Dental school Information

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  1. Teething Beauty

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    Dear Dentists,
    I am currently a pre-dental student and I was wondering if any of you attended the University of Florida Dental School. I am from Florida so as you can expect, my goal is to go to UF. Lately, I have been hearing that UF tends to overload their dental students with an overwhelming amount of work and that the faculty is not too caring about their students. I have also heard that they have more students than they do manikins, thus at times the labs becomes more of a wrestling fight over the dummy than an educational experience. I have trully been discouraged because I want to recieve the best education I can possibly get. Please advice me in this matter!!! :confused:
    Thanks a bunch :D ,
    Teething Beauty
     
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  3. JASRR

    JASRR Junior Member

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    spend the extra $$ and go to Nova.
     
  4. groundhog

    groundhog 1K Member

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    Whoa, back up there a bit Teething Beauty. You are getting the cart before the horse. The most important matter you need to attend to right at this moment is finding yourself an original avatar image unless you are willing to endure the wrath of the Beagle.
     
  5. Pi_Guy1

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    What city is UF in anyways? You're in Miami, right? Why not drive 30 minutes and check out Nova? You interested in that school at all?
     
  6. Pi_Guy1

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    What city is UF in anyways? You're in Miami, right? Why not drive 30 minutes and check out Nova? You interested in that school at all?
     
  7. dolan

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    All the negative things you have been hearing about UF is true. UF is trying to build up their reputation and ranking as a prestigious school and are doing it at the expense of the students. It's a sink or swim school. If you decide to go to UF, be prepared to work hard and get through on your own because the faculty and administration are not sympathetic. You will be pounded with information from so many classes that you won't even remember what teachers taught what in certain semesters. The grading scale is ridiculous - >94A, >87B, >80C. I remember our oral surgery course had about half the class fail and 15 still failed after remediation. Most of the tests are designed to trick you with many k-type questions. You know the ones that have multiple choices within multiple choices. If you have problems in school, don't expect the school to step in and offer you tutoring. They'll send your ass to Student Performance Evaluation Committee(SPEC) and warn you to shape up or ship out. Boards part I used to be the 1st week of December of 2nd year which stacked the cards against you. You are studying to pass your classes and finals and they give you about 4 days to study for boards! After boards, we had about 3 final exams to take for our classes! What genious thought of this schedule?! School is year round at UF and I do emphasize YEAR ROUND! You'll never feel like you get a full break to rest because classes continue from one semester to the next. I remember studying for a quiz over Christmas break and studying for exams over our short summer break which was like 3 weeks. The manikin situation is not true. Each person has their own bc the class size is 80. what you will fight over are chairs when you start seeing patients. You will have to complete your requirements and will sometimes run around like a chicken with its head cut off trying to complete them. Seniors will have prioritiy over the lack of chairs and the frustration to attain one to see your patients is crazy. We lost some students in our class, but I know that if they had gone elsewhere they would have ok. Our standard is a 2.5 gpa while others are 2.0. This may not sound much, but if you factor in the grading scale, you better be making at least 85% to pass bc a "C" ain't passing here. If you plan on specializing, you will want to put the grading scale into consideration. A's are tough to come by here. Hell, B's can be hard too. I have friends who went to Nova and their scale was 70,80,90 like a normal scale should be. I have to agree with one of the posters and say that you should spend the extra $ to go elsewhere like Nova. They definitely are pro-students there and the facilities are nice and new. Sure, it costs more than double UF, but you'll be much happier there. Some interesting tidbits for you: class of 2000 had about 12 failures on state boards and class of 2002 had 15 failures on natl boards part 1. it's all attributed to the overload of coarses and not enough preparation or not allowing students enough preparation. Good luck.
     
  8. Teething Beauty

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    Hi Guys,
    Thanks for all your input. Ha ha ha ha....that was funny Groundhog, but that bannana is soooo cute :p !!! Pi-Guy I have considered Nova, I have never visited the campus, but I have heard it is really nice; aren't you going there??? The only problem is that it is twice the cost of UF (in Gainsville, Fl). Nova would also be a commuter's nightmare with traffic and all. Nova has always been my fall back option because I have trully always wanted to go to UF, but I am not so sure now. I mean dental school is hard enough, I do not want to deal with extra pressures if I do not have to. I also plan to apply to other school which are out of state, but I do not want to be too far away from home either. I guess I have placed myself in a difficult situation. In a way I have always seen myself in UF without really looking into the school and I am glad I found out this information now and not later.
    Dolan, thanks for your reply it was very helpful, I assume that you attend UF. Yes, I have also heard of the terrible testing schedule. What is the passing rate of UF students on the boards?? Another reason why I ask this question is because my parents constantly pressure me about getting into UF. I shouldn't have a problem since I have a very good GPA (3.9) and I worked as an assistant for about 3 years. But I know if I would be denied they would be a bit upset because they have their hearts set on me going to UF mainly due to its low cost. Yet, I have noticed that when people get accepted to UF along with other schools, they tend to choose other schools to attend, and some had told me about these issues but I had never really considered them till now.
    Once again thank you all for your advice :D and have a great day!!!
    Teething Beauty
     
  9. Yah-E

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    Teething Beauty:

    Being living in Miami, I would really encourage you to check out Nova! You're 15 minutes away!!!

