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what's the UCLA daily schedule/curriculum like? other questions too...

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by djsahand, Dec 4, 2005.

  1. djsahand

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    hey...i guess only UCLA people can answer these...

    is there class from 8-5 everyday as d1 and d2 students?
    i heard ucsf gives the d1 kids 2 afternoons off every week.
    is that the case with ucla too?

    also, how do you guys like having the 7-10 midterms in 1 week?
    is it manageable or what?
    i heard that only 3-4 of those midterms are for hard/major classes, and the other ones are not bad (for classes that you have once a week).

    so people have been telling me that ucla is good for specializing, but what about for kids who want to work right after 4 years.
    do you think you are clinically prepared to go into the work force after 4 years at ucla, or do u need to do a residency?

    thanks
     
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  3. drhobie7

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    First off, you can access our class calendar through www.dent.ucla.edu. It's up at the top right. Click 'calendar' and select 'curriculum'.

    You'll have class about 35 hrs a week both 1st and 2nd year, except for spring quarter 2nd year when it's mostly just mornings. If I recall correctly, labwork is typically about 10-12 hrs a week. You have to put in more time outside class obviously. You have a lot of exams, especially 2nd year. Winter quarter there are 12 midterms and 12 finals. Yes, only 4-5 of those classes are major but you still have to study for the others. 2nd year is brutal. You will work your ass off.

    I'm sure you already know that UCLA pumps out a lot of specialists. However, most graduates do general dentistry. They typically do a 1 year AEGD or GPR residency. Some don't and just go straight into practice, but these people often have a parent who is a dentist. I don't think there's a dental school anywhere in the country that will thoroughly prepare you for general dentistry like an AEGD or GPR will. There's just so much to learn, especially with implants and the latest advances in materials and techniques. You'd very likely be clinically inferior to graduates who completed these programs. The only people you'll find who won't advocate GPRs or AEGDs are those who haven't completed them.

    You can do whatever you want coming from UCLA. If you want to jump into private practice ASAP without doing any post-grad education, goto UOP. You'll get done in 3 years. If you want to have a relaxing dental school experience, goto USC.
     
  4. TeethVader

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    If you want to have a relaxing dental school experience, goto USC.[/QUOTE]

    Yes and No my dear Bruin Friend. Although 1st Year is Indeed a little more flexible, the PBL curriculum is changing every year (we got to do more rotations than previous classes) and 1st year is getting busier; however, not as busy as UCLA; at UCLA, on your first day of classes, you're already behind. We take up a notch in 2nd year, actually 2nd year is brutal since you have to get ready for boards.
     
  5. drhobie7

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    Hehehe. Ah, I think I've made a friend. When's the next SC/UCLA bar night? Time to see the new SC ladies. You think they'll like 60 year old bearded men who wear black leather thongs? :)
     
  6. TeethVader

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    Naah, SC ladies are very loyal; they tend to date within TROY. But, you would've made a formidable candidate being from UCLA and all
     
  7. drhobie7

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    HAHA! Well then, there's also the hygiene students. :love:
     

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