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what to do if i am trying to decide if i want to be a neonatologist or an orthodontist, what are some pros and cons of both?

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Dr. Scott Bobbitt
Dentistry 32 years experience
Dentist or physician: You need to make that choice. An orthodontist is a dentist who has limited their practice to just ortho (many even have certificates of extra training)--must be a dentist first. A neonatologist is a physician who specializes in the care of newborns--must be a physician first. Though md and dmd/dds programs are same in year 1;2, not so in 3;4. Go experience both; decide which course is best 4 u.
Dr. Sal Aragona
Dentistry 41 years experience
Passion: Beyond the extensive investment of time and finances involved, it is critical to know your passion for either specialty. Get some good advice and counsel regarding each of these fields and see what sparks your passion. Let that decide for you what will provide a lifetime of true professional satisfaction.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Choices: Personally, i would look at the manner of choosing a profession differently. When i had to make that choice i did make a list of pros and cons. Instead, i said to myself "what do I love to do?" and then picked the profession that would fulfill those passions the best. You might want to speak to orthodontists and neonatologists personally and ask to shadow them in their office.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Ask always, sound advice..
Dec 27, 2013
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Great answer
Oct 9, 2014
Dr. Hilary Baskin
Orthodontics 28 years experience
Tough choice: Both are wonderful professions and share similar upsides relative to other medical professions-- good hours and lifestyle with minimal emergency hours, high income, high job satisfaction. In the end, while it sounds cliché, i'd follow your heart more than your head on this one-- which does your heart say your passion will be greater? That's the one you will inevitably have greater success with.

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