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School of Pharmacy receives full accreditation


Some of the School of Pharmacy faculty who were involved in the accreditation process. Standing, from left, Dr. Mohsen Daneshtalab, Dr. Roy West, Dr. John Hawboldt. Sitting, from left, Dr. Leslie Phillips, Dr. Carla Dillon, Dr. Linda Hensman.

By Jennifer Deon

The School of Pharmacy has been awarded full accreditation until 2016 by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP). The process of becoming accredited by CCAPP included a comprehensive self assessment report as well as a multi-day site evaluation.

“This is absolutely wonderful news and reflects the hard work of everyone here,” said the school’s director, Dr. Linda Hensman, in her letter to the school’s faculty and staff. “It’s not just in the work we did for the self-assessment and site visit, but for all we have accomplished in the past six years with the new curriculum, research and innovative teaching.”

This process for the School of Pharmacy at Memorial began in 2009 and their evaluation was completed only recently with the awarding of their full accreditation status.

In their evaluation, the CCAPP review team gauged the school’s accomplishments since the last accreditation visit in 2003.

Among the areas of strength for the school that were noted by the review team was that the school’s pharmacy practice laboratory is recognized as one of the better facilities in Canada.

“The lab offers “real life” training for the students in pharmaceutics and pharmacy skills,” said the team in their site evaluation report. “The first-class technology utilized in this laboratory provides the students with instant evaluation, facilitating an excellent learning environment.”

The CCAPP team also identified some risks and challenges for the school in their review.

“The lack of physical space is beginning to be an impediment,” the team noted in their report. “There is no room for growth of faculty and the wet-laboratory space is not conducive to placement of modern equipment.”

“The space allocation, physical facilities, aesthetics, and faculty and student amenities provided for in its current location in the Health Sciences building presents the most significant challenge for the school at this time.”

Also, the site visit team said that they were “very impressed with the maturity and enthusiastic commitment that the students exhibit toward the profession.”
Many staff and faculty members devoted significant time in both preparing the school’s self assessment report and participating in the evaluation team’s four-day site visit.
In his letter of congratulations to the school, Memorial University president Dr. Gary Kachanoski said that accreditation “reflects well on the School of Pharmacy and on Memorial University.” He also noted that “this is quite an accomplishment and I am sure one that comes after much hard work, attention to detail and dedication.”

For more information, or to view the complete CCAPP evaluation report, please visit http://www.mun.ca/pharmacy/aboutpharmacy/accredidation.php.

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