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DDS vs DMD

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by drbhavika, Aug 1, 2006.

  1. drbhavika

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    Hello,

    I would really appreciate if someone could let me know the difference between DDS and DMD. Will there be any difference in the curriculum and the way I will practice?

    Thank you.

    Bhavika.
     
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  3. BirkChick

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    DDS can do anything from perscribing medications to surgery. DMD can only consult the patients. Just kidding... No difference. DP
     
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    this thread should help: http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=264295&highlight=DDS+DMD

    here's a hint to all newbies: there's a SEARCH button on the top. if threads like this came around once a blue moon I wouldn't mind, but it's asked almost every damn month.
     
  6. HermeytheElf

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    Congratulations! You are the 1 millionth person to make that joke! How would you like your sheepdog wrapped?

    To the OP: read the sticky FAQ...it's quite informative and addresses this very question.
     
  7. r0entgen

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    yes. the joke is getting to be as lame as the original dds v. dmd question...
     
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    I think there is a difference in the philosophy behind each degree, but there is no real-world difference.
     
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    Why do some dentists have "PA" listed after dmd or dds? What does "PA" stand for?
     
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    Physician Assistant
     
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    I'm pretty sure this guy is yanking your chain :D
     
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    Practice Associate. It's basically a cheap gimmick some guys use to put more letters behind their name...to the average Joe that doesn't know this, "Jm Brown, DDS, PA" looks like he's got more training than "Jim Brown, DDS". My guess is that it was a way for some--perhaps specialists who didn't get a MS or MSD during their residency--to look comparable to other specialists and has eventually spilled over to general practice.

    Reality is, "PA" means nothing more than "PC" or "LLC" from a clinical ability perspective.
     
  13. Dr. Dai Phan

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    Hi all,

    I many times drive around and notice on the dental offices with dentist's names and credentials along with dental degrees. An example would be Dai Phan DDS, FAGD, MAGD, PA and this appears in the layman's eye as this guy has more degrees than Joe Mo DDS. I for once has heard a patient said that Dr.So and so must be so good because he has so many credentials after his name. I think that these credentials are appropriate in a resume but they should not adverstise in the public since it can make a lay person thinking that particular dentist is much more qualified compared to a specialists without a master degree (like many 4 year OMS). DP
     

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