UCSF OCPD: Preparing Strong Pharmacy Residency Application Materials

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This powerpoint explains the residency selection process from the perspective of the residency director, gives advice about how to craft your message to a program, explains the difference between a CV & resume and how to tailor your document, and the difference between a letter of intent, a cover letter, and a personal statement, and how to tailor your document.

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  • When people realize they have to put together an application package, one of the first things they do is dig up their old resume/CV, cover letter or personal statement, and then go look online for more relevant samples. And that’s a good way to prepare, but not the best way. The first thing you need to do, is understand this key point: What does it mean to put together a strong application package. And to do that, you need to change your perspective. (CHANGE SLIDES)You need to look at this situation not from the perspective of you as a candidate, but from the perspective of the residency director.
  • Which is why it is important to look at residencyprograms’s websites, and to visit their booths at residency showcases. Because you need to know their mission, their focus, how they see themselves, how they talk about their program. You need to understand their deal.
  • There Is question about why you have to hand in all of this information in the first place: an online application, a CV, a letter of intent. Why 3 letters of rec, rather than just one. Why a dean’s letter. What all this data? Even for employment purposes. Why a resume AND a cover letter (since it seems like no one knows how to write a good one anyway). Why 3 references?It’s because no one document/ no one source tells the whole story of what she needs to know. Only collectively does sjhe see the whole picture. An application proces s and practice is like a well designed research project, where the residency director is looking for multiple data points to support her goal of finding someone who can do her job and fit her team. So…
  • The problem is that you are asked for and approach the package not based on themes, but on documents. Submit a resume. Write a letter of intent. So in fact, the first thing you need to do before you start applying for any job, any residency program, isn’t look online at CV samples. It’s determine your message. What do you want the residency director/employer to know about you by the time they are done reading your document. And as you will see, Focusing on these goals will help you tailor each docuemtn, and answerthe most common questions that trainees have ike: what should I include? How long should it be? How far back should I do in listing experiences? How much detail should I include?Which is why it is important, before you start writing any document, to have a sense of what you want a residency director or employer to know about you before start writing any document. You have to know what your message is.
  • I need you to turn to each other and time 5 minutes. And I need you to answer this question: what do you want the residency director to know about you by thr time she is finished reading your application?And you can say:….I want them to know….Because once we figure that out, we can start to talk practically about how you each tailor your CV, and your letter or intent/cover letter to make sure she does know that. In the end no one else wil…..
  • Curriculum vitae, is a Latin expression which can be loosely translated as [the] course of [my] life. In
  • What professional, constructive feedback isThe steps to give and receive constructive feedback.How to assess how skillful someone is in giving or receiving feedbackHow to respond to people who are unskillful at giving or receiving feedback.
  • What professional, constructive feedback isThe steps to give and receive constructive feedback.How to assess how skillful someone is in giving or receiving feedbackHow to respond to people who are unskillful at giving or receiving feedback.
  • What professional, constructive feedback isThe steps to give and receive constructive feedback.How to assess how skillful someone is in giving or receiving feedbackHow to respond to people who are unskillful at giving or receiving feedback.
  • People have questions about the length, and what to include, and also that things are repetitive. But the goal for a section is for an employer/residency director to see your range of experience. Give example of ‘pharmacy: filled prescriptions…..One of the ways you example your uniqurness is showing me range of experience.
  • So now it is your turn. Take a moment read each other’s documents. Do yu have suggestions about where your can consolodate information, or where you’re focusing too much on repeating the same clinical competencies. If you don’t have a document, take a moment to look over the smaples and see if you can read it as a residency director of employer would.
  • The problem is that you are asked for and approach the package not based on themes, but on documents. Submit a resume. Write a letter of intent. So in fact, the first thing you need to do before you start applying for any job, any residency program, isn’t look online at CV samples. It’s determine your message. What do you want the residency director/employer to know about you by the time they are done reading your document. And as you will see, Focusing on these goals will help you tailor each docuemtn, and answerthe most common questions that trainees have ike: what should I include? How long should it be? How far back should I do in listing experiences? How much detail should I include?
