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Dentists & Medical Doctors I Need Career Advice!


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Salamu Alaikum, 


Im a 2nd year Dentistry student facing a real issue with my vision. Over the last 10 years I have had 5 squint eye surgeries (targeting abducens muscle), the latest being 2 years ago. Aesthetically I have perfect eyes and my vision has been perfect ( the one issue Iv had is that one of my eyes deviates when I am super tired but usually corrects itself after a good sleep). Lately however I have started to have issues focusing whilst working in the dental clinic. My eye alignment doesn't change but my ability to focus is impaired. I have to blink a lot to see what I'm doing and Iv noticed a marked difference in my cavity preps (really bad!). Im waiting to see my opthamologist but atm I'm really freaking out. 
This issue has persisted for the last month. Im worried about telling my supervisors because I really need this degree. This is my second degree and my family are really in need of an additional income. I dont want to delay graduation at all. 

Im really concerned that this issue is going to be a long term problem and that I may need to change course. Applications for medicine are open atm, and I would like your opinion. Should I apply incase my vision is not good enough to continue in dentistry? Or will my vision be a problem in medicine as well (id  be happy working as a gp)?

I already have a family and young child so the prospect of changing into med is depressing. However I would really appreciate your thoughtful advice! 





 

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I'm still a medical student so I can't offer you much advice because my clinical experience is limited. I've got a little bit of a vision problem myself due to a congenital condition. But it's not a hindrance in my daily life. But if your problem is more serious, I assume it will affect your performance in clinical and internship rotations in surgery or emergency etc...

 

I think your best bet would be to describe the situation to the particular med school(s) you're hoping to apply to and just ask them. You don't want to be pursuing a career in either dentistry or medicine if your own health problems will put patients at risk. When is your appointment with the ophthalmologist? If you don't want to ask the med school, you can still apply and just ask the doctor for advice when you see him.

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I'm still a medical student so I can't offer you much advice because my clinical experience is limited. I've got a little bit of a vision problem myself due to a congenital condition. But it's not a hindrance in my daily life. But if your problem is more serious, I assume it will affect your performance in clinical and internship rotations in surgery or emergency etc...

 

I think your best bet would be to describe the situation to the particular med school(s) you're hoping to apply to and just ask them. You don't want to be pursuing a career in either dentistry or medicine if your own health problems will put patients at risk. When is your appointment with the ophthalmologist? If you don't want to ask the med school, you can still apply and just ask the doctor for advice when you see him.

Unfortunately the earliest appointment I could get was in 2 months time.

I would never want to put my patients at risk but cannot imagine a future outside healthcare..

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Well, just start preparing your application and submit it in time. You always want to have the maximum options available to you. Once you have your appointment, just speak with the doctor and see what he has to say about your condition and the suitability for pursuing dentistry or medicine. If you realize by then that it's a no go, you can just withdraw your application.

 

If you do consult the school in advance of applying and they don't think it'll affect your ability to be a perform your role as a doctor, there's a considerable chance that it would make your application stronger (if you mention it in the application).

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Well, just start preparing your application and submit it in time. You always want to have the maximum options available to you. Once you have your appointment, just speak with the doctor and see what he has to say about your condition and the suitability for pursuing dentistry or medicine. If you realize by then that it's a no go, you can just withdraw your application.

 

If you do consult the school in advance of applying and they don't think it'll affect your ability to be a perform your role as a doctor, there's a considerable chance that it would make your application stronger (if you mention it in the application).

I've seen a specialist and consulted with my faculty....Im transitioning into med :) Thanks for your advice. Definitely helps to be open and honest with your academic advisor! 

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