in Southern California and occasionally Northern California to speak to
pre-pharmacy clubs about the profession of pharmacy and about our College of
Pharmacy. Amongst the speakers were host Vanessa Riggins,
University Recruiter, Office of University Recruitment and Strategic Enrollment Management, Daniel Robinson, Dean of College of Pharmacy, Dr. Sam Shimomura, Associate dean of College of pharmacy and his P4 rotation students Peyman Mahdavian, Parisa Karimi and Rahul Patel.
Dean Robinson welcomed the students and thanked them for volunteering to help the WesternU College of Pharmacy recruit prospective students. He also described the opening of several new schools of pharmacy in California and the intense competition for the best and brightest applicants. Several of the new as well as the more established schools are having problems filling their classes or are admitting more marginal applicants.
Some key questions asked asked by Dr. Sam Shimomura were as follows: How did the students hear about WesternU, what did they hear about WesternU and what was one thing that made you select WesternU ?
Students gave a mixed response of either they heard through website, PharmCAS or just word of mouth through WesternU intern or alumni. Students overall had a consensus about the application process being easy. Two out of twenty eight students visited the admissions office before they got accepted while three out of twenty eight students actually met faculties and shared their experiences about how some faculties for example Dr. Martinez and Dr. Sam Shimomura were available for applicants to reach out and gather information.
Students candidly shared about what they heard of WesternU before being accepted to the school. Some of the responses to this question were that students had heard that the drop-out rate is too much and that the school weeds out weak students; to which Dr. Sam Shimomura gave an appropriate response that the drop outs are about the same or lower than other pharmacy schools and not because the students are weak but because of personal reason such as illness or financial or family issues. The block system of the curriculum and very high board passing rates were some positive things that students liked about our school.
Amongst the answers for question about what is that one thing that made them choose WesternU , some interesting responses from students were its geographical location, 90+ professional and social organizations, early acceptance, good impression by alumni, classroom design, and the curriculum that features approximately 43% of experiential education which is a higher percentage of experiential education compared to most other pharmacy colleges.
Overall , it was a fun and interactive luncheon that served its purpose of preparing the students to be ambassadors of WesternU and highlighting key features of the school. To learn more about Operation Education and some unique features of WesternU please [click here].
Posted By: Rahul Patel, PharmD candidate 2015.