  • When people realize they have to put together an application package, one of the first things they do is dig up their old resume/CV, cover letter or personal statement, and then go look online for more relevant samples. And that’s a good way to prepare, but not the best way. The first thing you need to do, is understand this key point: What does it mean to put together a strong application package. And to do that, you need to change your perspective. (CHANGE SLIDES)You need to look at this situation not from the perspective of you as a candidate, but from the perspective of the residency director.
  • Curriculum vitae, is a Latin expression which can be loosely translated as [the] course of [my] life. In
  • What professional, constructive feedback isThe steps to give and receive constructive feedback.How to assess how skillful someone is in giving or receiving feedbackHow to respond to people who are unskillful at giving or receiving feedback.
  • What professional, constructive feedback isThe steps to give and receive constructive feedback.How to assess how skillful someone is in giving or receiving feedbackHow to respond to people who are unskillful at giving or receiving feedback.
  • What professional, constructive feedback isThe steps to give and receive constructive feedback.How to assess how skillful someone is in giving or receiving feedbackHow to respond to people who are unskillful at giving or receiving feedback.
  • The problem is that you are asked for and approach the package not based on themes, but on documents. Submit a resume. Write a letter of intent. So in fact, the first thing you need to do before you start applying for any job, any residency program, isn’t look online at CV samples. It’s determine your message. What do you want the residency director/employer to know about you by the time they are done reading your document. And as you will see, Focusing on these goals will help you tailor each docuemtn, and answerthe most common questions that trainees have ike: what should I include? How long should it be? How far back should I do in listing experiences? How much detail should I include?
  • UCSF OCPD: Preparing Strong Pharmacy Residency Application Materials

    1. 1. Naledi Saul Associate Director. Naleidi.Saul@ucsf.edu University of California San Francisco. Career.ucsf.edu Putting the Pieces Together: How to prepare a strong pharmacy residency application
    2. 2. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. 1. How do you know you‟ve put together a strong application package? 2. How to write and tailor your CV 3. How to write and tailor your letter of intent 4. Answer your questions Agenda
    3. 3. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. The end of this workshop, you will:  Understand the selection/hiring process from the perspective of the residency director  Know how to develop your message  The difference between a CV & resume and how to tailor your document for the position  The difference between a letter of intent, a cover letter, and a personal statement, and how to tailor your document for the position Learning Outcomes
    4. 4. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. 1. How do you know you‟ve put together a strong application package? 2. How to write and tailor your CV 3. How to write and tailor your letter of intent 4. Answer your questions Agenda
    5. 5. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. Getting Perspective Candidates
    6. 6. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. Getting Perspective CandidatesResidency Director
    7. 7. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. Getting Perspective Will you fit on her team? How does she make sure that each resident fits: 1. Into her cohort 2. with the rest of her team 3. Into her program? Can you do her job? How does she make sure that each resident has the: 1. academic training, 2. professional skills and 3. desire to succeed in her job? Residency Director Her Two Key Questions:
    8. 8. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. The Residency Director’s perspective How does she determine the answers to her two questions? ✓
    9. 9. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. The Residency Director’s perspective First: She identifies criteria for successful residents Academic Excellence Research Experience Clinical Competency Community Education & Outreach Mentorship & Teaching Leadership ✓
    10. 10. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. The Residency Director’s perspective Second: She asks you for evidence Academic Excellence Research Experience Clinical Competency Community Education & Outreach Mentorship & Teaching Leadership CV Letter of Intent Supple mental Ref. I Tran- scripts PhORCAS Ref. II Ref. III ✓
    11. 11. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. The Residency Director’s perspective Third: She looks for proof of these qualities throughout your application package Academic Excellence Research Experience Clinical Competency Community Education & Outreach Mentorship & Teaching Leadership CV Letter of Intent Supple mental Tran- scripts PhORCAS ✓✓ ✓ Ref. I Ref. II Ref. III ✓
    12. 12. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. The Residency Director’s perspective Academic Excellence Research Experience Clinical Competency Community Education & Outreach Mentorship & Teaching Leadership CV Letter of Intent Supple mental Tran- scripts PhORCAS ✓ ✓ ✓✓ Third: She looks for proof of these qualities throughout your application package Ref. I Ref. II Ref. III
