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CPPS COVID-19 Updates and Communications

As we continue to navigate COVID-19 together, please know WSU is actively monitoring and assessing the situation and potential impacts to the WSU community. We urge you to track the latest developments on the WSU COVID-19 website.

First and foremost, the health and well-being of the WSU community remains our highest priority, and we will continue to act thoughtfully as we respond to COVID-19.

Updates specific to the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences can be found on this page, including messages sent by the college to students, faculty, staff, and preceptors. If you have any additional questions please contact Jennifer Robinson at jenirobinson@wsu.edu.

This website is not intended to be all-encompassing and should not be considered to be providing medical or legal advice. In all instances, you should consult with a relevant expert for guidance specific to your circumstances.

CPPS Town Halls

PY1PY2PY3PY4
PY1-PY2 Fall 2021 Update | March 19, 2021
February 22, 2021February 23, 2021February 26, 2021
January 19, 2021January 20, 2021January 21, 2021
October 20, 2020October 19, 2020October 26, 2020October 26, 2020
September 11, 2020September 14, 2020September 18, 2020

IPPE/APPE Rotations

The health care sector has been deemed critical infrastructure to protect the health and well-being of all Washingtonians. Health care providers, including PY4 student pharmacists, are considered “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers.”

PY4 student pharmacists should continue to follow the guidelines established by the CDC and by their site for reporting for work and should notify Anjie Bertramson if there is anything precluding their ability to complete the APPE.

PY1-3 rotations & COVID-19 Guidance
This public health situation continues to require flexibility and patience from all of us and we will keep you posted on updates as they come. As you begin rotations please use the guidance below:

  • Refer to CDC guidelines for the latest updates on COVID-19.
  • Regarding your rotations, you should continue to follow the guidelines established by your site for reporting for work. Please let us know if there is anything precluding your ability to complete the rotation.
  • Follow the guidelines your site has in place regarding any COVID related screenings and use of Personal Protective Equipment.
  • According to CDC guidelines, if you are ill you should stay at home. The excused absence policy is in place for illnesses. If you are sick and exceed allowable absences, please contact Anjie Bertramson.
  • Do not enter patient rooms that are deemed “respiratory isolation,” or rooms where patients are suspected of having COVID-19.

Block Exams

While providing virtual delivery of course material due to disruption to operations from COVID-19, testing will be conducted online. Instead of completing exams in a physical classroom, students will take all written tests and exams from remote locations.

Academic Integrity and Test Security Expectations
Students will complete their block exams with the same level of professionalism displayed during in person exams. This means trusting the value of your own intellect and not engaging in unauthorized collaboration, cheating or facilitating academic dishonesty in any way. Student Block Exams may be randomly proctored via ExamSoft’s ExamMonitor without notice to the student.

Exam Download Expectations

  • Students will be notified when exam downloads open on Friday afternoons at approximately 1:30 p.m.
  • Students will have until 8:00am on Monday morning of Block Exams to download their exams.
  • Failure to download exams by 8:00am Monday morning will result in a forfeit of the test attempt.
  • Students will then need to sit for the next exam attempt.

Exam Password Process

  • Students will receive the Block Exam password 5 minutes before the scheduled start of Block Exams.
  • Passwords will be emailed to students via ExamSoft and also posted on the Blackboard Learn course space.
  • Students who are late starting their exams will be subject to the CPPS exam testing policy.
  • Students are required to start their exams at the scheduled time.
  • Testing anomalies will be forwarded to the instructor of record for review.

Any technical issues or questions should be directed to CPPS ITS staff. ITS staff will be available by phone 509-358-7916 and remote support during testing.

CPPS ITS support staff may ask students to run the following application if remote support is required.

Student Volunteering

We have heard from several student about an interest in volunteering in your communities. We want to applaud you for your spirit of service in these challenging times. These are the values that make you the amazing students you are.

If you plan to participate in volunteer activities that are not WSU-sponsored, please be mindful of the potential risks of the activities you are participating in and consider the following guidelines:

  1. Any volunteering you do should adhere to CDC guidelines. Please refrain from putting yourself in a situation that would conflict with social distancing and other such guidelines.
  2. Be mindful of the potential for transmission to family, friends and vulnerable populations. It’s important to avoid becoming a vector for the disease to spread.

Student Communications

Fall 2021 Town Hall Follow Up | Sent March 22, 2021 at 2:25 p.m. PT

Sent March 22, 2021 at 2:25 p.m. PT

Dear Student Pharmacists,

Thank you all who attended the town hall this past Friday. Your feedback on the survey and in the town hall has been informative. Below are some of the main points we made during the town hall and reiterate in this communication so that there is no confusion as to what you can expect fall semester.

What to expect for fall 2021

  • We will have face-to-face learning to the greatest extent possible.
  • We strongly recommend that students seek housing near their respective campuses.
  • We strongly recommend that students attend class in person.
  • We expect students to attend class and actively participate.
  • Our goal is to livestream and record lectures when and where it is feasible and appropriate. These recordings will be posted on Canvas so that students can review and re-watch these lessons.
  • APC courses will require in-person attendance. Other courses, or parts of courses, may also require in-person attendance.
  • All experiential rotations will be in person.
  • Testing, scheduling, and courses requiring attendance will be communicated at a later date as we are in the process of evaluating logistics.

Student Disability Accommodations
We understand that some students may have concerns about attending courses in person related to a disability. These students will need to work with campus Access Services and Access and Career Services Manager Jackie Schneider to seek specific solutions for each individual’s needs. Note that some courses, cannot be completed virtually. However, the college will work with students to identify alternative paths for their learning experiences.

