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  1. Well it might be different for you guys but the interview really wasn't that bad. The LOI and interview are basicallyyyy just ways to get to know you and aren't very intensive. When they release the interview software link, there will be a section where you can practice how the system works (with non-pharmacy related questions), so remember to practice using that to calm your nerves a little. Just be aware of how much time you're given for each question and try to get your answers/points across effectively :) I'm sure y'all will do great! Let me know if you guys have more questions once you ge
  2. Hey! I'm in my second year of the program currently (Class of 2021); let me know if you guys have any questions I might be able to help with! Not sure how often I'll check this forum but be sure to read some of the previous years' application threads for some information :) Good luck!
  3. For the PIC, if i remember correctly, you want to get the one that is the combined PIC + VSC. You don't want to do the option that is backcheck only because you'll end up paying twice since you'll still need a VSC for the faculty (ACP only requires a backcheck, but the faculty needs a VSC as well). Remember that both the ACP and the faculty need it, so I suggest giving it to the faculty first so they can photocopy it for their records and then give you the original back to give to ACP (not sure if they're going to have you guys send in everything online this year so just follow how they want y
  4. Since others have already touched on how placements worked, I'll just throw in anything else I can answer plus I'll speak a little bit on my experience with rotations. For general questions: as others have said, "rural" refers to anything outside ~50km of Edmonton or Calgary. So if you desperately need to live in a city but do need or want to get your rural placement out of the way, you can try to put sites in and around smaller "rural" cities such as Red Deer or Medicine Hat so you have more options available to you in terms of food, entertainment, accomodations, etc. If you get a placem
  5. lmfao I procrastinated and never got mine hopefully we get to use them this year but yeah, stethoscopes are a requirement for the first year skills lab, the faculty will let you know when to buy them and which models are the "best". They can get pricey but there are a lot of colours/variations you can choose when buying one; a lot of people in our class had fun "customizing" their stethoscopes : )
  6. As far as I know/remember from applications last year, the rejection letters just state that your application was not competitive. I don't think they specify why.
  7. Congrats to everyone that has been accepted so far! I look forward to (maybe!) seeing all of you guys this fall. As always, if you guys have any questions, don't hesitate to ask me or the other upper years in this thread! Can't wait to meet you all, I would've loved to see you all at orientation!
  8. We had our last final today; I should be checking this forum more frequently now that I have more free time and you guys are getting closer to the interview stage! Don't hesitate to ask more questions if you have them, all of us are here to help! You guys will do great, good luck
  9. Yeah, we have 6 credits of P/A this year and 4 credits of pharmacology, but I think for next year its switching to 6 credits of pharmacology and 4 credits for P/A. So you guys will probably have pharmacology the whole year 3x a week, and P/A the whole year 2x a week is what I'm guessing.
  10. @juioad answered this pretty well! Most of the classes put a clinical spin on everything and try to relate it to practice. The later years is when you actually tie all the base info you learn right now in first year and make it highly relevant to practice. But to share another experience I had: Currently we have a class called pharmacotherapy where we learn the more "OTC therapy to common ailments" side of things. Some of the information I've learned in this class, regarding things like acne medication and information about various eye drops, I was actually able to apply and help patients at
  11. Hey! So I don't remember my GPA exactly right now but it was around a 3.7 - 3.8 (my cGPA and pGPA were slightly different). GPA is important, but remember it isn't the only factor! Even if you have something lower you can show the faculty you stand out in other ways through your letter and interview I was an in-province applicant with 2 years at UofA. I had a few different volunteering experiences that I had throughout my first two years of university (I'd say 2-3 "major" things). As for employment, I had no pharmacy experience or background; I only had normal retail job experience. Hope that
  12. I'm not going to try and change your mind, and it's not the right time/place for that as we're here to try and help the next batch of first years with their questions. I'm just giving my opinion on things as well. But if you want to go for a coffee or beer or something sometime, reach on out and I'd be down to hear more about your experience Best of luck to everyone applying this year, reach out if you need to!
  13. I'm kind of surprised you feel this way, although I know a couple students in the class might feel the same way as you do. In my experience so far, I disagree that the "pharmily" isn't real. The first day of orientation was an absolute blast and I made a ton of new friends and that really solidified the meaning of "pharmily" for me. I like to think that I'm friends with almost everyone in the class (there are a few people I still haven't properly met yet) and a lot of that is due to me personally putting myself out there. In my experience, making friends is easier in a program like this w
  14. Hey guys! Also in the class of 2023. Decided to start checking on here as it was helpful for me last year and applicants might have questions that I can answer. Feel free to ask anything I'll try to answer the best as I can!
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