    13. 13. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. The Residency Director’s perspective Academic Excellence Research Experience Clinical Competency Community Education & Outreach Mentorship & Teaching Leadership CV Letter of Intent Supple mental Tran- scripts PhORCAS ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ Third: She looks for proof of these qualities throughout your application package Ref. I Ref. II Ref. III ✓
    14. 14. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. The Residency Director’s perspective Academic Excellence Research Experience Clinical Competency Community Education & Outreach Mentorship & Teaching Leadership CV Letter of Intent Supple mental Tran- scripts PhORCAS ✓✓ ✓ ✓✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓✓ ✓ ✓ Third: She looks for proof of these qualities throughout your application package Ref. I Ref. II Ref. III ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓
    15. 15. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. So how do you know you’ve put together a successful application? Academic Excellence Research Experience Clinical Competency Community Education & Outreach Mentorship & Teaching Leadership CV Letter of Intent Supple mental Tran- scripts PhORCAS Total? ✓✓ ✓ ✓✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓✓ 4 5 4 5 5 5 Focus on the message sent in the overall package, not just on the individual document. ✓ ✓ Ref. I Ref. II Ref. III ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓
    16. 16. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. What is your message? What do you want the residency director to know about you by the time she finishes reading your application? ✓ Academic Excellence Research Experience Clinical Competency Community Education & Outreach Mentorship & Teaching Leadership
    17. 17. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. 1. How do you know you‟ve put together a strong application package? 2. How to write and tailor your CV 3. How to write and tailor your letter of intent 4. Answer your questions Agenda
    18. 18. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. What is a CV? Candidates 1. Academic Training 2. Professional Skills 3. Desire Curriculum Vitae or Resume ….Lists all of your qualifications for a position:  Your training: undergraduate and graduate education  Your experience/competencies: clinical, research, teaching, etc.
    19. 19. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.  Resumes are one page documents (always for internships) with flexible section headings  CVs (Curriculum Vitae) are multi-page documents (usually for academic positions, grants, fellowships and other awards) with a rigid format/section headings  Resume/CV combos have both a multi-page format and flexible section headings (usually for community, hospital and pharma employment positions and residency)  Often these terms are used interchangeably by employers/residency directors  For jobs: Aim for a 2-3 page document - 4 if it’s all about your publications  For residency: Aim for a 2-4 page document - 5 if it’s all about your publications What’s the difference between a resume & a CV?
    20. 20. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. Four steps to tailor your successful CV 1. Have a Message 2. Skeleton: Choose descriptive section headings that highlight that message. 3. Text: Write descriptive text for each experience that hit the 5 points. 4. Layout: Format to make it easy to read.
    21. 21. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. 21 Bruce Wayne Education Clinical Clerkships Pharmacy Experience Work Experience Activities The Skeleton of Your CV: … is the descriptive section headings that highlight your message Academic Excellence Research Experience Clinical Competency Community Education & Outreach Mentorship & Teaching Leadership
    22. 22. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.  Education  Clinical Clerkships  Pharmacy Experience  Work Experience  Activities  Education  Clinical Clerkships  Pharmacy Experience  Work Experience  Activities  Education  Clinical Clerkships  Pharmacy Experience  Work Experience  Activities Academic Excellence Research Experience Clinical Competency Community Education & Outreach Mentorship & Teaching Leadership The Skeleton of Your CV: … is the descriptive section headings that highlight your message
    23. 23. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. 23 Bruce Wayne Education Clinical Clerkships Pharmacy Experience Work Experience Activities The Skeleton: Choose descriptive section headings that highlight your message Bruce Wayne Education Clinical Clerkships Hospital Pharmacy Experience Community Pharmacy Experience Health Outcomes Research Experience Preventative Health Leadership & Service Teaching & Patient Education Experience Academic Recognition Academic Excellence Research Experience Clinical Competency Community Education & Outreach Mentorship & Teaching Leadership
