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Accepted Into Craniofacial PhD Program At UCSF!  
User currently offlineSmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1628 posts, RR: 28
Posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 2694 times:

Hi you all!

For those who have been following my saga at King's College London and my life with a craniofacial syndrome, I have been applying (and interviewing) for PhD programs in craniofacial embryology research. I had interviews a couple of weeks ago in Los Angeles (with USC) and in San Francisco (with UCSF); I travelled all the way from London to California for this.

I was just informed a few minutes ago that UCSF has accepted me into their PhD program for oral & craniofacial sciences.

I am leaning heavily toward accepting their offer (which includes a stipend, tuition assistance, and other PhD funding). However, I will wait for official decisions from all the other schools to which I have applied (King's College London, USC, Utah, etc).

I just wanted to let you all know. I will keep you all updated on whether I accept this offer (very likely) and whatever other offers I get.

SmithAir747


I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made... (Psalm 139:14)
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User currently offlineWrenchBender From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1779 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 2689 times:

Congrats, I hope it works out for you whichever school you decide upon.

WrenchBender



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User currently offlineYellowstone From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3071 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 2689 times:

Congratulations! Have you spent time in the Bay Area before?


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User currently offline767Lover From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 2686 times:

That's fantastic! Keep us posted on your decision!

User currently offlineSmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1628 posts, RR: 28
Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 2680 times:

Quoting Yellowstone (Reply 2):
Congratulations! Have you spent time in the Bay Area before?

Not before this recent interview trip (April 2-6); this was the first time I ever was in California.

SmithAir747



I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made... (Psalm 139:14)
User currently offlineJaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 2675 times:

UCSF is a fantastic school for studying medicine and related medical sciences. In fact, as you probably already know, its one of the best medical schools in the country.

Congratulations!


User currently offlineAlphafloor From Chile, joined Jun 2004, 1277 posts, RR: 39
Reply 6, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 2673 times:

Congratulations ! I whish you the best !

btw will you still be able to attend the ZRH meet ?



Whatever
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39887 posts, RR: 74
Reply 7, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 2659 times:

Congrats!  bigthumbsup 
You're going to be living right down the street from me. You aren't going to get any work done!  Silly

Just kidding!  Smile

Yes, UCSF is a very respected and prestigious medical institution. My ENT is at UCSF and is one of the best ENTs in the nation. I've always have had ear problems since birth.
UCSF also has a beautiful campus and is close to just about everything interesting in San Francisco.

I hope you accept the offer.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineFlyingbabydoc From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 2659 times:

Quoting SmithAir747 (Thread starter):
I was just informed a few minutes ago that UCSF has accepted me into their PhD program for oral & craniofacial sciences.

Congratulations!!! That is great news indeed. I am very happy for you. Now....

Get yourself ready. A PhD is not light matter. I did mine in 4 years (fast-track), and in one year I had only 3 weekends free. It is a lot of hard work, but it pays off.

If you need any help or pointers, feel free to contact me anytime.

Congrats again

Alex

P.S: We operated on a rare form of brachiocephaly patient this week. Amazing results with these new reabsorbable micro-plates for the fusion osteosynthesis!  bigthumbsup 


User currently offlineAsuflyer05 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2372 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 2652 times:

Wow congrats! I hope you are proud of your accomplishment!

User currently offlineAndesSMF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 2649 times:

And 90 minutes away from me! Congratulations!

I would not be surprised if the ALL accept you. Then its just a matter of your choice. But SFO would be a good city to live in.

Quoting Flyingbabydoc (Reply 8):
P.S: We operated on a rare form of brachiocephaly patient this week. Amazing results with these new reabsorbable micro-plates for the fusion osteosynthesis!

In English, please.  silly 


User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4698 posts, RR: 50
Reply 11, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 2632 times:

Quoting AndesSMF (Reply 10):

In English, please. silly

I was just thinking exactly the same.



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User currently offlineFlyingbabydoc From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 2608 times:

Quoting AndesSMF (Reply 10):
In English, please.

We operated on a kid with a very distorted, crooked skull this week. Very good results with the tiny plates made of self-destroying material used to screw the bone plates tight together.  duck 

Cheers!

Alex


User currently offlineHalcyon From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 2595 times:

Awesome job, and wherever you go I know you'll rock the socks off of them! Sounds like they're treating you well with their offer though, so I we'll see you there pretty soon.

Once again though, congratulations!  Smile

Lucas


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39887 posts, RR: 74
Reply 14, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 2585 times:

SmithAir747:
How long is this program?



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineSmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1628 posts, RR: 28
Reply 15, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 2581 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 14):
How long is this program?

