Memorial’s School of Pharmacy is the only program in Canada whose graduates attained a 100 per cent pass rate in the national exams that are a pre-licensing requirement for pharmacists.
All 38 students from the class of 2013 successfully passed both the written and practical components of the exams that are administered by the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC). In addition to finishing first in the overall pass rate, Memorial’s students ranked second out of the seven Canadian pharmacy schools tested for the highest average score.
The PEBC certification exams add another level of rigorous testing to the high standard already set by the program at Memorial. A passing grade is the successful culmination of four years of intense study and preparation for the students involved.
“This is a great achievement for our class and I think it reflects a tremendous amount of hard work from all students, as well as our faculty,” said Robbie McCarthy, class valedictorian. “The School of Pharmacy has always been known to graduate pharmacists with a solid knowledge base and, most importantly, exceptional clinical skills, and our results on the national exam clearly illustrate this. Our success is something that everyone at the school should take pride in and I hope it continues in the years to come.”
Memorial’s pharmacy program prides itself on a level of excellence in clinical practice education, experiential learning and theory that make it among the best in the country. Dr. Linda Hensman, dean of the School of Pharmacy, credits a dedicated team who continue to raise the bar for pharmacy education in Canada.
“Results like this come from exceptional students and the incredible faculty and staff who are dedicated to their success,” she said. “There is no complacency at the School of Pharmacy. It is a team effort and we are constantly looking for new, innovative ways to improve, to push ourselves and our students to do better. I am extremely proud of the class of 2013 and everyone who helped them along the way."