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  #1 Old 24-12-2012 Default Medicine or Dentistry?

I've just finished SPM and am waiting for the matriculation offer. Before that naturally I have started researching on potential career paths. So I've done some research on medicine, dentistry and pharmacy as I'm interested in health care and direct interaction with patients. I found out that I am willling to make the necessary sacrifices and have most of the qualities required for med and dentistry. As such I've narrowed it down from 3 to 2.


However news of oversaturation of doctors really scared me, especially after reading Dr Pagalavan's blog. There's 1 thread in Recom stating that quality doctors will always be in demand but in reality, even if you have the quality but jobless, isn't it the same? I'm not interested in medicine for the $, but I'm still worried over the future prospects of doctors. Can jobless doctors work in other areas?


Dentistry is my second choice. However, I felt that medicine has more appeal to me, although the job prospects may not be as good as dentists. This is what I read from prev threads. Heard that dentists too are starting to get oversaturated, although it's not as terrible as doctors. I can imagine myself being a dentist so I don't think it's a prob, but there's a slight tingling inside me yearning for medicine. Dilemma! Most importantly, how should I choose a career? Is it still passion and interest no.1 or job no.1, based on reality?


P.s Will be applying to do hospital attachment soon to gain exposure before a final decision is made. Any suggestions on where to start? Staying in S'gor. Thx!
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  #2 Old 25-12-2012 Default Re: Medicine or Dentistry?

there are more places for medicine in IPTAs so if you are hoping for a place in a public uni pick medicine

edit: btw this thread is in the wrong section

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  #3 Old 07-03-2013 Default Re: Medicine or Dentistry?

Hi there,

I truly deeply honestly understand ur situation ryte nw...so confusing and fearful in a way..cuz i was like you aso..good that i found ur thread...

when i was in confusion like you are ryte nw...i listened to my friend's suggestion..she is actually a medical student studying abroad at the moment.

okey..to cut it short,ill put them in point form
hope you dont mind

* do not worry abt being jobless if ur a MD graduate..trust me u have only gt a person's point of view...you shud do more research..my uncle is doctor in too...sometimes he is at the hospital for three continues days... we need more doctors..and tons of private hospitals are populating..so you can relax about job security...for a fact malaysian ratio for doctor -patient is 1:4 but we are still at 1:200.

*if you feel like u would like to feel the experience of a doctors lifestyle then u should really do what i did...like my friend said, i consulted Rutra Medic..they gt me into a foundation in science program which i personally think is the best choice as it saves time and money and the best part we can experience clinical training at sg.buloh GH.

* you can also seek advice from them to decide ur career path..well, they made me turn frm indecisive into very decisive indeed.

all the best..oh yeah u shud try checkin out their website www.rutramedic.com.my

the number that i use o contact them is 03-78744191

All the best
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  #4 Old 14-03-2013 Default Re: Medicine or Dentistry?

Thank you amelia9508! It's comforting to know that someone had a similiar dilemma and your advice is very inspiring. I shall do more research then Are you currently in the fis programme? If you are, would u kindly share ur experience? Thx in advance! Wishing you all the best in ur future!
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  #5 Old 15-03-2013 Default Re: Medicine or Dentistry?

Milo123, just a word of caution that the previous poster could be someone from the institution imposing as a helpful fellow student. This is her first and only post in this forum, and that rings an alarm bell. As always, try to evaluate all your information thoroughly and from multiple sources.
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  #6 Old 15-03-2013 Default Re: Medicine or Dentistry?

milo123, i'm SPM2012 leavers, just like you.. i'm also confused, to take either medicine, engineering, or pharmacy. but for now, medicine is my priority.. i've read Dr Pagalavan's blog, and he makes me more worry about choosing medic. but last week, i heard from the radio that our government is planning to build another 300 specialist hospitals in these couple years ahead. for now, i think, dr pagalavan's statement is oversaturation of doctors, but not specialist.. so, don't be too worry about the job opportunity ;)
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  #7 Old 15-03-2013 Wink Re: Medicine or Dentistry?

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I've just finished SPM and am waiting for the matriculation offer. Before that naturally I have started researching on potential career paths. So I've done some research on medicine, dentistry and pharmacy as I'm interested in health care and direct interaction with patients. I found out that I am willling to make the necessary sacrifices and have most of the qualities required for med and dentistry. As such I've narrowed it down from 3 to 2.


