Progress and Feedback

Pass/no pass

The UCSF PharmD curriculum is designed for you to use and apply knowledge, rather than simply memorize facts. To gauge your learning in the Integrated Themes, Patient Care Skills courses, and our Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) courses, you’ll be evaluated in a competency-based, pass/no pass system that emphasizes the knowledge and skill development you’ll need to provide optimal patient care.

Feedback on your learning

Frequent feedback will help you adjust your learning as you move through the curriculum, while regular assessments will reflect your progress in achieving competency and also highlight where you might require additional, concentrated learning.

Synthesis Weeks provide time to further integrate concepts learned in each Integrated Theme, to reflect on your own learning and academic/professional goals, and to participate in activities that build community and promote professional success.

During Professional Readiness Weeks we’ll support your preparation for the pharmacy board exams that you’ll take after graduation to become a licensed pharmacist.

To see where Synthesis Weeks and Professional Readiness Weeks fit into the core curriculum timeline, see Program Timeline.

Your success

Our faculty and staff advisors will work closely with you and provide resources and support to help you succeed.

If you encounter academic difficulties, we’ll work with you to develop an academic plan that pinpoints areas for focused attention and study, and identifies support services and resources. While the responsibility for academic success ultimately rests with you, we’re here to help you succeed.