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RequiredIn 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 PharmCAS Personal Statement. The theme of this essay is different from that of the PharmCAS essay, therefore the two should not be the same. This essay 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. 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.4000 char
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RequiredUCSF prepares students to be leaders in pharmacy. Expand upon one of the outside activities you listed in your PharmCAS application by discussing how your participation demonstrates your motivation and ability to be a leader in the pharmacy profession.In the PharmCAS application you listed examples of various activities/experiences. Please 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.2000 char
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RequiredExplain 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. Use examples from your own experiences in addressing these issues and how they will help you succeed in our program and in the profession.2000 char
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RequiredHow have your personal experiences informed your understanding of the human condition? 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.2000 char
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RequiredTell 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.2000 char
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OptionalTell 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.2000 char
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OptionalEconomic 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.2000 char
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OptionalThe 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.2000 char
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OptionalAre there now, or have there been in the past, any other factors or barriers that might have adversely affected your academic performance? If so, please feel free to elaborate.2000 char
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