However news of oversaturation of doctors really scared me, especially after reading Dr Pagalavan's blog. There's 1 thread in Recom stating that quality doctors will always be in demand but in reality, even if you have the quality but jobless, isn't it the same? I'm not interested in medicine for the $, but I'm still worried over the future prospects of doctors. Can jobless doctors work in other areas?


Dentistry is my second choice. However, I felt that medicine has more appeal to me, although the job prospects may not be as good as dentists. This is what I read from prev threads. Heard that dentists too are starting to get oversaturated, although it's not as terrible as doctors. I can imagine myself being a dentist so I don't think it's a prob, but there's a slight tingling inside me yearning for medicine. Dilemma! Most importantly, how should I choose a career? Is it still passion and interest no.1 or job no.1, based on reality

Hi Milo, I'm a fresh SPM leaver, just like you,just got off the dilemma. Before my SPM, I'm just over-passionate of becoming a science researcher on Astrophysics(thinking of making the world better). After a brief talk with my seniors, I realized that those that we intended to be, are actually more of fantasies. In choosing your future career, you need to contemplate on this: " What is my main purpose?" Interest satisfaction? Money? If you are more obsessed on interest satisfaction, you should pursue your first choice. Don't worry about job prospects. If you do fantastically well in your studies, job prospects find you.

My suggestion, just brave yourself, pursue your dream. Overthinking, a.k.a worries a lot, is the source which will disempower your will to succeed.
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  #8 Old 18-03-2013 Default Re: Medicine or Dentistry?

youngyew: thx for d advice!

SnowBerry: Yeah I agree with u, that's where my hope lies but Dr Pagalavan had mentioned before that it's hard to gain admission into a specialist course. I'm such a worrier! Haha ;)

DontWhackMyHead: Thx a lot! I realised that too, but at the same time job opportunities matter a lot to me also, hence the never-ending worry. But I guess I have to follow the quote by Martin Luther King Jr, "Faith is taking the first step, even when you don't see the whole staircase".

Btw all the best to all taking spm results this thursday!
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  #9 Old 19-03-2013 Default Re: Medicine or Dentistry?

There is more to medicine than being a specialist. Not everyone has to, or even wants to be a consultant. I do know people happily being a locum registrar/senior house officer for years upon end (the equivalent here would be a permanant MO).

If you want job opportunities, compared to other jobs medicine is still one of the easiest fields in to get a job - this is even more so when you're a registered "proper" doctor. And yes, medical graduates can work outside of clinical medicine - besides research, a lot of corporations will hire, starting from pharmaceuticals and ranging into anyone who hires anyone with a basic science degree (because medicine degree is at LEAST equivalent to a BSc).

If you get kicked out of medicine due to competence issues, or lack of professionalism... well, thats a different story, of course.

As for career planning, maybe its just me but ive gotten increasingly disillusioned by the concept of a "career". The most I plan for now is for the next year or two, and I forsee contract renewals regularly - that's just the way life is becoming, unfortunately.
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  #10 Old 04-04-2013 Default Re: Medicine or Dentistry?

I'm an Spm 2012 leaver too ( hi snowberry!) and i want to further my studies in medicine.

No, scratch that, There's a lot of aspects about the world that I want to study further, not just medicine but law, international relations as well as software programming. but all these I'm interested to learn, not actually make a career out of. When it comes right down to it, what I want to be in my life is a doctor. being more technical, an oncological surgeon.

so i already know what course i want to take in uni. problem is, there's a limited number of scholarships for medicine, especially full ones, and then there's the glut of docs situation to worry about.not much else about being a doc scares me, i'm not doing it for money or prestige. but i do want to be able to support my mother, and how can i hope to do that if i have no job?

most will say it's too early to be worrying about jobs when i haven't even finished preu yet, but i have this one chance to turn my family's life around; i dont want to screw it up. it doesnt help that once my mom heard about the job problem, she urged me to apply for other scholarships. i'd have done so anyway, since only mara is the provider for med scholarships and i cant afford to continue my studies w/o a scholarship, but it gets tedious having to think up reasons why i want to pursue law/etc and what my career path would ne for essays when what i actually want to be writing about is medicine.
some of my friends took the risk, not applying for anything else in any field,even if it meant that if they didnt get mara, they'd be just about stuck. do you guys think it's wise to follow your passion up to this point?especially since you have to admit, you wont know it's your passion til you are at the end of your journey?
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