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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, and staff.

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.

Student Communications

PY1-3 Rotations & COVID-19 Guidance | Sent May 6, 2020 at 5:39 p.m.

Sent May 6, 2020 at 5:39 p.m.

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

IMPORTANT Information about NAPLEX/Law Reviews, SURVEYs & MORE!!! | Sent April 20, 2020 at 3:58 p.m.

Sent April 20, 2020 at 3:58 p.m.

Greetings Class of 2020!

This e-mail message, although long, provides very important information so please review it fully and carefully.

NAPLEX Review (available only to those students who signed up and paid)

Provided by RxPrep – Will be virtual this year

Prerecorded, 3-day Review, online delivery available for 3 weeks!!

Available Monday, May 4 through Sunday May 24, 2020

  • This format will allow you great flexibility to access the 3 days’ worth of review materials at your own pace and at times that work best for your circumstances.
  • This option was provided by RxPrep to take the place of the 3-day Live review that we are not allowed to host here in Walgreens Auditorium this year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • The pre-recorded 3 day webinar and review materials, the same as you would have received in person, will be placed on your dashboard on the RxPrep website
  • You will be able to access this pre-recorded webinar for 3 weeks, 24 hours a day, review at your own pace, and re-review as often as you would like within the 3 week period.
  • Questions may be submitted to RxPrep Support at support@rxprep.com .  Faculty instructors monitor the support e-mail and will get back to you in a timely fashion.
  • So instead of sitting at your desk watching a virtual live review for 3 days, now you will have the flexibility to watch at your own pace, and when the time is best for you

Law Review (available to any and all PY4s)

Provided by Dr. Julie Akers – also a different format this year

  • Overview and Agenda of review attached
  • Several hours of pre-recorded review materials available on Blackboard at Pharmacy Fourth Year Materials
  • Pre-recorded materials will be available by May 1 and will remain there for review and re-review through October 31, 2020
  • May 6 a Virtual LIVE review with Dr. Akers
  • As a 4th year student you have access to the NAPB 2020 Survey of Pharmacy Law PDF Resource also through the blackboard course titled: Pharmacy 4th Year Materials (CONT-000-PHARM-4YR-MATL-NC335452-LEC).

NAPLEX and MPJE Scores Release form

  • An Authorization to Release your NAPLEX and MPJE scores to the college has been attached to this e-mail (called NAPLE-MPJE-Score-Release-Form Class of 2020).  This information is critical in assisting the college in identifying improvement opportunities.  Your scores are confidential and individual scores will never be shared with anyone outside the College of Pharmacy & PharmSci but used primarily to aggregate results for your cohort.  Shared NAPLEX scores will be linked to PCOA scores to assist the college in defining areas for enhancement and identifying curricular items associated with NAPLEX success.
  • Please open, complete, and return this form to Sarah Kohler.  Just reply to this message and attached the completed form.
  • We do request 100% participation in completing and returning the form.  I will continue to remind those who have not submitted it.
  • We very much appreciate your participation

Financial Aid Exit Counseling

Graduation in a Box

  • The campus and college are collaborating on a Graduation in a Box shipped to you to commemorate your graduation
  • This box will include your commencement program, diploma cover, applicable cords and medallions, a welcome to the CougarRxNation, and notes of appreciation.
  • Shipment of the box should occur the week of April 27 to your mailing address in MyWSU.

WSU Virtual Commencement Celebration

  • Saturday, May 9, 10am. More details will be communicated closer to the date of graduation.
  • The WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will also have a dedicated virtual celebration webpage where you can view heartfelt words from Rear Admiral Scott Giberson, Dean Garrelts MacLean and fellow student speakers. More details will be communicated closer to the date of graduation.

Graduating Student Surveys (very important)

  • You should have received at approximately noon last Thursday, April 16th, two, e-mailed, personal invitations to complete the two graduate surveys.  Both invitations came from Dr. Robinson.
  • Graduating student surveys are:
    • AACP Graduating Student Survey – this survey plays an important role within accreditation and is administered from the AACP survey platform – this messaging will be coming to you from AACP with Dr. Robinson’s name and will contain a link to click to complete the survey. Email subject line:  IMPORTANT – AACP Graduating Student Survey available!
    • WSU’s Post-Graduation Employment Survey – this survey data is required by the accreditor and is administered from Qualtrics®. E-mail subject line:  Post Graduate Employment/Residency Survey – Class of 2019.
  • Reminders will be sent regularly on Thursdays.  Please check your e-mail to complete these surveys.  It is important to find the invitation e-mail as it contains a personal, one-use link.
  • Both surveys are critical to our college and we request and expect 100% participation, please.  We will continue to remind you about these surveys and enormously appreciate your attention to them.  These are very important surveys as they impact our accreditation and just as important it helps us make sure we are providing the best learning experience and pharmacy program that we can for future classes.

