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UCLA pre-dental courses

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by scabiesnrabies, Feb 24, 2007.

  1. scabiesnrabies

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    Has anyone taken any of the pre-dental courses at UCLA? http://uclasod.dent.ucla.edu/continuingeducation/index.asp?id=520 Would it be better to take the denture lab course or the tooth waxing course? The denture lab course seems to cover waxing technique from the description so I am leaning toward that one, but I was just wondering if the tooth waxing course would cover anything that would be beneficial to me that the denture lab course wouldn't. I might consider taking both classes if they cover very different things.
     
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    Well, i think the only class still available would be tooth waxing technique class being that the other courses have already started or has already expired. that being said, the class isnt cheap. Can anyone who have taken the course share their experience? is it worth the money? drhobie, DAT student, PFM? thanx in advance.
     
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  3. icepinkish

    icepinkish O! teeeeeth~
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    I have taken the tooth waxing class but not the denture class. The tooth waxing technique sounded like a recommended course for the denture class according to the instructor and the TA's, although it's probably not an official requirement.

    There was a timed final for the tooth-waxing class when I took it, and only the people who passed the final were awarded certificates (and there were about 1/4 who didn't pass... which sort of surprised me cuz I thought they'd let everyone pass). If it was the same for the denture class, I don't know if it would be hard for one to start with the denture class, assuming other students have already learned tooth waxing before.

    I don't think the certificate was the point for taking these classes, though. And apparently, these few days of classes wouldn't really make much of a difference in our professional skills/knowledge in the future (I mean Dr. Hunt's teaching was very decent, but the class was simply too short). I believe that these classes serve to allow us get a gist of what it is like to be in the pre-clinical labs once we are in d-school. Maybe there are pre-dents who thought they wanna be dentists but wouldn't realize they hate doing work with their hands until they take these classes :rolleyes: . For such purpose, I say taking just one of these classes would be sufficient. I personally picked tooth waxing because the time fitted my schedule better.

    This course would probably also strengthen one's dental school application a bit, because I was asked about this experience at multiple interviews. Additionally, I think Dr. hunt used to write letters for people who take and pass these classes.

    Envision, if you have done other activities related to manual dexterity and you know you'll like dentistry, maybe it's not necessary for you to take it. You already got in ;). If I were you I'd take the money to travel instead. You are gonna learn those things soon enough in dental school. But if you are really bored and don't knwo how to spend your money, taking one of these classes would still be fun.
     
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  4. djeffreyt

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    I know plenty of people who took the denture course without taking the tooth waxing course. There is a difference between them. In tooth waxing you get into the nitty gritty of the waxing up of teeth. In the denture course, you don't wax exactly the same way and you do a less intensive, refined waxing so you have time to complete the entire partial denture process.

    I don't think either one supplants the other...you get a different experience. It is simply your choice as to which you want to do. I think the denture class is a better class to take, but if you really really want to challenge your perfectionistic skills, take the waxing course.
     
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    Denture #1
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    Waxing is very ez.
     
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  6. xdianaax

    xdianaax In memory of Riley Jane
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    They're holding one at NOVA too this summer, I'm attending that one...I mean it OBVIOUSLY can't harm your app, and it shows your dedicated and really interested in the profession. It'll help in the long run too. The way I see it is there's no way for it to be a waste of money.
     
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    What i meant is if i were already accepted into the dental school and will probably be taking this course in the near future anyway. would it be a waste of money to take it then? Otherwise, i agree, it is a good investment and it will improve one's application.
     
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