Office of Curricular and Student Affairs
The Office of Curricular and Student Affairs (OCSA) provides student-centered services and experiences from recruitment through commencement. The Office fosters student growth through coaching, mentoring, career development, professional development, co-curricular engagement, and experiential education programs and activities. This support beyond the classroom aims to maximize both student growth and leadership development by offering grounded and intentional services, opportunities, and experiences that engage students by fostering self-reflection, personalized learning, and holistic development.
The Office of Curricular and Student Affairs aims to engage the entire School community in recruiting and enrolling a highly prepared, accomplished, and diverse student body in both the graduate and professional programs. The goal of our recruitment efforts is to prepare the next generation of pharmacy leaders and innovators who will help in Advancing Medicine for Life.
Learn more about our Pharm.D. program here.
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Learn more about our Ph.D. program here.
The PharmD advising house program at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy is purposefully developmental – aiming to meet the needs of unique PharmD students. Academic coaches are expected to serve as guides and mentors for an assigned subset of students. The School has installed Advising houses (or “Pharmalies”) in an effort to build community across the advising and mentoring spectrum. Through this community, Pharmalies aim to:
- To provide a mechanism by which faculty, students, and staff can take care of and look out for each other across a rigorous PharmD program.
- To promote the collective well-being of community members by building a larger, stronger network of support and advocacy.
- To facilitate group learning across the curriculum and co-curriculum by providing a way to share experiences (together we learn more).
- To increase feelings of belonging and mattering across all students.
- To promote holistic student learning, growth, and development.
- To monitor the quality of experience trends that may be a call to action for School leadership.
Peer Mentor Program
The Peer Mentoring Program promotes the successful transition of new students to the Pharm.D. experience. Peer Mentors are paired with new Pharm.D. students to add an additional layer of support and advocacy throughout the first year of study. Peer Mentors provide guidance on all things related to the doctor of pharmacy program while also serving as a consistent point of contact for questions and referral.
Free tutoring services are available for Pharm.D. students through the Office of Curricular and Student Affairs and the Rho Chi Honor Society. It is highly recommended that students seek help from their course TA and Course Director if they have a grade lower than a B in any class.
Eshelman Care Team (ECT)
The ECT is a means to allow our Eshelman community to take care of ourselves and each other. Life can be difficult at the university. The ECT is meant to support and advocate for those who are experiencing any hardship related to the four areas outlined below. Referrals can be made online through the ECT Referral. Not all submissions are acted upon but the School believes that intervention for more concerning situations is sometimes needed to situate students for sustainable success.
The ECT uses careful discretion with the information collected and makes every effort to maintain the confidentiality of the reporting party. Only in rare circumstances related to Title IX (discrimination, harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence, interpersonal violence and stalking) would the reporting party’s name possibly be shared. Outside of reports that must be shared with the Title IX, the only exception to this confidentiality standard is if there is an immediate threat of harm to the individual student or others in our community.
The ECT Referral is available to support our students in the following 4 areas:
Our Co-Curricular program is designed to complement the Pharm.D. curriculum and provide value-added student experiences through four distinct pathways:
- Career Pathway: This pathway is focused on the intersection of the student pharmacist and the future. Personal interests, abilities and values form the cornerstone of a productive, satisfying career. Students are expected to grow their knowledge of self, grow an understanding of the full breadth and depth of personalized career matches, develop skills/abilities/dispositions that will situate them for career success, and develop a transition plan from study to practice.
- Horizon Pathway: This pathway focuses on learning more about others – particularly those who are not like you or who may view the world we live in through a different lens. Students are expected to develop a global mindset toward pharmacy practice, grow cross-cultural awareness/responsiveness related to the profession, invest in service of underserved/rural populations, and embrace inclusive mindsets regarding the multiple identities of those with whom we work and serve.
- Professional Pathway: This pathway focuses on investment in oneself. Through this pathway, students are expected to grow an awareness of self; develop knowledge/skills to maintain well-being and healthy perspectives; hone holistic leadership capabilities; engage with other health professions students in meaningful ways; and connect with national professional organizations that match their career and professional interests.
- Patient Pathway: This pathway focuses on the ultimate goal of the Pharm.D. experience – the patient. Students are expected to engage with any number of patient populations through creative advocacy, service, outreach or education. This spans the areas of direct patient care, drug development, industry, and managed care, among other areas of practice.
The Office of Curricular & Student Affairs staffs an in-school registrar and curriculum manager who oversees course registration, course scheduling, student records, verification of enrollment and degrees, residency-for-tuition-purposes, curriculum management, and academic progressions. The registrar and curriculum manager is also available to answer questions and give advice regarding matters of financial aid and tuition billing.
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