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Hello current and future NYUers!

I have a few orientation questions. It looks as though we have 2 week orientation (well 1 week orientation and one week "Application of Technology in Health & Health Practice Course")

Mostly I am wondering what the 2nd week is all about (so excited and curious).

The schedule includes things such as "Technology Course" & "Anatomy Lab". Are those our actually classes starting (specifically the Anatomy?). If so why does it say classes start Sept 8th. It also seems as though there are hour upon hours of this technology course. Will they just be teaching us to set up user names and access the online lectures and schedules and stuff (most of which I've figured out anyway) or will we be learning dental technology?

Just wondering :).
 

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its pretty much the most useless class you will have to attend. Have to do a group project and all. The bright side is that this project is where I met my 4 closest friends here at school. Thats about all it was good for. Nothing to really be excited about. It stunk. You learn about electronic journals and what not. Total BS.

Also I dont recall having any anatomy prior to the Sept. start date. I would savor those 2 weeks and every moment you have until then. Once Sept rolls around its like slamming into brick wall after brick wall. Exams every week (no exaggeration). It just wont stop until December.

I dont know what they will have you do this year, but last year we had to do some ridiculous scavenger hunt. We ran around the building and Manhattan finding all sorts of useless nonsense. Most of us left the group after 5 min and just went to get ID cards. Getting the ID card was the most exciting thing about orientation week. In other words, it is useless and totally stunk.

well, enjoy and make friends quick so you can be entertained during the course...
 
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its pretty much the most useless class you will have to attend. Have to do a group project and all. The bright side is that this project is where I met my 4 closest friends here at school. Thats about all it was good for. Nothing to really be excited about. It stunk. You learn about electronic journals and what not. Total BS.

Also I dont recall having any anatomy prior to the Sept. start date. I would savor those 2 weeks and every moment you have until then. Once Sept rolls around its like slamming into brick wall after brick wall. Exams every week (no exaggeration). It just wont stop until December.

I dont know what they will have you do this year, but last year we had to do some ridiculous scavenger hunt. We ran around the building and Manhattan finding all sorts of useless nonsense. Most of us left the group after 5 min and just went to get ID cards. Getting the ID card was the most exciting thing about orientation week. In other words, it is useless and totally stunk.

well, enjoy and make friends quick so you can be entertained during the course...
Ha. Thanks. As excited as I am... part of me is like 2 weeks? really? why is this taking 2 weeks.

I did see the scavenger hunt on the schedule as well... ha.
Do you get graded for the technology course? P/F?


Thanks for the advice. Look forward to meeting you.
 

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yup its P/F. Its a shame they brought back the scavenger hunt. Oh yeah, there was also a booze cruise at the end of orientation. Best part is just meeting the people. You will need them, God knows how boring most of the lectures get.
 

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I heard they did start anatomy earlier for this new incoming class. This should make it better for you.
 
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I heard they did start anatomy earlier for this new incoming class. This should make it better for you.
I wish I knew beforehand because I scheduled my last days of work that weekend (the 5th 6th and 7th)... but its really good money and I only have to put in like 3 hours a day... Oh well.
 

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Also, seems like the incoming D1's will have to do a clinical case presentation with the D2's,3's, and 4's.

Looks like they are trying a lot of new stuff with you guys hehe.
 
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Also, seems like the incoming D1's will have to do a clinical case presentation with the D2's,3's, and 4's.

Looks like they are trying a lot of new stuff with you guys hehe.
oh yeah? Hmm, sounds cool. Is that also for orientation week?
 

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not trying to highjack the thread but can you give me an idea of what the class schedule is like for the week? is it 9-5 everyday mon-fri? etc. thanks
 
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not trying to highjack the thread but can you give me an idea of what the class schedule is like for the week? is it 9-5 everyday mon-fri? etc. thanks
obviously, i havent started yet.. but i think its more like 8-5
 
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Also.. Ive been looking around on the NYU site... and when you log into "albert" you can see the classes and teachers, but the days and times are left blank... Im curious to see if that ever gets filled in.

Though if you go to the "intranet" you can see that a few teachers put up the syllabus... so you can peek at some class times there (only 1 is up for a course starting in sept)..

For the current students, where do you normally go to get your schedule? albert? inranet? somewhere else?
 

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its pretty much the most useless class you will have to attend. Have to do a group project and all. The bright side is that this project is where I met my 4 closest friends here at school. Thats about all it was good for. Nothing to really be excited about. It stunk. You learn about electronic journals and what not. Total BS.

Also I dont recall having any anatomy prior to the Sept. start date. I would savor those 2 weeks and every moment you have until then. Once Sept rolls around its like slamming into brick wall after brick wall. Exams every week (no exaggeration). It just wont stop until December.

I dont know what they will have you do this year, but last year we had to do some ridiculous scavenger hunt. We ran around the building and Manhattan finding all sorts of useless nonsense. Most of us left the group after 5 min and just went to get ID cards. Getting the ID card was the most exciting thing about orientation week. In other words, it is useless and totally stunk.

well, enjoy and make friends quick so you can be entertained during the course...

try to get as much partying in as possible too so that you only party a little bit during school year. i dont think you have weekly quizzes anymore so you'll be straight. enjoy. see you guys in a month.
 
