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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

1. What is PhiDE?

Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity is a co-ed professional fraternity for aspiring physicians of integrity with a lifelong commitment to our guiding principles: philanthropy, deity, and education & equity. 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?


We have weekly chapter-wide general meetings where we cover various topics. We also hold many special events for professional development, community service, chapter bonding, socials with other professional fraternities, and more. 


4. How does PhiDE stand out from other pre-medical organizations?


PhiDE is one of the largest and most well-connected, inclusive pre-medical organizations in the country. At UCSB, PhiDE is the only exclusively pre-medical fraternity on campus. 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 camaraderie 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. We pride ourselves in the broad interests and talents of our members. 


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. 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?


Your membership continues if you attend one of the many medical schools internationally that have PhiDE chapters. In addition, PhiDE members can request to be interviewed by other PhiDE members at a medical school and can request to stay with PhiDE members while doing medical school visits. PhiDE alumni continually give to give back to our chapter by passing on resources, opportunities, and advice to current members. 

9. Does PhiDE do any community outreach? 


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. Our chapter at UCSB is partnered with Cottage Children's Medical Center in Santa Barbara. We support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in many ways, including writing cards for patients, fundraising, and hosting our annual Anatomy Fashion Show.

If you still have questions about UCSB's chapter of Phi Delta Epsilon, please visit the Contact Us page. 

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