which is academically and financially rewarding but as my dentist friends say can be extremely boring once qualified. On the other hand persoanlly I would say medicine is academically rewarding but in terms of financial reward its definitely not the pound people think it to be. Nontheless, i've never heard a doctor say they find their job boring.
It is clear from your response that you failed to read my post accurately let alone make judgement appropriately. My example of the anatomy of the intestine was to highlight that medicine covers a broad spectrum. And honestly to state that a dentist can be fogiven for not remembering basic anatomy of the intestine (which is not an overtly complex organ) is debatable-if it was an in depth question then that in itself is a different matter. Your comments about surgery in dentistry and medics being unable to prefom this are flawed? Did anyone ever state that anyone expects medics to be trained in maxfac surgery or that they are superior? Indeed, if asked most medics will know at least the basic head and neck anatomy. So to state that dentists are not expected to know basic intestinal anatomy - given that it overlaps with mouth disease presentation is unjustifiable.I don't like to say that either dental or medical school is easy. They are both different and challenging. I'm currently a dental student at UPenn. In response to the med student that said a dentist doesn't remember the anatomy of the intestine, I would say that a med student, in 4 years, doesn't have the surgical skills that a dentist is taught in order to perform complicated procedures in the mouth.
A dental student has a broader skill set than a medical student at the end of 4 years because they know the sciences, but they also know how to perform a bunch of procedures in the mouth that a med student would certainly butcher. So, if a dental student doesn't remember something about the intestine, I think they have a pretty good excuse that the med student certainly doesn't have.
I have personally meant many doctors who regret not becoming a dentist, so to say more dentists grow bored with their profession is completely biased. It is also quite obvious that you have know idea the amount of artistry or complexity that is involved in the profession when you use the term "boring".
Or, you have meant some very average dentists that just stive to get by. It is lifelong learning, and extremely challenging just like your field.