My journey to dentistry! Basically I see dentistry as a career in which you require a lot of balance in order to be successful - mostly between technical proficiency and interpersonal skills. Although I suppose that's true for most careers.
What makes dentistry better than medicine? For me it comes down to a few reasons - the most notable relating to the amount of work related stress. I can't imagine a situation where a dentist would be forced to make a life or death decision for a patient, or where a momentary lapse of concentration could lead to a lawsuit. But at the same time, being a dentist is just like being a specialist, so I think succinctly, dentistry when it comes down to it is having the best of both worlds:
an interesting medical career, with minimal stress and hassle!! Mostly, I enjoy the creativity and freedom that I am given to think and express my viewpoints, no matter how abstract, in the classroom. Students are encouraged to think outside of the box and this makes being in a classroom setting interesting.
I also enjoy the interactions that I experience with my peers and my professors. I have learned so much just through my involvement with people from various backgrounds. I have met many new friends that I not only interact with inside of the classroom, but outside as well.
The research facilities at RAKCODS are unbelievable! There are so many different ways to gain access to information. No matter what you are looking for, nine times out of ten you will find it at one of RAKMHSU’s research facilities.
The teaching style varies from professor to professor; however, it is evident that RAKCODS takes great pride in recruiting the best of the best. The professors have a significant amount of knowledge to share with us and they truly make it a priority to assist us in any way possible.
The opportunities at RAKCODS are endless, and while some are presented to us, the rest are here for students to seek out. All students are given the ability to get as much as they want out of their education. I say take a chance, do something out of the ordinary, and take advantage of what is being offered. One of my favorite quotes reads, “You miss 100% of the shots you never take."
Date of Posting: 10 March 2011 Posted By: Ahmad Syed Al Tantawi (Egyptian)