Teams and Advisors



Sharon Youmans, PharmD, MPH

Transformation of the UCSF School of Pharmacy’s doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) curriculum is under the leadership of Vice Dean Sharon Youmans, PharmD, MPH, in consultation with Dean B. Joseph Guglielmo, PharmD, and the Dean’s Leadership Group, as needed.

Youmans works closely with all working committees charged with carrying forward the curriculum transformation project. She also oversees and consults regularly with the administrative leaders of the Education Unit, which she supervises.

Curriculum policy decisions are made by the Curriculum and Educational Policy Committee (CEPC). The development and management of an overall assessment plan for the PharmD curriculum is the responsibility of the Assessment and Evaluation Committee (AEC). Both the CEPC and AEC are standing committees of the UCSF School of Pharmacy Faculty Council, which is an arm of The San Francisco Division of the UC Academic Senate. Membership on both committees is for one year, beginning on the first day of instruction. Curriculum and assessment decisions requiring full faculty input are discussed and voted on by the full faculty through the Faculty Council.


B. Joseph Guglielmo, PharmD


Curriculum and Educational Policy Committee (a standing committee of the UCSF School of Pharmacy Faculty Council)

The faculty’s voice regarding curriculum transformation is represented by the Curriculum and Educational Policy Committee (CEPC). The CEPC is charged with providing direct oversight for the continuum of pharmacy education at the UCSF School of Pharmacy. This includes direct oversight and accountability for the PharmD degree program. The committee’s work includes:

  • Establishing educational policy
  • Planning future directions for educational programs as they relate to the profession of pharmacy
  • Evaluating educational programs
  • Promoting educational innovations and scholarship

This committee reviews and makes recommendations regarding the PharmD curriculum and subsidiary questions including the initiation, alteration, or discontinuation of courses of instruction. All proposed significant changes to the curriculum must be submitted to CEPC for approval. The Student Council meets separately from CEPC, under the mentorship of the CEPC chair, and supplies a single student representative to each CEPC meeting.

The CEPC current membership list and meeting schedule is available on the School of Pharmacy Faculty Council​ webpage.

Assessment and Evaluation Committee (a standing committee of the UCSF School of Pharmacy Faculty Council)

The Assessment and Evaluation Committee (AEC) is charged with formulating, refining, implementing, and managing an overall assessment and evaluation plan for the PharmD professional degree program by:

  • Identifying critical assessment needs, processes, tools, and data sources
  • Ensuring that assessment and evaluation data of student, teaching, and program performance informs quality assurance and continuous quality improvement of the professional degree program
  • Defining the infrastructure and resources needed to manage the plan.

The AEC current membership list and meeting schedule is available on the School of Pharmacy Faculty Council​ webpage.

Faculty strategic planning retreat attendees, January 2014

  • Paid Faculty
  • Associate and Assistant Deans
  • Administrative Leaders
  • Development and Alumni Affairs Director

List of faculty strategic planning retreat attendees

School curriculum visioning retreat attendees, June 2014

List of curriculum visioning retreat attendees

DRIVE and Design Work Groups, October 2014–March 2016

DRIVE Team (Design: Resources, Integration, Visioning, Execution)

The DRIVE Team was charged with conceiving and developing the overall vision, action plans, and timeline for the transformation of the PharmD curriculum. Along with the Design Work Groups, DRIVE defined and created a curriculum blueprint, curriculum plans, implementation plans, and associated curricular details. The team was appointed in October 2014 and retired in March 2016.

Robin Corelli, PharmD, chair

Design Work Groups

Three curriculum Design Work Groups included faculty from across all three UCSF School of Pharmacy departments and across sister UCSF schools and institutions:

1. Core Science and Practice of Therapeutics

This Work Group was charged with the development of a core curriculum. The group’s proposal for the core didactic curriculum was for an integrated, systems-based, modified-block curriculum comprised of three components: 1) systems blocks, 2) synthesis weeks, and 3) progress exams.

