I am honoured to serve the School of Pharmacy as interim dean. As an alumna and long-time educator and researcher at the School, and as director of the entry-to-practice Doctor of Pharmacy program, I am deeply invested in the School's future.
The School of Pharmacy is one of Memorial University's most competitive faculties for entry into the undergraduate program. Our small class sizes of 40 students per cohort combined with our qualified, experienced educators, our growing research program, and a strong network of preceptors in the pharmacy community mean that we can offer a cutting-edge program that graduates leaders and innovators, who are prepared to embrace the full and expanding scope of pharmacy practice.
The profession of pharmacy is evolving. In response, we are implementing exciting curricular changes in September 2017 with the introduction of the new entry-to-practice PharmD. We are also developing a PharmD for Working Professionals, which will be available to licensed pharmacists.
The School is a place of distinction in pharmacy. In March 2016 a Medication Therapy Services (MTS) Clinic was launched - a novel pharmacist clinic where primary care providers can refer their patients for comprehensive medication therapy assessment and receive recommendations to optimize patients' therapy. The MTS Clinic is also an incubation centre for research to support pharmacists' expanded scope of practice, and is a teaching and learning site for pharmacy students.
As leaders in three research focus areas of health outcomes, drug discovery and delivery, and the scholarship of teaching and learning, our faculty is performing forward-thinking research in areas of pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy practice. We strive to inspire future researchers who will push boundaries and contribute to a more sustainable, more efficient health care system, therefore improving our population’s quality of life.
During this critical yet exciting time in the pharmacy profession, significant effort is required to ensure that we provide the education, research and service to keep pace with a changing health system. We in the School of Pharmacy are part of this evolution, and I am excited to lead us into the next chapter.
- Dr. Lisa Bishop
August 1, 2016