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2017 MEDS Pre-Pharm Schedule & Info

Below is 2017 Pre-Pharm Schedule.

  • Saturday, February 11th, 2017 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • UCSD School of Medicine Telemedicine Building and Skaggs School of Pharmacy Building

MEDS Pre-Med Schedule 2017

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SESSION 1 / SESSION 2 [10:00-10:50am / 11:00-11:50am]

Pharmacy Phun @ Skaggs School of Pharmacy

Pharmacists are no longer being limited to filling prescriptions. Often they must be able to take a blood pressure, listen for heart rates, provide immunizations, and more. This workshop will take students through some of the hands-on training that real pharmacy students are exposed to—and is led by Skaggs School of Pharmacy professors and pharmacy students who can also provide advice and background on UCSD’s renowned school of pharmacy.

SESSION 3 [12:00-12:50pm]

LUNCH #1

A catered lunch for students and speakers—a perfect opportunity to network and mingle!

Behind the Scenes: Pharmacy Admissions + Student Panel

Find out everything you need to know about getting into pharmacy school—what schools require, what they like to see in students, how you can boost your application. This comprehensive workshop is led by the director of admissions at UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy, and will give you an excellent opportunity to ask the experts all of those important questions.

SESSION 4 [1:00-1:50pm]

LUNCH #2

A catered lunch for students and speakers—a perfect opportunity to network and mingle!

Behind the Scenes: Pharmacy Admissions + Student Panel

Find out everything you need to know about getting into pharmacy school—what schools require, what they like to see in students, how you can boost your application. This comprehensive workshop is led by the director of admissions at UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy, and will give you an excellent opportunity to ask the experts all of those important questions.

SESSION 5 [2:00-2:50pm]

Getting Letters of Recommendation

Your lecture class has over 300 people in it. You're shy, and office hours are crowded. Your professor doesn't know your name. How do you go about approaching a professor for a letter of recommendation? When should you start looking for letters? Learn how to score a quality letter of recommendation in this workshop, which is designed to help students learn how to bridge the gap of communication between themselves and professors.

Nailing the Interview

It's your time to shine, and you are understandably nervous. Learn how to get over those interview jitters as this workshop is designed for students who want to learn how to strategically approach their admissions interviews. Emily will cover ways to prepare for the interview process, including multiple mini-interviews (MMIs), and cover scenarios appropriate for students applying to professional medical programs. Together, you will uncover ways to deliver win-win answers to difficult questions.

Telling Your Story: Writing a Personal Statement

Personal statements carry a lot of weight during the admissions process for professional schools—it's your one chance to tell the admissions boards who you are, how you are different from other candidates, and why you would make a great addition to their school.  This is a special workshop on how to go about writing your personal statement—what you should include, what not to do, how to format, and more—all tailored for pre-med and pre-pharm students.

Beyond the Counter: Career Opportunities for Pharmacists

There is much more to being a pharmacist than simply filling prescriptions. Many pharmacists work in hospitals, clinics and other locations where they can interact more directly with patients and medical personnel. Roughly 60% of UCSD Pharmacy graduates work in environments outside of drug stores—and in this workshop, alumni and School of Pharmacy representatives will share with you the array of career possibilities available for pharmacists.

SESSION 6 [3:00-3:50pm]

Funding Your Future: SOM/SOPharm Finance

 It is no secret that medical and pharmacy schools are expensive, but so is applying.  Money should never discourage students from pursuing their dream, because there are options available.  Uncover the different resources and programs available to students in medical/pharmacy school, as well as learn information that pre-med and pre-pharm students can use now. 

How to Stand Out: Admissions Committee Advice

We would like to introduce to you members of the UCSD School of Medicine admissions committee. These distinguished individuals read applications, interview students, and ultimately decide who gets in and who does not. They will explain the admission process, and what medical schools look for, and what they like to see on an application. This is also your chance to not simply listen to a list of application requirements, but to ask your own questions to the very people who will read your application when you apply to the UCSD School of Medicine.

Beyond the Counter: Career Opportunities for Pharmacists

There is much more to being a pharmacist than simply filling prescriptions. Many pharmacists work in hospitals, clinics and other locations where they can interact more directly with patients and medical personnel. Roughly 60% of UCSD Pharmacy graduates work in environments outside of drug stores—and in this workshop, alumni and School of Pharmacy representatives will share with you the array of career possibilities available for pharmacists.

Prepping for the PCAT

While most pharmacy schools in California do not require the PCAT to apply, over half of schools in other states do. And with California schools being so competitive to get in, it is always a good idea to consider pursuing an academic adventure out-of-state as well! If you are planning on taking the PCAT, Kaplan can help you get the score you need in order to be competitive.

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