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How many class hours at UCSD?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by kitty-kitty, Mar 27, 2002.

  1. kitty-kitty

    kitty-kitty Junior Member

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    So I've heard that UCSD students are miserable because there are so many lecture/class/lab hours and they essentially still have a "grading" system, with Honors/P/F (as opposed to other schools that are just P/F for the first two years).

    What's the latest on all that? Heard of any curriculum/grading changes recently?

    Thanks!
     
  2. MamboKing

    MamboKing Member
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    correction

    pass/no pass for first semester, then after that it is honors/pass/no pass

    in terms of the honors "they don't tell anyone and keep a tally of students who are scoring in the top percentile"...
     
  3. California

    California Senior Member
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    Kitty-Kitty,

    The day of my interview the students who led the tour told me that they have a lot of say in the changes that take place at the school. The students told me they are trying to replace the H/P/F system (that is implemented after the first quarter/semester) with simply a P/F system for the first two years. In terms of class hours, I remember receiving a sheet of paper in my interview packet listing the hours for all of the schools in California. If I remember correctly, UCSD wasn't so bad. I think it has the third most hours among the California schools and is below the average of all US medical schools.

    I hope this helps. Also, it isn't so bad having a vigorous curriculum. You will do well on the boards and, more importantly, be a *better* and *more knowledgeable* physician.
     
  4. kitty-kitty

    kitty-kitty Junior Member

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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 MamboKing:
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    "they don't tell anyone and keep a tally of students who are scoring in the top percentile"...</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">can you clarify what "they don't tell anyone" means? will it show up on your transcript?
     
  5. CaliBoy

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    I found the sheet that California was talking about. These are the number of hours in preclinical curricula at the california medical schools:

    UC Irvine 1467
    UC San Francisco 1475
    UC San Diego 1517
    UC Los Angeles 1520
    Stanford 1571
    UC Davis 1597

    National Average 1592

    So apparently, UCSD doesn't have too many class hours compared to other schools. Note that UCSD has overhauled its curriculum this year and cut down the class hours by a ton. The majority of UCSD's "tough school" reputation is because of the old curriculum, however they are notorious for difficult basic science courses. Great school though, I'll probably be there in the fall. Hope to see y'all there!
     

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