Thanks for your responses guys. I shadowed a periodontist today, and thought it was cool. I like how there was a good amount of biology involved in what he did. How competitive is it to get a residency?
I'm going a little crazy over this decision, I have a med school acceptance (at a DO school) but every day I feel like I'm signing away the best years of my life (and spending up to a decade away from home) for a job I only find "interesting", and where most fields have a tough work/life balance. I feel like, although I have a base level of interest, it is not enough and I'm making this huge sacrifice mostly for the job stability/income (doctor money is enough for me). Almost every doc I speak to isn't happy. I have pressure from my parents to do med, but they don't know anything about it- no one in my family is in healthcare. They only see the end results: people in my community who are docs opening up urgent cares, or specialty clinics and seem to be wealthy. But they don't understand the sacrifice, especially what residency is like.
As time goes on, I realize what I want most is to have as much time dating (I haven't done much of this), spending with friends, having sunday bbq's (just an example), traveling and making memories (I'm not looking to party my butt off, I did enough of that in college. Although a little couldn't hurt). I know dent school is also rough, but it's shorter and the job is guaranteed to have a work/life balance. Some med students kill themselves in school to get amazing grades, just so they can have the lifestyle a general dentist has, who only had to pass dent school. But this isn't even guaranteed for these med students. Also, I have heard from friends at USC dent (I'm from LA) that some schools can be more rigorous than others.
I really don't wanna sound overdramatic, but I can't sleep, its hard to eat, and I feel that no matter what decision I make there is a good chance it's the wrong one. I generally have a really thick skin, because I have had depression for years because of personal stuff. But this decision will change my life and I'm worried if I make the wrong choice, that would be the thing that would really bring me down. I really don't know how much I would like dentistry or not, it's so hard to imagine without doing it myself even after shadowing a bit. Maybe I should take a shot in the dark and just go for it, if what I listed above is what is most important to me. I go to therapy, and he thinks I should go for dentistry. But he's not too aware of either fields and what they entail. Any advice?