    24. 24. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. 24 Bruce Wayne Education Clinical Clerkships Pharmacy Experience Work Experience Activities The Skeleton: Choose descriptive section headings that highlight your message Bruce Wayne Education Clinical Clerkships Hospital Pharmacy Experience Community Pharmacy Experience Health Outcomes Research Experience Preventative Health Leadership & Service Teaching & Patient Education Experience Academic Recognition Academic Excellence Research Experience Clinical Competency Community Education & Outreach Mentorship & Teaching Leadership
    25. 25. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. Does your skeleton outline your message?  Education  Clinical Clerkships  Pharmacy Experience  Work Experience  Activities  Education  Clinical Clerkships  Pharmacy Experience  Work Experience  Activities Academic Excellence Research Experience Clinical Competency Community Education & Outreach Mentorship & Teaching Leadership  Education  Clinical Clerkships  Hospital Pharmacy Experience  Community Pharmacy Experience  Health Outcomes Research Experience  Preventative Health Leadership & Service  Teaching & Patient Education Experience  Academic Recognition
    26. 26. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. Does your skeleton outline your message?  Education  Clinical Clerkships  Pharmacy Experience  Adolescent-Focused Community Health Experience  K-12 Teaching & Mentorship Experience  Community Service Honors & Awards  Education  Clinical Clerkships  Hospital Pharmacy Experience  Community Pharmacy Experience  Health Outcomes Research Experience  Preventative Health Leadership & Service  Teaching & Patient Education Experience  Academic Recognition  Education  Clinical Clerkships  Pharmacy Experience  Basic Science Research Experience  Pharma Industry Research Experience  Curriculum Development Experience  Leadership & Service  Research & Academic Honors/Awards  Conference Presentations  Publications Academic Excellence Research Experience Clinical Competency Community Education & Outreach Mentorship & Teaching Leadership
    27. 27. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. What is your skeleton? Choosing descriptive section headings  Education  Relevant Training  Clinical Clerkships  Hospital Pharmacy Experience  Community Pharmacy Experience  Clinical Experience  Clinic Coordinator Experience  Research Experience  Basic Science Research Experience  Lab & Clinical Research Experience  Oncology Research Experience  Health Outcomes Research Experience  Health Policy Research Experience  Public Health Research Experience  Pharma Industry Research Experience  Clinical Trials Experience & Training  Teaching & Mentorship Experience  Teaching & Counseling Experience  Teaching & Curriculum Development  Teaching & Coaching Experience  K-12/University Teaching Experience  Patient Education Experience  Health Policy Experience  Health Disparities Experience  Health Promotions Experience  Outreach & Education Experience  Patient Advocacy & Outreach Experience  Public Health Experience  Consulting Experience  Drug Information Experience  Project Management Experience  Adolescent Focused Public Health Experience  International Based Public Health Experience  Professional Service & Leadership  University Leadership & Service  Community Service & Leadership  Leadership & Service Honors & Awards  Academic Honors & Awards  Academic Recognition  Health Related Presentations  Selected Presentations  Journal Articles  Publications  Language Skills
    28. 28. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. Four steps to tailor your successful CV 1. Have a Message 2. Skeleton: Choose descriptive section headings that highlight that message 3. Text: Write descriptive text for each experience that hit the 5 points.
    29. 29. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. 29 Text: Cover the 5 points of excellent descriptive text CLINICAL CLERKSHIPS Anti-coagulation & General Medicine Refill Clinics. Outpatient Clerkship Aug.-Sept 0000 San Francisco General Hospital Interviewed adult patients to obtain medication history, monitored patients‟ INR, assessed need for dose adjustment, educated patients regarding warfarin therapy, including common side effects and potential drug interactions. Translated English to Cantonese for non-English speakers. 1. Setting 2. Population 3. Clinical issues 4. Clinical competencies & Responsibilities 5. Teams you worked with
    30. 30. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. 30 Text: Cover the 5 points of excellent descriptive text CLINICAL CLERKSHIPS Anti-coagulation & General Medicine Refill Clinics. Outpatient Clerkship Aug.-Sept 0000 San Francisco General Hospital Interviewed adult patients to obtain medication history, monitored patients‟ INR, assessed need for dose adjustment, educated patients regarding warfarin therapy, including common side effects and potential drug interactions. Translated English to Cantonese for non-English speakers. 1. Setting 2. Population 3. Clinical issues 4. Clinical competencies & Responsibilities 5. Teams you worked with
    31. 31. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. 31 CLINICAL CLERKSHIPS Pediatrics. Inpatient Clerkship June-August 0000 University of California, San Francisco Children’s Hospital  Participated on the pediatric renal transplant, rheumatology and immunology, and pulmonology teams, in the team directed approach to drug therapy selection, drug dosing, and monitoring response to therapy.  Additional responsibilities include medication history interview, pharmacokinetic monitoring, medication counseling, discharge planning, and in-service education to medical team. Text: Cover the 5 points of excellent descriptive text 1. Setting 2. Population 3. Clinical issues 4. Clinical competencies & Responsibilities 5. Teams you worked with