Other Important Reminders

  • Please communicate with Experiential Services (pharmacy.expser@wsu.edu) if you have any questions regarding verification of intern hours or questions regarding licensure application requirements.
  • After final grades post by the Registrar’s Office, Experiential Services will send verification of IPPE/APPE hours to the WA Board of Pharmacy. If you have not done so already please complete the PY4 Licensure survey to tell Experiential Services what state(s) you plan to apply for licensure within, you can submit this survey more than once if you intend to apply to more than 1 state.
  • CPPS offers free notary services; to schedule a time for notarization please contact Abby Parsons (abby.parsons@wsu.edu or 509.368.6677) or Barb King (bjking@wsu.edu or 509-358-7730)
  • If you are not in Spokane and need to find a local notary public, check out this site: https://www.notaryrotary.com/

If you have any questions that I have not addressed here, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.  If I don’t know the answer, I’ll direct your question to the appropriate person.

Stay safe, stay well, and GO COUG Pharmacists!!!

Sarah Kohler, MBA
Director Pharmacy Business Services
WSU College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences

Commencement Update | Sent April 17, 2020 at 1:43 p.m.

Sent April 17, 2020 at 1:43 p.m.

Dear Students:

After assessing various options, the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has decided that we will not be able to hold an in-person commencement. Given the uncertainty around travel and whether or not we will be able to host large social gatherings in Washington, we are unable to commit to having an in-person ceremony without the risk of needing to cancel again. We know that this is not the result that any of us wanted, but we want to be transparent in our thought process. This has not been an easy decision.

To recognize your achievements, the College will be arranging a graduation box which will be sent to you and a virtual celebration which you and your families can view online. Details will be communicated to you once the virtual celebration web page is ready for viewing. This by no means can replace an in-person commencement, but it was the best way we could connect our students and their loved ones to this rite of passage under the current mandate on social distancing.

In addition, WSU and the Spokane campus will hold a virtual commencement on May 9. The University, on all levels, wants to make the best of a challenging situation and we hope to see you there.

Thank you all again for your patience and understanding during these difficult times. The way you have carried yourselves and adapted to this unprecedented situation has left a deep impression on everyone in the College.

With best regards and much respect,

Dean Garrelts MacLean

COVID-19: PY4 CDC Guidance Update & Reminder | Sent April 10, 2020 at 4:27 p.m.

Sent April 10, 2020 at 4:27 p.m.

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 Bertramson
Director of Experiential Services

Commencement Information for CPPS Graduates | Sent April 9, 2020 at 3:32 p.m.

Sent April 9, 2020 at 3:32 p.m.

Dear Students,

Please see the announcement from WSU Health Sciences on the Virtual Commencement Celebration, scheduled for May 9.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to direct them to Heather Byrd who will be coordinating the event for the Spokane campus.

Best,

The Office of Student Services

APPE/IPPE Rotations Update & IPPE Survey | Sent April 2, 2020 at 12:14 p.m.

Sent April 2, 2020 at 12:14 p.m.

Good Afternoon Students,

First, thank you to everyone for your continued patience as we work through these unprecedented times together. The resilience and grace you have all shown continues to make me proud as a fellow Cougar. With summer rotations quickly approaching we want to take a moment to update you.

We continue to monitor ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and are working through immediate scheduling changes for our current graduating class. We have also learned of some impacts to early summer rotations. A few sites have canceled rotations for the 2020-2021 year, and we have already notified students who will be impacted and will work with them to ensure their continued education. College leadership has been proactively monitoring data coming in and working with our accrediting body and pharmacy schools across the United States on finding alternative solutions for students. Through this process, we will determine options that will have the least disruption to your lives while keeping you on-track to graduate.

The situation is very tenuous at the moment. What you can do right now is to continue working on your onboarding and planning for your rotations as scheduled. As we receive more information, we will reach out to you on next steps.

On behalf of Dr. Taylor Bertsch, as part of our contingency planning, IPPE (PY1 & PY2) students should complete the following survey about past experiences working in community, institutional and other pharmacy practice settings.  This survey will help us as a college to determine whether your previous pharmacy practice experience would allow you to test out of your traditional IPPE community or institutional experience and complete an alternative.

If you have any questions about the survey above please reach out to Dr. Taylor Bertsch at tbertsch@wsu.edu.

To ensure that we continue to communicate the latest developments to you in a timely manner, I encourage you to join our regular townhalls scheduled for the following dates:

Sincerely,

Anjie, Dr. Bertsch, Dr. White and entire Experiential Services Team

A note of appreciation to our student pharmacists | Sent March 28, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Sent March 28, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Dear student pharmacists,

Even though it is a Saturday, I want to take a moment to reflect on the past week to let you know how proud I am of all of you.  I appreciate all your hard work and perseverance during this exceptionally trying time.

First, I want to thank our PY1, PY2 and PY3 student pharmacists for your willingness to work with your faculty and staff as we design new ways to deliver your classes to finish out spring semester.   Has it been a challenge this week?  Yes, but I believe the rough patches will become fewer as we all become more adept at handling this virtual experience.

