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PharmCAS 2020-2021 has launched!

  • 1.  PharmCAS 2020-2021 has launched!

    Posted 07-14-2020 11:21
    Edited by Katie Bruce 07-14-2020 11:22

    Hello colleagues,

    PharmCAS has launched for the 2020-2021 application cycle!
    The PharmCAS Resources page on the AACP website contains helpful information and resources for this cycle, including the 2020-2021 PharmCAS School Manual. Important dates can be found beginning on page 51 of the School Manual and on the PharmCAS website.

    Test Application
    You can access the application online. If you wish to view the application in its entirety, please create a test account and use 'test' in your username (for example, Test_Katie) to help us with accurate tracking.

    Assigning Users to the New Cycle
    To log into your WebAdMIT account, follow the instructions below:

    Login Instructions
    Link:  
    https://pharmcas.webadmit.org
    Username: your email address
    Password: If you are a returning user, your password remains unchanged from the last time you logged in. You can change your password after you log in by clicking on Account in the upper right corner, then Edit My Account. If you are a new user, once you go to the link above, there be a link for you to set up your initial password.

    Refer to the following pages of the WebAdMIT Help Center for further assistance:
      1. Adding Users (New and Existing)
      2. Creating Work Groups


    Accessing Other Accounts/Cycles
    After the primary contact for your institution has updated the users, all accounts will be accessible with your one WebAdMIT login provided above. To access other accounts/cycles, click on the drop-down menu below your name in the upper right corner to toggle between accounts.

    Transfer of Settings
    The transfer process can be initiated beginning tomorrow, July 15, regardless of whether the program has received any verified applications. If you need additional assistance in transferring your settings, please refer to the Transfer Settings Guide in the WebAdMIT Help Center or contact the WebAdMIT Support line at 857-304-2020. Deferred applicants will NOT be pulled over during the Transfer Settings process. See below.

    Deferred Applicants
    The Liaison-Assisted Deferral Process will occur on October 1. This process will automatically move selected data forward for any deferred applicants in the 2019-2020 WebAdMIT into the new cycle and will assign them an application status of Manual. Schools must use the decision code of Deferred for their 2019-2020 deferrals in WebAdMIT by no later than September 30 (and before the deferred data pull on October 1). To determine which applicants are eligible to be deferred and how to code those applicants appropriately, refer to the Deferred Decision Code Policy on pages 75-76 of the PharmCAS School Manual.

    Verification Start Date
    Verification will begin once there are completed applications in the system. Typically, this takes up to a week after launch, but it could be less. As with prior years, Liaison will notify WebAdMIT users once verification begins.

    PharmCAS Team Contact:
    Nicole Iarossi
    Customer Solutions Manager
    niarossi@liaisonedu.com

    AACP Team Contacts:
    Email for School Questions about PharmCAS-related items: CAS@aacp.org

    Email for Questions about the Applicant Code of Conduct: conduct@aacp.org

    Libby Ross, MA
    Senior Director for Student Affairs
    Lross@aacp.org

    Katie Bruce, BA
    Director of Application Services and Student Programs
    kbruce@aacp.org

    Rosie Walker, MA
    Director of Recruitment and Diversity
    rwalker@aacp.org

    Applicant Questions:
    Please direct applicants to contact PharmCAS customer support directly.

    We look forward to a successful cycle and welcome your questions.

    Thanks,
    Katie



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    Katie Owings Bruce
    Director of Application Services and Student Programs
    American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
    703-739-2330 x1026
    kbruce@aacp.org
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  • 2.  RE: PharmCAS 2020-2021 has launched!

    Posted 07-14-2020 11:53
    It's that time already! :-)
    Wishing everyone a happy start to the new cycle.

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    Dustin Christensen-Grant
    Assistant Director of Admissions and Student Affairs
    Roseman University of Health Sciences
    South Jordan UT
    801-878-1090
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  • 3.  RE: PharmCAS 2020-2021 has launched!

    Posted 07-14-2020 15:06
    Dear PharmCAS Community, 

    We are revising our admission process for future admission cycles and I am hoping to get some thoughts from this group about how you handle evaluating writing samples in the admission process.  

