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Update From the Dean 
Course Delivery Plans for Winter Term 2020-2021

PCOM School of Pharmacy Friends and Family:

After careful consideration by PCOM leadership, we will be conducting courses fully online for the first half of the Winter Term 2020-2021. As we continue into the winter, know that the well-being of our students, faculty and staff remains our primary focus at PCOM. Extensive efforts have been made to maximize campus safety, which are outlined and have been distributed in our "Guidelines for Health and Safety While on Campus" [PDF].

At the PCOM School of Pharmacy, we are carefully monitoring community spread on campus, as well as our academic achievements in light of unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our conversion to hybrid-online learning required a great deal of effort and flexibility for everyone involved. Rest assured that your School of Pharmacy faculty have risen to the challenge of continuing to provide the "best in pharmacy education" as we utilize online course-delivery platforms into the new year. Our students will also continue to have access to learning resources such as online simulations, faculty office hours, meetings with advisors, tutoring, and academic support, as well as access to the library, financial aid and student affairs.

Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, the PCOM School of Pharmacy recognized that contemporary methods of teaching, such as active learning, and small-group discussions are proving to be more effective than traditional lectures. In response to the continuously evolving landscape for entry-level pharmacy graduates, we have implemented significant curricular innovations designed to develop future leaders in pharmacist-driven patient care. Doctor of Pharmacy students are seeing an increase in the use of "Immersive Learning", which will promote greater understanding and less memorization of important concepts. Our pharmacy students continue to see these course delivery approaches being implemented along with increased use of technology throughout the academic year.

As we progress through the term, we will continue to provide the guidance and support students need to complete their studies on time and with all competencies and abilities expected in today’s pharmacy graduates.

We encourage you to visit the COVID-19 student FAQs for additional information.

Be safe and be well,

Shawn D. Spencer, PhD, RPh
Dean
PCOM School of Pharmacy

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