UCSF Supplementary Application Q's


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Sep 24, 2011
  1. Pharmacy Student
    Would someone be willing to post a list of the UCSF supplementary application questions here? I would like to get an idea of what kinds of questions they will be asking...

    Here you go pipersnap. Have fun because I know I did >.<". They might change the questions this year so don't expect all of them to be the same.


    1) In the PharmCAS application you listed examples of extracurricular, volunteer, and community activities as well as honors and awards, positions held, and work experiences.

    This question asks that you provide evidence of leadership ability and motivation by expanding upon one of these experiences and discussing your level of involvement and the skills, knowledge, and insight you have gained from this endeavor. How will this experience prepare you to be a leader in the pharmacy profession?

    We realize that the way you spend your time and the opportunities available to you can vary due to outside factors you do not control. For that reason we are interested in determining the depth of your commitment, and identifying the value you place on these experiences and accomplishments.

    2) Explain how your educational, employment or other extracurricular experiences have provided you an opportunity to actively address issues of diversity and/or health disparities. How will these experiences help you to succeed in our Doctor of Pharmacy program and in the pharmacy profession?

    An increasingly diverse society in America has significant implications for the future practice of pharmacy.
    At UCSF, addressing issues of diversity and health disparities are values we hold close. In this question you are asked to use examples from your own experiences in addressing these issues and how they will help you succeed in our program and in the profession.

    3) How have your personal experiences informed your understanding of the human condition?

    For this question you should summarize what you believe you have learned about the nature of humanity and how that will impact your tenure as a student at UCSF and your future as a pharmacist.

    4) In a class of 122 highly qualified students, which of your personal characteristics will make you stand out as an individual? In contrast to the PharmCAS application and statement, which asks you to describe your skills, accomplishments, and future goals, we ask that you discuss your personal uniqueness.
    Because the ability to write effectively will be important to you in pharmacy school and beyond, we ask that you write a second essay in addition to the Personal Statement in the PharmCAS application.

    The theme of this essay is different from that of the PharmCAS Personal Statement and, therefore, the two essays should not be the same.

    This Candidate's Statement should reflect who you are and what is meaningful to you. It should provide us with insight about your character and how you came to be the person you are today. You should pay particular attention to describing the unique qualities and personal characteristics that you believe separate you from the other candidates.

    Like all writing segments of the application, this essay is also an opportunity to demonstrate a complex level of thought and critical thinking skills consistent with a professional, graduate-level degree program. Your discussion points should be presented in a logically cohesive manner and supported by relevant examples.

    5) Tell us anything else you would like us to know about you. If you’re a reapplicant, use this section to describe the steps you have taken to further develop your qualifications.
    This is your opportunity to provide the admissions committee with additional information that you believe is relevant for consideration but that is not requested in any other section of the application. Alternately, you may use this space to expand upon something mentioned in another section of the application.

    Optional Questions:

    Optional Questions:

    1) Tell us about any unique circumstances involving your family and/or the community in which you were raised, and how these social and/or cultural factors might have adversely affected the pursuit of your education.

    2) Economic factors, such as the need to work, dependent care, family resources, etc., can often seriously impede an individual’s academic progress. Use the space below to elaborate on any economic issues that affected your schooling.

    3) The availability and types of schooling offered, as well as the history of education in one’s family and/or community might vary significantly. Comment below on any educational disadvantages you feel you might have had to overcome.

    4) Do you now have, or have you had in the past, any learning or physical disabilities that might have adversely affected your academic performance? If so, please indicate what accommodations, if any, you were provided in high school and college.
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