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Tough Decisions... How do you decide?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Smiling MD, Apr 16, 2007.

  1. Smiling MD

    Smiling MD

    Apr 12, 2007
    Mankato, MN
    I am working on a tough decision. I love both aspects of pediatric dentistry and pediatrics but I can't decide on the two. I have followed both a pediatrician and a pediatric dentist, they both appeal to me on so many levels.
    I love that both can have the flexibility I desire, especially when it comes time to start a family. There are pro's and con's in each, but none are so heavy that it outweighs one or the other. How do I decide?
    I have been browsing both my MCAT and DAT books and they are kind of intermixed but I don't want to spend money to take both tests, I especially don’t want to dedicate more time to the wrong one.
    So, again, how do I decide? Or- how did you decided if you were in a similar predicament...
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  3. psipsina

    psipsina Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jun 24, 2005
    If you think you would be equally fulfilled by both paths, and you want family to be a priority, I would go with dentistry. It seems like its a quicker path to being in a good place to start working on a family than medicine. Just my 2cents, I never really gave this decision much thought because I just don't like mouths.
  4. lunaire

    lunaire Hypogunner 10+ Year Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    Dentistry is probably less painful.

    Also, as someone has said, if you can think of doing something besides medicine with your life, you shouldn't be a premed.
  5. diosa428

    diosa428 SDN Angel 5+ Year Member

    Feb 24, 2005
    If you like to do procedures, or work with your hands, you might want to consider dentistry. However, as a pediatrician, you can specialize, so if there's any area of medicine that particularly interests you, you could focus on that and still work with kids. How common are pediatric dentists? I feel like a lot of dentists work with both adult and pediatric patients. Maybe it's just where I'm from, but everyone in my family goes to the same dentist and has since we were kids. So if you want to work in a small town, there may not be a need for a pediatric dentist. I'm not really sure on this, so I could totally be off base, just something to think about.
  6. Steve203

    Steve203 5+ Year Member

    Jan 26, 2006
    do you love dealing with their annoying and whiny parents?? I was a high school teacher for 2 years, and let me tell you, some parents make the job unbearable.
  7. IceMan0824

    IceMan0824 Holy crip, he's a crapple 5+ Year Member

    Dec 7, 2006
    This is your tough decision? I hope it's not the toughest decision that you have to make.:laugh: :laugh:

    Let me make some two suggestions
    1. Ask anonymous people on the web for their suggestions as to what you should do for the rest of your life.

    2. Go out, and research/experience what life in each career entails, what the ease(or lack of it) in entering each field is, and what kind of lifestyles each lives.

    One of the two will answer your question to your satisfaction. The question for you to decide is which path to follow.
  8. crazy_cavalier

    crazy_cavalier T3-Weighted 7+ Year Member

    I find it humorous how your user name presents the very predicament you are in :D
  9. GujuMD

    GujuMD 1K member 5+ Year Member

    Feb 28, 2006
    Have you tried shadowing in both fields...if not that then, try to do it as soon as you schedule will allow. i am not telling you to do a lot of hours, but try putting 10-20 hours and after doing so, you may have a better idea and be able to make a decision.

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