Hello all, I would like to know why some of you decided to persue the DDS instead of another medical degree. I am a DO (radiologist) and never really considered another avenue of medicine. I have a young friend that I have been counseling (apparently unsucessfully) to go to medical school. I enjoy what I do and am naturally biased toward my profession and not against the DDS. I just don't know if the reasons he gives are valid or not; maybe you guys can help. I really wish him the best, but I just want him to make an informed decision and not regret it later. I personally think it could be a great job. Seems like low stress low call, own your own business, and the added bonus of being able to talk to your patients without them talking back! ( boy how I wish for that sometimes!) These are his reasons he gives for going the DDS way: 1) easier than medical school (this doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me) 2) fewer years of training until you make "real money" he wants to start a family and thinks he will be able to start being a dentist right out of dental school and make money to support a family 3) he figures his family dentist grosses 2million a year: he states he has a mansion and another house as well. I personally have no idea how much a dentist makes. 4) a lot fewer hours than DO/MD. He thinks he will have more time to spend with family. 5) easier post graduate training (fewer hours) 6) he states he thinks it would be fun to be a general dentist. ( do most people going for the DDS want to be generalists? Or do many want to specialize? what are the pros and cons of each. I told him that maybe it would be better and more challenging to be an oral surgeon. Any information that you guys can supply would be great! I have always been kind of ignorant of the medical education of the future DDS, this should help me as well! Heres to more cross degree exchange of information. regards xraydoc.