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gnh

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    Hi everyone,

    I noticed there is currently no UCLA PRIME thread, so I decided to start one.

    I turned in my secondary a couple weeks back and have not heard anything from them yet. Is this the same for everyone else?
     

    DancingThruLife

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      Hi everyone,

      I noticed there is currently no UCLA PRIME thread, so I decided to start one.

      I turned in my secondary a couple weeks back and have not heard anything from them yet. Is this the same for everyone else?

      I haven't even received their secondary. I received/submitted the secondaries for Geffen and CDU already, but PRIME has been silent ever since they acknowledged receiving my AMCAS primary about 4 weeks ago. :confused:
       

      karayraisu

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        I received my secondary for PRIME roughly 2 weeks after they sent the confirmation email. I was acknowledged by PRIME about mid-August and got the secondary right after September started.

        Hope this helps! Good luck.
         
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        gnh

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          I haven't even received their secondary. I received/submitted the secondaries for Geffen and CDU already, but PRIME has been silent ever since they acknowledged receiving my AMCAS primary about 4 weeks ago. :confused:

          hey Dancingthrulife: How long after your primary did you receive the CDU secondary? I still haven't received it yet. Thanks
           

          DancingThruLife

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            hey Dancingthrulife: How long after your primary did you receive the CDU secondary? I still haven't received it yet. Thanks

            I received the CDU secondary 4 weeks after my AMCAS was verified. Unlike Geffen and PRIME, CDU never acknowledged that they got my AMCAS, so the secondary invitation was the first e-mail I ever got from them.
             

            gnh

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              Hey i just called the admissions office to PRIME. They said that interview invites are suppose to be sent out in January and that the interviews will be in February. Guess that means a lot more waiting.
               
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              IlaEm

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                Anyone know when PRIME starts sending out rejections? I really REALLY want to get in this program, but I still have not even received a secondary :'( I'm hoping more secondaries are still coming!!!!!
                 
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                mrmaoz

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                  Hey guys, it's great that someone started this thread because when I applied I was having a hard time finding specific information about the program. I am a current Prime student and would like to offer my help in clearing up any questions about the Prime program.

                  I won't be able to answer questions right away since I come on to SDN infrequently but I will try my hardest to answer as many questions as I can. However, I cannot and will not answer any questions on the interview process, admissions process, or even dates. The admissions committee is working their hardest to get through the applications and give everybody a fair chance so just have patience. What I can answer are questions about the program itself. Also what I say is from my experience only so take it with a grain of salt.

                  One issue that you guys might want to have cleared up is that there are three programs in Prime itself and I've included the number of students that were in the program from last year in parenthesis. I'm not sure how many spots there will be this year but you will have the opportunity to rank which Prime program you want to be in.

                  1. Prime Westwood (10) - take classes (year 1 & 2) with the rest of Geffen and do rotations (year 3 & 4) at the same sites as Geffen

                  2. Prime Drew (4) - take classes with Geffen and some rotations are different which are sites more focused in underserved communities. You are technically also in the Drew program and have to finish their requirements also.

                  3. Prime Riverside (4)- take classes at UCR with the Haider program and same rotations with Geffen.

                  With all the Prime programs, you will get an MD degree from David Geffen Medical School but you will have to get a masters (usually between your 3rd and 4th year) to fulfill the Prime requirement. You have many options: MPH, MPP, MS, MBA, etc. Basically any masters is possible as long as you can relate the masters to helping you become a leader in serving the disadvantaged. You can also do the masters at any school you want but you will have to apply to get in. There are a few other requirements for the Prime program but they are not as major as the masters requirement. This is a 5 year program. I hope this clears up some things for people. If not, feel free to ask questions on this thread.

                  Other than that, I would like to say that I am completely happy with my decision to come here and that I really love the Prime program and the people in it because they are some amazing folk. Good luck everybody!
                   
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                  MDMDJDJD

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                    PRIME is 100% independent from the Geffen admissions process. You could apply to PRIME without even applying to Geffen or CDU.

                    just curious if anyone else has sent an email question to ucla prime and not gotten a response either. i suppose they take a while to evaluate apps, but i'm also curious if the admissions process is relatively distinct from ucla geffen. specifically, do you have to earn admittance to ucla before prime secondaries are issued, interviews take place, etc.?
                     

                    PsychEpathic

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                      EACH ESSAY HAS A 2,000 CHARACTER LIMIT!

                      1. What is the most important health care issue facing disadvantaged communities and what would be your first step to address this issue?

                      2. In what way will graduating from the UCLA Prime program enhance your career in health care or health services for the disadvantaged communities?

                      3. Describe the manner in which your experiences demonstrate your understanding of, and commitment to, underserved communities.

                      4. What are your greatest strengths and your greatest challenges as you approach medical school?


                      This is just the essay portion of the seocondary. There is quite a bit more personal information required. If you want the actual Word document secondary, PM your e-mail address. Good luck!
                       
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                      IlaEm

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                      Sep 15, 2010
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                        Rejected pre-secondary :(

                        I know current 2nd years in Prime, went to UCLA for undergrad and currently work for UCLA peds.....what more do they want!!!??? :( major ouch. Can't a girl at least get a secondary??? I'll give them money I promise!

                        Anyone know if they accept letters of appeal?
                         

                        conchita1286

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                          i think their website says their secondaries were due some time in November, so maybe if someone hasnt received one then its a rejection....just speculating...could be totally wrong, also interview invitations are done first week of january and ucla goes on break for two weeks starting next week.
                           

                          BtrLateThnNvr

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                            I am very curious about whether or not the interviews have already been given out. I would at least like to know that I'm NOT being considered anymore. But, since their email update in December specifically requested not to call, I don't want to bother them.
                             
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