Educational Philosophy Statement

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The goal of the PharmD program is to ensure our graduates possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to render care in an evolving health care system (see the UWSOP Care Definitions, Practice Foundations and Ability-Based Outcomes). Our educational experiences are designed to provide a strong foundation in the biomedical, socio-behavioral, administrative, clinical, and pharmaceutical sciences, a heightened understanding of the economic, cultural and social issues affecting patients and health care delivery, and the ability to apply this knowledge in collaboration with others to further practice, education, and research. Students are also encouraged, through professional and community outreach activities, to develop and incorporate new practices that enhance public health, systems management, and patient-centered care in diverse populations and settings.

As faculty, staff, and students we value:

  1. Our role as educators and learners. We promote excellence and strive to inspire through education that emphasizes the power of discovery and the foundation for critical and analytic thinking. We foster creativity, challenge the boundaries of knowledge and cultivate independence of mind through unique interdisciplinary and interprofessional partnerships. We seek to continually improve our curriculum, our programs, and ourselves.
  2. Attracting and retaining the highest quality faculty, staff, and students.
  3. A competitive admissions process that seeks to identify students who have demonstrated the potential for competence in meeting the School’s General Ability-Based Outcomes. We expect that our students will continue to develop these abilities within the curriculum.
  4. The positive impact and perspective that our world-class research and researchers bring to our educational program.
  5. Rigorous course work in the foundational sciences within discipline-specific courses that facilitate student development in breadth and depth of knowledge, perspective, and skills.
  6. The development of professional skills in laboratory settings, and development and enrichment of the skills in actual practice settings.
  7. Learning with and among students of other health care professions.
  8. The flexibility of a curriculum providing a breadth of electives allowing each student to design an emphasis for his or her educational and professional development.
  9. A curriculum delivered using a variety of approaches where appropriate: lectures, case discussions, small group activities, interaction with standardized patients, structured laboratory experiences, and a broad assortment of practice-based experiences.
  10. An integrated and responsive curriculum that evolves with self-reflection and the discovery of new information.
  11. A curriculum that challenges students to become agents of change.
  12. The cultures and natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. These are important elements of who we are. They anchor us and reaffirm our desire to positively affect the world around us. We accept our responsibility in preserving and enhancing our community. (Approved 5-21-2013)