OK here we go! It's easy to look up the requirements for application to dental school and the course of study. Did you really think you'd trap me on that one? Look, there's no comparison between the MD degree and Dental degree. First off if you go for the MD with the desire to open a practice or function in a hospital you must do a residency. Dental school is only four years. The process for a residency as a MD, once the application has been submitted is out of the hands of the applicant as to where they will go. Lets say you want to go into Derm., Family Practice, Oncology, Rhino, ENT, etc. Then you apply at those teaching hospitals who have openings. They review all the applicants but only take a few. For that reason you must apply at several teaching hospitals to get a better chance of being invited. Then if you're accepted, pack up the family and move. There's no guarantee you'll be given the chance for a residency in that field. You may have to back up a year and try again or find another sub-specialty. Even if you want the minimum residency you're going to move. That's at least period of three years and can be up to seven years depending on the field. I could go on for ever and will if you like but I know what it takes. Please throw me a tougher question. I'm just getting started. O, I forgot to mention residency is "Hell On Earth" with a minimum of 90 to 100 hours a week. I've seen both of my girls go through that and it's painful.