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  • University of California San Francisco School of Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy School
  • San Francisco
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

5 out of 10


How long was the interview?

50 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?


What was the style of the interview?


What type of interview was it?

Open file

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"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?" Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 2)?

"What evidence makes you believe that the pharmacist you worked for, developed cancer as a result of the medication she was preparing?" Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 3)?

"Give an example of a time where you solved a problem in a very creative way. What would you do if a patient brought you a script to fill that you knew would be detrimental to the patient? You call the doctor and he says to go and fill it." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How do you see your christian faith as both a positive and negative factor in your chosen field. " Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"If you were in charge of a clinical pharmacy team, and a noncompliant patient was to have died under your care, what would you do to adjust the program." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Worked in Biotech, talked to everyone in the company from the clinicians to the chemists. Talked to several faculty members at UCSF. Read a few books on pharmacy. volunteered at a pharmacy as a pharm tech. Read webpage after webpage on pharmacy related issues and associations. Took extra classes in biology. Subscribed to drug topics. Read the UCSF website about a zillion times. Practiced my writing skills via GRE study books. " Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"How friendly all the students and staff were. The very open and communal research environment. The large ammount of feedback the staff was taking." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The makeshift interviewing cubicles separated by cloth partitions. You could hear other people having their interviews while you were having yours." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Sudents come out and talk to you while you are waiting for your interview. They interview about 50 people in one session in waves of about 10 people every 30 minutes or so. You take the writing test first in a very nice well lit room, and then wait to be called to have the interview. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Overall a very stressful but worth while experience. I only applied to UCSF(the sniper versus the shotgun approach)a big risk, but it paid off! The program is 20 years ahead of any other program in the nation. " Report Response

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