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…

The End of Fall Quarter at UCLA

What a quarter. The past 11 weeks have seemed absolutely jam-packed, and our two of our class’ social chairs topped it all of with a class trip to Las Vegas! I’ll begin by recapping finals week. We had 5 finals over the course of 4 days, which is pretty reasonable. Some finals are written, and others…

Elections 2016: Proposition 56 Passed!

Every four years, our nation elects our next President. This year, there was a lot of commotion during the build up to, and after the results of, the Presidential election. FiveThirtyEight hosted half-hour to hour-long updates every day in the two weeks leading up to election day. News channels continuously updated with new projections. I…

The end of D1 Fall!

Argh. I admit I haven’t been keeping up with my posts. It’s been exactly a month and a day since I intended to publish my previous update. There’s been a lot going on, so I have a few posts lined up for you: Proposition 56 Passed! Finals and the End of Fall Quarter Post-Grad Programs…

Attending ASDA NLC 2016

This past weekend, I attended the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) National Leadership Conference in Chicago. There were over 700 attendees, of which nearly 500 were dental students, and 100 were pre-dentals. From day one, the excitement was palpable. People donned ‘ASDA Fever’ stickers and ASDA pins. During the vendor fair, attendees buzzed about winning…

Pros of a Pass/No Pass Grading System

As late October rolls around, we find ourselves in the middle of midterm season. In fact, we completed our first midterm exam just this past Friday. Yay! One of the aspects I love about UCLA is the Pass/No Pass/Honors grading system. In our first class session, our professor establishes a Pass/No Pass threshold (e.g. 70%),…

Using Yelp to Rate Dentists

As mentioned in my previous post, I’m going to try something new for thethirdmolar. I initially planned to update this blog every three or four weeks, but events and activities happen so frequently that updating once month would require multiple subheadings for each post. So instead, I have three back-to-back posts from earlier this month, and then I hope…

Interviews and Collegiality

I’m going to try something new in which I post on this blog as interesting dental- or dental school-related topics arise. I thought I would update thethirdmolar every three or four weeks, but events and activities happen so frequently that updating once month would require multiple subheadings for each post. So instead, I will post…

First weeks as a D1!

Our first two weeks of dental school are complete! We had orientation for one week, and then classes for the past two. It is amazing how quickly time flies by. It seems as if just yesterday we were sifting through our dental kits. (Pictures below.) Now, we are already using instruments in simulation lab, dissecting…

Selecting Dental School Loupes

We are in the midst of orientation, selecting our first pair of loupes! As a piece of eyewear, loupes (pronounced ‘loops’) protect our eyes from potentially hazardous substances, such as flying tooth particles and foreign bodies and fluids. What differentiates loupes from safety goggles is that they also magnify. Thus, loupes serve two main purposes — to protect…

How Do I Prep for the DAT?

Welcome to September! I am dedicating a post to the Dental Admissions Test, known as the DAT, since it is an essential step in the application process for U.S. schools. The DAT has also been on my mind because I’ve been receiving quite a few e-mails with the subject, “Selling my DAT prep books!!!” from our pre-dental listserv….