As always, health and safety will be a priority. The college will follow guidance set forth by the Spokane Regional Health District, Yakima Health District, Washington State Department of Health, the Governor’s Office, and the CDC.

Several of you requested to provide feedback on the planning process. If you have any recommendations or concerns, please attend upcoming town hall meetings and reach out to your PSAC representatives so that your views can be voiced.

Again, I thank you all for your perspectives and time. We appreciate your patience and understanding as Washington state and the country re-opens. The guidance set forth by public health officials and the changing circumstances of the pandemic continues to be a moving target as we plan for the future. Our plans described herein may change based on evolving circumstances of the pandemic and we will keep everyone informed going forward.

Sincerely,

Mark Leid, Professor and Dean
WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

PY1-2 Town Hall | March 19, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. PDT

Fall 2021 Update and Town Hall | Sent March 15, 2021 at 8:31 a.m. PT

Sent March 15, 2021 at 8:31 a.m. PT

Dear Student Pharmacists

Thank you all for submitting your feedback via the survey regarding the fall 2021 semester. In total, we received over 250 responses from students. Your opinions and perspectives have helped to shape the 2021 fall semester, along with many other factors that went into making this decision. As a result, we are pleased to announce that we will aim to have a primarily face-to-face fall 2021 semester and look forward to transitioning back to a sense of normalcy in the coming months. Our goal is to ensure that you complete our program successfully and on time

Adhering to local and state public health guidelines continues to be top priority. It was clear through comments in the survey that social distancing, masking, frequent sanitization, and reduced class sizes are important to you and will be essential as we plan for in-person learning. We also aim to seek solutions for students with specific circumstances or concerns. The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and the community at large will always remain top of mind. Details of how face-to-face learning will be conducted are still being worked out and will be communicated at a later date

To address the most pressing questions that you have, please read the following information

Student Disability Accommodations
We understand that there are students who have concerns about attending courses in person that are related to a disability. These students will need to work with campus Access Services and Access and Career Services Manager Jackie Schneider to seek specific solutions for each individual’s needs. Note that some courses such as APC and labs cannot be completed virtually. However, the college is willing to work with students on seeking alternative paths for their learning experience

Housing
It is strongly advised that students begin to look for housing near their respective campuses in order to be able to attend classes in person for the fall semester

Please visit this housing webpage for resources on housing and do not hesitate to reach out to your academic and student success advisor for support

Town Hall
Please join us for a combined PY1 and PY2 town hall on Friday, March 19 from 12-1pm to discuss what you can anticipate for fall 2021. A meeting invite will be sent to students to attend the town hall. The following topics will be on the agenda and it will be a good opportunity for faculty and staff to answer any questions you may have. In an effort to ensure your questions and needs are met, we will send out an invite for regular drop-in sessions in between our monthly town halls so students can ask specific questions

Agenda:

  • Survey results
  • Considerations for primarily in-person learning
  • Accommodations for students who cannot attend courses in person
  • Housing resources
  • Q&A

Submit a question or comment

Sincerely,

Mark Leid, Professor and Dean
WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

CPPS PY3 Town Hall | February 26, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. PST

CPPS PY2 Town Hall | February 23, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. PST

CPPS PY1 Town Hall | February 22, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. PST

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2021 Fall Semester Update | Sent January 27, 2021 at 9:24 a.m. PST

Sent January 27, 2021 at 9:24 a.m. PST

Dear Student Pharmacists,

Thank you to everyone who attended the town halls last week. We had some great discussions, constructive feedback, and on behalf of the college, it was great to see your familiar faces. By now, many of you may have already seen the announcements made by the University and WSU Health Sciences Spokane about their intentions for 2021 fall semester.

As mentioned in the town halls, faculty and staff have a strong desire to come back to face-to-face instruction for the fall semester. While our goal is in-person instruction, we still need to weigh our options with the unfolding circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. Health and safety of our students, faculty and staff remain our highest priority. With this in mind, our objective is also to keep students on track with their learning progression so that they can graduate on time.

In the weeks and months ahead, we anticipate having greater clarity on the impacts the pandemic may have in the fall and the variables we will need to consider to determine when and how in-person learning can occur. We intend to include students, faculty and staff in planning for the fall when appropriate to ensure their perspectives and ideas are considered in the final decision.

Thank you for your continued flexibility in these rapidly changing times.

Have questions or feedback? Please submit them here.

Sincerely,

Mark Leid, Professor and Dean
WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

2021 Commencement Update | Sent January 25, 2021 at 2:28 p.m. PST

Sent January 25, 2021 at 2:28 p.m. PST

Dear Students,

I know that many of you are anxious to see what commencement will look like this year, now that the University has announced that their commencement will be virtual on May 8. For the time being, we are still assessing the situation to understand what options may become available. Given the Washington state vaccination schedule, we are certain that having an in-person commencement at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox as we normally do will not be possible, but we are weighing other options. As always, our top priority will be health and safety, and we will abide by the recommendations of public health officials as we celebrate this milestone in your lives.

In the meantime, I ask for your patience as information becomes clearer. You can still expect an email from Student Services in the coming weeks with information on ordering regalia, nominations for speakers, and ordering cords and diploma covers among other things.

If you have any feedback, comments, or questions, please do not hesitate to share your thoughts.

With my deepest appreciation,

Mark Leid, Professor and Dean
WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

CPPS PY3 Town Hall | January 21, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.

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CPPS PY2 Town Hall | January 20, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.

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CPPS PY1 Town Hall | January 19, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.

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CPPS PY4 Town Hall | October 26, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

CPPS PY3 Town Hall | October 26, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.

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CPPS PY1 Town Hall | October 20, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.

