Hrmm, I was browsing through the pages and saw an argument over med students and dental students. Hrmmm, hard choice. I'm sure there are med students who couldnt get in and ended up in dentistry. Well, sucks to be them....since that's what they will be doing for the rest of their lives. I've been working in a hospital gaining my clinical experience for over a year now. Everyday I wonder why I want to be a doctor. Constant on call, constant driving from 1 hospital to the next. Even the lowly GP or Internist is constantly either called in or called for to inform them the status of a patient. Patients are unruly, dirty, and smelly often times. But, somehow I still like the idea of being able to treat them. Oh yes, insurance companies will give you the run around, pay you 40% of what you billed, and not pay you for months some times. Being a solo doctor is almost out of the question. Now being a dentist. I have followed a dentist around for over 3 months...specifically my dentist. My grandpa has contributed greatly to the field of dentistry and loves his field, having spent the greater part of his life teaching and researching dentistry. He is happy and content with what he has accomplished. He is an old man of 86+ now, but still actively involves himself all the time in matters of advice, fundraising, and speaking functions. Now, why wouldnt I choose this profession? You work 4 days per week, in your own practice and are never on call. There is no purpose in making a lot of money if you can't spend it. Let's face it, everyone cares about the money no matter what they say about how caring, compassionate they are about fellow man (and woman). Anyone who says otherwise is a liar, unless they do nothing but work for chickens and bacon (which their are some, the country doctors out there...but they are a rare minority). So, I wonder why anyone would even bring up a comparison about dentistry and medicine. If you are going to do that, why not compare a GP vs. a Cardiologist vs. a Anesthesiologist vs. Radiologist vs. Cardiothoracic surgeon vs. Maxillofacial surgeon. The list goes on and on. Any fool who compares is gravely mistaken and forgets that there is ALWAYS someone smarter than you. As for the title of Doctor. Has anyone seen the amount of doctors out there? PhD's, dentists, medical doctors, chiropractors, acupuncturist, etc....there are even those who call themselves sex doctors who are nothing more than sociologist wannabes who have overused their libido. When I was contemplating about choosing the dental route...my friends teased me about working with someone's mouth all the time and the high rate of suicide amongst them. Well, I've found an answer to these comments. Is looking up someone's teeth any worse than a GI doctor who looks up someone's a$$??? Anyone seen GI pics..yes those gastrointestinal pictures. It is worse than it sounds, because I doubt the majority of you have seen ulcers, or tumors growing in a rectum. So what you say...hrmm, let's look at the emergency room doctor, I've witnessed some stanky and gross people in there. Women with tumors that have spread and grown to the size of 15 pounds worth of abscess dead tissue that was formerly a breast. I wont go into detail how gross it was or the puss, etc. there, but suffice to say, everyone wore gloves and masks. So, is looking into someone's mouth that bad after the hygenist has already cleaned it? Hrmmm, perhaps but I doubt in the same dimensions. My 2 cents.