Changes in Pharmacy Education

The PharmD program at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy was developed to provide pharmacy students with the knowledge, skills and values needed to provide pharmaceutical care. Although the traditional lecture format is still employed, a significant portion of the curriculum focuses on the acquisition of skills through the use of problem-based, student-centred learning. Students are taught to identify, research and solve drug therapy problems both independently and as members of groups. This learning model enables students to acquire such skills as problem-solving, self-directed learning, critical appraisal, communication and self-evaluation. Learning groups also provide the opportunity for students to develop the necessary skills of assertiveness, delegation, leadership and compromise. Lastly, as drug therapy problems may not have simple solutions, our students require the maturity to cope with the demands of this challenging approach to education.