    32. 32. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. 32 CLINICAL CLERKSHIPS Pediatrics. Inpatient Clerkship June-August 0000 University of California, San Francisco Children’s Hospital  Participated on the pediatric renal transplant, rheumatology and immunology, and pulmonology teams, in the team directed approach to drug therapy selection, drug dosing, and monitoring response to therapy.  Additional responsibilities include medication history interview, pharmacokinetic monitoring, medication counseling, discharge planning, and in-service education to medical team. Text: Cover the 5 points of excellent descriptive text 1. Setting 2. Population 3. Clinical issues 4. Clinical competencies & Responsibilities 5. Teams you worked with
    33. 33. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. Four steps to tailor your successful CV 1. Have a Message 2. Skeleton: Choose descriptive section headings that highlight that message. 3. Text: Write descriptive text for each experience that hit the 5 points. 4. Layout: Format to make it easy to read.
    34. 34. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. Layout: Making the format easy to read 34  Length: 2 - 4 pages  Margins: Top/Bottom .5 and Right/left .5-.75 inch  Fonts: Times New Roman, Calibri, Cambria, Garamond, Helvetica, Arial Narrow, Optima, Palatino, etc.  Font Size: 10-12 font. With smaller fonts (e.g. Times) don‟t go below 11  Headings: Bold and capitalize. Heading font size 0-1 size larger than text.  Highlight: Indent, bold, capitalize, bullet to highlight.  Numbering: Put your name and page number on 2nd, 3rd & 4th pages  Exclude: Do not include birth date, birth city, personal status, photos  Upload: A .pdf version of your document in PhORCAS to retain formatting
    35. 35. 35 See sample CVs on our website on the pharmacy samples pages at: career.ucsf.edu
    36. 36. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. So how do you know you’ve put together a successful CV? Academic Excellence Research Experience Clinical Competency Community Education & Outreach Mentorship & Teaching Leadership CV Letter of Intent Supple mental Ref. I Tran- scripts PhORCAS Ref. II Total?Ref. III ✓ ✓✓ ✓ ✓✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓✓ 4 5 4 5 5 5 Focus on the message sent in the overall package, not just on the individual document. ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓
    37. 37. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. 1. How do you know you‟ve put together a strong application package? 2. How to write and tailor your CV 3. How to write and tailor your letter of intent 4. Answer your questions Agenda
    38. 38. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. Curriculum Vitae or Resume What is a Letter of Intent? Candidates 1. Academic Training 2. Professional Skills 3. DesireLetter of Intent ….Is the key to your application package  Your CV tells a person what you did, but  Your Letter of Intent tells them why you did it.
    39. 39. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. Purpose: You make the argument that you can do her job & how and why you‟d be a good fit. 1. Explain your goals on other side of residency 2. How your current skills & experience prepare you to meet those goals. 3. How you can contribute and learn from my residency program (Why residency?) Answer the Residency Director’s 2 Questions Directly
    40. 40. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. Read the sample letter of intent Understanding the components of a strong letter of intent
    41. 41. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. How does a letter of intent differ from other documents? Letter of Intent Cover Letter Personal Statement Audience? • Residency Directors Purpose? • Explain goals on other side of residency • How your current skills & experience prepare you to meet those goals. • How you can contribute and learn from my residency program (Why residency?) Format? Business Letter: • 3-5 paragraphs • Opening/closing salutations Key Features? • Avoid chronological narratives • Focus on what you learned and what you like about each skill you have. • Detailed evidence of current competencies and long term goals! • Avoid complementing them
    42. 42. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. How does a letter of intent differ from other documents? Letter of Intent Cover Letter Personal Statement Audience? • Residency Directors • Employers Purpose? • Explain goals on other side of residency • How your current skills & experience prepare you to meet those goals. • How you can contribute and learn from my residency program (Why residency?) • How your current skills and experience will solve my problem/ help me achieve my goals? Format? Business Letter: • 3-5 paragraphs • Opening/closing salutations Business Letter: • 3-5 paragraphs • Opening/closing salutations Key Features? • Avoid chronological narratives • Focus on what you learned and what you like about each skill you have. • Detailed evidence of current competencies and long term goals! • Avoid complementing them • Employers don’t care how their experience will help you achieve your long term goals. • Focus on your ability to do their current job.
