The Pharmacy Division is in the final stages of developing its proposal for the new PharmD program at the University of Saskatchewan. At two recent faculty retreats, there was agreement on a draft curriculum structure which includes an expanded experiential education program. Students will be able to interact with patients, preceptors, and other health professionals throughout the program with weekly experiential activities, two 4-week introductory rotations in the summers between year 1 and 2 and years 2 and 3. Service learning, an important part of the current BSP program will continue through year one of the PharmD. After a brief orientation, students in their final year will complete 32 weeks of advanced experiential education consisting of three eight week ‘core’ patient care rotations, and an elective 8 week rotation.
Prior to submission to the University, the Pharmacy Division will review the full proposal on Oct 23, and the College’s Faculty Council will also meet to approve it on Oct 30. Our target for submission to the Academic Programs Committee of University Council is November 1, 2015. Once submitted, the full proposal will be considered by APC prior to their recommending it to University Council. The budget and tuition model will be reviewed by the Board of Governors (Dec 2015 and Mar 2016), and the revised admission requirements will be looked at by University Senate (April 2016). If this timeline moves forward as planned, we expect full approval by April 30, 2016, for implementation in the fall of 2017. In addition to extensive consultation within the University, we will also consult with government and the community regarding the proposal.
While the proposal is moving through the various consultative stages, the faculty will continue its work to flesh out the courses, and teaching and assessment strategies so that a more detailed program document can be submitted to CCAPP for consideration for ‘provisional accreditation’ of the PharmD program, when the CCAPP accreditation team visits the College in the fall of 2016 to review the BSP program.
Further information about the program will be posted as it becomes available. Watch this site for updates and opportunities to provide feedback!