Pharmacy Faculty PharmD Retreat Executive Summary

The Division of Pharmacy from the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition met on February 25, 2015 to discuss progress on development of the Pharm.D. program.  Dr. Linda Suveges facilitated the retreat.  Participants included members of the Division of Pharmacy faculty and academic staff.

Top Takeaways:

  • Admission requirements will include: 60 credit units of prerequisite coursework, the Test of Critical Skills, and a personal interview (using a video platform). The interview process will replace the current written personal profile.  These proposed admission requirements can be found here.
  • The curriculum structure proposed by the Curriculum Development Working group will be used by various content working groups to further develop the program.
  • We are on track to complete the work required to submit a proposal for the implementation of the Pharm.D. program to University Council and Senate in the fall of 2015.

Purpose of Retreat:

  • To review work completed since the retreat held on November 12-14, 2014
  • To make decisions with regard to admissions and the core curriculum
  • To establish next steps and review timeline of progress

Action Plans:

  • An Experiential Education Working Group will be established to develop a proposal for the experiential education component of the program. An invitation to participate in this process will be publicized via the College website.
  • Content working groups will be established and will include all faculty and academic staff. Groups will be tasked with ensuring that material will flow through all years in the curriculum in a cohesive manner.
  • Faculty development will continue as we keep working toward implementation.
  • Another retreat will be held in May/June to consider the work completed by the various working groups and to confirm the curriculum proposal.





Wanted: Volunteers for development of experiential education in the PharmD program


As you know, the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition is currently in the process of curriculum renewal and development, leading to the implementation of the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) as the first professional degree in Pharmacy from the University of Saskatchewan.  As is the case with our BSP program, experiential education will be an important component of the PharmD program.

To make the transition to the PharmD and to develop the best structured practices experiences (SPE) program for it, we are seeking active input and participation from pharmacists across the province and throughout Canada.  As a practitioner, we would particularly value your input into the development of a revised SPE program.

There will be many opportunities for input over the next few years including: membership on experiential education working groups or focus groups, or as reviewers/participants in various projects and activities as we work toward and implement the PharmD program. The first step will be to form small committees (we call them working groups), one of which will begin work immediately to outline a plan for the overall SPE program.  We expect to use on-line technology to hold meetings, probably every 2-4 weeks.  Suitable times will be arranged to meet participants’ schedules. Some pre-meeting reading and preparation will be required.

Other opportunities (e.g., responding to ideas via focus groups) will occur over the next few months and we will send out additional calls for volunteers as needed.

If you are interested in helping with this process immediately, please contact Shauna Gerwing at: or Linda Suveges at: by March 10th, 2015.

Thank you for your commitment to this important process.  We look forward to working with you.


Shauna Gerwing & Linda Suveges