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- Nov 9, 2015
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Well if they're both underestimations, I would pick the one making 470 over the one making 390.
To your comment about competing, of course the ones at the top can do both (I was between the 2 and could easily have went med if I wanted). But the ones at the TIP TOP would be stronger in medicine in general. I am from a pretty academically rigorous district and know some really smart cookies in both dental and med, who probably each could be in the top 25% at both dent and med. However the smart med students I know were pushed since they were elementary schoolers to study their butts off, consistently had tutors for 10+ years, and had SAT scores of like 2300+. Their parents put constant pressure, and they went to prestigious undergrads and then to strong med schools. Parents that are extremely helicopter or strict never push their kids towards dental- it's usually an individual choice since its reputation is seen as more "relaxed" and "less prestigious". None of my predental friends were ever like this, including those with DAT scores of 25+ and 4.0s. One is also at the top of his class in dental school. I must say that dents often underestimate how type A some of the top med students are. I had one doctor I shadowed tell me his son was trying to go into a 7 year program (3 + 4 years md), but when he went to interview, he saw a bunch of kids whose parents were trying to prep them for this program since they were in 6th grade (the dad was talking to other parents there). And take a look at the premed forums vs the predental ones if you want to get high blood pressure and see people with 4.0s and 517+s freak out about chances or ask if they have enough publications to get into a top med school.
And GPA may not measure intelligence, but it sure as hell measures hard work or consistency or "type A"-ness of the applicant. And don't wanna keep up this MD vs dent thing, but the MCAT is harder than the DAT, they require more service than dental, and research is required if you wanna land a good med school. If you think that a class of 100 with an average of 3.75 is not gonna be GENERALLY harder working or "more intelligent" than a class with 3.55-3.6, idk what to say. I can say a no name medical school with a 3.6 average is generally smarter than harvard med school students and completely ignore GPA and MCAT averages, but that would be kind of foolish of me.
I see, if you are going to go the route of hard-work and type-A personalities, than I would agree on average that medical school attracts more of those types for sure.
I also think that, if we are being honest, most of the people going into dental school that could have chosen either are somewhat lazy, I know I am.
In college I graduated in 2.5 years, which a lot of people think was because I'm hard working and motivated. It wasn't, I just rushed through to get it over with so I could relax. College was easier than high school imo, because you could slack of as much as you wanted and still do well if you could study for tests.
When I thought about going to school for basically another 8 years (I know residency isn't school, but might as well be right) I was like, there's no way. The people who agree to do that have to be dedicated and hard working, I mean same goes for dent, but to a higher extent probably medicine like you said.
If you're going into medicine you're either a hardworker, or an idiot imo. I only say an idiot because if you go into medical school simply because it was what you were told to do, and that's all you've ever considered doing, and the only thing you have ever worked towards, than you sold yourself completely short and are making a mistake. I know too many people like this, many of whom are in med school rn.
Going back on track, I think you're right and that's another reason dentistry is better to me (if it's an affordable school) I don't want to be surrounded by type A, neurotic people all the time, I want to relax amongst my other lazy POS.(I'm trying to pass with as low grades as possible )
Sorry for the non-sequitur parts, like I mentioned earlier I'm on my phone and just typing as opposed to thinking clearly.