Marcus Ferrone, PharmD, JD, Chair

2. Frontiers in Science and Practice of Therapeutics

The Frontiers Work Group was charged with preparing a blueprint for the inquiry, exploration, and student depth project aspects of the new curriculum. This curriculum is intended to enable students to embrace and contribute to team-based interdisciplinary studies and practice, as well as to prepare students for postgraduate training.

Patricia Babbitt, PhD, Chair

3. Experiential Science and Practice

The Experiential Work Group was charged with developing a strategic plan for experiential education, for both the Introductory and Advanced Pharmacy Practice curricula, with an emphasis on creation of authentic interprofessional experiences.

Mitra Assemi, PharmD, Chair

Student and Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SSAC), 2018-2019

The pharmacy Student and Stakeholder Advisory Committee represents their constituent groups and provides feedback and advice to the curriculum transformation process.

  • Cynthia Watchmaker, Associate Dean, Student Affairs
  • Elizabeth Staub, Class of 2017
  • Meghan Whalen, Class of 2017
  • Steven Samuels, Class of 2018
  • David Szeto, Class of 2018
  • Shannan Takhar, Class of 2018
  • YeeAnn Chen, Class of 2019
  • Jayson De Guzman, Class of 2019
  • Taryn Go, Class of 2020
  • Jessica Li, Class of 2020
  • Julia Lee, Class of 2020
  • Jeanny An, Class of 2021P
  • Jordan Brooks, Class of 2021P
  • Kelsey Mott, Class of 2021P
  • David Woods, Department of Public Health
  • Susan Eng, Genentech
  • Dawn Colburn, Genentech
  • Janice Tam, Gilead Sciences
  • Minh Lam, Kaiser
  • Jorge Abaunza, Kaiser
  • Rita Jew, UCSF Medical Center
  • Nancy Ichiuji, UCSF/Pharmacy Alumni Association
  • Sharon Youmans, Vice Dean
  • Eleanor Wong, Walgreens
  • Arlene Johnstone, Marin General Hospital
  • Virginia Chu, Kaiser
  • Mandy Morris, UCSF Residency Program
  • Mark Jones, SFGH

Curriculum Operations Team (COT), January 2016–September 2016

In January 2016, Vice Dean Sharon Youmans, PharmD, MPH, called together a group of School administrative leaders to explore and resolve issues—from technology to funding—that could affect the successful 2018 launch of the School’s new PharmD curriculum.

Sharon Youmans, PharmD, MPH, Transition Planning/Change Management and Chair​

Curriculum Transformation Team (CTT), May 2016–September 2016

The Curriculum Transformation Team, formed in May 2016, was charged with building out the details of the curriculum blueprint.

Sharon Youmans, PharmD, MPH, Chair

Reorganized Curriculum Transformation Team (CTT), September 2016—

The Curriculum Operations Team and Curriculum Transformation Team merged in September 2016 and now operates as one combined group, with revised titles.

Sharon Youmans, PharmD, MPH, Chair

Course Directors August 2017—

Integrated Theme Directors

  • Cathi Dennehy, PharmD, Director, Renal/Gastrointestinal
  • Pamela England, PhD, Co-director, Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Patrick Finley, PharmD, Co-director, Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Leslie Floren, PharmD, Director, Respiratory
  • Kirby Lee, PharmD, MAS Director, Co-director, Renal/Gastrointestinal
  • Janel Long-Boyle, PharmD, PhD, Co-Director, Infectious Diseases/Oncology
  • Conan MacDougall, PharmD, Co-director, Infectious Diseases/Oncology
  • Jaekyu Shin, PharmD, Director, Cardiovascular
  • Candy Tsourounis, PharmD, Director, Endocrinology

Foundations Co-directors

  • Nancy Hessol, MSPH
  • Deanna Kroetz, PhD
  • Katherine Yang, PharmD, MPH

Experiential Director, 2017—

  • Valerie Clinard, PharmD

Applied Patient Care Skills Director

  • Crystal Zhou, PharmD, Director, Applied Patient Care Skills

Inquiry/Discovery Project Directors

  • Francseca Aweeka, PharmD
  • Susan Miller, PhD