UBC Reports | Vol. 47 | No. 09 | May
Practice lab makes perfect, say students
Alumni, faculty and industry pitch in to make new laboratory a reality
by Hilary Thomson staff writer
The latest remedy in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences is not a
pill or ointment and it's administered with a jackhammer not an eyedropper.
Renovations to create a new 180-square-metre Pharmacy Practice
(PPCL) are making faculty and students feel a whole lot
is scheduled to start this spring on the new facility which
replaces the original
lab built in the 1950s.
"The current lab is relatively unchanged since I arrived here in 1965, yet
pharmacy practice has changed significantly," says Pharmaceutical Sciences Dean
Frank Abbott. "Moving to a state-of-the-art lab is exciting and will help guide
students into the complex, collaborative and consultative role that pharmacists
now play in health care."
The PPCL, the teaching site for all pharmacy practice classes, will
feature a model community pharmacy and expanded treatment modules that provide
practice and consulting space where students learn about pharmacy needs for
specific conditions such as asthma and diabetes.
The site will also be used by researchers and by industry representatives
Modules will be equipped with computers and cameras to film
of pharmacist counselling sessions. Other features include larger
problem-based learning areas and a teaching and learning centre for
Neil de Haan, president of the Pharmacy Undergraduate Society, says the new
lab is welcome news for students.
"It's great that the lab will be expanding -- we have had to use rooms in the
School of Family and Nutritional Sciences building to accommodate the increased
number of students in the program in recent years. The new lab reflects both
current trends in practice and increased enrolment in the faculty," he says.
Construction could not have started this spring without some significant gifts
from alumni, industry and faculty.
A turning point in the capital campaign came when Pharmaceutical Sciences Prof.
Helen Burt -- whose office is across the hall from the old lab --
made a generous donation.
"This is a great and evolving profession with pharmacists
their responsibilities in patient care. The need for a modern
was urgent as we prepare our students for this working
environment," says Burt,
adding that she also wanted to return in a tangible way the support
has given her during her 21-year career. Apotex Inc., the largest
pharmaceutical company, was another of the lab's major supporters.
The lab will be completed by September.
Those interested in supporting the project should contact: Pharmaceutical
Sciences Dean Frank Abbott at 604-822-2343 or e-mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org; Cheryl Griffioen, at 604-822-1328 or
e-mail to email@example.com.