Joint Statement from CoPN and SCP on the Entry Level PharmD

 

Today, the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, and the Saskatchewan College of Pharmacists issued the following joint statement about the upcoming PharmD program and the current baccalaureate degree in pharmacy.

 

Message from the Dean:

Dear Esteemed Pharmacy Colleagues,

First and foremost thank you for welcoming me to this amazing province. In my short time as Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition I have met many of you and have taken stock of our curriculum and progress on the development of our Pharm D program. Based on our recent College Pharm D retreat and discussions with the external community it is apparent more work and consultation is required before we can formalize and implement a new program.

Thus, we want to welcome you to Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Update! This is the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition’s blog to keep you informed as the new PharmD curriculum is developed. We’ve heard many questions from both students and alumni who are curious about what the new PharmD credential means for them, so we’ve started this blog to provide the necessary answers. We’ll take you through the entire PharmD development process, and this format gives you the opportunity to submit your questions and comments. The first posting from Professor Emeritus Linda Suveges was recently circulated to the faculty and staff, and it outlines the next steps over the coming months. You can access the blog by clicking on the PharmD Update button on the college’s website, or you can directly link to the blog with this address: http://words.usask.ca/pharmd/

Sincerely,

Kishor M. Wasan
Professor and Dean
College of Pharmacy and Nutrition
University of Saskatchewan

 

 

Message from the Registrar:

Dear Member:

In addition, the SCP Council supports recently announced amendments to the Pharmacy Act giving SCP the authority to recognize credentials for entry to practice, including the proposed PharmD. Both the College and SCP are aware of member concerns on how this new credential will affect you. We will adapt to this new credential like we have done with other changes like this in the past, and also similar to what has occurred in other jurisdictions. What this means is that we plan to continue to recognize your baccalaureate degree to practice as a pharmacist. We will be in a better position to respond in greater detail on other concerns as the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition moves through the curriculum development process, and we will keep you informed as new information becomes available.

Sincerely,

R. J. (Ray) Joubert
Registrar, Saskatchewan College of Pharmacists

 

As always, you’re welcome to submit your comments or questions through the blog, or email them to our communications specialist at kieran.kobitz@usask.com.

PharmD Retreat – November 2014

This week’s PharmD Update brings you two documents that will help you understand the PharmD program development process. These documents have been posted as static pages since we’ll refer back to them in future blogs. You can always access them from this page, or the links on the menu bar. We’ve posted a few highlights below, as well as links to each document if you’re interested in reading more.

Thank you again to Linda Suveges for preparing these two documents!

1. Executive Summary – PharmD Retreat – November 2014

The retreat’s executive summary outlines key ideas from the meetings, including some first thoughts on admissions and curriculum development timelines.

Top Takeaways:

  • Development of the Pharm.D. program will continue more intensively
  • Faculty development will start as soon as possible
  • Proposed implementation date is September 2017 (NOT 2016) (timeline coming soon)
  • Faculty will meet on February 25, 2015 to continue discussions on the proposed curriculum (with prerequisites) developed / modified from discussions at this retreat

You can find out more details by reading the full executive summary. As always, you’re welcome to submit your questions or comments at the bottom of the page, or email our communications specialist at kieran.kobitz@usask.ca.

Click here to read the full executive summary. 

2. Guiding Principles

These principles were developed in early 2013 to set the direction for the PharmD program development process. By reading these guidelines, you’ll have an understanding of what motivates certain decisions about the program. These guidelines serve to ensure the PharmD program will fit the needs of our students, faculty, alumni, the college, and the pharmacy profession.

As always, you’re welcome to submit your questions or comments at the bottom of the page, or email our communications specialist at kieran.kobitz@usask.ca.

Click here to read the full list of guiding principles. 

PharmD Curriculum – What’s Next?

Welcome to PharmD Update! This is the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition’s blog to keep you informed as the new PharmD curriculum is developed. We’ve heard many questions from both students and alumni who are curious about what the new PharmD credential means for them, so we’ve started this blog to provide the necessary answers. We’ll take you through the entire PharmD development process, and this format gives you the opportunity to submit your questions and comments.

In November, the faculty held a retreat to begin work on developing the new PharmD curriculum. After a number of productive meetings the groundwork was laid to begin the curriculum development process. The following email from Professor Emeritus Linda Suveges was recently circulated to the faculty and staff, and it outlines the next steps over the coming months.

Note: We’re even ahead of schedule on the PharmD portal – it’s this blog!


 

Colleagues:

There are two purposes for this message: first I want to thank everyone for all the ideas and your enthusiastic participation in our discussions at our recent retreat. It was awesome! Second, I want to give you an idea of what we propose as a timeline for the ‘next steps”:

  1. An Executive Summary of the retreat, along with a timeline (based on a new implementation date of 2017) and a list of action items will be circulated by December 15, 2014.
  1. A PharmD portal is being set up on our website so we can keep stakeholders informed about developments. It will be ‘live’ after December 15, 2014.
  1. A draft PharmD program will be developed and circulated by January 31, 2015. It will include proposed prerequisites and courses/activities for years 1 through 4,   developed from all the ideas generated at the retreat and any that may follow in the next few weeks.
  1. Certain working groups will be activated (or reactivated) and will report in January so their work can be incorporated into the draft program (e.g., the Admissions WG will provide answers to the action items defined for it.)
  1. We will be making a joint statement with SCP about the Pharm D, the website portal and the College’s plan moving forward that will be circulated to all pharmacists in the province. We hope to make this joint statement either at the end of the year or in early 2015.
  1. The next Faculty Retreat will be held Wednesday February 25, 2015. As you prepare your term 2 courses and activities, please arrange things so you can attend this important retreat where we expect to make decisions about the program so we can move it forward for further development.

If new ideas or questions about the PharmD program have emerged since the Retreat, please forward them to me and I will answer and/or keep track of them as we move forward in our curriculum planning activities.

Thanks again for your help and support as we move forward.  My best wishes to all for the next few weeks as the term draws to a close!  (And no, I am not available to mark any exams!)

Linda


 

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