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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

1. What is PhiDE?

Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity creates physicians of integrity with a lifelong commitment to our guiding principles. We develop physicians who positively impact the world, inspire others to greatness, and lead by example.

2. Who can join PhiDE?

We encourage any and all students who wish to one day attend medical school to come out to our recruitment events and apply! Everyone is welcome :)

3. What is the time commitment for PhiDE like?


Each week, we have a General Meeting for about an hour. We also hold many special events, such as socials within the chapter as well as other professional organizations, volunteer opportunities, and philanthropic endeavors.


4. Why PhiDE over other Pre-Med organizations?


PhiDE is one of the largest and most well connected gender and racially inclusive Pre-Med organizations in the country. PhiDE creates a community of students who share the same academic activities working towards the same goal: becoming a physician. We offer many valuable opportunities including volunteering, medical school workshops, discussions with current medical students and physicians as well as fraternal comradery to aid you along your journey.

5. What sorts of organizations are other PhiDE members involved in?


PhiDE members are involved across campus in clubs, sports, research, social sororities and fraternities, service organizations, and honors societies to name a few. 


6. What is the medical school acceptance rate among PhiDE members?


Nationally, the medical school acceptance rate for PhiDE members is around 92%, more than double the overall national rate of acceptance of 41% (Princeton Review, 2019).


7. What type of events does PhiDE put on?


PhiDE’s largest event is the Gelfan Lecture where active physicians of integrity within the community are invited to speak on their experiences and expertise. We also work in tandem with Children’s Miracle Network Hospital to raise money for children’s families who are unable to support themselves with the large burden medical bills bring. PhiDE also offers volunteering and social events to bring ourselves closer to the community and each other. 


8. What are some benefits for PhiDE alumni?


There are PhiDE chapters at medical schools internationally, and your membership continues to whatever school you attend in the future. In addition, PhiDE members can request to be interviewed by other PhiDE members at a medical school and you can stay at their chapter house when doing medical school visits.

9. Does PhiDE do any community outreach? If so, what?


Each quarter, as a chapter, PhiDE goes to give their time and service to local organizations. Not only is giving back to our community incredibly rewarding, but it also builds the connection between the members of our chapter by serving and making memories together.


10. Does PhiDE support any philanthropies?


Phi Delta Epsilon believes in giving back to our global community. Our international philanthropic and service partner is Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals. There are more than 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals worldwide. Each year these hospitals treat 17 million children for every disease and injury imaginable. Collectively they impact the lives of more children than any other children's organization in the world. Each PhiDE chapter partners with a local CMN Hospital to volunteer and fundraise. throughout the year through a variety of events from bake sales to 5K races. Annually, we hold an Anatomy Fashion Show in support of CMN Hospital. As their current and future physicians, this organization is dear to our members. Anatomy Fashion Show is a trademarked program of Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity, Inc. benefiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Since 2012, PhiDE students have been walking the runway in campus ballrooms to showcase different artists’ renditions of the human body.  Models wear spandex and are painted head-to-toe with paint.  Students from community organizations join as models, painters, performers and audience members.  Those in the audience are joined by families, advisors and other campus professionals. There is food, entertainment, prizes and a Master of Ceremonies to share the story of each work of art.

If you still have questions about UCSB's chapter of Phi Delta Epsilon, please visit the Contact Us page. For questions related specifically to recruitment, please email

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