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MEDS Pre-Pharm Workshop Descriptions

  • Saturday, Jan. 25th 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • UCSD School of Medicine Telemedicine Building

Session 1 & 2 (10-11:50 a.m.)

Pharmacy Phun @ Skaggs School of Pharmacy

  • Dr. Eduardo Fricovsky, PharmD—Asst Clinical Professor @ Skaggs SOPharm
  • Dr. Sarah McBane PharmD—Assoc Clinical Professor @ Skaggs SOPharm

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 other pharmacy students who can also provide advice and background on UCSD’s renowned school of pharmacy.

Session 3 (12-12:50 p.m.)

Lunch #1

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

Behind the Scenes: Pharmacy Admissions + Student Panel

  • Kim Ciero—Director of Admissions and Student Affairs @ Skaggs SOPharm
  • Tracy Cruz—Student Affairs Officer @ Skaggs SOPharm

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.

Funding Your Future: SOM/SOPharm Finance

  • Kathleen Hallisy—Scholarship Coordinator and Financial Aid Officer @ UCSD Health Sciences

It is no secret that pharmacy school is expensive, but so is applying. Money should never discourage students from pursuing their dream, because there are options available. Kathleen Hallisy from the UCSD Health Sciences Financial Aid Office will uncover the different resources and programs available to students in medical/pharmacy school, as well as share information that students can use now as pre-pharms.

GPA Bootcamp

  • Steve Schneid—Sr Learning Skills Counselor @ UCSD SOM/SOPharm

It’s no secret that you need good grades to get into pharmacy school, but how to accomplish that stellar GPA remains a struggle for countless students. GPA Bootcamp will walk you through the skills and habits needed in order to get those A’s. Steve works with medical and pharmacy students at UCSD every day to hone their study skills and prepare them for success—this workshop will jumpstart your study habits, and help prepare you for the kind of material you need to know in pharmacy school.

Making the Most of Your Gap Year

  • UCSD Medical/Pharmacy Student Panel

To take a gap year...to not to take a gap year? What to do during your year (or two) off: travel abroad, run an afterschool program, Teach for America, Peace Corps? How will taking time off affect your chances? This session will allow you to hear from students who have made these decisions and are now in school. They will share their experiences: how it helped them, what they may have done differently, and provide advice to those who want a break after earning their Bachelor's degree.

Session 4 (1-1:50 p.m.)

Lunch #2

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

Behind the Scenes: Pharmacy Admissions + Student Panel

  • Kim Ciero—Director of Admissions and Student Affairs @ Skaggs SOPharm
  • Tracy Cruz—Student Affairs Officer @ Skaggs SOPharm

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.

Be the Best You: Writing a Personal Statement

  • Dr. Madeleine Picciotto, PhD—Director of UCSD's Writing Center

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. Dr. Madeleine Picciotto, PhD, is the director of UCSD's Writing Center. She will be giving 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.

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.

GPA Bootcamp

  • Steve Schneid—Senior Learning Skills Counselor @ UCSD SOM/SOPharm

It’s no secret that you need good grades to get into pharmacy school, but how to accomplish that stellar GPA remains a struggle for countless students. GPA Bootcamp will walk you through the skills and habits needed in order to get those A’s. Steve works with medical and pharmacy students at UCSD every day to hone their study skills and prepare them for success—this workshop will jumpstart your study habits, and help prepare you for the kind of material you need to know in pharmacy school.

Session 5 (2-2:50 p.m.)

Beyond the Counter: Career Opportunities for Pharmacists

  • Dr. Brookie Best, PharmD-- Assoc Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Pediatrics @ Skaggs SOPharm

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.

Strategies for Applying to Pharmacy School

  • Bill Wingard—Professional School Advisory @ UCSD Career Services Center

There is more to pharmacy school applications than the application itself. Mr. Wingard is UCSD's resident expert for pre-health students, and will help guide pre-pharmacy students through the process of applying to pharmacy school. If you have ever wondered: What schools should I apply to? What are the differences between programs? What should I look for in a school?—then this workshop is right for you.

Be the Best You: Writing a Personal Statement

  • Dr. Madeleine Picciotto, PhD—Director of UCSD's Writing Center

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. Dr. Madeleine Picciotto, PhD, is the director of UCSD's Writing Center. She will be giving 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.

Funding Your Future: SOM/SOPharm Finance

  • Kathleen Hallisy—Scholarship Coordinator and Financial Aid Officer @ UCSD Health Science

It is no secret that pharmacy school is expensive, but so is applying. Money should never discourage students from pursuing their dream, because there are options available. Kathleen Hallisy from the UCSD Health Sciences Financial Aid Office will uncover the different resources and programs available to students in medical/pharmacy school, as well as share information that students can use now as pre-pharms.

Nailing the Interview

  • Kaplan's Interview Experts

It's your time to shine, and you are understandably nervous. Learn how to get over those interview jitters with Kaplan's Interview Experts, as this workshop is designed for students who want to learn how to strategically approach their admissions interviews. Kaplan will cover standard 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

Session 6 (3-3:50 p.m.)

Beyond the Counter: Career Opportunities for Pharmacists

  • Dr. Brookie Best, PharmD-- Assoc Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Pediatrics @ Skaggs SOPharm

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

  • Kaplan Test Prep

While most pharmacy schools in California do not require the PCAT to apply, over half of schools on other states do. And with California schools being so competitive to get in, 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.

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.

Make an Impact: Community Medicine

A community is only as healthy as its members, and many communities are struggling right here in San Diego. Representatives from powerful community health organizations are here to let you know how your skills as a doctor or pharmacist can not only treat patients, but strengthen and empower a community. Hear their stories of providing care to underserved communities, and how you can get involved.

Nailing the Interview

  • Kaplan's Interview Experts

It's your time to shine, and you are understandably nervous. Learn how to get over those interview jitters with Kaplan's Interview Experts, as this workshop is designed for students who want to learn how to strategically approach their admissions interviews. Kaplan will cover standard 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