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Oh also.. do people usually have people come to the White Coat Ceremony? I don't have anyone who can come anyway... but I was just curious.

Also, and I've asked before, but people don't wear scrubs 1st year do they? Oh how I wish people do... Its like acceptable PJs. When people do start wearing scrubs.. you can get any kind right?

Looking forward to meeting you guys!
 

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Oh also.. do people usually have people come to the White Coat Ceremony? I don't have anyone who can come anyway... but I was just curious.

Also, and I've asked before, but people don't wear scrubs 1st year do they? Oh how I wish people do... Its like acceptable PJs. When people do start wearing scrubs.. you can get any kind right?

Looking forward to meeting you guys!
IIRC, they dont allow people to come to the white coat ceremony (No room) and something about it being a Professional ceremony for members of the profession only.

Also about scrubs, you can wear any kind/color you want. You are free to wear them the first day, but you will stand out. No one else will be wearing them for sometime. I seem to remember two classmates who wore scrubs everyday during first year from the very first day, strange.
 

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Oh also.. do people usually have people come to the White Coat Ceremony? I don't have anyone who can come anyway... but I was just curious.

Also, and I've asked before, but people don't wear scrubs 1st year do they? Oh how I wish people do... Its like acceptable PJs. When people do start wearing scrubs.. you can get any kind right?

Looking forward to meeting you guys!
you will hella stand out. people will look at you and be like, "oh look at those gunners." but after a few months people will start giving in and wearing scrubs.
 

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you will hella stand out. people will look at you and be like, "oh look at those gunners." but after a few months people will start giving in and wearing scrubs.
i wouldnt say gunners, more like losers. :D Maybe im just negative and mean, but thats what I thought when I saw people in scrubs before we got into lab.

just dont be the first one in scrubs :D
 

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This year there is one less week of school than there was when we (c/o 2012) were D1s. That means you have to start anatomy labs during the technology week to be able to cover everything. The technology class wasn't all that useful... I think the only useful thing they told us about was itunes U (they video record all our lectures). They also teach you how to get your class schedule--you download it from Intranet. For the record, the schedule is typically 8-5, though you'll have a 3-4 hour break in the middle two days a week and may get early (1:30 pm or so) 1 day a week.

No guests at the whitecoat ceremony.

First week we had to wear slacks and a button down, but you can wear scrubs after that... I'm with Musl though... don't be the first.

You guys will have weekly quizzes, but you DO NOT have combined exams (3 to 5 subjects all at once).

For what it's worth, I thought the scavenger hunt was fun. It's just about whatever your group makes of it... if you have people who get into it, you'll have a great time. If you have people who are sour about doing it, you're not going to enjoy it.
 

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i wouldnt say gunners, more like losers. :D Maybe im just negative and mean, but thats what I thought when I saw people in scrubs before we got into lab.

just dont be the first one in scrubs :D
shhheeettt. Grow some and do what you want. The earlier you learn this and stop following the sheep, the easier dental school will be for you. The only time I wore scrubs preclinical was because I didn't want to get my clothes dirty. But I could'a cared less if someone else wore them.
 

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I remember scrubs being a big deal. I wanted to know what color and when to wear them. But that wears off really quickly and you start wearing them so you don't get wax all over your jeans.

Also, you have weekly quizes AND the combined cumulative exam at the end of each semester just like the past couple years. I don't know where these rumors are coming from but I'm telling you they aren't true. Now, that might change in the next couple weeks, but as of now according to Dr. Kinnally the combined exams are staying put.
 

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I remember scrubs being a big deal. I wanted to know what color and when to wear them. But that wears off really quickly and you start wearing them so you don't get wax all over your jeans.

Also, you have weekly quizes AND the combined cumulative exam at the end of each semester just like the past couple years. I don't know where these rumors are coming from but I'm telling you they aren't true. Now, that might change in the next couple weeks, but as of now according to Dr. Kinnally the combined exams are staying put.
There are weekly quizzes but there are no longer combined exams (unless something changed between last Friday and today). Is your intel more up to date?
 

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I talked to Dr. Kinnally on Friday. She gave me a wierd look and said that the combined exams hadn't changed (I only asked because I heard rumors that they were being eliminated -- I think I heard it from a D2? Someone told me it was mentioned in the D2 class council meeting.). She asked me to squash those rumors. Maybe the new basic science chair has decided to get rid of them and hasn't told her faculty yet? But that's what I've heard... take it or leave it. It doesn't change too much but do the weekly quizes make sense if you're having separate midterm/final exams for each course?
 

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I talked to Dr. Kinnally on Friday. She gave me a wierd look and said that the combined exams hadn't changed (I only asked because I heard rumors that they were being eliminated -- I think I heard it from a D2? Someone told me it was mentioned in the D2 class council meeting.). She asked me to squash those rumors. Maybe the new basic science chair has decided to get rid of them and hasn't told her faculty yet? But that's what I've heard... take it or leave it. It doesn't change too much but do the weekly quizes make sense if you're having separate midterm/final exams for each course?
That's interesting... I actually heard it from the same place so I may be wrong. I'll ask Dr. Spielman tomorrow.
 
