Open-access artificial intelligence (AI) writing tools, like ChatGPT, CopyAI, Jasper-AI, Writesonic, and others have become more mainstream leading to concerns that applicants will use these tools to compose their personal statements. The following updates describe how PharmCAS is trying to address these concerns:
AACP currently partners with iThenticate to detect potential plagiarism in an applicant's PharmCAS personal statement. iThenticate recently confirmed with AACP staff that it has been actively working on a solution for detecting AI generated content for several years now and is in the process of enhancing its software to include AI detection. View the blog post titled, Sneak preview of Turnitin's AI writing and ChatGPT detection capability, to learn more about these emerging efforts.
PharmCAS Release Statement
Beginning in the 2023-2024 (next) application cycle, the following statement will be added to the PharmCAS release statement. The applicant's certification of the statement is binding and serves the same purpose as a legal signature.
I certify that I wrote an original PharmCAS personal essay without the assistance from other individuals or an artificial intelligence (AI) essay generator (e.g., ChatGPT).
The following statement will be added to the PharmCAS Applicant Responsibilities.
PharmCAS applicants will…
Compose an original PharmCAS personal essay without the assistance from other individuals or artificial intelligence (AI) technology (i.e., an essay generator).
We hope you find these updates helpful and welcome any questions you may have.
Katie Owings Bruce
Director of Application Services and Student Programs
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy