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Cultural Differences – Medicine & Dentistry

Historically speaking, dentistry and medicine have long been considered two separate fields, each run by their own colleges with their own set of regulations and cultural norms. But in recent times, there have been fewer differences between the two professions, and dentistry is now viewed by many as a bona fide sub-specialty of medicine.

Dr. Waji Khan is a dentist from Kingston, Ontario who has the distinction of also completing medical school and training. In conversation with Dr. John O’Keefe, Director of Knowledge Networks CDA, Dr. Khan discusses the cultural differences between the dental and medical professions. He specifically highlights the gap in expectation levels for clinical outcomes and the acceptance of failure, and suggests that perhaps dentists can be too hard on themselves in the pursuit of perfection. He also believes there is much the professions can learn from each other, and points to a future where they will work more closely.

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  1. Katherine September 7, 2020

    In my opinion, medicine and dentistry can have a lot of common. In the last few years, a lot of branches connected with the medicine in some way combine together and find some a common denominator towards which they can go together. I think that medicine in some way needs the dentistry and the other way too.


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