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They also teach you how to get your class schedule--you download it from Intranet.
Running to go look...

First week we had to wear slacks and a button down, but you can wear scrubs after that... I'm with Musl though... don't be the first.
the first week? Of classes or clinic? What about orientation? I was just planning on wearing jeans... Same with class, not a good idea?

Forgive this post if it seems choppy I'm on my phone....
Does Sdn have an iPhone App? :)
 

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Actually, I remember most everyone wore slacks and button-downs for only the first day of orientation. By day two, most everyone had downgraded to jeans and a collared shirt, and by day three, there were plenty in shorts
. A few dressed a little nicer for the first day of actual classes, but by and large, it was and remains street casual.
 

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Bolan will email you guys telling you to wear casual clothes the first day of orientation. Like khakis and polo for men whatever it is for women (i havent a clue). That is for first day. Also you have to get dressed up more professional attire for the white coat ceremony. After those two days, its all street clothes all the time.

Only like a week to go for you guys. We wont see you guys, for the most part until after your orientation is over, they give us 2 weeks off...YAY!!!! :D

So enjoy the relatively uncrowded building much like we have for the summer. It gets pretty ugly once all dental students are in the building.
 
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Awesome. Thanks for being so helpful!

Looks like we need some special log in for the schedule :/ oh well, I guess I have wait.
 

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Awesome. Thanks for being so helpful!

Looks like we need some special log in for the schedule :/ oh well, I guess I have wait.
yeah, you get a funky password during orientation.
 
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Bolan will email you guys telling you to wear casual clothes the first day of orientation. Like khakis and polo for men whatever it is for women (i havent a clue). That is for first day. Also you have to get dressed up more professional attire for the white coat ceremony. After those two days, its all street clothes all the time.
Did anyone get this email?
I have no idea what to even bring? Laptop? Notebook?
I wish they gave us a little more info! Some of us (me) have over an hour commute and It's not easy to run back and get anything we forgot... nor is it ideal to be lugging extra stuff on the train and have to carry it around all day.

As you can probably tell I am a bit of a planner... and you need to be to balance a family, taking care of the household, and school... The fact that we don't have our exact schedule is kind of killing me :D. ha.
 

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Did anyone get this email?
I have no idea what to even bring? Laptop? Notebook?
I wish they gave us a little more info! Some of us (me) have over an hour commute and It's not easy to run back and get anything we forgot... nor is it ideal to be lugging extra stuff on the train and have to carry it around all day.

As you can probably tell I am a bit of a planner... and you need to be to balance a family, taking care of the household, and school... The fact that we don't have our exact schedule is kind of killing me :D. ha.

IIRC it was the Sunday right before orientation began. I had no such clothing and was like oh ****... Had to run down and get some stuff before stores closed. It was a last minute email. I dont recall bringing anything except the folder with all my immunizations and acceptance info etc.

Its all down hill after the first day. Welcome to dental school :laugh:
 

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Did anyone get this email?
I have no idea what to even bring? Laptop? Notebook?
I wish they gave us a little more info! Some of us (me) have over an hour commute and It's not easy to run back and get anything we forgot... nor is it ideal to be lugging extra stuff on the train and have to carry it around all day.

As you can probably tell I am a bit of a planner... and you need to be to balance a family, taking care of the household, and school... The fact that we don't have our exact schedule is kind of killing me :D. ha.


i received an email from bolan this past thursday. he attached a tentaive schedule for welcome week. but he didnt mention whether we need our comps, or what we should wear. oh and i got an email from my peer mentor this past weekend.
 
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i received an email from bolan this past thursday. he attached a tentaive schedule for welcome week. but he didnt mention whether we need our comps, or what we should wear. oh and i got an email from my peer mentor this past weekend.
Yeah I got that too... (and the peer mentor email as well). No dress code email or anything... who knows maybe we will get something Sunday night. ha.
 
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do any of the dental students sign up for a meal plan?
Ive asked this (called and asked) and no one could give me an answer... I was trying to make a budget to decide what to take out in loans...

From what I was able to see online the cafeteria in the dental school doesn't participate in a "meal plan" though it does take the card that you can put money on (though it doesn't like give you any discount over using cash)... but I think that there are other places, closer to the main campus, that do use a meal plan.

Now I could be wrong, but that's how it appeared to me.
 

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Ive asked this (called and asked) and no one could give me an answer... I was trying to make a budget to decide what to take out in loans...

From what I was able to see online the cafeteria in the dental school doesn't participate in a "meal plan" though it does take the card that you can put money on (though it doesn't like give you any discount over using cash)... but I think that there are other places, closer to the main campus, that do use a meal plan.

Now I could be wrong, but that's how it appeared to me.
Correct on both counts. But you're never going to head down to Washington Square for lunch so don't plan on that for "meal plans". Either put money on your card, buy lunch, or bring it in a bag.