PILLS Pharmacy Applications Workshop April 19, 2006 LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION California Pharmacy Schools UCSF (3 is required) http://pharmacy.ucsf.edu/pharmd/admissions/aboutstudents/ Recommendation through Pharmcas is accepted, but UCSF Letter of Recommendation Form is preferred Must submit 3 letters of rec. However, additional ones will be discarded. At least one recommendation should be from someone who knows you through your college-level academic work. This is usually, but does not have to be, a professor. Select your recommenders carefully. Each one should know you well enough to provide the school with an assessment of your academic aptitude, communication skills, and potential for a professional career. It is recommended to send the letters (in sealed envelope with a signature across the seal) along with the rest of your supplemental application to ensure that they are sent in before the deadline. UCSD (3) http://pharmacy.ucsd.edu/admissions.shtml#Recs As of this year, recommendation letters are to be sent to Pharmcas directly, and not to the UCSD Pharmacy School. Three (3) letters of reference should be completed on the Letters of Reference form included in your PharmCAS application This institution DOES NOT accept evaluations from the following: Teaching Assistants Politicians Friends Family Members Co-Workers Clergy See the Letters of Reference page on this website for a list of possible evaluators. PILLS Pharmacy Applications Workshop April 19, 2006 If you have been out of school for more than a year, request one reference from your employer or supervisor. USC (2) Two (2) letters of reference should be completed on the Letters of Reference form included in your PharmCAS application One letter must be from a faculty member and the second from a person who can best describe your capabilities and fitness for a pharmacy education. This institution DOES NOT accept evaluations from the following: Teaching Assistants Pre-health Advisor Politician Friend Family Member Co-Worker UOP (2) Two recommendations (electronic or paper copy) from a pharmacist and academic recommender. Must be on the PharmCAS forms! Please note PharmCAS will not accept more than three recommendations. Please be sure that you submit appropriate recommendations to fulfill our requirement. There are no exceptions; you must provide a recommendation form from a pharmacist and an academic professor. If you have been out of school over three years, we require a letter from your supervisor. Please check the Pharmcas website for more details!! Western University (3) Three (3) letters of reference should be completed on the Letters of Reference form included in your PharmCAS application Recommendations should be solicited from people who know you well, but that are not related to you. Examples of appropriate recommendations would include professors, academic advisors, mentors, employers, teaching assistants. The recommendations should state the nature and extent to which the recommendor knows you, and should elaborate on the applicant’s attributes and abilities including communication skills, ethics, interpersonal skills, motivation toward the profession, and maturity. This institution DOES NOT accept evaluations from the following: Friends Family Members PILLS Pharmacy Applications Workshop April 19, 2006 Loma Linda (3) Personal recommendation forms are available on-line. Three recommendations are to be completed by individuals qualified to describe your performance, abilities, motivation, and other attributes. References preferably come from college-level course instructors. Employer reference(s) may be included (maximum of 2) only if employment was in a health-care related field and occurred within three years prior to the date of application. Individuals who provide recommendations should be urged to submit them promptly. Touro University (3) Three (3) letters of reference should be completed on the Letters of Reference form included in your PharmCAS application and submitted to PharmCAS This institution REQUIRES an evaluation from the following: Science Professor Second Science Professor This institution DOES NOT accept evaluations from the following: Friend Family Member Co-Worker Instructions for submission of letters can be found on the PharmCAS website. http://www.pharmcas.org/applicants/eval.htm. ONLINE AND PAPER REFERENCES ACCEPTED Evaluators can submit references to PharmCAS using the online (preferred) or paper PharmCAS Evaluation form. Online References – Preferred To use the online format, enter your evaluators’ name and Email address. Alert your evaluator to watch for an automated email from PharmCAS with the subject "PharmCAS Reference Request". The email will instruct the evaluator on how to login and complete the online PharmCAS evaluation form. Paper References Enter your evaluators’ information on your web application. Print and have your evaluator use the PharmCAS Evaluation