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Monday, October 9, 2017

Transforming the UCSF PharmD Curriculum

So many more details of our new curriculum have been solidified since this video was first produced. But I recently stumbled on it and was, again, reminded of what a great overview/summary it is -- of the direction we are headed with our new curriculum.  While it was intended for our faculty (and shown during a faculty meeting), it can be quite insightful for ANYONE interested in learning more about our transformed curriculum, launching in 2018. Take a look!

Friday, October 6, 2017

PCAT: A Better Question To Ask....

"What's the average admitted PCAT score?"

I HATE this question! In fact, it makes me cringe. Why? Because as soon as someone hears the answer, they immediately place a value on their own worth. If they are above the average, they feel good. If they are below the average, they feel inadequate.

Just once, I'd love to be asked "What's the range of PCAT scores you admitted?"  The answer would reflect the diverse spectrum of scores in the entering class, which is particularly helpful given the we do not have a minimum score requirement.

But in the spirit of transparency, we'll provide the average... but not without including the range (Thanks for indulging me! It's all about the range!

On a similar note, I hope you caught the earlier blog post about all those important characteristics we look for (but not captured from a PCAT score.)  Check it out here!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

PCAT: We WILL Accept October/November 2017 Scores!

We've received many questions lately about PCAT testing dates.

In an ideal world, you would have already taken the PCAT in order for your scores to be available by our November 1 application deadline. Or even better, you could take the PCAT anytime you wanted, right?  Unfortunately, we do not live in an ideal world.  The PCAT is only scheduled for very specific testing dates. For students planning to enter in 2018 (and planning to submit your application by November 1, 2017), we will accept October/November 2017 PCAT scores.

It takes about 4-5 weeks for PCAT to submit your OFFICIAL score to PharmCAS.  Our application deadline is November 1, 2017. If you take the PCAT during the October 23 - November 3 testing period, we will ask that you email us your UNOFFICIAL score (that only you have access to) at PharmacyAdmissions@ucsf.edu so your application can be processed and reviewed. Then we will replace the UNOFFICIAL score with the OFFICIAL score, once it’s eventually delivered to PharmCAS from PCAT. Unfortunately, PCAT exams taken in January are too late for consideration.

We've updated our website to reflect this:

Please don't hesitate contacting us if you have any questions. 
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