People are often tossing up between medicine and dentistry and they've asked me what my opinions are on both, so I guess I'll dedicate this post to that. They're both very sought after because the general public perceives the following:
- To be a doctor or a dentist is considered prestigious
- The income is high
- You're dealing with people
- It's very difficult to get into either
I used to have this really fixed idea that I was going to do either ophthalmology or dermatology if I did medicine and orthodontics if I did dentistry but I've weighed up the study:success ratio and dentistry has thus far shown to be better. See with medicine, it's 6 years (2 years of undergrad + 4 years postgrad MBBS) but after you complete the degree, it's basically only the beginning of your education. From there, you must do internship, become a registrar and then choose a chosen specialty and complete the training. Thing is, it's one thing to get into medicine, but it's another thing to actually get an internship and THEN get into the college of a specialty. It's especially difficult particularly with ophthalmology, dermatology or surgery because they're so popular.
So that's 7-10 years providing you get in straight away. With dentistry, you do the 5 year degree - bachelor of dental science - and then you can begin working immediately. Although it's hard to get into specialties, you need to work for 3 years anyway and if you can't get into orthodontics or whatever, just keep trying while you work. You're earning an extremely high income anyway and if you go rural, your pay goes up something like 60-70% for first year pay.
I've got pretty good manual dexterity so I'm not worried about the technical skills. They can be learnt and playing instruments really helps with that. So yeah, I'm erring towards sticking with dentistry, but I'll keep my options open.