Feb. 20, 2003, Gazette
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Dr. Linda Hensman
Dr. Linda Hensman has been appointed director
of the School of Pharmacy by the Board of Regents. She has served as interim
director since May 2002, when the previous director, Dr. Chris Loomis,
was appointed vice-president (research and international relations) and
for the year prior to that she was acting director.
During this time, Dr. Hensman has moved the School of Pharmacy towards
resolution of shortcomings in the undergraduate pharmacy program, leading
the redesign of the program to meet accreditation standards.
We are moving to an education-outcomes based curriculum with evaluation
strategies built into it, she said.
Dr. Hensman said a thorough review has resulted in plans to implement
a new curriculum. Students are currently admitted to a three-year pharmacy
program after two years of university, but the new program will see four
years of pharmacy studies following one year of general studies. The new
curriculum will be implemented in fall 2004, leading to a double class
that year. A revised admissions process that will see interviews incorporated
as part of the evaluation will start in the coming academic year.
Dr. Hensman earned her B.Sc. Pharm. at the University of British Columbia
and her Pharm.D. at State University of New York at Buffalo. In 1993 she
completed a master of business administration at Memorial. She describes
herself as a clinician rather than a basic scientist, with experience
in hospital administration including planning director for the Planning
Transfer Team, Health Care Corporation of St. Johns, from 1995-1998.
As associate professor and associate director (pharmacy practice) with
the School of Pharmacy, she had responsibility for the planning, development
and organization of the pharmacy practice curriculum and experiential