Students in the PharmD program at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto participate in a comprehensive, rigorous four-year program in pharmacy which will prepare them to provide pharmaceutical care within the context of interprofessional teams in a variety of patient care settings. The overall goal of the curriculum is to enable our graduates to meet the future drug therapy-related needs of Ontario’s citizens. Graduates will be able to work in partnership with patients in order to assess their drug therapy and identify and resolve drug therapy problems. The curriculum will enable them to work within a collaborative environment with other members of the health care team to optimize patients’ medications.
Students will undertake a variety of courses over the first three years of the program, followed by one year of experiential education, which will consist of a series of clinical rotations in patient care and other types of settings. Specific pharmacy courses will include: biochemistry, pathophysiology, pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, toxicology, and several courses in the area of pharmacotherapeutics. Students will undertake learning in a variety of formats which include large class discussions, small group discussions, laboratory-based simulation, seminar discussions, and online learning.
In addition to the courses taken in each of Years 1, 2 and 3, students will also have an opportunity to learn through a series of cross-curricular themes in areas such as critical appraisal of medical/health literature, professionalism and ethics, and patient safety. These themes, which incorporate material from different courses over different years, will help students reinforce the knowledge and skills required for safe and effective pharmacy practice.
The PharmD curriculum is guided by National Educational Outcomes for Pharmacy Graduates and will prepare them to be medication therapy experts. Key components of the curriculum include:
- A series of nine Integrated Pharmacotherapy Modules;
- Medication Therapy Management courses which are aligned with Pharmacotherapy courses;
- 320 hours of Early Practice Experiences in patient care sites;
- 36 weeks of Advanced Experiential education in a variety of practice sites;
- Cross-curricular integration of the following themes: Critical Reasoning, Critical Appraisal, Patient Safety, Pharmaceutical Care, and Professionalism and Ethics;
- Interprofessional Education (IPE), both in-class and on-site learning experiences;
- A variety of elective courses in the areas of pharmacy practice, pharmaceutical sciences, and social and administrative pharmacy areas.