Form. Login to your PharmCAS application and go to the Reference section to print the paper form. The evaluator should complete the paper form and attach it to a reference letter. Pharmacy schools may not accept paper references unless the completed paper PharmCAS evaluation form is attached. Paper references must be mailed to PharmCAS in a sealed envelope on the evaluator's signed official institutional or business stationery. PharmCAS will not accept paper references sent directly from applicants. PILLS Pharmacy Applications Workshop April 19, 2006 PERSONAL TIPS When meeting your recommender: Bring along these materials (including, but not limited to): -Copy of unofficial transcript -Copy of current resume -Mini personal statement -Pre-stamped envelope (if the letter is to be mailed by the recommender) ALSO: http://www.writeexpress.com/recommendation.htm?source=adwords+recommendation+l etters Be sure to give them enough time (3-4 weeks, if possible) to write the recommendation letter. When you talk to them, state your goals and suggest what they might write to help you achieve those goals. Coach them to be specific; general praise is a waste of space. Don't be shy. A recommendation letter is a sales letter to sell you. Now is the time to brag! Follow up your request for a recommendation letter by writing a review of your conversation. Give suggestions for your recommendation letter. You may need to put words in their mouths. When you send them the follow-up letter, be sure to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Then, feel free to contact them in a couple of weeks to confirm that they are aware of your deadlines. Once you receive your recommendation letter, send a thank-you note. You should also let them know about your success and how they helped you -Organize all necessary materials into one large envelope for your recommender -Send reminder emails to the recommender when deadline is coming up -Request recommender to include specific things that will present you as a unique candidate, such as telling him/her to say something about how you initiated a project, something about your personality that makes you stand out, or even to elaborate on one of your notable achievements in his/her class or research lab. MORE COOL TIPS…… What is looked for in the letters of recommendation: The admissions committee usually looks for letters of recommendation from your health professions advisor at your college. Letters of reference from work supervisors, medically related preceptors, and research mentors are also acceptable but should not be used in place of the minimum two professor letters. It is useful if the person writing the letter knows the applicant well. An admissions PILLS Pharmacy Applications Workshop April 19, 2006 committee wants insightful and in-depth information provided by an individual who is experienced in evaluating students. http://aggiepremed.tamu.edu/faq.htm#9 Most Deans of Admissions read each recommendation with three questions in mind: 1) How well does the writer know the applicant and the applicant's academic record? 2) What does the writer have to say about the applicant's abilities and characteristics which are important for success in law school and the profession? 3) In the final analysis, how enthusiastic is the writer's support for the candidate's admission to this particular school http://www.a2zcolleges.com/adm/lawrec.htm PILLS Pharmacy Applications Workshop April 19, 2006 LETTER SERVICE Career Center University of California, Berkeley 2111 Bancroft Way, 2nd Floor Berkeley, CA 94720-4350 9:00am - 5:00 pm Monday - Friday (510) 642-1716 What? “The Letter Service is an official repository for letters of recommendation supporting admission to graduate and professional schools or application for academic employment. The Letter Service is available to all currently enrolled UC Berkeley students*, and alumni of the University of California.” (from UCB’s Career Center website) Why? Benefits of Service: 1. If you plan to apply to numerous institutions, this service allows writers to submit one letter that can be used to support multiple applications. 2. You, your institutions and your letter writers will be assured of the confidentiality and prompt mailing of your letters. 3. If you plan to apply in the future but would like to ask for letters now, the Letter Service will keep your letters on file up to 5 years for grad/med/professional school applicants, and 10 years for educational careers candidates. How? 1. Pay the necessary fee. (Enrolled UC Berkeley students/ $20/ Free until graduation; Alumni Advantage membership/ $100/ One year from time of payment) 2. Complete and submit the online registration form. 3. Sign and mail the authorization form. 4. Login to your online account to view all account details. 5. Obtain the necessary recommendation and waiver forms. Please check out this link: http://career.berkeley.edu/Letter/Letter.stm for other valuable information!!!!