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"Keep up the great work! The interview experience was great overall."
"Sending out acceptance letters sooner would relieve the nervousness of anxiously await."
"Mailing out acceptance letters slightly earlier would reduce the stress level of the anxiously await"
"what do you think about Obama's health care reform."
"Why do you want to study pharmacy at UCSF?"
"Asked about my research, What are your passions"
"Tell us about your research. Why UCSF?"
"Why pharmacy and not medicine ?"
"Tell me about yourself. How did you come to a decision to pursue pharmacy?"
"Why not a PhD? (I've had five years of research experience). How do you feel about competition among colleagues?"
"What do you do in your spare time?"
"So, I see you were involved with so and so, please tell us more about this experience - a specific question about the activity I described in one of my supplemental essays"
"Why UCSF? Why Pharmacy? Asked alot of questions from my application."
"Why UCSF and which pathway are you interested in. Tell us about a conflict and how you resolved it. Tell us about yourself. Things you do for fun. Good things about working at a pharmacy; bad things?"
"Why do you want to go to UCSF?
What other schools did you apply to?"
"The first 20 minutes was about my essay. They asked me to elaborate on specific things in my essay. They started with, "please explain in different terms, why did you choose pharmacy?""
"Why do you want to attend UCSF?"
"about my work experience"
"Why pharmacy? Why UCSF? Do you see yourself happy here for the next 4 years? Where do you see yourself in 20 years?"
"Start off with why pharmacy and why UCSF."
"What makes you a better candidate than everyone else?"
"So you've had an interesting life...
You are expected to finish the sentence, so I would suggest to put your cards on the table by talking about interesting periods in your life. Then the interview begins off of any of those topics you presented!"
"Why pharmacy? Why UCSF?"
"What would you do if you saw a fellow student cheating on an exam?"
"Name some leadership experience you have."
"There were 3 essay topics, but I only remember the one I wrote on, where I had to say whether I felt like leadership was an innate ability or a learned skill. You had to write the essay in a box (about 5/6 of a page, unlined) and if you exceed the boundaries of the box, apparently you are penalized."
"Tell us about yourself."
"Basic: why UCSF? why Pharmacy? what unique about yourself?"
"How have you shown leadership qualities?"
"Why should we choose you over other applicants? "
"Everyone talks about the fact that they want to "educate" their patients, but the truth is that it is very difficult. What approach specifically would you take to educate your patients effectively?"
"Why have you picked pharmacy in particular?"
"Obviously they asked: Why pharmacy? Why UCSF?"
"If I were a member of your team and wasn't doing my work, what grade should you get? (That was a very weirdly worded q)"
"Why UCSF over USC?"
"Regarding medication therapy management, do you think its worth it that a patient has to pay $50 an hour just to talk to a pharmacist?"
"Why pharmacy? What do you want to do in 5 years. . . 10 years? "
"Lots of stuff from my file."
"Why did you choose pharmacy? What kind of pharmacy experience do you have? Why UCSF? What are your strengths and weaknesses? Have you looked over the pathways and which pathways interests you? Describe your typical day."
"Why pharmacy? Why UCSF? Why not medicine? etc"
"If there was an earthquake and Dean Koda-Kemble told you that your class would not be able to graduate in 2010 because the school had to shut down for a year for renovations, what would you do?"
"What have you done as a leader for your organization?"
"I see you spent a lot of time abroad. What is the advantages/disadvantages of healthcare in other countries compared to the US?"
"How did your experience in the pre-pharmacy club prepare you for a career in pharmacy?"
"You said you like __ so much, why didn't you pursue that instead of pharmacy? (They asked me like 5 variations of this question!)"
"What is your typical Saturday? What do you usually do other than what you put down in the application under hobbies?"
"What got you interested in pharmacy? At no point did they ask me why UCSF...I bet they already know why."
"describe a time when you felt proud"
"Why pharmacy? They always ask this. What do you like about pharmacy, what do you not like? What do you think is a current healthcare issue? Any leadership? They asked some questions about teamwork too."
"1. Describe a difficult situation with another person, i.e. colleague, patient, customer, and how you handled it."
"What would you do if a member of your team refused to do his/her share of work?"
"The usual question, "Why pharmacy?""
"What important issues in healthcare do you think will shape the future of pharmacy?"
"Why are you interested in pharmacy rather than medicine or nursing?"
"if you got in, what pharmacy pathway would you choose?"
"If you were a professor with a very strict policy on no make up exams, and a student came to you 2 days before the exam and said they had to miss the exam because they were going into the hospital for surgery. What would you do?"
"Questions pertained to my work background so, probably not relevant to most people."
"so tell us about ______(something you wrote in your app)"
"what are your strength and weakness?"