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CPPS PY2 Town Hall | October 19, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.

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Spring semester starts January 11 for the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

CPPS Spring Semester 2021 | Sent October 15, 2020 at 9:19 a.m.

Sent October 15, 2020 at 9:19 a.m.

Dear Student Pharmacists,

As many of you may have already learned from the campus announcement by Chancellor Daryll Dewald, the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will be largely virtual for spring semester. In order to keep you on track to graduate on time, some students will need to be on campus for required skills-based laboratory activities and assessment. Below is a more detailed explanation of 2021 spring semester, which will start on Monday, January 11, for PY1s, PY2s and PY3s. PY4s will not be impacted by this decision.

Class of 2022

  • No in-person learning is currently planned for required didactic course work.
  • Classes and final assessments will conclude on Friday, April 30.
  • Instruction will continue through spring break.

Objective

  • Conclude the semester one week early to allow additional time to transition from didactic learning to APPE rotations. Some students may be required to quarantine after traveling to rotation sites. Depending on the state or county, you may be asked to quarantine after travel. We hope that this extra week will allow you to prepare for APPE rotations.

Class of 2023

  • In-person trainings for PharDSci 519 Pharmaceutics lab will take place between Monday, March 15 and Friday, April 16 of the semester.
  • Students will be brought on to campus (Spokane or Yakima) in small groups for a single 5-hour day of sterile compounding practice and final assessment. This is to reduce the amount of back and forth travel and the burden of seeking overnight accommodation.
  • All other courses will conclude by Friday, April 30.
  • Instruction will continue through spring break.

Objective

  • Ensure that you retain and complete a practical assessment on sterile compounding techniques which was learned over a year ago.
  • Ensure that you have the know-how to take part in your summer IPPE rotations. Some of you may have the opportunity to do sterile compounding, gowning and gloving during your institutional IPPE rotations.

Class of 2024

  • Students will engage in two full days of training at the end of term during the week of May 3.
  • Students will be brought on campus (Spokane or Yakima) in small groups to complete 13 hours of in-person training for Pharmacy 501 and PharDSci 519 over two days.
  • All other courses will conclude by Friday, April 30.
  • Instruction will continue through spring break.

Objective

  • Ensure that when you move on to community rotations in the summer you will have the skills needed to engage in hands-on activities with patients. This includes sterile compounding, taking blood pressure, and basic physical assessment among other things.
  • Ensure that you have the skills to progress to the next phase of the curriculum for your second year when you take the Point of Care Clinical Services course which gives you the foundation to take nasal swabs, point of care tests, and vaccine administration.

Safety precautions, graduating on time, and spring break
The health and safety of students, faculty, staff and the community remain top of mind. Student pharmacists and instructors will be provided with and required to use PPE that is specifically tailored for in-person training and assessment. The college will follow all local, state and national guidelines to minimize risk of exposure. Reducing potential COVID-19 exposure to your fellow students, faculty, staff and the community was also another factor weighing in favor of this decision. We have individuals in the college who are at increased risk for severe illness, and felt that this was the safer choice for all parties involved.

In thinking about safety, we also reduced the amount of back and forth travel for students not living in the Spokane or Yakima area by consolidating face-to-face instruction. We hope that this will decrease housing and transportation costs, therefore lessening the financial burden on students.

Like many other universities, we will also forgo spring break. We know this is not what you wanted to hear, but as an administration we had to choose between two difficult options:

  1. Go forth with spring break, which would delay your graduation
  2. Forgo spring break to ensure that students stay on track to graduate on time.

Unfortunately, we know full well that neither situation is ideal, and we recognize that mental breaks are very much needed. With several extended weekends already built into the academic calendar, we felt that this was less detrimental of the two options. This was not an easy decision, but we believe it is the best option given the circumstances and what our students would ultimately want us to choose presented with all the scenarios.

Flexibility
Given everything that has happened this year, our primary objective in pulling this plan together is so that students do not fall behind in learning and progression. Faculty and staff are working diligently to find ways students can safely work in small groups and complete course material in a timely manner.

While this pandemic has presented a lot of variables to planning for the future, we hope this decision helps you make the necessary preparations for travel and accommodation. Flexibility is our philosophy to this academic year. We know there are many uncertainties and variables that may preclude you from being able to attend in-person sessions. If you find yourself in this situation, please reach out to your instructor to discuss options to keep you on track with your learning progression.

International APPEs
Due to the ongoing uncertainty and safety issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not proceed with international APPEs for the 2021-22 academic year. This includes all international rotations, including Peru, Ecuador, Wales, South Africa, and Vietnam.

Townhalls
I know that many of you will have questions about spring semester. We have scheduled townhalls for each year group so that we can answer any questions and share some of the planning and considerations that went into this complex decision. There are and continue to be many moving parts, and we would like to give you a better picture of what you can expect this spring semester. We can’t change this decision, but we want to have this forum so that you can understand the circumstances.

Lastly, we know this is very difficult time for everyone. We do not underestimate the mental toll that this pandemic has taken. It has impacted every aspect of life, and it is extremely frustrating. We hear you and understand that some of you may feel like you’re just trying to stay afloat. If you need help, please reach out to faculty and staff so that we can do our best to help. We will get through this together.

Have questions or comments? Please submit them here.

PY1 Townhall: 12:00-1:00pm, Tuesday, October 20
PY2 Townhall: 12:00-1:00pm, Monday, October 19
PY3 Townhall: 12:00-1:00pm, Monday, October 26
PY4 Townhall: 7:00-8:00pm, Monday, October 26
(While we know that spring semester plans do not impact PY4s, we hope we can use this time to touch base with you. More details on discussion points will be sent out at a later date).

