Jessica Merritt, Cindy Tovar, and Brittney Watkins were all selected to participate in Inside UCSF April 15-16. The University of California, San Francisco requires that applicants submit an application and essay explaining why they are interested in participating in the program and why they wish to pursue a graduate degree in dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy and/or the biological sciences.
Only 100 students across California were chosen for the entire program (across all disciplines). Of those, only 20 students were invited for their interest in pursuing a career in dentistry. Of those 20 students chosen across the state of California by the UCSF School of Dentistry to participate in this event, 3 were from California State University, Bakersfield. All three of those students are active members in the CSUB Pre-Dental Club, which was founded earlier this academic year.
During the two-day event, the three CSUB students participated in touring the UCSF campus, dental school, new stem cell research facility, and health sciences simulation facility. Attending students received presentations from the offices of admissions and financial aid, followed by question and answer sessions to address more specific questions.
Highlights included meeting with UCSF faculty and students, interacting with UCSF student panels, and being able to have one-to-one face time where any and all questions were answered. The all expenses paid program also included a dinner in a local San Francisco restaurant where the student participants were joined by the current dental students for social interaction, networking, and any hints, tips, or smart advice the current dental students could give prospective dental students regarding application procedures, studying for the Dental Admissions Test, and what it is like to be a UCSF dental student.
UCSF Dental School is highly competitive, with an 8 to 1 student to professor ratio, and a total of 88 students admitted each year (out of over 1800 applicants). This intimate environment and personal attention to detail was successfully imparted to the participants of the Inside UCSF program.
— Jessica Merritt