Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by deciduous, Feb 13, 2002.

  1. deciduous

    deciduous ready to shed

    Jan 17, 2002
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    Okay, here's the low-down which I have compiled from MDs and DDSs over the last six years.

    All MDs who I speak with about health care fields tell me not to make a mistake and go into medicine--100% of them say to go into dentistry.....without me having mentioned my purpose upfront. Why?

    MDs are working longer hours now and getting paid less money; about half the amount as before the PPOs, HMOs and such got ahold of them. Also MDs look for about a 45% collection rate from their patients--that means for all the work they do they hope to get paid for less than half of it.

    On the other hand, dentists expect around 87-92% collection rate--this info. from a physician who regrets his path and researched the differences between the two professions in retrospect.

    And income? The dentist I am currently working for, in a town with a 30K population, nets approximately $600K a year. Yes, of course he is a specialist (pedo), but MD specialties boast no more in locations of equivalent demographics.

    Let's face the facts here:

    If you want an ego boost; if you want to feel like you are in charge of people's fates in critical situations--then getting an MD is right for you.

    If you are really looking at the frugal decisions, like time with family, amount of income per time investment, etc. along with sheer autonomy and great flexibility--then DDS is right up your alley........

    Rest assured that you are no dumber than the next guy. I've seen geniuses and idiots in every line of work!!!!! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Frown]" src="frown.gif" />
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  3. Yah-E

    Yah-E Toof Sniper

    Dec 12, 2001
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    I would definitely get a HIGHER boost from becoming a DMD/DDS than MD! Again, because that is my passion. Yeah, I really didn't get the point of your post here, were you trying to ask questions or were you just simply posting some of the fact according to your personal experience?! If one of your question was why a MD want to be a DMD/DDS? Then your answer is quite easy, DMD/DDS are COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!! :cool:
  4. neeky

    neeky Senior Member

    Dec 2, 2001
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    thank you for starting this thread!!
    Its nice to think about all we have to look forward to!! Best of luck to everyone! (especially with specializing) <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" />

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