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Office of Student and Curricular Affairs

Part of the Education Unit in the Dean’s Office, the Office of Student and Curricular Affairs is also known as OSACA. We provide centralized administrative and student services for the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree program. OSACA staff members work with students and with faculty and staff members in campus student services offices to support student success inside and outside the classroom and to support the implementation of the PharmD curriculum. The OSACA portfolio also includes student recruitment and management of the student admissions process.

The associate dean of student affairs provides administrative leadership and management for PharmD student recruitment, outreach, admissions, and student services; and supervises the OSACA staff.

Working closely with the associate dean of student affairs is the associate dean of student and curricular affairs who has lead responsibility for academic and student organization advising associated with OSACA.

Both associate deans report to the vice dean who, in turn, reports the dean.

Responsibilities include

  • Outreach, recruitment, and admissions

    • Organizing programs for prospective students; providing presentations, campus visits, and informational events
    • Administering the PharmD admissions process
    • Administering the pharmacy cohort of the UCSF Interprofessional Health Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program
  • Academic services and advising

    • Providing academic advising for PharmD students
    • Advising students on academic concerns; making referrals to campus services as needed
    • Coordinating tutoring program
    • Implementing annual Law and Clinical Review
    • Serving as the liaison with California Board of Pharmacy for PharmD students
  • Academic records and scheduling

    • Maintaining academic records for PharmD students
    • Coordinating room reservations for PharmD curriculum needs
    • Serving as the liaison with UCSF’s Office of the Registrar and Student Financial Aid Office
    • Providing enrollment verification
  • Career services

    • Coordinating workshops, presentations, and events on career issues
    • Planning annual Career Fair and placement interviews
    • Disseminating information to students on internships; residencies; postgraduate fellowships, degree programs, and jobs
    • Collecting data regarding placement of PharmD students through a Fall Internship Survey and a Graduating Student Survey
  • Scholarships and awards

    • Administering scholarships disbursed through Financial Aid
    • Coordinating selection of scholarships funded through School of Pharmacy endowments and external donations
    • Coordinating selection of student awards presented by the School of Pharmacy
    • Planning an annual recognition event for award and scholarship recipients
    • Disseminating information to students about awards and scholarship opportunities
  • Student organizations and student programs

    • Administering funds for Associated Students of the School of Pharmacy
    • Approving student-organized community health-related events
    • Providing financial support for student participation in professional meetings
    • Providing advice on leadership issues and organizational dynamics
    • Coordinating UCSF participation in the annual California Pharmacy Student Leadership Conference
    • Managing lockers available to PharmD students
  • Special events

    • Coordinating an annual orientation program in conjunction with student counseling staff members
    • Planning the annual White Coat Ceremony
    • Coordinating the School of Pharmacy commencement

Expertise includes

  • Responsive services and programs to address the needs of PharmD students
  • Student advising on academic and non-academic matters
  • Management of student needs, issues, and concerns, working with faculty members
  • Event planning and management to promote community and mark student transitions within the School of Pharmacy
  • Knowledge of PharmD program, to serve as a resource for students, faculty members, alumni, and employers regarding the School’s PharmD program and students

Organization chart

See Org chart: Education Unit.

Contact us

For information about our PharmD degree program and answers to questions about admissions.






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513 Parnassus Avenue entrance

Office of Student and Curricular Affairs
Medical Sciences Box 0150
513 Parnassus Ave Rm S960
San Francisco CA 94143


Monday through Friday
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Pacific time

Staff listing


Donald Kishi, PharmD
​Associate Dean of Student and Curricular Affairs
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Cynthia Watchmaker, MEd, MBA
Associate Dean of Student Affairs
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Megan Dross
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Student Affairs Coordinator


Joel W. Gonzales
Admissions Director
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Kim Koenigsberger
Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator
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Lucia Piriano
Curricular Affairs Assistant
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Zoraida Quiroz
Student Affairs Assistant
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Rick Trujillo
Admissions Coordinator
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