    Dolan:

    Thanks for sharing your UF dental school experiences! Sounds like you guys have it pretty rough over there! What year are you in? Is UF Dental addressing any of these student issues? I've heard that UF has old facilities in the basement AND that you guys have a deficienct patient pool....I can't imagine that UF Dental would added more stress to their students beyond that!!

    Since I'll be a first year at Nova this upcoming Fall, I would like to ask you, what do you and your classmates think about Nova and/or their reputation in the State of FL!? If you can start all over, would you have gone to Nova instead? Let me know!

    :cool:
     
  10. vixen

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by groundhog:
    <strong>Whoa, back up there a bit Teething Beauty. You are getting the cart before the horse. The most important matter you need to attend to right at this moment is finding yourself an original avatar image unless you are willing to endure the wrath of the Beagle.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">hilarious! <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />
     
  11. Teething Beauty

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    Yah-E,
    What can I say about Nova...well, some people like it others do not. Since I used to work with dentists, they always encouraged me to go to UF simply because of its reputation. Nova is considered by them to be a relatively new school, thus not having the prestige UF does. Also UF is cheaper... a lot cheaper. On the other hand, I have heard great things about Nova. Nova has brand new facilities with state of the art equipment, so one is being taught at all times with the latest dental equipment. So basically, the only negative idea regarding Nova is the fact that it has not been around for that long. But I am a true believer in that if you were meant to be a good dentist, you will be regardless of where you were taught. Most of the dentists that I know down here did not even go to dental school in the US and they are excellent dentists. So I guess it is a matter of reputation. Good luck in Dental School and keep us all posted on how you are doing!!! :D
     
  12. dolan

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    Yah-E,

    UF have a couple of classes during down in the basement: Gross lab, histo lab, and neuro lab. A lot of the furnishings of the clinic looks like it came straight from the disco era being all yellow, orange and lime green vinyl. We have a sim lab that was built just a few years ago. The drawback is that you can't get access to it after your classes are over bc it's locked up, therefore no practice time on manikins. Gainesville is a college town with a small population, so yes, the patient pool is deficient. Most patients come from surrounding rural cities like Waldo or Micanopy. Patients tend to be poor. I know Ft. Lauderdale has a huge patient base and most are able and willing to pay for procedures. You are making a good choice by going to Nova. It's new and is still building up its rep. Most faculty and students from UF unjustly look down at Nova. They consider UF to be the only dental school in FL. I have friends who have graduated from Nova and felt that it was the best experience because they really help their students out. The year that I told you that all those people failed part 1 of boards at UF&#8230;only 1 person failed at Nova and it was only a partial failure. Nova allows their students to take boards in July after you have vacation to review. If I had to do it over again, it would be a really tough decision. The only negative thing about Nova is cost- close to $30k/year. That's the only reason I turned them down. I think Nova is a decent school with awesome facilities, very pro-student, a great town to live in(have you seen the south FL babes?!!), and less of the bulls**t. Good luck.
     
  13. dolan

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    Yah-E,

    UF have a couple of classes during down in the basement: Gross lab, histo lab, and neuro lab. A lot of the furnishings of the clinic looks like it came straight from the disco era being all yellow, orange and lime green vinyl. We have a sim lab that was built just a few years ago. The drawback is that you can't get access to it after your classes are over bc it's locked up, therefore no practice time on manikins. Gainesville is a college town with a small population, so yes, the patient pool is deficient. Most patients come from surrounding rural cities like Waldo or Micanopy. Patients tend to be poor. I know Ft. Lauderdale has a huge patient base and most are able and willing to pay for procedures. You are making a good choice by going to Nova. It's new and is still building up its rep. Most faculty and students from UF unjustly look down at Nova. They consider UF to be the only dental school in FL. I have friends who have graduated from Nova and felt that it was the best experience because they really help their students out. The year that I told you that all those people failed part 1 of boards at UF&#8230;only 1 person failed at Nova and it was only a partial failure. Nova allows their students to take boards in July after you have vacation to review. If I had to do it over again, it would be a really tough decision. The only negative thing about Nova is cost- close to $30k/year. That's the only reason I turned them down. I think Nova is a decent school with awesome facilities, very pro-student, a great town to live in(have you seen the south FL babes?!!), and less of the bulls**t. Good luck.
     
  14. Big_Poppa DDS

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    dolan, UF sounds like marquette-we get pep talks that we need to do better on boards but we got no time to study for them. Needless to say we have a few failures every year. Last year, the sophmores who took part one had a final exam in a class the very next day - I remember after I took part 1 I got waisted.
     
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    Dolan:

    Again thanks for the input! I too hear people in FL hating Nova, to me, I think they (current dentists and UF dental students) simply hate to see more competent competitions produced in the state of FL! I have to agree with you, Nova's facilities, patient pool, and faculty motivation is second to none! With us (Class of 2006) being the 6th class entering Nova dental, I am confident that our NBDE scores and the State Licensure Exam will be on a upward trend..ie..better reputation.

    Speaking of going year round, Nova will be going year round as well starting with my class! Being a semi-new school, Nova is still consistantly upgrading as well as implementing new curriculum methods to enhance our dental education. Am I excited to start my dental education with Nova and do I believe that Nova's reputation will increase....you bet I do!!!

    To me...giving your circumstances at UF, I would much rather pay that $30 Gs to avoid all that BULLSHI#....but then again....you're almost done! Mark my word my friend, Nova dental will be a force to be reckoned!

    Babes you say...I hear AND see what you're saying, my friend! :cool:
     

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