How will I know when/if to attend an interview day event?
Following the submission of a complete application through PharmCAS, selected applicants will receive an email interview invitation. The invitation will outline directions to Regis University, parking and instructions for the interview day. Adult family members are also invited to the interview day where they will enjoy separate programming from the applicant.
What will the interview day consist of?
The interview day consists of the following:
- Registration, instructions and a light breakfast. School of Pharmacy faculty and current Pharmacy students will be present to welcome you.
- Welcome Session
- Tour of the campus
- Writing exercise
- Multiple mini-interviews
- Lunch with faculty, preceptors and current pharmacy students
- Introduction to Regis University and the School of Pharmacy
- Interactive Team-based learning activity
Guests of candidates are welcome and will have the opportunity to tour campus with the School of Pharmacy Dean, followed by information sessions with student service organizations (financial aid, service learning, housing etc.). The guest program is an excellent opportunity for family and friends to learn more about the School of Pharmacy on a personal level.
What are Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs)?
Multiple mini interviews (MMIs) are a series of short, structured conversations each involving a specific topic. This interview method was developed at McMaster University and has been adopted as the interview method for a growing number of international and U.S. medical, dental and physical therapy schools. The Regis University School of Pharmacy has adopted this method because it provides a more reliable assessment of the applicant characteristics and eliminates the possibility of misrepresentation due to a poor applicant performance in a one time - one interviewer event.
This method of interviewing increases the opportunity for applicants to interact with a variety of people over a number of topics. Topics include ethics, leadership, communication, creative thinking, cultural awareness, stress management, compassion, empathy and cognitive moral development. Knowledge of pharmacy is not required for these interviews.
During the MMI applicants will be assigned to a private and confidential interview room. Interviewers will move between applicant rooms. Each applicant will meet with nine interviewers. At the start of each session, the interviewer will enter the room, introduce themselves and provide the applicant with the question or scenario. The applicant will be given two minutes to read the question or a scenario and prepare for the interview. The interviewer will reenter the room and begin a conversation about what the applicant has read. The interview will last for six minutes and then the interviewer will proceed to the next station.
The interviewers have undergone training in the interview and assessment process. They have been recruited from the School of Pharmacy faculty, Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions faculty and pharmacist preceptors. The School of Pharmacy is dedicated to quality assurance and will perform an annual review of the MMIs to assure reliability of the process. To help us in this process we ask that applicants and interviewers complete a short survey at the end of the interview day.
Acknowledgements: McMaster University, University of Saskatchewan, and University of Calgary.
What is the writing exercise?
This exercise is modeled after the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) writing sample. Applicants will be asked to review several topic statements and then select one for which they will formulate a reply. The reply is in the form of a coherent essay that addresses the topic through three specific writing tasks.