Pharmacy Goes Global


“We want to be a Harvard Executive MBA program.”
Associate Dean for Professional Education Kari Franson

Pharmacy is going truly global in unprecedented ways at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. With the launch of a new, accredited International-Trained PharmD program in the fall of 2014, our 105-year-old pharmacy school is drawing students from all over the world to earn advanced degrees in their fields.

The program is the latest in the Skaggs School’s efforts to expand its reach, and to bring its highly renowned curriculum to practicing pharmacists all over the globe. The first three students came to the CU Anschutz Medical Campus from Egypt, where they are pharmacists working in Qatar. Our program is giving them invaluable hands-on experience in Colorado, including clinical rotations in the Denver metro area, paired with two years of online coursework and mentorship.

In addition to attracting students from abroad to learn and exchange knowledge with students, our own fourth-year students have a valuable opportunity to elect at least one overseas rotation. According to Associate Dean Franson, about 10 percent of our students take advantage of the opportunity – either setting up their own practices abroad or connecting with the Skaggs School’s contacts in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Costa Rica.

Sara Mahmoud, one of the first International-Trained PharmD students, believes her experience in this innovative program is strengthening her understanding of patient-centered care and further opening her eyes to the wide world of pharmacy. “I have learned so much about patient autonomy,” she said. “In the Middle East, we are accustomed to feeling we know what is best for you as pharmacists; no one tells you a patient has a right to choose something for himself.”

Learn more about the many ways that the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is redefining the future of the field, and read more about the International-Trained PharmD program.

Adapted from “The Right Prescription for Internationalization,” by Karen Leggett, published in International Educator July + August 2015.