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PharmD EdTech Guide


2018 Description

The New PharmD Graduate

The curriculum for 2018 and beyond will prepare graduates to be critical thinkers and problem solvers—who will lead the way in today’s dynamic health care environment, toward better health for all.

Curriculum Highlights
  • 3-year, year-round program, allowing earlier entry into advanced training beyond the PharmD
  • Science and therapeutics integrated in block curriculum model
  • Early involvement in real-world pharmacy practice
  • Unique seminars on pioneering UCSF science and applications to patient care
  • Student depth projects tailored to individual interests

Change is the norm for the doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) curriculum at the UCSF School of Pharmacy.

To educate our students for a changing workplace, we continually make gradual, incremental changes in what and how we teach. At times, those changes have also been dramatic—one of those times is now.

At this moment, we’re shaping and reshaping courses for current students, while creating a strikingly different curriculum for students entering our PharmD program in 2018 and beyond.

The curriculum will be as much about mindset as it is about skillset.

The curriculum will prepare graduates with the critical thinking skills they’ll need to solve tomorrow’s health problems, as science discoveries continually unfold, within complex health care systems, and upon a changing health care landscape that we can’t even begin to imagine today.

In addition, the curriculum will support interprofessional learning and intense team learning among classmates, with the specific goal of fostering collaborative approaches to problem solving as the norm.

The curriculum will prepare graduates for advanced specialized training.

We expect graduates of the new curriculum to use their PharmD degrees in new ways by building on their pharmacy expertise with additional advanced training. The curriculum for 2018 and beyond is being purposefully crafted to prepare graduates with the skills necessary for further advanced specialized training in pharmacy or other fields. The curriculum will be presented over three years, year round, enabling graduates to enter advanced training one year earlier than would be possible in a traditional four-year curriculum.

Find out more

Read more details of the UCSF PharmD curriculum for 2018 and beyond on the Overview page.