Saturday, February 22, 2014

Day 545: Free Sample Package from Johnson & Johnson

Received a small sample package in the mail today from Johnson & Johnson. Even though it's just four bottles of Listerine and floss, this is exciting stuff for a dental student. We don't get sample packages mailed directly to us very often.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Miss Los Angeles Chinatown Pageant

It's been exactly a month since I competed at the 2014 Miss Los Angeles Chinatown pageant. The whole experience was bittersweet, in every sense of the word. Below are pictures from the pre-pageant interview, swimsuit, evening gown, and chi-pao segments.

All pictures were taken by bestimageproduction.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Day 534: Mock NBDE Part I Exams

It's been 534 days since I started dental school in 2012.

I counted.
By virtue of sheer boredom and the "anything is better than studying" mentality.

In between finishing our complete denture project, practicing for our anterior fixed course, and seeing patients for sophomore perio module, we're ALSO supposed to start preparing for our board exams.

Yeah right... 

In order to motivate us to study for boards, our dental school is making us sit through four mock board exams this trimester. We are given 3 hours to complete this 300 question exam. If you do the math, that equates to 36 seconds per question. Little did you know, the mock board exams are actually a test of endurance and speed-reading... To become eligible to take the real NBDE during summer, we have to pass the four mock exams with an average score of 70%.

I'd estimate that 98.5% of the second year dental students at USC don't actually have time to study for boards while tackling spring trimester. There just aren't enough hours in the day. However, we only have 66 more days left until we finish our preclinical courses! Starting summer trimester, we do get a good portion of free time to dedicate to board studying.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Day 529: Anterior Fixed

My grades for our first anterior fixed timed-practical exam (TPX). A 92 for my all-ceramic prep on tooth #8 and a 92 for my provisional restoration. Not too shabby!