Sincerely,

Mark Leid, Professor and Dean
WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

CPPS PY3 Town Hall | September 18, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.

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CPPS PY2 Town Hall | September 14, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.

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CPPS PY1 Town Hall | September 11, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.

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CPPS PY1 Town Hall | June 12, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.

Faculty & Staff Communications

Fall 2021 Faculty and Staff Update | Sent March 15, 2021 at 8:31 a.m. PT

Sent March 15, 2021 at 8:31 a.m. PT

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you all for submitting your feedback via the survey regarding instruction during the fall 2021 semester. In total, we received over 30 responses from faculty and over 250 responses from students. Your opinions and perspectives have helped to shape the 2021 fall semester, along with many other factors that went into making this decision. As a result, we are pleased to announce that we will aim to have a primarily face-to-face fall 2021 semester and look forward to transitioning back to a sense of normalcy in the coming months.

Adhering to local and state public health guidelines continues to be top priority. Social distancing, masking, frequent sanitization, and reduced class sizes will be essential as we plan for in-person learning. We also aim to seek solutions for students, faculty and staff with specific circumstances or concerns. The health and safety of our college and the community at large will always remain top of mind. Details of how face-to-face learning will be conducted are still being worked out, but we will keep faculty and staff informed as plans come to fruition.

Return to Work
How faculty and staff will transition back to working in person has yet to be determined. Administrators from the college are working with the campus and University on policy and planning for this. We will give faculty and staff plenty of notice in our plan to return to work and continue to follow the guidelines established by the Washington State Department of Health and the CDC.

Town Hall
Please join us for a town hall on Thursday, March 18, 3-4 pm to discuss what you can anticipate for fall 2021. You will see a meeting invite in your inbox for this.

Agenda:

  • Survey results
  • Considerations for primarily in-person learning
  • Planning for return to work
  • Q&A

Sincerely,

Mark Leid, Professor and Dean
WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

IMPORTANT COVID-19 Employee Symptom Attestation | Sent Jun 18, 2020 at 8:18 a.m.

Sent Jun 18, 2020 at 8:18 a.m.

Colleagues: Please read this important message!

Based on guidance from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) the Office of Financial Management (OFM), Governor Jay Inslee’s, Safe Start Washington Employer Requirements, and following completion of our recent pilot attestation program, Washington State University will implement the system wide employee attestation on Monday, June 29, 2020.

Employees will be required to attest they are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms prior to returning to a WSU work location.  This attestation will be required each day the employee is reporting to a WSU work location.

A COVID-19 Employee Attestation tile will be accessible to all faculty and staff via their my.wsu.edu employee homepage. All employees reporting to a WSU work location will need to log into myWSU and complete the attestation form. Instructions on completing the attestation form and FAQs are available here.

At this time, only employees directed to report to a WSU work location, in accordance with the WSU Employee Return to Work guide, are to do so. Many WSU employees continue to work remotely. Only employees reporting to a WSU work location will be required to complete the attestation. Completion is not required when on leave, or working from a non-WSU work location.

Managers/supervisors will be responsible for reviewing attestation reports to ensure all employees working from a WSU work location have completed the required attestation.  Additional information related to reporting will soon be available on the Employee Attestation website.

If you have questions please refer to the COVID-19 Employee Attestation FAQs, or contact Human Resource Services at 509-335-4521, or hrs@wsu.edu.

Thank you for your assistance in this process.

Regards,

Theresa Elliot-Cheslek, SPHR, SHRM-SCP|Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer
Washington State University, Human Resource Services

CPPS Fall Orientation Update | Sent June 16, 2020 at 2:49 p.m.

Sent June 16, 2020 at 2:49 p.m.

Dear Colleagues,

As you already know from a recent communication from WSU Health Sciences, the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has moved its fall semester to virtual delivery with the goal of in-person instruction for spring semester. I would also like to keep you informed of the latest updates on fall orientation and the White Coat Ceremony.

Orientation
With fall semester taking place virtually, orientation will also be delivered virtually August 17-21. Students will have an opportunity to interact with student ambassadors, meet faculty and staff about what they can expect this fall, and get to know fellow classmates. We not only want to provide our students with a great start to the academic year, but also recreate the social experience that students get when they join CPPS. If any of you have a chance to speak with our students virtually, via email, or the phone, please give them a warm welcome and let them know that we are here to help. Here are other ways you can also support our incoming students:

  • If you have thoughts or ideas on how we can better engage students, please feel free to let the Office of Student Services know and mark your calendars for orientation on August 17-21.
  • Your insights at our virtual sessions are invaluable to incoming students. The Orientation Planning Team will be reaching out with invitations to virtual sessions so any time you can join our virtual sessions would be greatly appreciated.
  • Consider adding opportunities for students to connect with you in a more social setting.

White Coat Ceremony
In the interest of public health, the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has also decided to postpone the White Coat Ceremony. Friends and family are invited to witness this rite of passage and we want to ensure that students can experience this symbolic event in person with loved ones. At the moment, we are considering a few options as to when to hold the ceremony. One option would be at the end of the first academic year and the other option would be at the beginning of the second year. These continue to be ideas, and nothing has been decided yet. We welcome any feedback you may have on this matter.

Thank you all for your ongoing work and dedication to giving our students a high-quality learning experience.

Sincerely,

Dean Garrelts MacLean
WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Fall Semester and Student Town Hall | Sent June 2, 2020 at 11:04 a.m.

Sent June 2, 2020 at 11:04 a.m.

