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take MWU admission offer or re-apply for medical school instead

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by GrafAl, May 19, 2014.

  1. GrafAl


    May 19, 2014
    So I was admitted to MWU-IL Downers Grove back in February but I have been having second thoughts about attending MWU largely because the loans will be 330k plus 30k from undergraduate. I would like to work back in CA, AZ, or NV but I am not sure if the salary I will make will be sufficient enough to pay back and live decently (no ferrari but definitely would like to pay for my children's college tuition, should I have any). Do you think financially dentistry is a solid choice or I am better off applying in the medical field, I have just heard that dentistry is pretty tough to nowadays with growing tuition, declining reimbursements, and growing saturation (even in the smaller cities).
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  3. FlossFloss


    Jan 19, 2014
    Irrelevant and random but I want a bmw 6 series T_T
  4. Illfavor

    Illfavor 5+ Year Member

    Jan 3, 2012
    Dentistry is the same as every other job. You get out of it what you put into it. Those in life who complain the most are almost invariably also those unwilling to make the sacrifices needed for real success.
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  5. Glimmer1991

    Glimmer1991 5+ Year Member

    May 5, 2012
    ...Do you think medicine is immune to this?
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  6. GrafAl


    May 19, 2014
    of course not, my apologies for not mentioning that, I would have to be a hard working student like a dental student and hope I match into one of the better specialties but I feel would my chances would be better in psychiatry and other mid tier specialties but then I dont get to do the hands on surgery that I have always liked. kind of in a crappy situation, since I heard MWU is not exactly a good school to specialize in (assuming I want to specialize too).
  7. Paperclipz

    Paperclipz 2+ Year Member

    Jan 10, 2013
    I understand your concern but I don't get why anyone goes through the process of applying and getting accepted to dental school to then realize the cost of it. Remember that unless you are working in a hospital, whether you are a physician or a dentist, you will be running a business and that always has its ups and downs.

    The question you should be asking yourself is what career will make you happy and what you can imagine yourself doing for the next few decades. It's tough because it is a huge investment but be true to yourself and it will all fall into place!
  8. ramborhino

    ramborhino 2+ Year Member

    Mar 22, 2013
    Yeah I agree. I think whenever a person starts to get close to starting anything (new job, new school, new career) you start thinking of all the bad things and makes one hesitant. I don't think medicine has a drastically different situation from dentistry): new medical schools are popping up fast (especially DO schools) and classes are increasing sizes (they actually get it from both ends in primary care, since NPs will become more attractive competition to hospitals, if they can pay them a bit less), many cities have an overabundance of medical specialists too. Keep in mind if you do primary care (a very possible scenario as getting into a competitive specialty is only getting harder, your loan situation and ability to pay them off wouldn't be very different from a dentist), California as a whole and the Phoenix area (as well as Salt Lake City) are very saturated places for dentists. You can't have everything the way you want it and there won't be a very clear answer so try to pick the career you'd want to do for 30-45 years (also you need to make sure you'd be OK with being a general dentist or primary care physician in either case).
  9. ramborhino

    ramborhino 2+ Year Member

    Mar 22, 2013
    Probably mostly because lots of students still live inside mommy and daddy's wallets and reality hits them when their parents can't saddle a 300K professional school loan.
  10. doc toothache

    doc toothache 10+ Year Member

    Jan 17, 2006
    Switch to psychiatry.
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