CONSTRUCTING CHANGE

The pharmacy landscape has changed drastically in recent years, shifting towards patient-centred models with a more active role in healthcare innovation and outcomes-based research. Our strong ties with the pharmacy community, stakeholders, and dedicated faculty, staff, students and alumni, have helped us build our current structure.Our 2016-17 Annual Report, Foundation for the Future, was a blueprint for our future dream home. In 2017-18, construction has begun.

We welcomed the first graduating classes for our two new programs – the entry-to-practice Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) and the PharmD for Working Professionals. We also welcomed a new dean, Dr. Shawn Bugden, who is focused on the necessary curriculum reform and development that comes along with new programs during his first term.

The Medication Therapy Services Clinic, our unique pharmacist-led healthcare service and centre for research, is now taking patients via self-referrals and through any health provider. Working with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s primary health care strategy, the clinic is leading and supporting a number of initiatives, particularly in the area of deprescribing and through researching how pharmacy services contribute to appropriateness of care.

Research in our school builds upon one or more focus areas: drug discovery and delivery, health outcomes, and teaching and learning. Growing our research capacity and productivity continues, through both faculty and graduate students. Nearly 20 research grants were received, representing the continually evolving research diversity within the school.

The quest for space to enhance our teaching and learning and research capacity continues. We are creating innovative, technologically-enhanced use of our current facilities, and we continue to work with the university and our community partners to find a more permanent and long term solution: single-site dream home for the School of Pharmacy.

The colours of the tags in this report represent our four strategic directions: enabling success, public engagement, research and teaching and learning. Multiple directions are incorporated into all of the work we do, therefore, each item in this annual report features one or more tags.


  • Scholarships and Awards

    The 2017 annual Scholarships and Awards Ceremony took place on Sept. 21. In special attendance was the Class of 2022 – the very first graduating class for our entry-to-practice Doctor of Pharmacy program. Welcome!

  • Reunion Time!

    The Classes of 1992, ’97, 2002, ’07 and 2012 celebrated in fine style on Oct. 14, 2017 at Quidi Vidi Brewery. For photos of the event, be sure to visit us on Facebook.

  • Undergrads soar during CAPSI Professional Development Week

    For the third year in a row, Memorial’s pharmacy students received the Award of Professionalism for their event planning for Pharmacist Awareness Month 2017. The award was presented at the Canadian Society for Pharmacy Students and Intern (CAPSI) national conference, held in Edmonton from Jan. 10 – 13. Our own students will host the conference in St. John’s from Jan. 9 – 12, 2019.

  • Research Day

    Advancing healthcare was the theme of the fourth annual Research Day, on Feb. 26. The purpose of the event is to build upon the school’s expertise and accomplishments in order to further increase the impact of research in teaching and learning, drug discovery and delivery and health outcomes – the school’s three research focus areas.

  • Galactical graduation

    The Class of 2018 held their celebratory graduation dinner and dance at the Johnson Geo Centre on June 2, 2018.

  • Third annual Summer Research Program well underway

    The goal of the program is to encourage undergraduate students in pharmacy or any discipline with relevance to pharmacy to become aware of career options in research and consider pursuing graduate studies in pharmacy.

  • Pharmaceutical sciences award

    Dr. Hai Nguyen’s 2017 paper, Is bronchial thermoplasty cost-effective as treatment for problematic asthma patients? Singapore’s perspective on a global model, received Respirology journal’s 2018 Fukuchi Award, which acknowledges the best original paper published in the previous year. The award will be formally presented at the 2018 Congress of the APSR (Asian Pacific Society of Respirology) to be held in Taipei, Taiwan, 29 November – 2 December 2018.