Dear Faculty and Staff,

I would like to invite you to a townhall with PY2-3 students this Thursday, June 4, 12:00-1:00 pm (please see attached invite). This is an opportunity to answer the many questions and concerns students may have about the upcoming academic year. We hope you will be able to join us for this discussion.

For your reference, please see the communication sent to PY2-3 students today.

Sincerely,

Linda

Dear Student Pharmacists,

Following Chancellor Daryll DeWald’s note last Friday, I wanted to follow up on some of the reasoning behind our decision to move instruction this fall to virtual delivery.

First, I want to thank all the students who have reached out to me, their instructors, and various administrators to give their feedback on this matter. Your comments and perspectives have clearly shown how seriously you take your profession, and on behalf of the college, this is very heartening to hear. I really appreciate everyone’s professionalism and am grateful in your willingness for open and meaningful dialogue.

In full transparency, not all providing feedback agreed with our decision. However, the overwhelming majority of responses received supported our decision to move classes virtually this fall. I would like to distill some of the reasoning behind our decision-making process:

  • Health and safety: Your health and safety are our primary concern. We wanted to make the right decision, with the advice of local and state health officials, to ensure the safety of our students and our community. The recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Spokane and Yakima shows just how tenuous this public health crisis has been, and we did not want students who are at risk, or living with people who are at risk, to be faced with the difficult decision as to whether or not they should show up in person. From the feedback we received from students, concerns around health and safety were the primary sentiment that many of you expressed as well.
  • Quality education: We are determined to keep you on track to earn your Doctor of Pharmacy degree, in accordance with our accreditors. In whatever format we chose, we wanted to ensure that the caliber of education we offer would not be compromised. Our aim is to give you the skills needed to be a successful clinical practitioner. Through technology, community relations, and creativity, our faculty have been able to ensure that you can receive an outstanding education from the safety of your own home.
  • Timing: It was important for us to make this decision sooner rather than later so that students could plan for their future. Many of you have families, are considering housing options, and are plotting schedules for the coming academic year, and we wanted to give you enough notice to adjust accordingly.

For some, I know this was not the result you wanted to hear. We are as eager as you to go back to a sense of normalcy, but this will require a lot of flexibility given the amount of uncertainty from this pandemic.

There were many other factors weighing on this decision and I know that many of you still have questions, so I would like to invite you all to a townhall this Thursday, June 4, 12:00-1:00 pm (please see attached invite) so that we can have an open and meaningful discussion. While we will not reverse our decision, I will be joined by several faculty who would like to share some perspectives on this matter, including Dr. McKeirnan who would like to present some options for point-of-care instruction for the spring semester.

If you have questions, I encourage you to submit them ahead of time via this link.

We know this is a difficult time for you all. While we cannot satisfy everyone’s requests, we hope this provides you with the reasoning behind our decision-making process.

Sincerely,

Dean Garrelts MacLean
WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Friday Check-in | Sent May 29,2020 at 12:34 p.m.

Sent May 29,2020 at 12:34 p.m.

Dear Colleagues,

I want to thank you all for another great month of solving problems, rising to the challenge, and staying committed to our students and our mission as educators. Following Chancellor Daryll DeWald’s note for fall semester today, I will be sending out additional details on how this translates for the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in the coming days.

While we have an overview of fall instruction, college leadership continues to work with their respective departments on how this will be executed on a day-to-day level and how we can best support our students as we prepare for fall and transition into spring semester. As you know, the various phases of opening up present a lot of moving parts. We hope to bring you these minute details and more in the coming days.

In the meantime, I hope you all enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend. As always, if you have any questions, feedback, or concerns, please don’t hesitate to communicate them to me or your department chairs.

Sincerely,

Linda Garrelts MacLean, Interim Dean
WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Friday check-in | Sent May 22, 2020 at 1:51 p.m.

Sent May 22, 2020 at 1:51 p.m.

Dear Colleagues,

As we approach the end of the state-wide Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, which expires May 31, I would like to give you a quick update on where we stand and what to expect as we plan for a safe reopening. As mentioned, this process will not be flipping on a light switch. Rather, we will take a slow and phased approach with plenty of flexibility for employees who have family commitments or are considered high risk.

The university continues to work closely with the governor’s office, state and local health officials, as well as in-house infectious disease experts, to ensure that we can resume operations safely. The safety of faculty, staff, and students is paramount in our decision-making process and we will be guided by the recommendations of state and public health officials in how we resume a sense of normalcy.

Until further notice, WSU employees who can telework without hampering essential operations must continue to do so. This not only helps to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus, but also ensures that employees who need to return to campus can do so safely with enough space to socially distance. Those involved in research will be returning to campus as the first stage in resuming operations. All staff and faculty should consult with supervisors and department chairs before returning to work to determine work schedules, locations and plans to resume operations.

As previously mentioned, the university and campus continue to make plans to ensure that proper training for processes and cleaning procedures are in place. Below are just some of the steps the college is taking to reduce possible exposure and promote a safe working environment:

  • While teleconferencing is highly encouraged, meeting rooms will have reduced capacity limits for safe social distancing
  • Plexiglass barriers have been installed on desks in areas with foot traffic
  • Hand sanitizers will be readily available at entrances and meeting rooms
  • All individuals at indoor or confined public settings must wear face coverings over their noses and mouths if they are likely to be in contact with another individual and distancing of approximately six feet is not able to be maintained as stated in the directive from the Spokane Regional Health District.

With the above in mind, please remember that we are in uncharted territory. We will communicate more details in the next few weeks as plans become clear. Adjustments to these plans will be made as needed and we appreciate everyone’s flexibility, input and patience as we work through this together.

Sincerely,

Linda Garrelts MacLean, Interim Dean
WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Friday Check-in | Opening up and Mother’s Day | Sent May 8, 2020 at 2:31 p.m.

