September 1, 2016

Pulling Together the Experts

When it comes to in-depth knowledge of the UWSOP curriculum, our faculty are the experts. The success of our new curricular framework and model depends on the full involvement and guidance from our talented and knowledgeable faculty members.

Over the last eight months, the Curricular Innovation Guidance Team has reviewed a substantial body of information gathered from a wide range of key stakeholders, including learning science professionals, curricular experts from other schools of pharmacy, our UW health professions academic colleagues, practitioners, students, preceptors and most important, our faculty.

Most of our analysis has centered about identifying future trends and needs for the pharmacist of 2025, and exploring existing and novel methods and approaches for providing education and training to meet these needs. Using this information, we identified emerging key values and guiding tenets for our curricular development. We used these preliminary guidelines to broadly model a new curriculum, and identified gaps in our knowledge that we will be able to address only with substantive input from our faculty.

Dr. Steve Pickette, guidance team member and Assistant Director of Clinical Services at UW Medicine Harborview, discusses best practices in facilitating and capturing feedback from large groups.

Dr. Steve Pickette, guidance team member and Assistant Director of Clinical Services at UW Medicine Harborview, discusses best practices in facilitating and capturing feedback from large groups.

A half-day faculty retreat will be held on November 1st, where we will present an overview of our analysis and engage the faculty in helping guide the next steps in our process and begin outlining the curricular model. We will break into smaller groups to discuss and develop various aspects of a new curricular model.

Between now and the November retreat, we will be planning a more detailed agenda, developing summaries and supporting materials. We are confident that this retreat will generate inspiring discussions and new ideas for our curriculum. We welcome your thoughts before and after this event, which you can easily send to us through our “Get Involved” page.

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