PharmD degree program art highlights science, focus on patients

A scientific way of thinking, with the patient top of mind. The philosophy that underlies the UCSF doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree program curriculum made a visual appearance in December with the installation of wall art on the ninth floor of the UCSF Medical Sciences Building—the hub of PharmD student activity—and the debut of a video that captures the installation and PharmD student reactions to the wording embedded in the art.

Both the art and the video emphasize that, in the UCSF PharmD degree program, students learn to “think scientifically” and “question the status quo” in an environment where “patients are the center of it all.”

This philosophy is unique among pharmacy schools nationwide, explains B. Joseph Guglielmo, PharmD, dean of the UCSF School of Pharmacy, in the video.

“We encourage (students) to ask questions. We want (students) to be curious…to know why,” adds the School’s Vice Dean, Sharon L. Youmans, PharmD, MPH. “If you have ambitions or dreams of being a pharmacist. If you want to be in an environment…doing things that no one else in the world is doing, this is the place to be.”


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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.