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….

Collecting Teeth

Above: teeth! In the middle of the summer, every incoming first-year dental student (D1) receives an e-mail regarding tooth collections. You heard that right — we need to start collecting teeth. When I tell my friends this, some are surprised. Others are alarmed. “What do you mean? How? Is this legal?” In response, we need to collect teeth because…

First Blog Post!

Hey reader! Welcome to my first WordPress blog! My name is Victoria, and I am excited to share with you the trials and tribulations of dental school as I start at the UCLA School of Dentistry this fall. Since completing my undergraduate studies, I have returned to my home state of California to pursue my interest in oral…