Design and implementation of a faculty-student engagement programme in an entry-to-practice Doctor of Pharmacy programme

Patricia Gerber


Background: The importance of fostering connections between faculty and students is well documented in the literature. The University of British Columbia's Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences (Faculty) launched a Faculty- Student Engagement Programme (FSEP) to cultivate links between faculty and students.

Aim: To describe the design, implementation, and outcomes of the FSEP for first-year students in a Doctor of Pharmacy Programme.

Methods: Forty-two volunteer faculty were matched with 224 students in groups of five or six. Evaluation surveys were distributed to faculty and students. Additional in-person feedback was obtained from students.

Results: In-person feedback was obtained from 79% (n=174) of students. Surveys were completed by 90% (n=38) of faculty and 25% (n=56) of students. Eighty percent of faculty agreed that the FSEP was a valuable initiative. Seventy- seven percent of students recommended that the Faculty continue to offer the FSEP.

Conclusion: The FSEP was positively evaluated by faculty and students and it could be emulated at other institutions interested in enhancing the student experience. 


: Advising, Engagement, Mentoring, Pharmacy, Professionalism

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