I participated in Track 2 and the Clinical Research Program at UConn so I know many people personally who did track 1 and could possibly give some insight.
From what I understand they basically use MCAT/DAT Kaplan materials and stretch the course out over a period of six weeks. You have "class" with your instructor from 8am-12pm every weekday, lunch 12pm-1pm and do other med/dental related activites (mock interviews, app tips, guest lectures, etc.) from 1pm til the end of the day (which is supposed to be 4:30pm but people almost always leave the health center early for one reason or another). I've heard the workload for Track 1 is fairly intense as you have homework and problem sets to complete almost every night and a practice test about every one-two weeks.
Overall the program is a great experience. You have the opportunity to network with some very important people, especially if you want to go to UConn (I had the assistant dean of admissions personally review my application and edit my personal statement) and the other students in the program are usually cool and willing to have fun whenever they can. I made a lot of great friends during the two summers I participated. Let me know if you have anymore questions.
i did smdep at ucla and mdpp track 1 at uconn. they're entirely different.I have a question: Do you know if the Track One Program is basically the same thing as the SMDEP program (If you have ever participated in it)?
Nice, that's really good! I am currently studying pretty hard for it right now and am trying to learn as much as possible before going to the program. So, I was hoping this can then give me that extra edge to hopefully hit 20 or higher.. I have been worrying about this test for a long time now and just want to put my best possible effort in. With that said, I don't want to do a program that would be wasting my time for 6 weeks ya know.you're welcome!
yeah it was worth it. my friends got 20+ on their DAT. for me, i wasn't applying for that cycle when i was doing mdpp so i didn't study as hard, thus i didn't get a score as high as them but it was definitely a good experience!
http://medicine.uchc.edu/prospective/enrichment/hcop/meddent_prep.htmlHow do you get into such a program?
haha that is amazing that you brought that up because the woman I was talking to at Uconn brought that same person up! She was like yeah we had this one person who decided to change career paths because of marriage. That's crazy you know that person! Thank you very much for your response, it is much appreciated. Do you happen to know what she scored on the DAT?i had a friend who did this program actually, she applied to their dental school after junior year & wasnt accepted but they told her shed been accepted to this step1 program or whatever its called to help her with her DAT score
from what i remember she loved it, she was there for like all of july or something, a few weeks. It did help her raise her DAT a bit but then again her DAT was really low to begin with.....and she never ended up getting into dental school even afterward but that may be bc she lost her drive/motivation & ended up getting married.....anyway
imo, from what she use to tell me, it seems like a good program (I feel like i rmbr her telling me they used a kaplan prep DAT course tho, which to me is nothing special/not worth it) i believe there was clinical aspects of the program too, so it seems like it'd be a good program if u take it seriously
OR....just study for your DAT alone with your own materials on your own time, which may be more beneficial.