1st year of dental school

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  1. pakgirl

    pakgirl Member
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    I was just wondering about the amount of time spent in lab spent necessary after attending classes 8-5 everyday. I will be going to UT-Houston in August but since there are no UT-H students on this forum, any students with info would be great. Thanks!
     
  2. Dr. Pedo

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    Pakgirl

    I'm just finishing my first year. Your question is difficult to answer because it varies with each week/semester/class.

    There are some weeks that I was in the gross anatomy lab from 6-midnight. Therefore I was at school from 8am-midnight! I have also been in Prosth., Operative and Occulsion lab for many after school hours. Believe me they were not fun. Then they're days that I was out at 5pm.

    In general dental school (at my school) has been challenging and unforgiving. We are taking over 30 semester hours in our 2nd sem. Nearly 8 classes ranging from 1-6 credits. Time management is the biggest issue. You must learn quickly what study habits work best for you because (for some) they are drastically different than what worked in college. Example----In college you may have had a couple of days or even weeks between tests and most likely finals week was the only time you had 2-3 exams in a day/day apart. Our dental school has proven that you can learn several classes Histology, Gross Anatomy, etc... and take both exams the same day as well as each classes' lab exams and then be tested in another class on hand-skills with wax-ups or preps----all along the other classes expects you to have read 60 pgs. of their new information so you know what is going on in their class. Not to mention quizzing you even though they know you just had 4-5 exams in 3 days. It would be easier to count the weeks that weren't like this than to count the ones that were! The wealth of new terminology and the amount of information is mainly the problem. The classes in-and-of-themselves aren't that more difficult than college----but the numerous sem. hours and the expectations of the professors----create the difficulty.

    The point is just get ready to work. It is manageable and they've selected you because you fit the "model" of other's who have succeeded before. The greatest advice I can offer is allow confusion, uncertainty, and stress to become allies. You won't understand every concept taught, you won't immediately be able to take a high-speed drill and do a crown reduction with perfect margins and 6 degress of axial taper. Remember the hand-skills and many dental concepts will take years to perfect and because most students entering dentistry are somewhat perfectionists and detail-oriented it is hard to not understand a concept or have perfect hand-skills immediately. But you will soon learn you won't have enough time in a day to learn everything! Otherwise you could spent day and night trying to learn yesterday's material as well as today's.

    Good luck and enjoy your summer.

    RRB
     
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  3. chocobo

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    As far as preclinical lab goes, it really depends on how fast and good you are to begin with. I'm one of the slower ones in lab classes and I usually stay 1 or more hours trying to finish that day's lab projects. The worst has been this quarter (taking operative, fixed prosthodontics & dental morphology). The first 2 weeks was hellish, staying till 9-11pm almost every weekday and then going in on the weekends trying mostly to equilibrate my typodont. I also go in on the weekends when it's getting close to midterms/finals to practice for the practical portion.

    For gross, our group usually stayed an extra 1 hr or more to finish up and then went in for ~2,3 hrs over the weekend.
     

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