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heard from UCSF, UCLA, UOP, USC?

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by LucidDreamer, Mar 25, 2002.

  1. LucidDreamer

    LucidDreamer Member 7+ Year Member

    Feb 20, 2002
    Anybody interviewed on march 11 or 14 heard from the committee yet for UCSF?

    Anybody applied in Nov. heard from UCLA or UOP?

    Know anything about USC? If you were "interviewed" there how likely are you to be offered an acceptance. What is their basis for selecting? It seems that their "interview/tour" did not do well in assessing personal endeavors.

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  3. Stanford Fencer

    Stanford Fencer Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 19, 2001
    San Francisco
    Hey LD,

    A lot of people are taking up multiple spots at these schools for now, so you should hear after the deposit deadlines, when people must make up their minds. This can go all the way till July for California, I believe, because that's when UOP starts (according to folks at UCSF). Hence, there's still a lot more reshuffling to be done.

    UCLA also mentioned that they'd start interviewing for alternate spots soon. I was there on their last regular interview day (Mar. 11th)

    I thought USC's interview was inadequate, as the group exercise was the only "group interview" available. That being said, a student there mentioned that he got accepted in July.

    Anyway, it sounds like you want to stay in California for dental school... and I'm fairly certain that you'll get offers in the upcoming weeks.
  4. Yu3Er2

    Yu3Er2 Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 23, 2002
    Chicago, IL
    I was interviewed at USC on Feb 12 and got the acceptance letter on Feb 18 ( one week later). So I don't know, maybe you want to give them a call?
  5. chipmunk

    chipmunk Member 7+ Year Member

    Mar 18, 2002
    San Francisco
    I received my acceptance from USC in the mail three business days after I interviewed. I think the committee meets at certain dates of the month and then sends out the acceptances in those batches. i.e.: I interivewed on Tuesd Feb. 12th, got the acceptance letter in the mail on Saturday the 16th. During my personal interview on the Feb 22nd, she mentioned that the next batch would be sent out in March. So I don't know, maybe either once a month or every two weeks. I know that the additonal deposits for USC after the initial deposit are due on May 1st and July.
  6. space kacy

    space kacy Member 7+ Year Member

    Mar 29, 2002
    Ann Arbor, MI
    I interviewed at UOP on 2/25 and they told me I was an alternate about 2 weeks later. I just got offered an interview at USC on 3/25 thru email. I'm waiting for the packet in the mail. Don't know if I'll go. Anyway, I called them up to ask if their class was full and they wouldn't give me a straight answer and said they would be interviewing until or thru May so I don't know. I guess you really do have to wait until July.
  7. Cadbury

    Cadbury New Member

    Apr 1, 2002
    Im a first year in USC's PBL program and i'm having a great time! This style of learning I think is superior to the traditional format in efficiency. You spend less time at "school" but you learn more. This is because everything is centered around logic and being able to make connections between disciplines (histology, anatomy, physiology,etc.) is essential to succeeding in this curriculum. And since everything is related to a particular patient of yours and his ailment, everything you study has an immediate purpose making life in dental school a lot more meaningful. Clinic wise, we are starting scaling in the sim lab this month and drilling by mid May, and we'll be cleaning patients by june according to our schedule. We'll be doing restorations on patients by the end of 1st year, around August.
    Of course with any program, their are problems and most them come from the school adjusting from a PBL class of 10-15 for the 1st four or five years to one of 144 students (next years incoming class will make it even more difficult). Another major problem is the animosity that exists between the traditional students and faculty vs. the new PBL staff and students. The way I see it, people don't want to change. They are comfortable in their old ways and don't want to change. Also, alot of traditional students and faculty just dont understand and know enough about PBL so hear small things here and there and they bad mouth it. They've never gone through the curriculum so how can they know whether it works or not? I have been in PBL for 1.5 semesters and I can HONESTLY say, I have learned more knowledge and improved my critical thinking skills more now than in 4 whole years of undergrad. Also, in undergrad I always used to be the person sitting in the back of a 400 person lecture hall and never got to know any professors cause I was lazy. Through PBL, one can't help but become close with all your faculty since you spend a good 10-15 hrs a week enclosed in a small little room with them and seven other students. You'll experience frustration, humility, teamwork, happiness, and sheer comedy with your faculty and peers. Anyways, its late and I have a lot more to say but I'll save it for another time. =)

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