Before dental school, I pursued a degree in Commercial Music from Belmont University. At eighteen, I was ecstatic to be moving to Nashville, Tennessee, the country music capital. My dream of becoming a professional singer was closer than ever before. I hit the ground running in Nashville. I accepted an internship at a record label, auditioned for American Idol, and started writing my own music. However, I quickly discovered I was just as content to perform at church, as I was in front of huge audience. I made the hard decision to give up my childhood dream of being a professional singer. It is a decision I have never regretted and I am grateful for the lessons I learned in Nashville that apply to my dental school experience.
For many students, the choice between doing a residency and going straight into private practice is a tough one. In today’s world of growing student debt, it’s important to be aware of the costs and benefits of each.
Here’s a simple model. The American Dental Education Association says 2013 dental school graduates had an average debt of $241,000. If you graduate with the average debt and do a one-year residency, your debt will generate around $15,000 in interest during your first year out. (This assumes 6.8% interest rates.)
One of my favorite in-school rotations at UTSD is our Urgent Care rotation. We’re assigned to this multiple times a month but when your patient no-shows, it’s typically your 1st resort to ensure you spend your clinic time wisely. There’s always room for more students in urgent care. Dr. C.D. Johnson runs our urgent care clinic. Unlike the typical stories you hear of dentists working 4 days a week, with fridays for golf or waterskiing, Dr. Johnson ran a clinic working 7 days a week. A good amount of his time was spent seeing walk-in urgent care patients. Needless to say, Dr. Johnson has seen it all.
Choosing a career in dentistry or medicine requires a commitment that requires time, effort and finances. A sudden switch from one profession to the other is no small decision. What would inspire someone to make such a profound change? Read on to explore the merits of this extraordinary field.
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