How to Be a Dentist Without Becoming a Hippie
Dental school graduates, including dentists and dental hygienists, are being told to take a hiatus to make their bodies more “well-rounded,” according to a new study from The New York Times.
The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found that those who had graduated from an accredited medical school in the past three years were less likely to report feeling stressed, anxious or anxious than those who did not attend a medical school.
And when it came to feelings of worthiness, those who attended a medical or dental school were more likely to say they felt “great” about themselves than those without.
But the study also found that a large majority of graduates — 88 percent — still reported feeling dissatisfied with their lives, including a higher percentage of those who felt depressed, lonely or hopeless.
The majority of dentists who graduated from medical schools in the last three years reported feeling satisfied with their own health and the health of their patients.
The vast majority also said they felt their profession was a good fit for their age and were satisfied with the amount of care they received from other professionals.
But even with those positives, the study found that dentists, like other professionals, were more prone to feeling anxious or stressed about their lives.
“I think we’re seeing a trend of physicians who are getting older, more senior, having more children and having to make a tough decision about whether they want to continue their career or not,” said Dr. Richard Schatzberg, director of the University of California-Davis Department of Dentistry.
The results come from a nationally representative survey of more than 4,000 dentists conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics.
They are based on responses from 7,000 respondents who were asked how often they had been depressed in the previous year, whether they had ever been suicidal or had a medical condition that made them feel hopeless.
Only 3 percent of those surveyed said they had tried to quit the profession.
Those who said they did quit were more than twice as likely to be white, more likely than black and more likely women.
Those who said their career was a bad fit for them were also more likely in the survey to have a mental health condition, such as depression, anxiety or PTSD.
Overall, the survey found that 73 percent of dentistry graduates felt less qualified than they were prior to attending a medical program, compared to 55 percent of the general population.
Nearly two-thirds of dentist graduates (65 percent) said they would be willing to consider leaving their jobs if they could find a better career, compared with 39 percent of non-graduates.
And more than one-quarter of graduates said they were afraid to leave a job they were happy at.
“It’s important to recognize that you’re still getting this education and that you still have a lot of work to do,” Schatzberger said.
“You can still go out and find a job you’re really happy at.”
He added that it is possible to make dentistry more appealing to people who are not in a career that offers a career in dentistry.
“As an institution, we have a responsibility to address that, and we can’t let the work of those individuals go unnoticed,” he said.
Schatzberg said he is optimistic that the study will lead to a change in how dentists think about their profession.
“In the coming years, we’ll probably see more dentists say that they want out,” he predicted.