Friday, January 28, 2011

dent vs med

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Best friends dinner

Pipeline January Academy

In my experience within the medical field, I have come to find that a LOT of physicians view themselves as superior to the medical world. When patients call in and identify themselves as "Dr so and so" employees are required to ask what kind of doctor, which is understandable. You want to write the correct letters following the person's name in their chart. But if the patient says "a dentist, or a professor, or a PhD," the office staff has been trained to think "oh, not a REAL Dr." I resent this fact!!! All of these people deserve the title of "Dr" because they have worked just as hard, if not harder, to achieve that title. We show great respect to physicians, and we should be able to have the respect as well. I am not saying that physicians don't have it hard - I would not, and do not want their job. But every person is trained and specialized in their own field.

I, of course, will use dentistry as a prime example. Dentistry is a physician who specializes in the mouth, akin to how a dermatologist is a physician who specializes in the skin and disorders thereof. Why is that any different? Why does that deserve less respect? In our current curriculum, we fully learn what the physicians do, PLUS the hand skills and dental aspect.

It has been said that medical school is harder to get into, but dental school is harder to get out of. I will have to agree with this statement because I am basically going through DO and DMD training at the same time. Not only do we take all of our core classes with the DO students, and have the same tests, and get graded by the same guidelines, but we also have to learn the dental side. This is basically a whole new schooling type of its own. We have to learn hand skills, spend HOURS drilling, learn a completely different set of information regarding the basic sciences- all while learning clinical cases about the lower extremity... which may not be the most pertinent to our practice, but we do it anyways.

I fully believe in learning the medical side of things, because it makes you more aware of the person as a whole. More aware of the fact that the oral cavity it just a part of the systems together. Do I wish we had more time to digest the things we are learning? Why, yes. But that's not the way it goes.

Sometimes you just have to dig, and push yourself to finish.

And then it will all be worth it.

Cherish K. Hirano, MHA, DMD (in 2014)

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