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…

CDA Anaheim 2017

This past weekend was the California Dental Association (CDA) Conference titled ‘The Art and Science of Dentistry’. Over three days, people from all walks of the dental-related fields converged in Anaheim, California to learn, chat, and connect. Health professionals also had the opportunity to enroll in Continuing Education (CE) courses, and everyone was welcome to…

2017 Match Day!*

*Disclaimer: My perspective on this specific topic, the Match, will surely change over the years, and it’s very possible that the Match will change itself. The sources for information in this specific post include the National Matching Services (NMS) website, dental school websites, and charts/spreadsheets that were given to me over the past year. If there is information that is incorrect…

UCLA’s Pre-Dental Outreach Committee

One of my main extracurricular involvements at UCLA SOD is our American Student Dental Association (ASDA) Pre-Dental Outreach Committee. The committee is comprised of 8 members: 2 second-year Chairs who lead the organization and 6 first-years who are divided up into lecturers, external, and internal co-chairs. The two co-lecturers, Armen and Brian, give presentations to and lead…

Systems 1 Update

Since I posted about Systems 1 earlier this week, a handful of classmates have reached out to me with different views regarding the class, Systems 1. In particular, some classmates do NOT enjoy the fact that we’re spending ten hours per week on Systems alone when we could be drilling or learning other dental-related classes. Others aren’t…

Case-Based Learning (CBL) at UCLA SOD

We are already back in the swing of things here are UCLA. In fact, our first quiz was just last week! This quarter feels like information overload, with foundational courses in topics such as pharmacology, microbiology, and radiology, among others. One of the greatest changes this quarter has been the start of a class called…

Welcome, 2017!

Happy 2017! We had a long winter break this year – 4 weeks! I don’t think we will have the opportunity to enjoy any 4-week breaks until graduation, so I definitely tried to revel in our time off. Over break, my family road-tripped from Los Angeles to The Grand Canyon, with a few stops before…