Tooth Fairy In The Making

Thursday, August 14, 2008


I was talking to a couple of German dental students today in uni. They're visiting Australia for their summer holidays and are having a look around our uni to see what it's like.

After talking to them, I realize that perhaps we have been having it easy all the while. I guess you don't count your blessings until you realize your situation really isn't that bad after all.

In Germany, they are forced to practise 2 handed dentistry - the same as us.

We have an abundance of patients to treat. Admittedly, some may not actually come in for the sessions/come in late, but at least you can just dig deeper into the waiting list. In Germany, you have to find your own patients - family, friends, etc. And people aren't willing to come because unlike in Australia where treatment from students are free, they still have to pay the full fee as per if they were seeing a graduated dentist. As a result, they're always struggling to find patients - and patients who need things done.

And their exams!!!

Their final year exams span 5 months, with a total of 16 papers.

I think one could actually die if subjected to such stress. Thus, I am now concluding my life has been relatively easy. No more complaining.

At least for a week.


2 comment(s):

I went to school for dental hygiene in the US, and we always had to find our own patients. If we had a no-show or if someone came too late we just got zero credit for the day.

I can't imagine final exams that stretch over that long of time. That would be exhausting!

By Blogger Rita, at 8/15/2008 4:15 PM  

That is just silly. Those whacky Germans.

By Blogger Orhan Kahn, at 8/15/2008 11:03 PM  

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