WSJ Dental Student Loans – Will I Owe $1 Million?

About a week ago, the Wall Street Journal published an article about Dr. Mike Meru, a dentist who has accumulated over $1.1 million in loans. As many dental students know all too well, earning a DDS or DMD is expensive. In fact, dental school is the most expensive graduate school program in our nation –…

2018 CDA Cares Anaheim

This past weekend, I attended CDA Cares Anaheim, which was organized by the California Dental Association (CDA) and the CDA Foundation. CDA Cares is a two-day event that began in 2012 and is hosted twice a year in various regions throughout California. The event is run on an entirely volunteer basis from 5:30AM to 5PM…

ASDA Annual Session

In late February, I traveled down to Anaheim with around twenty other UCLA students to join another 700 students who have traveled nationwide to attend the 2018 ASDA Annual Session. Unlike ASDA’s National Leadership Conference (NLC), which is more focused on leadership skills and chapter development, Annual Session seems to be a conference that educates…

WREB (Western Regional Examination Board)

Every year, nearly 6,000 dental school graduates take a licensure exam in order to practice dentistry. The exam contains a written portion and clinical portion, the latter of which typically takes place on a live patient. There exist five different licensing exams throughout the United States. They include the Western Regional Examining Board (WREB), Commission…

Treating a Patient for the First Time

On Wednesday, I treated a patient for the first time! This quarter, we started seeing patients at UCLA’s dental clinic. My first procedure was a prophy. ‘Prophy’ is an abbreviation for ‘dental prophylaxis’, and is what you might consider to be a ‘general cleaning’. I assume it is considered prophylactic treatment against the development (and/or…

Learning from Dental Hygienists!

Over summer quarter, we had the experience of learning from registered dental hygienists and dental hygiene students in ‘Periodontal Instrumentation’. I felt lucky to receive TONS of tailored advice regarding dental cleaning and scaling techniques. Typically, one faculty member is assigned a bench of dental students in lab courses. This amounts to anywhere between 8…

10 Tips for Dental School Interviews

As the application cycle gets underway, interviews are coming! I have had the wonderful opportunity to mentor others this past cycle, and the question of ‘how do I prepare for dental school interviews?’ has become increasingly relevant. If you have the same question, continue reading! Here are my top 10 tips as your prepare for…

Dental Examination Boards, Pt. 1

PART ONE IS DONE! Of the NBDE, that is. The National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) is a two-part exam that all dental students must take prior to licensure. Part 1 is 7-hour, 400-question exam. In reality, the exam is broken down into two 3.5-hour sections of 200 questions each with a 30-minute (lunch) break in…

On Losing Class Elections

Another year, another elections for class cabinet! As mentioned in my previous post, I ran for class cabinet this year.  Prepare yourself for a mildly emotional post this time around, haha. “Happy Saturday everyone!! As many of you know, I am (re-)running for class President this year. Since class cabinet speeches are pretty short, I’m…

New Year and New Responsibilities

It’s hard to believe our D1 year has ended, and we are now D2s! Time has flown by. Truth be told, I did not imagine myself as a D2 nine months ago. As of right now, D2 year doesn’t seem much different. I think the general consensus is that we will begin to ‘feel’ like D2s…

ASDA Silent Auction Hike

Every year, UCLA’s ASDA Chapter hosts an annual fundraiser in the form of a silent auction. Faculty members volunteer to host an event, and students can bid on those events. This year, 26 activities were auctioned off to over 100 students in the dental school! I found it interesting to learn about faculty members’ various…

Introduction to Dental Photography

UCLA’s Division of Restorative Dentistry recently gave us the opportunity to take an evening introductory dental photography class. We first had a lecture taught by two UCLA alumni that reviewed photography basics, including how to use the school’s official (and heavy) cameras. As someone who has never taken a photography class before, I found the session…