"Why pharmacy? Why UCSF?"
"towards the end they seemed to run out of questions to ask me so they asked "what was one question you were expecting us to ask, but didn't?" so of course as a follow up I had to answer it"
"something about clinical trials came up and the faculty asked me if i knew the different phases of a clinical trial."
"Which anmial do your friends consider you as?"
"Is there a difference between student pharmacists and pharmacists?"
"If you could change something about Eastern medicine, what would it be? How would you 'educate' others who hold on to their cultural medical practices?"
"What current health care issue interests you the most?"
"What real-world work advice would I give the student interviewer after she graduates."
"What do you want to do with a pharmD degree?"
"How will you help a patient with some kind of disease to improve her emotional well-being?"
"Tell me about a time when you had to overcome a cultural barrier."
"what will you add to our program?"
"Describe a situation in which you had to deal with a difficult person, and how you solved the problem. Another way of solving the conflict."
"Lots of questions about my research background and my interest in the basic sciences. (I am lacking for the most part, but my resume seems to not really show that.)"
"Are you more of a subordinate, obedient follower or a rebellious, opinionated follower?"
"Tell me about [random supplemental Q]."
"Is there universal healthcare coverage in Mexico?
Be prepared if you're interested in international health!"
"Was there ever a time that you felt like you couldn't pull it together, with school, work, extracurrics, etc?"
"Do you think pharmacies should stop selling cigarettes?"
"What do you like about San Francisco?"
"Describe one piece of art that you enjoy the most (painting, architecture, music)"
"If you were working as a tech in a community pharmacy and a customer turned in a prescription that you were having trouble reading and the pharmacist told you it was X drug but you still weren't 100% certain it was, what would you do?"
"If you could cure any disease in the world, which disease would you chose? "
"If you have a terminal patient and the family wants to give up but the medical team decides there's still hope, what would you do as a pharmacist?"
"If a patient came to you with a prescription with the medication , for a personal reason, you feel against that medication, what would you do?"
"I had volunteered at the VA hospital, so the interviewer asked "if i called the nurse right now, what three qualities would she describe about you?""
"Why do you think women are comfortable talking to you about contraceptives?"
"How would practicing pharmacy in a region outside the Bay Area differ in terms of clinical opportunities, demographics, and overall reception?"
"What kind of running shoes do you wear?"
"What do you think about Pharmacists prescribing/recommending herbal supplements?"
"If you were the interviewer, what would you look for in a candidate?"
"What would I do if I had to help a blind/deaf patient?"
"Say you were trying to provide information about a medicaiton to a patient, and the patient didn't want to listen. what would you do? "
"If you were a pharmacist, how would you help your mom? "
"What do you think about drug commercials and how pharmaceutical companies are able to get to the consumer directly that way?"
"If a patient brought in a prescription that you thought was wrong, what would you do?"
"How effective is the barcoding system at your hospital? What are the positive and negative aspects of this type of new technology?"
"how did you choose to learn how to play the flute? (follow-up question)"
"I mentioned that I am bilingual in my application so the student interviewer asked, "how would you go about teaching a second language to my younger brother, who isn't interested in learning another language. He'd rather play with his nintendo all day.""
"What position did you play for basketball in high school?"
"Something about my tutoring experience..."
"What unique characteristic do you bring to your job that others do not?"
"Most of the questions were just about what I had written in my supplemental application (hobbies, work exp., etc.), but the first question they asked me was, "Do you have any questions for us?""
"What is your favorite piece of art?"
"What are the typical problems that occur when starting out at a new independent pharmacy? "
"Tell us about issues in healthcare that you see as shaping the future of pharmacy."
"if you were on a hike with a friend, and suddenly your friend fell. you went down the hill to help her get up and realized you were lost and it was getting dark. what would you do now?"
"All questions were very common... typical interview questions."
"Define critical thinking and give me an example. How would a compounding pharamcist, specifically, ensure patient confidentiality?"
"With having emphasized the importance of diversity in my application, the third year student asked how I would address this diversity while as a student at UCSF. "
"Describe your typical Saturday. "
"Nothing really stood out. As I said in my comments, most of my questions were personal"
"If a patient came in with a prescription that you know has a deleterious effect on their health and you called the doctor and the doctor tells you to go ahead and fill it, what would you do?"
"Personal questions regarding my hobbies. They read your file and ask you specific questions regarding your responses. This part of the interview definitely broke the ice."
"why pharmacy and not medicine?"
"How do you see your christian faith as both a positive and negative factor in your chosen field. "
"How would your boss describe you? (I worked as a chemist for 6 years before deciding to return to school)"
"about personal statement"
"what is your favorite type of music"
"Explain rugby to me. (I played in high school)"
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