In the USA, a PhD normally runs for 5 years on average. It starts in the fall (Sept. or Oct.).

In the first two years, you do 3 lab rotations (to find a lab in which you best fit) and some taught coursework. Then, at the end of the 2nd year, you take a qualifying exam (basically bashing out a project proposal for your research). Passing that, you start on your chosen major project in the 3rd year.

They told me at UCSF, that since I already have a strong developmental biology and craniofacial sciences background (from my education at King's College London), I could skip most of the taught coursework and start sooner on lab work, possibly as early as this July.

SmithAir747



I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made... (Psalm 139:14)
User currently offlineAndesSMF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 2580 times:

Quoting Flyingbabydoc (Reply 12):

How long does the sense of satisfaction last after a successful operation?

Quoting Superfly (Reply 14):
How long is this program?

Long enough for you to 'corrupt' him?  duck 

Show him a good time, Larry. That'll be great karma for you to help a future doctor.


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39887 posts, RR: 74
Reply 17, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 2574 times:

SmithAir747:
Getting a PHd in such a specialized area means you'll actually be able to afford to buy a house in San Francisco
with a small grass patch up front. Big grin
This is obviously something you are very passionate about. You will do very well.

Actually, I shouldn't even bother you for 5 years until you are done. I don't want to corrupt you.  Silly



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineSmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1628 posts, RR: 28
Reply 18, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 2573 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 17):

If I do accept the UCSF offer and come to San Francisco, maybe we should meet up sometime!

Like you, I also love retro stuff!

SmithAir747



I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made... (Psalm 139:14)
User currently offlineNancy From United States of America, joined May 2004, 467 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 2567 times:

That's great. Now you can breath a little sigh of relief  Smile. Good hear that you're getting some financial assistance too.

User currently offlineAndesSMF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 2563 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 17):
I don't want to corrupt you.

It's the city that will do that!

Remember, he's gotta get used to NOT sleeping, so your duty will be to teach him how to stay awake. And I am sure that you will do a good job.


User currently offlineKay From France, joined Mar 2002, 1884 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 2557 times:

Congratulations! You must feel very proud!

Kay


User currently offlineKmh1956 From Bermuda, joined Jun 2005, 3324 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 2553 times:

That's fabulous news! We're all very proud of you!


'Somebody tell me why I'm on my own if there's a soulmate for everyone' :Natasha Bedingfield
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39887 posts, RR: 74
Reply 23, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 2549 times:

AndesSMF:
Nah, I read SmithAir747 as a very disciplined person. I doubt he'll get distracted while in this program.


SmithAir747:
Will this grant cover your housing?
Housing is very expensive here. A lot more expensive than Fort Wayne, Indiana.
If that is taken care of, you're all set. Food is cheap, if not cheaper than Indiana. Beer, wine, cheese, transportation as well as sex is cheaper out here too.  Smile
You wont even need a car.
You and I both will be Hoosier ex-patriots.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineSmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1628 posts, RR: 28
Reply 24, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 2545 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 23):
Will this grant cover your housing?

My support will include an annual stipend (salary) at a standard level for UCSF students (I don't know the exact amout for the salary though); more information will be sent to me about registration, the support funding, etc. I may also find out about housing options for students. One guy at UCSF told me there is housing near the Parnassus Street campus (UCSF Medical Center).

