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  1. Hi, how much chemistry is there in the Entry-to-Practice PharmD program at UBC? Is it like Chem 233 and BIOL 201 courses taken during the science undergrad at UBC?

     

     

  2. Do be prepared for a program in which you will be academically tested. Furthermore, be prepared for a profession where you will be academically, ethically, and leadership challenged. While studying is important to not only pass, you'll need to know material to incorporate the best patient-focused care. I'd argue be prepared to balance your life and commitments; if you can do this, balance studying, volunteering, social life, you'll find the Faculty/Program/Profession will provide a catalyst to your development as a professional.
  3. Send in your University transcripts. Those should have all the pre-req courses. If there are any on your high-school transcripts (IB/IA), then those would need to be sent in.
  4. Not too sure. I would assume it is rounded to the 2nd decimal point. They describe how their calculation method works on their Admissions page. Let me know if you can't find it.
  5. Exactly that. They will take the average of the two courses and use it as one course
  6. It's been an incredible experience, full of reward yet challenge. Expect to be overwhelmed with information and material, it's a lot. At the same time, opportunity for involvement is very present and in many venues (advocacy, government, community, education). We follow a "standardized schedule" different for each year. In class 4 days a week, lecture combined with practical lab/tutorial sessions. Assessments are based on lecture and practical lab. Courses are compartmentalized into modules in which you need to pass all (60%) and the final course exam. Hope that helps! It's an excellent program that's evolving and very responsive to student feedback.
  7. Hey Tsal714, Due to confidentiality waiver, UBC MMI interviewees can't disclose the MMI questions or provide any "advantage" to prospective students. What we can tell you are some tips/tricks to prepare. Starters, get aware of healthcare topics and pharmacy within Canada/BC along with the basics of healthcare ethics. Then work together with other students/friends/peeps to practice answering questions on the spot within 7 minutes. You'll hear back within early April. Interviews will be a month or so later. You'll receive an email outlining if you were successful or not in your application.
  8. Hey jess101! Tough question. This type of questions relates to the core of your personality. As cliché as it reads, be honest. Best of luck on the application!
  9. Ok, so in that case they will need to "dip into" the next semester to get the remaining credits. For this, they will determine the average across that semester and use it for 3 credits worth. (i.e. Take the average per credit of the whole semester and then use it for the value of 3 credits). They have to do this since they can't pick a specific course within that semester. Let me know if that helps!
  10. Hey Pharm42, No, you may take courses at any time except for the summer IMMEDIATELY prior to the program start date (e.g. Can't take courses in Summer 2018 for intake of September 2018). They look at your credits in semester bunches, starting from most recent and working backward. Let's say in Semester 1, 2, 3, you took 5, 14, and 15 credits. They will look at the averages for all those semesters, and make an adjustment since they only need 1 credit from semester 1 to calculate the last 30 credit average. It can be very confusing! Let me know if that makes sense, otherwise I can reword it.
  11. No worries Tsal714! More than happy to help. I'll answer your questions sequentially. 1) You should be familiar with the roles that a pharmacy plays within the healthcare field. This would include what types of scenarios they would be faced with and relevant healthcare topics (e.g. Current opioid crisis). You should also have a basic understanding of ethics (both for MMI and when you start the program). Going into the program, be aware this is a professional program. There is a higher expectation on students, in both academic workload and professionalism. 2) Topics more interesting. Much more material. Difficulty of material isn't high. Much more going on at once (Labs, integration activities, lectures, professional development activities). Everything you learn will integrate much better than compared to a standard B.Sc program, and it can be directly applied to your clinical work. 3) Two things. Pre-acceptance: Take the time to understand the profession and current issues/topics in the field. Acceptance: "The day your career started, was the day you received the acceptance letter". Everything you do contributes or detracts from your experience and/or career in pharmacy. Take advantage of opportunities to lead, follow and contribute to the field; they will be there for those who seek it. Correct. After you apply, if your marks are above the average then you will receive an interview request. I prepared in two ways: 1) Read "Doing Right: Guide to Ethics for Healthcare Professionals"; gives a great background in ethics and though processes. 2) I founded and participated in mock MMI questions; hosted Skype sessions to ask questions, answer question and engage in feedback. You can do this through Skype or in person. Really helped get the flow and timing down. Many people struggle as it's stressful and weight-bearing, you can do it, give it time, practice and confidence in your ability Honestly, it would be worth it to at least apply. As I mentioned before, it is completely dependent on the applicant pool; it is mainly a disadvantage if you don't apply as there is NO way to determine what the "optimal GPA" for any given year is. Trust me, apply. See you in the program next year
  12. Hey fungi.funguy, Congrats on the interviews for UBC Med. Pharmacy experience would be helpful for candidates by providing insight into the profession and the types of interactions shared between healthcare professionals and patients; especially for MMI's (as you could relate). This being said, it wasn't a requirement and there are classmates who haven't had any pharmacy experience. If you want some insight, I'd strongly recommend you check out "The Tablet". A magazine published by the BC Pharmacy Association (BCPhA). It discusses a wide variety of relevant and current topics within pharmacy.
  13. Hey OntPremed, Most university programs give a "recommended" and "minimum" GPA for their applicants. As long as you meet the minimum, I'd recommend you apply. Admission is usually based upon the applicant pool. Depending on the year, the average GPA could be very low, very high, or similar to previous years. Since this GPA average can flux, your application GPA might put you within the range for an interview/full acceptance. Good luck on your applications, CDuke93
  14. Hey tsal714, Good question regarding the PCAT. Previously, UBC did require the PCAT for their application (B.Sc program). Times and requirements have brought change. I can confirm as a current PharmD student that you DO NOT need the PCAT to apply . This doesn't apply to other universities nor the programs they may offer (e.g. UoT PharmD still requires PCAT). Let me know if you have any other questions. CDuke93
  15. Hello Everyone! Thought it would be ideal to start an official thread for prospective UBC PharmD students! Deadline for application: January 15th, 2018 Application Information: https://pharmsci.ubc.ca/programs/entry-practice-pharmd-degree If you have any questions/comments/discussion, add it below. Plenty of mostly-friendly UBC PharmD students (myself) and prospective PharmD students on this forum Cheers, CDuke93
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