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The Strategic Plan of the LAU School of Pharmacy for 2012-2017 revolves around six pillars that establish the School as a student-centered and regional leader in pharmaceutical and pharmacy education, and propel it forward to the forefront of research excellence and innovation. The six pillars of the Strategic Plan address Research; Education; Outreach; Clinical Pharmacy Practice; Faculty and Staff; and Students.
This pillar emphasizes the need to support Faculty in their research development and foster research opportunities at the School of Pharmacy. This support can be accomplished by: the formation of focused research groups based on areas of interest and expertise; providing research-related workshops to Faculty; upgrading the research laboratories; and initiating collaborative research with the University health sciences schools and Hospital. Furthermore, this pillar aims at studying the feasibility of establishing a MS graduate program in pharmaceutical sciences that is deemed crucial to advancing basic scientific research at the School of Pharmacy.
This pillar focuses on adopting active teaching and learning methods in the didactic and experiential components of the curriculum, identifying new learning opportunities in interprofessional education, and using technology in the classroom. The pillar also emphasizes the continuous assessment and mapping activities of the curriculum according the School assessment and evaluation plan. The assessment outcomes and mapping results will drive the changes of the dynamic curriculum by guiding the introduction of new elective courses and experiential education rotations, and revising course content wherever applicable. Furthermore, this pillar addresses the plan to establish a post-graduate program in Industrial Pharmacy.
This pillar acknowledges the important role that the School plays in serving the community, engaging its alumni, and in its active representation at scientific organizations and pharmacy legislative branches. Another goal of this pillar is to strengthen the development of community-based pharmacy services. This can be achieved by collaborating with the Lebanese Order of Pharmacists on national initiatives and by expanding networking opportunities with regional and international professional organizations.
This pillar features the value that the School places on supporting and leading the development of clinical pharmacy services at LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital (LAUMC-RH) and the country at large. The plan is to make LAUMC-RH the primary clinical practice site for the School Clinical Faculty and training site for PharmD students. These endeavors will also support the future plan of establishing a Pharmacy Residency program at LAUMC-RH and keeping pace with the continuously evolving needs of the pharmacy profession.
This pillar reinforces the School continued commitment to quality standards in recruiting qualified and diverse Faculty based on curricular needs. The School also reiterates its commitment to the continuous professional development of its instructional staff and preceptors. This will be mainly accomplished by structuring the reward performance model for full-time Faculty, generating a promotion ladder for adjunct Faculty, and organizing educational and training venues in areas of needed development. Furthermore, the School continues to be committed to promoting its staff members and their active engagement in School initiatives and functions.
This pillar maintains pharmacy students as a paramount focus of the School Strategic Plan. It emphasizes the holistic approach to education with a special emphasis on professionalism, lifelong learning, and students’ civic engagement. It also reinforces the need to continuously assess and upgrade student recruitment and admission processes.