Saturday, June 30, 2007


Had a short talk with one of my uni's buddy on MSN. It was a meaningful talk i guess, we were actually talking about our future, although it might sounds abit too far away. Haha. Well, this topic popped up when we were talking about which medical school i should go.

I'm actually having a dilemma here in choosing my school, its between AIMST in Kedah or Melaka Manipal Medical College (MMMC) in Melaka which offers a twinning programme to Kartanaka in India.


Part of the conversation between me and Ken. FYI Ken's going into Dentistry soon in Sept.

Shaun: still cant accept dat u will be entering dentistry la, all dis while was hearing that u're into medicine.

Ken: i'm surprised too but i have already set up my mind.

Shaun: act wad de main reason u took up dentistry instead?

Ken: i seriously cant take up wif medic life. i mean, i like to be doctor, but to be a doctor, its not wad i wan. but i couldnt say far and more. because u guys are into tis field. i respect each views.
but to be fair, if i looked at my own view. i wil choose dentistry. its nt easy for me to made dis decisions. seriously, frens/future/family/myself. everythins hv to take into account.but both are noble profession.

Ken: my sis is so much busy working from 7am till 11pm at night. sumtimes even more.she cant really come back. my bro is a doc. he ain't cmin back here. well at least, dentistry, i wil work for office hours from 9am to 5pm. and weekends i'll be free. and only passive calls. a lot reasons la. =)

Shaun: yeah,its better to think wise cause its our future. lol.. act i dun really like those on calls for doctors as well. but theres one thing dat will keep me going
its de satisfaction, to me job satisfaction is de most imp thing of all. I would like to see my patients heal and to give them a hope in their life..

Ken: yeap, u got ur view. and its true.

Shaun: i dun really mind to scarifice my time to make a difference in someone's life. not sure in de future tho when i have a family, hope my dear wife will be understanding. haha. XD


Wth. Talking about wives already. Haha.





*Ability to provide service and support to others
*Ability to save lives
*Continuously Learning
*Appreciation for medical science
*Teach students and patients about medicine
*Decent Salary

As a physician you will enjoy not only monetary rewards, but humanistic rewards which are priceless. We can all imagine how painful it must be to tell a family that their loved one has just died, but can you imagine how amazing it must feel to repair the defective heart of a tiny baby? Or to remove a malignant tumor from the brain of a young mother? Or to help an injured man to walk again, thereby giving him the gift of dignity, the ability to support his family, and the freedom to play catch with his son.


*Spend several years training and preparing at schools and hospitals (e.g. medical school,internship, residency)
*Long process to acquire a license
*Time consuming
*A great deal of Responsibility
*Managed care means more difficulty earning a high salary





*doesn't risk patient's life
*good salary
*office working hours (with your own dental clinic)
*less stressful
*less depressing


*facing the same thing throughout your life (tooth!)
*costly to set up own dental equipment
*long working hours (government servant)
*lengthy pathway of education



So, Medical doctor? or dentist?

Wth la.

Both will be carrying the same title "Dr." towards the end of studies what right?

So isn't it the same?


Chin Y.Y. said...

u can get a Dr title by getting PH.D as well..
first time here

SHAUN NG said...

haha.. yeah true.. but phD takes a looong time..

Anonymous said...

if u want just the DR title, go buy it la. study med/ dentistry is based on whether u're willing to dedicate UR life to the profession, regardless of humanity aspect or pure responsibility.

ps: whoever said being a dentist is easier than being a doctor. dentists are capable of causing deaths due to their negligence.

dental care said...

can think of a dentist, you can help with dental care for many people, can save the life of teeth, and also make a lot of good money

je said...

I would say Dentistry(: I'm currently doing that in MMMC and its a good experience(: have been enjoying it ever since! :D

Anonymous said...


I am planning to do dent :) I'm studying year 12 at the moment and there is NOTHING I would rather do than it. I was juggling between the decision of med and dent a while ago but I've decided that dent is wayyy less depressing and more rewarding.

In med, you have to face the death of your patients much more than in dent. I find this as a MASSIVE decisive factor. I sure do not like feeling helpless when trying to help others, and I do not like the prospect of seeing people die in my care. In med, you will have to deal with many currently incurable and deadly diseases such as AIDS and cancer. Dent is much more positive.

Med takes AGES. You have to study for 10 yrs+ in order to get your official licence. With dent, it's 5 years and then you've got your licence. (this is in Australia)

Med has irregular hours, especially if you have to work at a hospital. Dent has regular working hours, and if you have a private practise, you can be your own boss (most dentists work 4 days a week). It's harder to find time for your family life if you do med. As a female myself, i want to be able to start a family and spend time with my kids to let them know that they're loved. I would not be able to do this so easily if i chose to pursue a career in medicine. (my tutor is studying med and so is her boyfriend, they barely have any time for each other at the moment...not even to mention getting married and starting a family!!!)

In addition, Dent is very hands on and allows you to express your artistic side. If you have a passion for beauty and good smiles, its an extra benefit. With med, you can't express your artistic side so much, and it is less hands on (unless you are a surgeon)

In Dent, you get more money than Med (in Australia).

All these positives of dent, PLUS a high salary... seems perfect to me!

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