Do Not Go For Higher Dental Education For Wrong Reasons

Dr Keerthika Natarajan

Dr.Keerthika Natarajan is a bright young dentist and has a great talent in expressing with words. She writes about the emotional quotient of dentistry as a career & life.



Every dentist wants to go for higher dental education. But it demands a lot of time and financial investment. So, think properly before you decide on it.

Never go for higher dental educations for Wrong reasons.

Ask yourself practical questions and see that you are not taking a wrong decision.

This article will provide you the answers to those questions.

Top Questions To Help You Decide: Are You Fit For MDS/Higher dental education?

TOP 5 REASONS: Do Not Go For Higher Dental Education For Wrong Reasons

It’s that time of the year when many fresh dental students would be finishing their internship and graduating as a doctor. All of them looking forward to the future with equal amounts of anxiety and excitement.

Most them would be first generation dentists having absolutely no clue of how to go about it. A majority of us feel doing a post graduation or an abroad dental education is the ultimate thing you could do after dental graduation.



  1. Many would be preparing for the upcoming exams seriously.
  2. Some would be trying their best to study regularly. Some would have begun with full enthusiasm and gave up midway.
  3. Some would probably be waiting to just try their luck without much effort.
  4. Some will be waiting with cash in hands to go abroad for higher dental education.

No matter what, the ultimate aim is always MDS or Post Graduation or Higher Dental Degree abroad.



But there are many questions that need answers.

  1. But should you just join MDS/Higher dental education in a private or abroad college by spending a huge amount just because your friend did it?
  2. Should you prepare for one of the toughest entrance exams (AIPG/NEET) just because some of your seniors have tried and got through and some are still trying.
  3. Should you prepare for one of the toughest entrance exams (AIPG/NEET/NBDE/DDS) just because some of your seniors have tried and got through and some are still trying.

In the current scenario, this approach may not be good anymore. Never base your decisions on what others are doing. Have you ever heard the lines

“One man’s paradise is another man’s hell”

What may be correct for your friend may be wrong for you! So the need of the hour is to take the decision based on your situation and resources. So you need to decide on your own.



But wait … before you decide …

read these top questions which will help you to decide if you should do MDS or go for a higher dental education abroad  ????


Let’s Start: A Little Recap

1. How We Ended Up Doing BDS/Dentistry and

Now Waiting For MDS/NBDE/DDS ??? Fate ???

But, what is strange is most of us are just repeating the same thing we did some years back. Just for a small recap, let’s think of how most of us actually ended up here.

Let’s Recap … When you had just passed your 12th Grade = 

“You have To Get Science … Everyone in Our Family Is Science”

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It all probably started from your 9th or 10th grade when your parents started telling you to-“study well so that you would be getting into science group.” Being a doctor is a thing of pride for many ambitious parents. So, they directly or indirectly push their kids towards a career in Health Sciences.

Once you belonged to the science group, you gave up every other thing you ever loved to just to keep trying to get into any one of the “only” two professions that parents consider a profession in the real sense:

An engineer or a doctor.



You gave multiple exams and kept slogging those two years and finally landed up in an engineering college or a medical college.

Those of you who couldn’t get a medical seat compromised by taking up dentistry.

That almost sums up how most of us ended up doing Dentistry.

If you notice, most us never had the choice or the chance to think of what we really wanted to do. We did most of these things because everybody else did it or probably what we were told to do.

None of us really took the time to think if we really wanted to do what we are going to do and how it really feels like. It’s sad that it happens in many countries that the biggest decision of our life was not our own but it was influenced by others.



 ” BDS/Dental Graduation is Over … Shall I do MDS/Higher dental education ???

Now that we yet again stand at the crossroads of our next big decision,

why are we blindly doing things like a herd of sheep?

BDS/Dental Graduation is over !!!

What To DO Now … MDS/Higher Dental Education ???

All of us want to do a PG/Higher Dental Education,

but how many of you really enjoyed your UG/Dental Graduation?

How do you think you would enjoy doing your MDS if you never really enjoyed BDS?

Have you asked yourself this question?

In my opinion here are some reasons why some people should not be doing a PG or spending a huge amount of finance to pursue higher dental education.



Unless you get a Sponsored seat … it usually involves 2 to 3 years of preparation (with no guarantee that you will get)  you are going to spend Millions for Higher Dental Education in private institutions in your own country or abroad.


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Your friend spent Millions for higher dental education … Should You Also Do The Same?

Should You Also Do The Same?

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