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post #1 of 9 Old 04-10-2010, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
 
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I'm just curious if anyone on here knows a Pathologist or an Anatomic Pathologist's Assistant. My dad's work had a get together yesterday and one of the nurses that work for him brought her husband. Her husband is the head of the Mortuary department and ahead of the anatomic Pathology department at Wayne State University. My dad was talking to him and said how I was getting my Bachelors in Biology, and he told my dad to contact him if I am interested in being an Anatomic Pathologist's Assistant when I graduate. He said that if he hired me at the school I would start at $85,000. I told my dad that there is a 2 year program after before becoming certified, but he told me the guy didn't say that. I did a lot of research on career and it seems very interesting. I'm just looking at other avenues than Dentistry because I am by no means a shoe in to Dental School and it is becoming increasingly competitive to get in. Last year more than 6500 students applied to my school's Dental school and I believe 78 were accepted.

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Maybe you need to explore more. Sounds pretty good from your infos, Chris.
I did not realize it is still that competitive to aim for dental schools. Maybe it is time to sit back, ponder and look around to explore your options. w/ smiles Jimmy
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And then to think that there's no limits to studying dentistry in Holland. Not sure about certification in the US but would it not be an option to study dentistry abroad and then return once you're qualified? You could then just do a "top-up" if needed. It is also quite possible that it will be cheaper, too.

Perhaps you should check out the UK or somewhere where the course is in English.


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And then to think that there's no limits to studying dentistry in Holland. Not sure about certification in the US but would it not be an option to study dentistry abroad and then return once you're qualified? You could then just do a "top-up" if needed. It is also quite possible that it will be cheaper, too.

Perhaps you should check out the UK or somewhere where the course is in English.


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Onno's suggestion could be a viable alternative, Chris. Nevertheless, just because being a foreign licensed may not be an easy way to become licensed in the States. My own experience is not applicable to you, so I would not go in detail. Have you considered other career options at all ? w/ smiles Jimmy
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As for becoming a licensed dentist, it is very easy in Europe - there is a shortage and if you rock up with a proper degree from Singapore or whereever you can start practising without too much hassle. But the US has its own rules (that's an understatement) so it might not work there.

A couple of friends (twins, actually) of my older brother furthered their Biology education into microbiology and then moved into medicine and viral research. They are doing very well for themselves. Perhaps an option for you, if you like lab work.


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Sounds like a good deal Chris, try not to look at the money first but more on is that what you want, looking at peoples teeth all day long is not for everybody Jimmy should know more.

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Sounds like a good deal Chris, try not to look at the money first but more on is that what you want, looking at peoples teeth all day long is not for everybody Jimmy should know more.

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I in all honesty could care less about the money. That was actually the least thing I cared about in going into Dentistry. I do like lab work, but as my Microbiology professor who has been doing it for around 40 years said, Microbiology is a good job if you just want food on your table. (The career I'm now looking into consists very heavily on lab work) Most Biology research jobs are in the 30k-40k a year. I will be speaking to this professor about other avenues that I can pursue. I really like what a Anatomic Pathologist's Assistant does. I have done quite a bit of research into that field and it very much interests me. My whole goal in life is to directly help people, and this career would most definitely do so. Looking at the money aspect of it, it is very good because I owe quite a bit of money in student loans and I am quite ready to move out and begin my life....although if all goes well its still 3 years away.

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Most Biology research jobs are in the 30k-40k a year.
FWIW, my acquaintances make more than double that. They specialised their PhD's in a certain area (each in their own field) and thus became the go-to world expert on that particular section. I think the trick is to have a specialism that is close to where there is a good market for drug companies, such as HIV/malaria etc. Of course, competition is fierce.

Anyway - it was just a suggestion. Good luck making up your mind.


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My whole goal in life is to directly help people, and this career would most definitely do so.

Have you ever considered applying to medical school? It sounds like something you might be interested in.
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