Sent May 8, 2020 at 2:31 p.m.

Dear All,

I know that many of you are eager to learn more about how we are going to return to normal operations on campus. Personal interaction is at the core of our college experience. As a result, there is a strong desire and urge to return to campus as soon as possible!

At the same time, we have a commitment to protect the health and safety of all members of the Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences community, their families, and our Health Sciences campus partners.

With these principles in mind, we are developing a plan for the return to campus. The public health parameters of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the guidelines from CDC and the State of Washington, change frequently resulting in a high level of uncertainty in our planning efforts.

Careful planning will take some time and will require flexibility so we can respond quickly to changes. It is likely that we will have to make changes to our operations throughout the summer and the fall semester, and we will be ready for these changes as well.

We are addressing issues of safety, hygiene, protection, and distancing throughout our workspaces and preparing a list of supplies and resources needed to return to “new” normal operations.

We welcome input from all members of our community and will provide frequent updates on the progress of planning going forward. Once the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order is lifted, telework will not stop immediately. We understand that many of you have family commitments that will keep you from returning to the office without sufficient notice. Our return will be slow and measured, and we will be flexible and give as much notice as possible before dialing back teleworking arrangements. Teleworking schedules will continue where it aligns with business needs and in collaboration with you and your supervisor.

Finally, I want to remind everyone, that as most of us are staying at home, several in the college are coming to campus to cover our basic operations. We are ever grateful to all of you who show up every day committed to protecting and supporting our core mission!

In addition to this update, if you haven’t seen it yet, I recommend that you visit our Graduation Celebration webpage in honor of our graduating students. While we could not be together to celebrate this momentous occasion, we hope that you can enjoy some of the wisdom from our keynote speaker, graduates and alumni.

As we all prepare for a well-deserved weekend, I wanted to wish you all a beautiful Mother’s Day. I received a touching message from one of our students who requested her letter of congratulations for making the Dean’s List as a gift to her mother this Sunday and it just reinforced for me the importance of the work we do to ensure that our students reach their full potential.

Thanks to all of you for your dedication and professionalism during this difficult time. Together we will stay well, stay positive, stay informed and keep CPPS strong.

With best regards and much respect,

Linda Garrelts MacLean, Interim Dean
WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

WSU Communications: Rotations & COVID-19 Guidance | Sent May 6, 2020 at 5:40 p.m.

Sent May 6, 2020 at 5:40 p.m.

Dear Pharmacy Partners:

The WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and University continues to monitor mitigation efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As our valued partners we are sharing our latest communication to our pharmacy students that will be engaging in upcoming rotations, both to Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE). Please note that this communication only applies to WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences students.

Dear Student Pharmacists:

As you all know the start of 2020-2021 rotations is quickly approaching. The WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and university administration continue to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19 daily. This is a rapidly evolving situation. We continue to work to minimize impacts on student rotations.

According to the March 23 Proclamation, the health care sector has been deemed critical infrastructure to protect the health and well-being of all Washingtonians. Health care providers, including student pharmacists, are considered “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers.”

This public health situation continues to require flexibility and patience from all of us and we will keep you posted on updates as they come. As you begin rotations please use the guidance below:

    • Refer to CDC guidelines for the latest updates on COVID-19.
    • Regarding your rotations, you should continue to follow the guidelines established by your site for reporting for work. Please let us know if there is anything precluding your ability to complete the rotation.
    • Follow the guidelines your site has in place regarding any COVID related screenings and use of Personal Protective Equipment.
    • According to CDC guidelines, if you are ill you should stay at home. The excused absence policy is in place for illnesses. If you are sick and exceed allowable absences, please contact me.
    • Do not enter patient rooms that are deemed “respiratory isolation,” or rooms where patients are suspected of having COVID-19.
    • Please review the OSHA e-learning modules in CastleBranch, which includes the following:
      • Understanding Bloodborne Pathogens & Your Organization’s Exposure Control Plan
      • Why Emergency Action Plans Matter
      • Patient and Workplace Safety Measures
      • Steps to Minimize Workplace-Related Injuries

You must use the login (username and password) that you set-up for your e-learning modules. You can login here.

You can find all the latest announcements related to our college on our CPPS COVID-19 webpage. Thank you all for your patience during these challenging times. I applaud your adaptability and professionalism during this public health crisis.

Should you have any questions, concerns, or ideas that might help us better address your needs, please contact me.

Sincerely,

Anjie

We appreciate your partnership and flexibility during this time. Should you have any questions, concerns, or ideas that might help us better address your needs, please contact me.

Sincerely,

Anjie Bertramson, RPCV Morocco ‘08-‘10
Director of Experiential Services | Office of Experiential Services

Friday Check-in | Telework Extension | Sent May 5, 2020 at 5:10 p.m.

Sent May 5, 2020 at 5:10 p.m.

Dear Colleagues,

As you all know, the previous Stay Home, Stay Healthy order issued by Governor Inslee was originally set to expire Monday, May 4. This mandated stay at home order has now been extended to Sunday, May 31, and all employees who can telework without hampering essential operations must continue to do so. You can read more about Washington state’s four-phased approach to opening up here.

College leadership continues to work with the University and Campus on a plan to phase in in-person operations once the stay-at-home order is lifted. Details of how this will look will be communicated once we learn more. The health and safety of our colleagues will be our highest priority. We also understand that many of you will need flexibility for various circumstances, and those are all issues we are taking into consideration as we think about how we return to normal operations.

You can also read more about what the Campus is doing to prepare for the eventual return to campus.

