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Dentistry And Dental Surgery As A Career In Nigeria

Published by Nairaland on Tue, 14 Jul 2015

I have seen many Nigerian students that crave to be doctors, many ladies want to marry doctors, parents want their children to be called doctors, little wonder why many pastors, artisans, musicians, teachers have adopted this title as honourary. The question is who then is a doctor'In Nigeria a doctor is a title given to any of the following:1)Person who has obtained a Doctor of Philosophy degree PhD2)Person who is a graduate of medicine3)Person who is a graduate of dentistry4)Person who is a graduate of veterinary medicine5)Person who has obtained a doctorate degree such as LLD, OD, Pharm.D, Doctor of Psychology etcHowever, only graduates of medicine and dentistry carry the traditional sense of the word 'doctor' as health care providers.Let me summarize what dentistry is all about first before going into details; Dentists are doctors that treat diseases of the oral cavity, its structures and related structures. They are trained in a university for a period of six years; four or five (depending on the school) of these years will be spent together with the students of medicine. After which newly inducted dentists undergo one year of compulsory internship and another year of NYSC, then register with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) before they can practice. They are automatically members of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and Nigerian Dental Association (NDA) upon graduation. They can specialize in a number of specialties with a residency programme similar to that of graduates of medicine under the supervision of Faculty of Dental Surgery of National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria or that of West African College of Surgeons and become fellows (consultants) in their chosen fields and automatically become members of Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN). As a dentist you are entitled to whatever your counterparts that studied medicine are entitled to and you are paid with the same salary scale except for specialists that get special allowances depending on the field and other part time jobs that anyone may decide to take.As a dental student you begin to feel special right from school because you belong to the Faculty of Dentistry/Dental sciences.If you are about to take JAMB/pre-degree/Direct entry form this may be what you need just sit down and relax as I take you round the world of dentistry.Comments, observations and questions are allowed, thanks. pyramidsinvestment@yahoo.com
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