    Historically, we've always included an extra writing sample in addition to the PharmCAS essay, which applicants write when they come to campus for their interview.  We are evaluating if we will keep this additional writing sample in the future, or if we would like the PharmCAS essay to play a larger role in our process.  

    I would love to hear back from you about how your school evaluates your applicants' writing in the admission process.  Here are a few questions on my mind, to get you thinking: 
    • Do you use the PharmCAS essay, or an alternative writing sample?  
    • How is writing evaluated in your admission process?  
    • Is there a formal rubric used, and if so, who is responsible for grading the essay?  
    • Do you pay an outside evaluator to grade essays?  
    • How much weight does the writing sample carry in your admission process? 

    Thanks very much for your help!  
    Jess

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    Jessica Lang  |  Director of Enrollment Services

    College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences  |  Drake University

    2507 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311

     

    T  515-271-3018

    E  jessica.lang@drake.edu

    W  www.drake.edu/cphs  


         






  • 4.  RE: PharmCAS 2020-2021 has launched!

    Posted 07-15-2020 15:24
    Hi, Jessica -

    Here's what we do at the Medical College of Wisconsin - School of Pharmacy, please see my responses below.

    • Do you use the PharmCAS essay, or an alternative writing sample?  
      • We use both the PharmCAS essay, and also include a writing exercise during the interview process where interviewees have 30-minutes to respond to randomized writing prompts. 
    • How is writing evaluated in your admission process?  
      • Interviewees are presented a writing prompt which they have 30-minutes to respond to. At the end of the 30-minutes, writing prompts are collected and reviewed by Admission Committee members. Admission Committee members review the writing sample and submit their score via PharmCAS to be reviewed at the following Admission Committee meeting. 
    • Is there a formal rubric used, and if so, who is responsible for grading the essay?  
      • Yes, we do have a formal rubric that is used to grade the interviewee's writing sample. Members of the Admission Committee are randomly assigned to review interviewees writing samples. 
    • Do you pay an outside evaluator to grade essays?  
      • No
    • How much weight does the writing sample carry in your admission process? 
      • Interviewees can score a maximum of 16 points on their writing sample. This attributes to about a quarter of their overall interview day scoring.

    I hope this helps with your revisions to your admission process.

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    Steven Broadway, MS
    Coordinator for Student Services
    School of Pharmacy
    Medical College of Wisconsin
    Milwaukee, WI
    414-955-2646
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  • 5.  RE: PharmCAS 2020-2021 has launched!

    Posted 07-15-2020 15:39
    Thanks, Steven!  This is very helpful.

    ____________________________________

    Jessica Lang  |  Director of Enrollment Services

    College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences  |  Drake University

    2507 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311

     

    T  515-271-3018

    E  jessica.lang@drake.edu

    W  www.drake.edu/cphs  


         






  • 6.  RE: PharmCAS 2020-2021 has launched!

    Posted 07-15-2020 16:45
    Good afternoon all,
    Jessica, I wanted to provide insight into our practice as well.
    • Do you use the PharmCAS essay, or an alternative writing sample?  
      • We utilize both.  The PharmCAS essay is used in a less formal way to gain global insight into the candidate then we ask the candidate to write to provide a writing sample on interview day.  This 30 minute sample is a response to a provide prompt. 
    • How is writing evaluated in your admission process?  Is there a formal rubric used, and if so, who is responsible for grading the essay?  
      • The writing sample is graded by the faculty interviewer and utilizes a rubric which looks at a technical (grammar, structure) and content. The two domains are graded on a 5 point scale.  If candidates that do not achieve a certain score will not receive an offer of admission or will be sent to the admissions committee for secondary review
    • Do you pay an outside evaluator to grade essays?  
      • No
    • How much weight does the writing sample carry in your admission process? 
      • As mentioned above it is used to identify our weaker samples.  Satisfactory writing samples are taken into context of the applicants file and count as a small % of their total score. 

    I hope this helps,
    ~Dustin

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    Dustin Christensen-Grant
    Assistant Director of Admissions and Student Affairs
    Roseman University of Health Sciences
    South Jordan UT
    801-878-1090
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