The Experience of Changing Pharmacy Education to a Six-year Curriculum (PharmD) in the United States. Matthias C. Lu, Ph.D. Professor of Medicinal Chemistry Assistant Head for Curricular Affairs. UIC 1995 Excellence in Teaching Award UIC 2001 Teaching Recognition Program Award
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Matthias C. Lu, Ph.D.
Professor of Medicinal Chemistry
Assistant Head for Curricular Affairs
UIC 1995 Excellence in Teaching Award
UIC 2001 Teaching Recognition Program Award
Golden Apple Awards from 2000, 2001, 2003 & 2005 Classes
Today’s Pharmacist Curriculum (PharmD) in the United States
Competes on expertise……………not on products!
The Task Force on Best Evidence Pharmacy Education at the 2004 Annual Meeting of AACP has identified eight specific areas that pertinent for pharmacy educators.
The Task Force also recommends that these topics be the focus of the Teacher’s Seminar at the 2005 Annual Meeting
The program prepares students to:
The organized program of study should provide students with opportunities for selection of courses and professional experiences in keeping with their particular interest and goals.
The need for lifelong learning should be reflected as an integral theme of the curriculum.
ACPE : Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
AACP: American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
A total of eight areas consist of 30 criteria and 71 guidelines
Professional competencies that should be achieved through the College or School of Pharmacy’s curriculum in pharmacy are an ability to:
Outcome expectations for student performance in the professional competencies stated above should be set forth and measured by the College or School. The process of measuring outcome expectations should include student self assessments of performance in the stated professional competencies.
Biomedical Sciences Standards 2000)
Behavioral, social, and administrative pharmacy sciences should provide the basis for understanding and influencing human behavior in health and disease, in the management process of pharmacy, and in pharmacy's interrelationships with health care systems.
The professional experience should be of adequate intensity, breadth, and duration so as to support achievement of stated competencies as demonstrated by assessment of outcome expectations.
The core professional experiences should includes:
The duration of the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences should ordinarily be the equivalent of one academic year.
THE UIC CURRICULUM Programs
Pre-pharmacy Requirements Programs
Written and Speech Communications 8 hours
General Biology, with laboratory 8 hours
General Chemistry, with laboratory 8 hours
Organic Chemistry, with laboratory 8 hours
Physics, with laboratory 8 hours
Calculus (integral and differential) 3 hours
Human Anatomy (all organ systems) 4 hours
General Education9-13 hours
including the following: Social or Behavioral Sciences 3 hours, Economics 3 hours, Humanities 3 hours, Electives 0-4 hours
TOTAL 60 hours
First Year Curriculum Programs
PHAR 331-Fundamentals of Drug Action I 5
PhyB 301-Human Physiology and Pathophysiology I 5
PHAR 321-Drug Delivery Systems I 3
PHAR 341- Roles, Environments, and Communications 4 TOTAL 17
Spring Semester Hours
PHAR 332-Fundamentals of Drug Action II 4
PhyB 302-Human Physiology and Pathophysiology II 5
PHAR 322-Drug Delivery Systems II 3
PHAR 400-Pharmacokinetics 3
PHAR 342-Experiential I 1
Second Year Curriculum Programs
PHAR 333 - Fundamentals of Drug Action III 4
PHAR 323-Drug Delivery Systems III 3
PHAR 401-Principles of Drug Action and Therapeutics I 3
PHAR 402-Principles of Drug Action and Therapeutics II 4
PHAR 352-Experiential II 2
PHAR 324-Contemporary Pharmacy Practice 3
PHAR 343-Pharmacy Systems Management 2
PHAR 355-Drug Information and Statistics 4
PHAR 403-Principles of Drug Action and Therapeutics III 3
PHAR 404-Principles of Drug Action and Therapeutics IV 3
PHAR 344-Social and Behavioral Pharmacy 2
Third Year Curriculum Programs
PHAR 405-Principles of Drug Action and Therapeutics V 3
PHAR 406-Principles of Drug Action and Therapeutics VI 3
PHAR 345-Pharmacy Law 3
PHAR 346-Pharmacy Services and Reimbursement 2
PHAR 353-Experiential III 3
PHAR 407-Principles of Drug Action and Therapeutics VII 4
PHAR 408-Principles of Drug Action and Therapeutics VIII 3
PHAR 354-Experiential IV 2
PHAR 365-Non-Prescription Pharmaceuticals and Herbal Medicinal 3
PHAR 356-Principles of Pharmacoeconomics and Drug
Treatment Outcomes 2
Fourth Year Clerkships Programs
Advanced Specialty Clerkship Programs
UIC College of Pharmacy is the third oldest college of pharmacy with a continuous charter in the US, and the oldest academic unit of the University of Illinois.
This program was originally designed to allow practicing pharmacists who would like to obtain their PharmD through distance education for all their didactic courses. Since 1986 more than 300 practicing pharmacists had received their PharmD degree from UIC through this nontraditional pathway.
"At the College of Pharmacy faculty meeting in November 2001, it was decided that the Continuing Curriculum Option (CCO) will be phased out. The last students were accepted and admitted for the Spring 2002 semester."
ADVANCES IN PHARMACY (1 credit)
BIOTECHNOLOGY FOR PHARMACISTS (2 credits)
PATHOPHYSIOLOGY (3 credits)
CLINICAL PHARMACOKINETICS (2 credits)
Drug therapy of common disease states based on pathophysiology and concepts of drug action. Emphasis on rational drug product selection and use of monitoring parameters.
A study of the basic physical assessment techniques necessary to determine patient response to drug therapy.
Basics and applications of drug treatment outcomes and pharmacoeconomic concepts in pharmaceutical care.
Overview of drug information resources and statistics used in health care research, including systematic approaches to critical evaluation of the literature and effective communication of information.
Clinical pharmacy experience in patient interviewing, patient monitoring, and drug therapy. Emphasis will be placed on disease states and their treatment in ambulatory patients.
Clinical pharmacy experience in patient interviewing, patient monitoring, and drug therapy. Emphasis will be placed on disease states and their treatment in general medicine patients.
Choose from the following clerkships: Advanced Medicine, Advanced Specialty (association work, community, government, managed care and pharmaceutical industry), Critical Care, Drug Information, Geriatric, Nutrition, Pediatrics, Pharmacokinetics, Psychiatry, and Surgery
Core Courses in Pharmacy Administration:
Core Courses in Pharmacodynamics:
Core Courses in Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy:
Core Courses in Pharmacy Practice:
Elective Clerkships:Two out of 14 choices
Fourth Professional Year:
Total 61 credits hours in a quarter system
* Indicates courses required in the BS Pharmacy degree Program in Pharmacy
Fifth Professor Year
Total 63 credits hours in a quarter system
Sixth Professional Year:
Total 48 credit hours in a quarter system