Retreat kicks off major revision of School curriculum

The UCSF School of Pharmacy, a leader in pharmacy education worldwide, jump-started a transformation of its Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) curriculum at a Schoolwide meeting on June 18, 2014 at the Presidio of San Francisco.

Panelists representing the varied sectors of community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, medicine, and industry offered their views on emerging roles for pharmacists in health care. Faculty members from the School of Pharmacy and the School of Medicine—along with School of Pharmacy alumni and students—weighed in on what the profession can become, what new skill sets graduates must bring into evolving marketplaces, and what kinds of collaborations will move curriculum change forward successfully.

“We are just beginning,” said Sharon L. Youmans, PharmD, MPH, vice dean and education leader of the School, after the meeting. “But based on the enthusiasm of folks today, we are off! Our next step is the development of a clear planning process that relies on the experience of external advisors, our alumni, and colleagues in other schools.”


a faculty member speaks.

Levens Lipton speaks.

Sambol speaks.

Youmans speaks.

a faculty member speaks.

a faculty member speaks in a small group.

a faculty member speaks in a small group.

Assemi draws a brainstorming diagram with a small group.

Dennehy draws a brainstorming diagram with a small group.

Images: Rick Trujillo


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About the School: The UCSF School of Pharmacy aims to solve the most pressing health care problems and strives to ensure that each patient receives the safest, most effective treatments. Our discoveries seed the development of novel therapies, and our researchers consistently lead the nation in NIH funding. The School’s doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree program, with its unique emphasis on scientific thinking, prepares students to be critical thinkers and leaders in their field.