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  1. Hey guys. I am a current UofA Pharmacy student going into my 4th year. Congratulations to everybody who has been accepted and for all of those that still have not heard anything, don't lose hope. There were people in my class that received acceptances off the waiting list just several days before classes started. I just wanted to reach out and see if anyone had any questions whatsoever about pharmacy school? I am happy to help, as I found that there wasn't a heck of a lot when I was trying to get in.
  2. Hey. I am currently going into my third year of pharmacy at the UofA. The service learning site is a "sort-of" rotation that you do throughout your first year. It will be at a site where you will work as a volunteer about once weekly, and mostly involves working with people with disabilities. Majority of the sites are long term care sites. There are usually a couple that involve children undergoing various treatments as well. I don't know if they changed the hours, but I believe it is 25 hours in the fall and 25 hours in the winter.
  3. The job positions are definitely not as available due to the fact that you need a 1 year residency most of the time. The pay, however, is most definitely not lower than community, in Alberta at least. In Alberta hospital pharmacists can expect to easily get 10-20k more than community and better vacation packages.
  4. Hey guys. I am just finishing up my second year of pharmacy at the UofA and I have had the opportunity to network with a lot of employers and pharmacists throughout my last two years. There are some statistics that were provided for us by the faculty just a few days ago at a "town hall meeting." Every year the faculty conducts surveys from all the students and recent graduates. First, 87% of class of 2015 had a job before they even took their board exams (signed contracts at the end of 4th year). 75% of students had a full-time job lined up before taking their board exams. Approximately 55% of those jobs were in Urban and 45% were in rural areas (keep in mind that often includes cities that are just outside Edmonton and Calgary). Now, my personal experience from my job and networking throughout the years. Average starting job around Edmonton is about $45/hr. Majority of big chain pharmacists (including those working at my chain) are making between $45-$55/hr (90-110k per year). If you choose to work at the hospital the salary is higher. You start at $52 regardless of experience and max out at $60 per hour (about 103-120k per year). If you work in the community you start with 2 weeks of vacation usually and move up to 4-5 weeks depending on the chain. If you work at the hospital you start with 3 weeks and move up to 4 weeks in just one year. In terms of outlook of jobs, do not listen to anyone saying it is bad at all. As far as I have communicated with class of 2015, everyone in their class got a job by the end of summer and without an issue as well. You might have to start as relief pharmacist initially with SOME chains, so you would have to move around the city between stores and sometimes just outside the city. Most reliefs, however still get full time hours completely. I can't comment too much about other provinces, because all the pharmacists and employers that we communicate with are from Alberta, however what I can say is that in Ontario pharmacists generally make a little bit less and same goes for BC.
  5. I just made a quick search through my email - last year the interviews were sent out on march 18th. I wouldn't worry too much about the interview, unless they changed them radically this year. Just be yourself and have fun with it. Professor that views them told us some of the submissions he has seen last year and people have not only answered questions, but acted, sang and did a bunch of stuff I would have never even thought of. They also got in .
  6. I would just like to point out that all the information about the program is on the faculty of pharmacy website, including all the cost of tuition and rotation costs. There is also a link to the full list of courses where it clearly states that there is a spring/summer rotation that you must pay for. I would like to respectfully disagree with the statements about money and quality of education. Pharmacy is a professional program with much expected higher tuition fees and requirements. Provincial and federal loans cover over and above all tuition costs (regardless of your parents income). I believe the quality of education is excellent, and this is the first time I have heard of anybody complaining about it outright. Of course, just as any program, there will be courses that you will find boring or useless, however I can guarantee you that there is a group of people in every class that will find even the most "useless" lectures helpful. The faculty listens greatly to all the feedback that the students have.
  7. Hey! I am a first year pharmacy student and I got in on the first try. All of the classmates that I have talked to about this, have also gotten in on the first try. I believe the faculty does not look down at you at all, being a first-time applicant.
  8. I think its fantastic that you are willing to share that, especially due to the fact that this experience has taught you a lot about the role of a pharmacist. You are right, there is a lot of stigma surrounding taking anti-depressants, and I think it is great that you are able to be open about that. I definitely do not think that the faculty would view it as "pity," nor are there any policies around that as far as I know. However, if you are slightly concerned about it, I would suggest perhaps focusing your experience with anti-depressants towards being your major resource, that lead you to realize just how much a pharmacist does. You can emphasize your interactions with pharmacists and how they were able to assist you, as the main point of your answer. I believe the faculty ultimately looks for you to know as much as possible about what a pharmacist does. I think sharing your personal experiences that lead you to acquire that knowledge would make you stand out more in your LOI.
  9. I believe the PharmD is only a one year program at the UofA. PharmD also differs from Entry-level PharmD programs from other universities. They vaguely explain it on the UofA PharmD website page, leaving a lot of gaps in explaining exactly what each one will give you.
  10. Hey everyone. Next week there is going to be a pharmacy admission information session.
  11. I believe they calculate three GPAs as part of your application - pre req GPA,Overall GPA, last two years GPA (if applicable)In terms of lowest GPA I've heard of - i honestly cant say accurately since not many people talk about that. Most people I've talked to got in with around 3.5s. However, once again thats just from very small number of people. As far as I've been told, the overall GPA matters significantly less with every extra year of undergrad that you have done. They seem to care about how well you've done in last years and seeing your trends in grades. However, thats just something I've been told by previous students, so it might not always be accurate.
  12. Yes absolutely. First year is extremely slack. As I've mentioned previously, there are a lot of days when theres only one hour of classes as well as numerous days completely off. I've found myself having a lot of time for myself, significantly more than in undergrad. Finals are all specifically placed with a day in between each one, so you always have time to study for each final, with no doubles. I've heard second and third years do not have as relaxing of a schedule, but in first year it is quite enjoyable.
  13. It is definitely a lot more relaxed than undergrad. One of our professors once drew us a curve and explained her view of the Pharmacy "curving." In terms of computers, the faculty uses a lot of tools on our electronic class system at the UofA. No podcasts are posted, however all the notes are always provided as pdfs or PowerPoint. I would strongly recommend a laptop or a tablet, however it is not a necessity. I know a few people who went the entire semester without having a laptop and they were completely fine. There are a lot of brand new computers available for UofA students to use everywhere. As a matter of fact, faculty of Pharmacy just moved into a brand new renovated building this year, and we have a set of our own 10 key coded study rooms as well as a new huge computer room just for pharmacy students. Also, there is a medical library conveniently located close to our classes, which also has a lot of computers and study space. As a side note, there is also a set of lockers you can rent to drop off your jacket, as every building that you're in is connected by pedways, avoiding the torturous Edmonton winters.
  14. Anytime. Ill check up on this thread regularly, in case anybody has any questions
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