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 and provides centralized administrative and student services for the doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree program. OSACA staff members work with students, faculty, and staff members in campus student services offices to support student wellbeing and success inside and outside the classroom. The OSACA portfolio also includes academic advising, student recruitment, management of the student admissions process, and career and professional development.

The associate dean reports to the vice dean who, in turn, reports to 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 Post-Baccalaureate Program
  • Academic services and advising

    • Advising students on academic, professional, and personal 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
    • 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
  • 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 PharmD program
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the PharmD program required to serve as an expert resource for students, faculty members, alumni, and employers about the program and its students

Organization chart

See Org chart: Education Unit.

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


Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific time

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Staff listing

Associate Dean
+1 415 476-2733
Admissions Director
+1 415 502-5368
Student Affairs Assistant
Admissions Coordinator
+1 415 502-5370
PharmD Advisor and Project Coordinator
Curricular Affairs Assistant
+1 415 502-5373
PharmD Advisor
+1 415 476-2732
Student Affairs Coordinator
+1 415 476-8026

Unfilled position

  • Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator