The Life and Times of the OMFS
The face of oral surgery has changed. Today, those wishing to become an OMFS can plan on spending four years in dental school and another three to six years honing the OMFS specialty. Keep in mind that this extra seven to ten years of school is in addition to the four years that the average student will spend earning his or her BS degree.
Many consider the OMFS profession the long lost link between the medical and dental fields. And, in fact, many programs for the OMFS specialty encourage students to earn their MD as well. Once schooling is complete and an OMFS goes into practice, however, many of the similarities between the work and life of this specialized dentist and that of a specialized doctor end.
Unlike many specialized medical doctors, an OMFS can count on a limited number of after-hour emergency dentist surgeries. The rather normal hours that an OMFS keep allows a person in this profession to not only reap the personal satisfaction of helping those in need of complex medical attention, but do so while maintaining an excellent personal life balance. It is, perhaps for these last two reasons, that many would-be doctors choose to enter into the OMFS specialty (ironically, perhaps, many an OMFS ends up a certified doctor, too).
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