Again, I appreciate everyone’s resiliency, creativity and adaptability as we work through these challenging times together.

With best regards and much respect,

Linda Garrelts MacLean, BPharm, RPh, FACA, FNAP
Interim Dean | Clinical Professor

CPPS resources for online delivery of courses | Sent March 11, 2020 at 6:46 p.m.

Sent March 11, 2020 at 6:46 p.m.

Dear Faculty:

As WSU moves to online courses following spring break, below are the steps and resources to help you transition to online delivery of courses.

Instructors are expected to deliver instructions to students via Blackboard by the end of this week.

Training Materials and Resources
In the next day you will be receiving an email from Microsoft Teams inviting you to the “CPPS Teach” space in Teams. If you do not have the Microsoft Teams client on your computer please reach out to Pharmacy ITS at 358-7916.  The CPPS Teach team space has resources for faculty about online instruction using BbLearn, Zoom, Panopto and ExamSoft. There is a dedicated folder for student resources. Faculty may share student specific instructions as needed for their course.

Consistent Information in Blackboard Learn for Students
I would encourage all instructors to create an item under the content section of their BbLearn course space. This item should be the very first item listed under the BbLearn content. Place information on how your course will be delivered, include your expectations for students, class times and the reoccurring Zoom link (see below) for your course. You should do this by the end of this week.

Enable Blackboard Learn Courses for Zoom
Wednesday evening March 11th CPPS ITS will be enabling all BbLearn course spaces with the Zoom. Once courses have been enabled you may schedule a reoccurring Zoom meeting in BbLearn.

Please see the “WSU CPPS Zoom – Schedule Zoom meetings for classes.pdf” on the CPPS Teach team site to ensure proper settings are selected while scheduling.

Block Exams
Block Exams will be delivered to students remotely during their normally scheduled time. All deadlines for having exams ready to post, student downloads, and exam delivery will follow the normal schedule. Please review the “WSU CPPS Exam Block delivery.pdf” document on the CPPS Teach teams site for information on how to report on student completion times.

Support during Instruction
Your existing classroom spaces are ideal for delivering online instruction. We encourage you to teach from your scheduled classroom spaces if possible. If you would like CPPS ITS to assist you in getting setup and connected for instruction please send an email to pharmacy.its@wsu.edu with the date(s)/time and room location.

Please reach out to CPPS ITS with any questions or needs.

Thank you,

Ryan Maynard
Director of Information and Instructional Technology
College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Washington State University

Preceptor Communications

WSU Communications: Rotations & COVID-19 Guidance | Sent May 6, 2020 at 5:40 p.m.

Sent May 6, 2020 at 5:40 p.m.

Dear Pharmacy Partners:

The WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and University continues to monitor mitigation efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As our valued partners we are sharing our latest communication to our pharmacy students that will be engaging in upcoming rotations, both to Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE). Please note that this communication only applies to WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences students.

Dear Student Pharmacists:

As you all know the start of 2020-2021 rotations is quickly approaching. The WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and university administration continue to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19 daily. This is a rapidly evolving situation. We continue to work to minimize impacts on student rotations.

According to the March 23 Proclamation, the health care sector has been deemed critical infrastructure to protect the health and well-being of all Washingtonians. Health care providers, including student pharmacists, are considered “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers.”

This public health situation continues to require flexibility and patience from all of us and we will keep you posted on updates as they come. As you begin rotations please use the guidance below:

    • Refer to CDC guidelines for the latest updates on COVID-19.
    • Regarding your rotations, you should continue to follow the guidelines established by your site for reporting for work. Please let us know if there is anything precluding your ability to complete the rotation.
    • Follow the guidelines your site has in place regarding any COVID related screenings and use of Personal Protective Equipment.
    • According to CDC guidelines, if you are ill you should stay at home. The excused absence policy is in place for illnesses. If you are sick and exceed allowable absences, please contact me.
    • Do not enter patient rooms that are deemed “respiratory isolation,” or rooms where patients are suspected of having COVID-19.
    • Please review the OSHA e-learning modules in CastleBranch, which includes the following:
      • Understanding Bloodborne Pathogens & Your Organization’s Exposure Control Plan
      • Why Emergency Action Plans Matter
      • Patient and Workplace Safety Measures
      • Steps to Minimize Workplace-Related Injuries

You must use the login (username and password) that you set-up for your e-learning modules. You can login here.

You can find all the latest announcements related to our college on our CPPS COVID-19 webpage. Thank you all for your patience during these challenging times. I applaud your adaptability and professionalism during this public health crisis.

Should you have any questions, concerns, or ideas that might help us better address your needs, please contact me.

Sincerely,

Anjie

We appreciate your partnership and flexibility during this time. Should you have any questions, concerns, or ideas that might help us better address your needs, please contact me.

Sincerely,

Anjie Bertramson, RPCV Morocco ‘08-‘10
Director of Experiential Services | Office of Experiential Services

COVID-19: Preceptor Update- WSU Student Communication | Sent April 10, 2020 at 4:28 p.m.

Sent April 10, 2020 at 4:28 p.m.

Dear Pharmacy Partners:

The WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and University continues to monitor mitigation efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As our valued partners we are sharing our latest communication to our fourth-year pharmacy students, who are still working to complete their Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE). Please note that this communication only applies to WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences fourth-year students working to complete the APPE.

Dear PY4 Student Pharmacists:

As we continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in Washington state, we would like to remind you to continue to follow CDC guidelines on protecting yourself and the communities you serve. In particular, please note the updated guidelines on using facemasks and using PPE.

