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.
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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
- Spontaneous writing exercise
- Multiple mini-interviews
- Lunch with faculty and preceptors
- Introduction to Regis University and the School of Pharmacy
- Team-based learning activity
- Information session with student service organizations (financial aid, housing)
- “Ask the faculty” session
Informational activities, including a campus tour with the School of Pharmacy Dean, will be provided for adult guests while the applicant participates in the interview process.
The day will consist of a series of activities including a series of short interviews, a written essay, tour of campus, lunch, and a fun team-based learning activity.
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 spontaneous 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.
Will there be a tour of the North Denver campus?
Applicants will receive a tour of campus and have an opportunity to ask questions.
Will lunch be provided?
The evaluation portion of the day is all over. It is time to relax. Applicants, faculty and preceptors will share lunch and conversation. Dr. Tom Reynolds will share the history and mission of Regis University followed by the Dean who will address the applicants about the vision for the new Regis University School of Pharmacy. This will be followed by a question and answer session with the Dean.
What other activities are part of the Interview Day agenda?
Team Based Learning Activity
Team-based learning will be used as the preferred instructional strategy throughout the curriculum. We have designed a fun and light-hearted team-based learning activity that will give applicants a better feel for the learning environment.
The Regis University School of Pharmacy places a high priority on continuous improvement. At the end of the day we will ask the applicants to complete an exit survey because we know your feedback is valuable. The faculty, preceptors and the Office of Admission and Student Operations will also be available at this time to answer your questions.
Can my spouse and/or family attend the Interview Day activities?
Applicants are encouraged to invite adult guests to campus on the interview day. Guests will spend some of the morning with Dean Rodney Carter and representatives from financial aid, housing, and Service Learning. Guests are also welcome to participate in the team-based learning activity at the same time as the applicants.
The guest program is an excellent opportunity for family and friends to learn more about the School of Pharmacy on a personal level.