Transition to a Pharm.D. Model

November 05, 2020
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST

Part One of the International Webinar Series

Hosted by AACP

Advancing our profession toward patient centered care often requires advanced education, with the PharmD becoming the preferred degree in many areas - yet, it is not offered globally.  This session will describe two examples of how the transition to the PharmD degree is occurring, one for students beginning their pharmacy education and another for mid-career pharmacists.  First, South Korea is one of the few countries in Asia that has the PharmD program since 2009. The 6-year pharmacy education program in Korea will be shared regarding implementation process, new curriculums and the current issues in adapting it to the social and administrative infrastructure of Korea. Next, the University of Colorado's international, distance-based PharmD program was created in 2014 to meet the education needs of international, mid-career pharmacists aiming to advance their practice toward patient-centered care.  Program design, success factors and discussion of how the PharmD education is meeting these students' needs will be shared, along with challenges, future and alternate considerations.


By the end of this session, the learner will be able to:

  1. Discuss the education movement of transition to 6-year pharmacy education in Korea as a global effort in advancing the pharmacy profession;
  2. Share how and why mid-career, international pharmacists are succeeding and meeting their patient-centered practice goals in a US-based, distance-delivered PharmD program;
  3. Discuss educational challenges and considerations in the offering of both PharmD programs presented.


Nisreen Mourad, PharmD, MSc
Clinical Assistant Professor 
Experiential Education Coordinator
Lebanese International University, Bekaa, Lebanon


Sandy (Jeong Yeon) Rhie, PharmD, PhD
Clinical Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, Ewha Womans University
Seoul, South Korea  

Shaun Gleason
Associate Professor 
Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Colorado Denver