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Waterloo Pharmacy bridging PharmD and MSc students graduate at spring convocation

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Four bridging students standing in front of a banner that says Waterloo Pharmacy Doctor of Phamracy (PharmD)

On June 14, 31 bridging students and two graduate students received their degrees at the University of Waterloo spring convocation. The School welcomed graduates and their families at a reception before the main convocation ceremony.

“I want to congratulate all our students convocating today,” said Hallman Director David Edwards. “I know you’ve worked very hard to complete this program, and you should all be proud of your accomplishments.”

A graduate and her family in front of a Waterloo Pharmacy bannerThe PharmD bridging program focuses on the development of advanced clinical expertise and consists of 5 courses. It is available to Waterloo BScPhm grads anywhere in North America, regardless of their geographic location or place of employment, and enables them to earn a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD).

Many of the students who choose to complete it are working full-time, and the program’s flexible design combines distance education, video-conferencing, and in-person workshops to educate and assess participants. As of the spring 2018 convocation, 130 alumni of the School’s BScPhm program have completed the PharmD bridging program.

Two graduate students also convocated at the spring ceremony. Razan Amoud completed a Master of Science degree under the supervision of Professor Wasem Alsabbagh. Amoud’s thesis was entitled “The impact of prescription medication cost coverage on optimal adherence to Hypertension and Diabetes Mellitus oral medications.”

Daniella Calderon-Nieva also completed her Master of Science degree. Calderon-Nieva was supervised by Professor Marianna Foldvari and her thesis was called “Improving the delivery and immunogenicity of an inhalable CpG-ODN DNA vaccine by bio-adhesive gemini nanoparticles in neonatal chickens.” She is also the recipient of the Dean of Science award which recognizes creative research presented in a student’s Master’s thesis.

Lokesh, Daniella, Marianna and Ding-Wen (Roger) in front of Waterloo Pharmacy banners

Congratulations to all of our spring graduates! See more photos from the event on our Facebook page.

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