Below is also a reminder from previous communications:

    • According to the March 23 Proclamation, the health care sector has been deemed critical infrastructure to protect the health and well-being of all Washingtonians. Health care providers, including PY4 student pharmacists, are considered “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers.”
    • PY4 student pharmacists should continue to follow the guidelines established by their site for reporting for work. PY4 student pharmacists should notify me, Anjie Bertramson, if there is anything precluding their ability to complete the APPE.

Thank you all for your patience during these challenging times. I applaud your adaptability and professionalism during this public health crisis. You can find all the latest announcements related to our college on our CPPS COVID-19 webpage.

Sincerely,

Anjie

We appreciate your partnership and flexibility during this time. Should you have any questions, concerns, or ideas that might help us better address your needs, please contact me.

Sincerely,

Anjie Bertramson, RPCV Morocco ‘08-‘10
Director of Experiential Services | Office of Experiential Services
Washington State University | College of Pharmacy – Pharmacotherapy Department

COVID 19: Preceptor APPE Block 8 Rotations | Sent March 24, 2020 at 3:20 p.m.

Sent March 24, 2020 at 3:20 p.m.

Dear Block 8 Pharmacy Partners:

The WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and University administration are closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 in Washington daily and developing plans in response to this public health issue. This is a rapidly evolving situation and as our valued partners we are sharing our latest communication to our fourth-year pharmacy students, who are still working to complete their Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE). Please note that this communication only applies to WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences fourth-year students working to complete their APPE.

Dear PY4 Block 8 Student Pharmacists:

The WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences leadership continues to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19 in Washington state. This is a quickly evolving issue and we would like to provide some updates in light of the latest announcement by Governor Jay Inslee who issued a “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, which will take effect at 5 pm on Wednesday, March 25.

    • According to the March 23 Proclamation, the health care sector has been deemed critical infrastructure to protect the health and well-being of all Washingtonians. Health care providers, including PY4 student pharmacists, are considered “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers.”
    • PY4 student pharmacists should continue to follow the guidelines established by their site for reporting for work. PY4 student pharmacists should notify me, Anjie Bertramson, if there is anything precluding their ability to complete the APPE.

Information is very fluid right now. The situation in Washington state and nationally is evolving quickly. We will update you with the latest information as soon as it comes. In the meantime, you can find all the latest announcements related to our college on our CPPS COVID-19 webpage.

Sincerely,

Anjie

We appreciate your partnership and flexibility during this time. Should you have any questions, concerns, or ideas that might help us better address your needs, please contact me.

Sincerely,

Anjie Bertramson
Director of Experiential Services | Office of Experiential Services
Washington State University | College of Pharmacy – Pharmacotherapy Department

COVID-19: WSU APPE Rotations | Sent March 17, 2020 at 1:56 p.m.

Sent March 17, 2020 at 1:56 p.m.

Dear Pharmacy Partners,

The WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and university administration are closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 in Washington daily and developing plans in response to this public health issue. This is a rapidly evolving situation and as our valued partners we will keep you posted on the latest developments.

WSU President Kirk Shultz announced on March 11 that classes will move to online instruction at all five campuses starting Monday, March 23. The WSU Health Sciences campus and the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will continue to stay open during this time as a resource for students.

Currently, we are trying to minimize impacts on the remaining rotations (block 7 & 8). We have instructed students on block 7 & 8 rotations to do the following:

  • Refer to CDC guidelines for the latest updates on COVID-19. Regarding APPE rotations, students should continue to follow the guidelines established by their site for reporting for work. We have asked students to notify us if there is anything precluding their ability to complete the APPE.
  • According to CDC guidelines, students that are sick should stay at home. The excused absence policy is in place for illness. If students are sick and exceed the allowable absences, students should contact me, Anjie Bertramson.
  • Students should not enter patient rooms that are deemed “respiratory isolation,” or rooms where patients are suspected of having COVID-19.
  • Students have been requested to review their annual OSHA e-learning modules including the following:
    • Understanding Bloodborne Pathogens & Your Organization’s Exposure Control Plan
    • Why Emergency Action Plans Matter
    • Patient and Workplace Safety Measures
    • Steps to Minimize Workplace-Related Injuries

We appreciate your partnership and flexibility during this time. Should you have any questions, concerns, or ideas that might help us better address your needs, please contact me.

Sincerely,

Anjie Bertramson
Director of Experiential Services | Office of Experiential Services
Washington State University | College of Pharmacy – Pharmacotherapy Department

COVID 19: Preceptor APPE Block 7 & 8 Rotations | Sent March 10, 2020 at 10:42 a.m.

Sent March 10, 2020 at 10:42 a.m.

Good Afternoon Block 7/8 Preceptors,

In light of the developments of COVID 19 we want to share with you the communication we recently sent out to our PY4 students (below).

From: Bertramson, Anjie
Sent: Monday, March 9, 2020
Subject: COVID 19: Student APPE Block 7 & 8 Rotations

Good Afternoon Block 7/8 PY4 students,

The WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and university administration are closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 in Washington on a daily basis and developing plans in response to this public health crisis. As you know, this is a rapidly evolving situation. Currently, we do not see any impact on student rotations.

This public health situation will require flexibility and patience from all of us and we will keep you posted on updates as they come. Please also refer to CDC guidelines for the latest updates on COVID-19. Regarding your APPE rotations, you should continue to follow the guidelines established by your site for reporting for work. Please let us know if there is anything precluding your ability to complete the APPE.

Should you have any questions, concerns, or ideas that might help us better address your needs, please contact me.

Sincerely,

Anjie Bertramson

We greatly value your continued partnership with us during this public health issue. Should you have any questions, concerns, or ideas that might help us better address your needs, please contact me.

Sincerely,

Anjie Bertramson

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