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Scientific thinking has been an essential part of our PharmD curriculum for decades.
As a UCSF PharmD student, you’ll take a scientific approach to learning. This means that you’ll constantly be thinking through potential answers to questions, solutions to problems, and making connections within your learning, week to week and year to year. Course content is designed to integrate and build, helping you connect one part to the next as you actively engage in your own learning.
As you move through the PharmD curriculum, you’ll:
- Build your core knowledge in science and therapeutics as well as in essential patient care skills
- Experience pharmacy practice firsthand
- Explore new ideas and innovations in science and practice, while developing your inquiry skills
Five main components
You’ll learn through five curriculum components:
Foundational knowledge needed for subsequent learning
In-depth exploration of science and therapeutics, and inquiry, through the lens of eight organ systems and disease categories
Hands-on pharmacy practice and communications skills
Clinical experiences that reflect the situations and challenges you’ll face as a practicing pharmacist
Student team-based research projects
The UCSF PharmD curriculum is designed for you to consistently apply scientific thinking across all coursework. Asking why, why not, how, and questioning the status quo will become your new norm. You’ll dive into instructional materials and online discussions before class and come to class ready to actively collaborate, discuss, and problem solve with your classmates. You’ll have opportunities to learn with students in other health professions programs.
You’ll start the curriculum by building a shared base of science and professional knowledge that you’ll then apply through the lens of organ systems and diseases. At the same time, you’ll develop patient care skills, from how to interview a patient to how to give an injection.
You’ll experience pharmacy early on in real-world pharmacy practice. And you’ll explore what’s on the horizon in science and pharmacy practice through a unique, insiders’ look at pioneering work under way at UCSF by world-class faculty members. You’ll develop your own inquiry skills and apply them to a group research project.
How will you know you’re succeeding in the curriculum? You’ll be tested on your competency—your understanding and application of knowledge—in a pass/no pass assessment system (see Progress and Feedback).
Throughout the curriculum, you’ll participate in sessions intended to support your success as a student and as a professional. Session topics include self-care, learning strategies, professionalism, career development, and leadership. And you’ll be set to consider additional training beyond the PharmD degree.
The UCSF PharmD curriculum will prepare you to thrive as a compassionate, team-oriented pharmacist with a keen scientific mindset, an unmatched professional skillset, and a limitless future—a pharmacist who easily adapts to continual changes in health science and patient care, and a pharmacist who leads those changes.
Build core knowledge—through the following parts of the curriculum:
Experience pharmacy practice—through the following parts of the curriculum:
Explore new ideas and innovations in science and practice while developing inquiry skills—through the following parts of the curriculum:
Coursework integrates throughout. Students actively engage in learning.
Scientific thinking underlies all coursework.