    43. 43. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. How does a letter of intent differ from other documents? Letter of Intent Cover Letter Personal Statement Audience? • Residency Directors • Employers • Professional & Graduate School Purpose? • Explain goals on other side of residency • How your current skills & experience prepare you to meet those goals. • How you can contribute and learn from my residency program (Why residency?) • How your current skills and experience will solve my problem/ help me achieve my goals? • What led you to pharmacy? • Why you think you’re a good fit for my school? • Your accomplishments so far. Format? Business Letter: • 3-5 paragraphs • Opening/closing salutations Business Letter: • 3-5 paragraphs • Opening/closing salutations Essay: • 3-5 paragraphs • No opening/closing salutations Key Features? • Avoid chronological narratives • Focus on what you learned and what you like about each skill you have. • Detailed evidence of current competencies and long term goals! • Avoid complementing them • Employers don’t care how their experience will help you achieve your long term goals. • Focus on your ability to do their current job. • Often chronological: start with childhood, go through undergrad, end with current, interest in pharmacy. • Can skill be general/vague about specific long term goals in pharmacy careers
    44. 44. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. How does a letter of intent differ from other documents? Letter of Intent Cover Letter Personal Statement Audience? • Residency Directors • Employers • Professional & Graduate School Purpose? • Explain goals on other side of residency • How your current skills & experience prepare you to meet those goals. • How you can contribute and learn from my residency program (Why residency?) • How your current skills and experience will solve my problem/ help me achieve my goals? • What led you to pharmacy? • Why you think you’re a good fit for my school? • Your accomplishments so far. Format? Business Letter: • 3-5 paragraphs • Opening/closing salutations Business Letter: • 3-5 paragraphs • Opening/closing salutations Essay: • 3-5 paragraphs • No opening/closing salutations Key Features? • Avoid chronological narratives • Focus on what you learned and what you like about each skill you have. • Detailed evidence of current competencies and long term goals! • Avoid complementing them • Employers don’t care how their experience will help you achieve your long term goals. • Focus on your ability to do their current job. • Often chronological: start with childhood, go through undergrad, end with current, interest in pharmacy. • Can skill be general/vague about specific long term goals in pharmacy careers
    45. 45. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.  A bit confusing: While many residency programs will ask for a Letter of Intent, the PhORCAS application still refers to the document as a „Cover Letter/Personal Statement‟  What to do? Whether they call it a Letter of Intent, Cover Letter or a Personal Statement, make sure by the time the residency director is finished reading, she understands: 1. Your personal & professional goals on other side of residency 2. How your current skills & experience prepare you to meet those goals. 3. How you can contribute and learn from my residency program (Why residency, and why this particular residency program?) Some things to note & strategies
    46. 46. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.  Remember: think overall package, not individual document.  For example: UCSF‟s supplemental question:  What to do?  Why not fold option A into your Letter of Intent (why residency, why this residency program), and  Focus your essay on option B (so the residency director can learn more about you in terms of your values and fit for the program?) Some things to note & strategies Essay Statements: Please address both statements on a separate page (no longer than one page each). A. How did you learn about the UCSF training program? What program elements interest you most and how do each of these relate to your personal goals? B. Reflect on a challenging situation (personal or professional) that required you to question your values or assumptions. How did you deal with the situation? What did you learn from the experience?
    47. 47. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. 47 Pairing your CV with your letter of intent Bruce Wayne Education Clinical Clerkships Hospital Pharmacy Experience Community Pharmacy Experience Health Outcomes Research Experience Preventative Health Leadership & Service Teaching & Patient Education Experience Academic Recognition Academic Excellence Research Experience Clinical Competency Community Education & Outreach Mentorship & Teaching Leadership
    48. 48. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. 48 Pairing your CV with your letter of intent Bruce Wayne Education Clinical Clerkships Hospital Pharmacy Experience Community Pharmacy Experience Health Outcomes Research Experience Preventative Health Leadership & Service Teaching & Patient Education Experience Academic Recognition Academic Excellence Research Experience Community Education & Outreach Mentorship & Teaching Leadership Clinical Competency
    49. 49. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. 49 Pairing your CV with your letter of intent Bruce Wayne Education Clinical Clerkships Hospital Pharmacy Experience Community Pharmacy Experience Health Outcomes Research Experience Preventative Health Leadership & Service Teaching & Patient Education Experience Academic Recognition Paragraph I: Opening paragraph Paragraph II: Theme 1 Clinical Experience & Competencies Paragraph III: Theme 2 Health Outcomes Research Experience Paragraph IV: Theme 3 Preventative Health/Education Paragraph V: Closing paragraph Bruce’s Letter of Intent formatBruce’s CV format
    50. 50. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. Sample Format: Paragraph I: Opening paragraph Paragraph II: Theme 1 Clinical Experience & Competencies Summarize argument: Your academic training, professional skills & desire (professional goals/why residency) Paragraph III: Theme 2 Health Outcomes Research Experience Summarize what you know & value: • What did you learn from these experiences? • What do you love (find rewarding/meaningful) about these experiences? • How will they help you achieve your professional goals? Paragraph IV Theme 3 Preventative Health/Education Paragraph V: Closing paragraph Explain why this program: How does program/job fit your skills, interests, etc.? Paragraph Purpose
    51. 51. 51 See sample letters of intent on our website under the pharmacy samples pages at: career.ucsf.edu
    52. 52. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. So how do you know you’ve put together a successful letter of intent? Academic Excellence Research Experience Clinical Competency Community Education & Outreach Mentorship & Teaching Leadership CV Letter of Intent Supple mental Ref. I Tran- scripts PhORCAS Ref. II Total?Ref. III ✓ ✓✓ ✓ ✓✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓✓ 4 5 4 5 5 5 Focus on the message sent in the overall package, not just on the individual document. ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓
    53. 53. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. Putting together her Mission Impossible team  Education  Clinical Clerkships  Pharmacy Experience  Adolescent-Focused Community Health Experience  K-12 Teaching & Mentorship Experience  Community Service Honors & Awards  Desire: Wants to work with adolescent population and loves education.  Education  Clinical Clerkships  Hospital Pharmacy Experience  Community Pharmacy Experience  Health Outcomes Research Experience  Preventative Health Leadership & Service  Teaching & Patient Education Experience  Academic Recognition  Desire: Committed to preventative health!  Education  Clinical Clerkships  Pharmacy Experience  Basic Science Research Experience  Pharma Industry Research Experience  Curriculum Development Experience  Leadership & Service  Research & Academic Honors/Awards  Conference Presentations  Publications  Desire: Wants to be academic researcher/leader! Academic Excellence Research Experience Clinical Competency Community Education & Outreach Mentorship & Teaching Leadership
    54. 54. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. Academic Excellence Research Experience Clinical Competency Community Education & Outreach Mentorship & Teaching Leadership CandidatesResidency Director Will you fit on her team? Can you do her job? Putting together her Mission Impossible team
    55. 55. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. So, putting all the pieces together  Don’t think of each part of your application (your CV, your personal statement) as a stand-alone document.  Think of it as a vehicle to snap in another piece of the puzzle and see a fuller picture of what could be considered a “Coherent You”.  So begin by thinking about the overall message or picture you want to Residency Director to have about by the time they finish reading your entire package. (academic excellence, your commitment to health education, etc.).  Then tailor each piece of your application to highlight at least one of those key qualifications, giving the Residency Director another piece of the puzzle towards a “Coherent You”
    56. 56. 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. Questions? Thank you!
    57. 57. 57 Want more help? Discover samples, resources and information - and these slides – at career.ucsf.edu • Schedule an appointment: • Explore career options • Get your resume/CV reviewed • Practice a mock interview • We’re at 476.4986 or at 513 Parnassus, Room S140 Naledi Saul Associate Director University of California San Francisco. Career.ucsf.edu

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