Finance Class Helps Dental Students Realize Dental School is a Bad Investment

Richmond, VA– Dental schools across America are eliminating a finance class from their curriculum after most of the students figured out that dental school is not a good investment. “To help new dentists manage their finances post-graduation, many dental school deans thought it would be a good idea to add a personal and business finance class to our curriculum,” says a dejected dental school dean who asked  to remain anonymous. “But it seems like it just exposed the racket we’ve been running.” 

As dentists’ income has been declining for more than a decade, dental school tuition has been increasing annually. Some dental students, like Scott Cranston, are thankful they took the finance class. “The course instructor was emphasizing that when we are in practice we will need to explore all of our options when purchasing supplies, equipment, etc.,” says Cranston. “Would we pay more for the exact same product from a big name supplier? No. Then it dawned on me that I was paying $350,000 for the same income I could have by going into a different career with much less student debt.” 

“We keep stressing that dental income is much like the stock market: sometimes it goes down, but it always goes back up at some point, right?” asks the confused anonymous dean. “And even if it doesn’t, at least new dentists can have the satisfaction of doing dentistry in rural America where the cost of living is lower. You can’t put a price on that.” 

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