UCSF Vice Dean to Serve as AACP Appointee to ACPE Board of Directors

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Sharon Youmans, Pharm.D., M.P.H., vice dean and professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Pharmacy, has been selected by AACP to serve on the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Board of Directors. Youmans will begin the six-year term on July 1, 2020.

ACPE is the national accrediting body for professional degree programs in pharmacy, as well as for providers of continuing pharmaceutical education. In addition, ACPE certifies international education programs and is engaged as a partner with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists in technician education accreditation. The Council’s board membership consists of 10 individuals: three from AACP, three appointed from the American Pharmacists Association, three from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy and one from the American Council on Education.

Sharon Youmans

I’m thrilled to join the ACPE board as an academic representing AACP and its mission. Both organizations share the goal of ensuring patients are cared for by competent pharmacists of the highest quality, and accreditation of Pharm.D. programs provides the checks and balances needed to do just that. As someone who oversees a Pharm.D. curriculum, I look forward to sharing with the board my real-world insights into developing and delivering a quality curriculum that operationalizes ACPE’s standards.

Sharon Youmans, Pharm.D., M.P.H.

Youmans brings to the appointment more than 15 years of experience as a practicing pharmacist in community and hospital settings and nearly two decades of academic experience at UCSF, rising through the ranks from an assistant professor to now a full professor and vice dean.

In her current role as vice dean, Youmans oversees the education mission of the school and specifically the Pharm.D. program. She continues to lead the development and implementation of a new UCSF Pharm.D. curriculum, launched in 2018, that is anchored in scientific thinking, encourages students to question the status quo and critically think through solutions to pharmacy problems, and actively embraces interprofessional learning and diversity of all kinds.

“AACP places a high priority on identifying experienced academic leaders for service on the ACPE board of directors,” said AACP Executive Vice President and CEO Lucinda L. Maine, R.Ph., Ph.D. “Dr. Youmans will bring a wide range of relevant experience in practice and education to our accrediting body.”

Youmans will participate in a comprehensive ACPE orientation program for new board members between January 2020 and June 2020. She will succeed Lori Duke, Pharm.D., from The University of Georgia whose term expires in June 2020. Other ACPE appointees from AACP are Marie Chisholm-Burns, Pharm.D., M.P.H., MBA, from The University of Tennessee and Reza Karimi, R.Ph., Ph.D., of the University of the Pacific Oregon, whose terms expire in 2022 and 2024, respectively.


About AACP

AACP is comprised of 144 accredited colleges and schools with pharmacy degree programs, including more than 6,600 faculty, 63,200 students enrolled in professional programs and 6,000 individuals pursuing graduate study. To learn more about AACP, visit www.aacp.org.