Competency-Based Curricular Design

Competency-Based Curricular Design

Date & Time:  Wednesday, October 23, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Location: Room 3340, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2405 Wesbrook Mall

Description: Please join us for a presentation on competency-based curricular design, with guests Dr. Nancy Winslade and Dr. Gurdeep Parhar. Dr. Winslade will provide a broad overview of the educational outcomes adopted by the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada and offer strategies for assessing these. Dr. Parhar will focus on how the health advocacy outcome is being incorporated into curriculum renewal in the Faculty of Medicine. He will address the challenges of incorporating qualities such as advocacy or empathy into a curriculum that has a strong focus on technical knowledge and ability.

Educating the Pharmacist for Today and Tomorrow
As sweeping changes to the pharmacist’s scope of practice continue across Canada, Faculties of Pharmacy face the challenge of creating a curriculum that incorporates all of current practice, recently introduced practice change and anticipated future practice. Patient care remains the role common to these practice models and, therefore, was the focus of the AFPC Educational Outcomes for Pharmacy graduates introduced in 2010. Dr. Winslade’s seminar will discuss how the educational outcomes address challenges in pharmacy practice. She will present data from her research that evaluates both opportunities for community pharmacists to provide patient care and the key factors that influence the quality of patient care provided by community pharmacists.

Social Responsibility and Professionalism – Can it Truly be Taught?
Across North America, health professional education programs are renewing their curricula to better meet the needs of the communities they serve. While notions
of empathy, social responsibility and professionalism are at the forefront of goals set by educational innovators, there remains a constant challenge addressing
the needs of the next generation of health professionals. Millennial learners, in addition to demanding flexible learning options and the latest technological advancements, often have quite different ideas as to what is appropriate professional behaviour, what constitutes patient centred care and how best to meet the needs of the population. Pharmacy training needs to explore which pedagogical strategies would best enable the teaching of all of these important humanistic qualities for future graduates.

10 – 10:05 a.m. Opening Remarks
Marion Pearson, Senior Instructor/Acting Director, OESD/Director, Entry-to-Practice Program

10:05 – 10:50 a.m. Educating the Pharmacist for Today and Tomorrow
Nancy Winslade

10:50 – 11 a.m. Question period

11 – 11:45 a.m. Social Responsibility and Professionalism – Can it Truly be Taught?
Gurdeep Parhar

11:45 – 11:55 a.m. Question period

11:55 a.m. – 12 p.m. Closing Remarks
Peter Loewen, Assistant Professor & Director, Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Program
Glenda MacDonald, Clinical Assistant Professor & Director, Continuing Pharmacy Professional Development

12 – 1 p.m. Lunch reception with opportunities for individual questions and discussion

Ticketing Information: This is a FREE event. For more information, visit

Open to Public, Recommended for anyone with an interest in competency based curricular design; Health Sciences