SmithAir747



I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made... (Psalm 139:14)
25 Post contains images Superfly : ...and that's where you want to be. You are walking distance to everything. Your classes, clinics as well as many great places to eat, drink, Golden
26 AndesSMF : I know, but I'll doubt he won't be up for some fun in the city. And you are the perfect guy to show him around. You know that even a good walk in the
27 Post contains images Superfly : Is she nearby? Does she look like your cousin you've been telling me about?
28 SmithAir747 : I did some more looking on the UCSF website, on their housing page. UCSF has its own dedicated student apartment housing, located in several areas--P
29 AndesSMF : Married last year, expecting first child in November. No, she's white and blonde, with a big butt.
30 AirCop : I'll second this, used to love the UCSF ad's that had a doctor dressed up like a ice hockey goalie, to point out that UCSF has no sports programs. My
31 Post contains images AeroWesty : Congrats! Being accepted into a school as prestigious as UCSF is quite an accomplishment. If you accept, you'll have the bonus of living in one of the
32 Luv2fly : Congratulations that is real good news and I could not be happier for you.
33 ScarletHarlot : Yay Francis! What wonderful news! Keep us posted on your decision.
34 TedTAce : Congratulations!! This is an incredible achievement!!
35 DL021 : Well done....I'm very proud of you as this took some serious effort and balls travelling all that way to get what you want. Let me know how it turns o
36 BNE : Congrats; was this university your top choice.
37 Post contains images Allstarflyer : Congrats, as you have a long, but, I'm sure, profitable road ahead. Getting a PhD will be a great honor and achievement. All the best in your efforts
38 Superfly : Try to get in to the Aldea housing complex. For years, I lived 2 blocks from there. That has to be the nicest university housing complex I have ever
39 SmithAir747 : Thanks for your advice! I am already leaning toward those two (Aldea or Parnassus), with Mission Bay as an alternative. SmithAir747
40 AndesSMF : You see, Fly? I bet that if he does end up in SFO he will rely on you to be somewhat of a guide.
41 Post contains images Superfly : I don't want to lead SmithAir747 to a lifestyle of Hedonistic, sin and fornication. I don't want to distract him.
42 AndesSMF : We should ask him, maybe that is what he wants. But I know what you are saying. What I was mostly referring to is that you had suggested something th
43 Post contains images Carmenlu15 : Congratulations! That is definitely a great achievement Whatever decision you make, I wish you the best of luck! - Carmen
44 Post contains images Foppishbum : Congrats! I'm so jealous !!! I'm working towards becoming a Pediatrician but it seems VERY EXTREMELY impossible. I took the MCAT, worked, and research
45 SmithAir747 : Actually now it's AT&T Park! I was there April 4, on the second night of the Giants' opening-week series against the Padres. The Giants got trounced
46 SmithAir747 : I went down that same road as you, back in 1999-2002! I shadowed doctors for a whole summer, I applied to medical schools all over the USA, Ireland,
47 SmithAir747 : Yes, I still plan to attend the ZRH meet! I have a night reserved at the Ibis airport hotel. I haven't booked my flight yet--because I don't quite kn
48 AndesSMF : (First of all, what I will say next in no way is meant to insult anyone) The only difference between a winner and a loser is that a winner never quits
49 Post contains images Foppishbum : Thanks for the encouragement. . .it really means a lot to me. I'm actually a behavior consultant for autistic children at a company based in Sacramen
50 AndesSMF : Small world, is Cliff Serin(?) still there? Maybe you'll be next on the list of people to congratulate.
51 SmithAir747 : I've done some more looking: Aldea is a complex that attracts mostly couples and families, and is unfurnished. It was built in 1999 and features 1- a
52 Mir : Congratulations! All the best to you. -Mir
53 ACB777 : I'm a first year science student at UBC, and I would like to know more about future programs in science. If you don't mind telling me, what are your s
54 Post contains images Jacobin777 : Congrats for getting into UCSF... ...You will only be living 45-60 minutes away from me.. ... ...my colleague (who himself is a PhD in physiology) te
55 SmithAir747 : Here are my stats: Undergraduate GPA: 3.14 (Purdue University, BS Biology 1998) Graduate GPA: 3.06 (Purdue University, MS Biology 2001) GRE General T
56 RNOcommctr : Congratulations, SmithAir! I don't know anthing about the program you been accepted into, but I know UCSF's transplant program is top-notch... my wife
57 ANCFlyer : I don't know how I managed to miss this thread . . . . My sincerest congratulations! It's not often that someone gets to do something for a profession
58 SmithAir747 : UPDATE I just got a second offer this morning (my 32nd birthday, incidentally). This one came from USC in Los Angeles. (I had interviewed at both USC
59 Rammstein : Congratulations and happy birthday!!!
60 Superfly : SmithAir747: Happy birthday man! You are like the 13th person I know with an April 25th birthday. Come to UCSF! USC is ok if you don't mind living in
61 Post contains images Flyingbabydoc : Happy Birthday Frances!! As for your PhD, UCSF is much more prolific in terms of scientific production than UCS, just check Pubmed to confirm that. T
62 Post contains images Superfly : ...and if for no other reason, better campus, better location and better city.
63 Aerobalance : Rock and Roll! ...
64 Flyingbabydoc : I also completely agree with you on that one. FAR better campus and city! Alex
65 ScarletHarlot : Congratulations, Francis, and a very happy 32nd birthday to you!
66 Post contains images Foppishbum : I'm not sure 'bout that. Somehow that name sounds very familiar but I'm not exactly sure if he's still at MIND. I'm working on it Cheers, foppish bum
67 SmithAir747 : UPDATE... I have made a decision on which offer (USC-Los Angeles or UCSF) to accept: I have accepted the offer from UCSF in San Francisco. They gave m
68 Post contains images Mdsh00 : That's awsome, congrats! Maybe you can make some connections with the medicine department and hook me up with a residency.
69 ScarletHarlot : Yay Francis! Good for you. Looking forward to your TRs!
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