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LAU’s Doctor of Pharmacy program heads for re-accreditation

ACPE conducted, for the first time in its history, an off-site accreditation visit, meeting with the LAU team in New York.

In 2002 LAU's School of Pharmacy became the first one outside of the United States with an ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. program.

A team from LAU’s School of Pharmacy headed by Dean Farid Sadik met with the comprehensive site team of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education at LAU’s New York offices June 1–4, as part of the re-accreditation of the school’s Doctor of Pharmacy program.

In 2002 the school broke new ground by becoming the first one outside of the United States with an ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. program.

With accreditation comes re-accreditation. But due to ACPE travel restrictions, the comprehensive visit took place at LAU’s offices in New York — not Lebanon.

This was the first time in its history that ACPE conducted an accreditation visit outside of a school itself.

The ACPE team consisted of Dr. George R. Spratto, member of the ACPE Board of Directors; Dr. S. William Zito, professor of medicinal chemistry at St. John’s University; Dr. Anne Lin, dean of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland School of Pharmacy; Dr. Paul Boisseau, practitioner; Dr. Gregory Boyer, ACPE assistant executive director; and Dr. Jeff Wadelin, ACPE associate director.

The visit was facilitated by the preparation of the School of Pharmacy team, who was present at the LAU offices in New York, the efforts of faculty and students, as well as the hard work and dedication of the New York staff and the IT Department.

The teamwork created a seamless environment of collaboration in meeting rooms and through videoconferencing.

In addition to Dean Sadik, the LAU team included Dr. Lydia Sholy, assistant dean; Dr. Yolande Saab, chair of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Department and chair of the Self-Study Steering Committee; Dr. Marwan Taha, chair of Pharmacy Practice Department; and Dr. Joanna Kassis, director of Experiential Education.

Each of them has played an enormous role in the extensive self-study that makes up a major part of the re-accreditation process.

As part of that process, the ACPE team spoke to students, faculty and the senior university officials, making sure that no stone was left unturned.

ACPE evaluated six main areas, including the mission of the Pharm.D. program, its administration, curriculum, faculty, students, facilities and financial resources. It also required an extensive and honest self-study that involved extensive data collection and a lot of work from committees and subcommittees.

Dean Sadik expressed his deep appreciation to ACPE and in particular the site visit team for the understanding and the support that they have shown in the past and during the visit.

As with all accreditation and re-accreditation processes, the re-accreditation decision will be taken during the next ACPE Board of Directors meeting.


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