Next, a special thank you to our PY4 student pharmacists:  you have encountered uncertainty and change at a speed that was not anticipated.  As I communicated earlier, there is great disappointment associated with the announcement that we will not be able to hold commencement on May 7th.  But, remember, this should not diminish your accomplishments in any way. Conversely, I hope it inspires you on the importance of your role as health care providers and your responsibility in protecting the health of the communities you serve. Your faculty and staff are exploring what options are available to us to celebrate your achievements; we will communicate with you as planning evolves. Finally, because of the hard work and innovations put in place by your faculty and staff, we are going to finish out block eight successfully!

Now, as we look forward, I would like to expand on a couple of perspectives that I hope will be helpful to you as you not only survive this tumultuous time, but thrive during it:  face fear and do the right thing.

Face fear

Some of you have heard me talk about facing adversity head-on; this philosophy has guided me.  Once a situation is faced, resulting in a decision and an action plan, it is easier to move through and navigate whatever the circumstances are.  The more adversity, the “hotter the adversity,” the stronger  the inner steel in an individual.  Scott Wetzel is a colleague who speaks in our entrepreneurial class.  He describes facing fear this way:  “EAT fear like it is candy, or ice cream or anything else that you love!  Devour fear.  You will come out as a stronger person.” His messaging has resonated with some of you already, but I believe it can resonate with all of you now as we face uncertain times.

I had conversations with several students this week.  As they expressed sentiments of “being afraid,” I reiterated that I have every confidence that all of us will work through the final weeks of the semester together.  Might there be a glitch or two?  Yes, but we are problem solvers, good thinkers, and are committed to making sure that your learning is supported in quality ways.

Do the right thing

As many of you know, I am a fan of Jim Collins and believe his perspective on running effective businesses translates into guiding principles for individuals as well.  He has talked about the kinds of people who can face challenges and do the right thing.  I believe his words describe our staff and faculty in the college, as well as you, our student pharmacists:

There are certain people, those special whatever-it-takes people, who almost regardless of the incentive system would still do the right thing because it’s the kind of people they are. They learned it from their mom and their dad or their military experience or the Boy Scouts or their friends in high school. I don’t know where they get it—maybe they’re born with it. But it’s just who they are.

I have seen first-hand how you and your faculty are doing just this – doing the right thing.  Only a few weeks ago, I would not have known that your faculty and staff could have so quickly:

  • Worked collaboratively to deliver all active classroom content virtually
  • Learned how to use a myriad of software tools to facilitate on-line learning
  • Designed and implemented a successful remote advising plan

Likewise, only a few weeks ago, I would not have known that our student pharmacists would adapt so well to:

  • Zoom break out rooms
  • Virtual Crimson group presentations  – I listened to the Crimson group presentations Thursday afternoon – phenomenal!
  • On-line testing in a way that upholds the professional values to which you pledged an oath
  • Changes in clinical rotations that require “a new way of doing” things, while still delivering care and honing your clinical skills

Creativeness, flexibility, visionary thinking and problem solving, willingness to work hard, and an unparalleled dedication to our program and each other is what I see day in and day out.  So, as you prepare for the weeks to come, know that we will work together to manage the bumps without trepidation.

With best regards and much respect,
Dean MacLean

CPPS Commencement Update | Sent March 25, 2020 at 10:58 a.m.

Sent March 25, 2020 at 10:58 a.m.

Dear Student Pharmacists,

It is with a very heavy heart I regret to inform you that the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will not be holding commencement, which was originally scheduled for May 7, 2020. All in-person activities for the week of commencement will be cancelled as well.

Given the situation regarding the spread of COVID-19 and current recommendations from federal, state, and county public health officials, we cannot safely hold this celebration in good conscience without impacting efforts by public health officials to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. On behalf of the leadership of WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, we felt it was important that we inform you of this decision as soon as possible so that you and your families can adjust travel plans. In addition, RxPrep 3-day live review will be available virtually to students who have paid, and the Law Review will also be virtually delivered to all students.

While this year’s challenges have been unprecedented, it should not diminish your accomplishments in any way. Conversely, I hope it inspires you on the importance of your role as health care providers and your responsibility in protecting the health of the communities you serve. We will endeavor to hold a celebration of your scholarship and work, but with the unpredictable circumstances we face, we are unable to schedule anything for the time being. I know you have questions on what happens next and we will be figuring this out in the next few days. More details will follow in the coming days on what this means for you.

Thank you for your patience, understanding and professionalism during these difficult times.

Best regards,

Linda Garrelts MacLean

COVID 19: Student APPE 8 Rotations | Sent March 24, 2020 at 3:07 p.m.

Sent March 24, 2020 at 3:07 p.m.

Dear Block 8 PY4 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 Bertramson
Director of Experiential Services | Office of Experiential Services
Washington State University | College of Pharmacy – Pharmacotherapy Department

CPPS PharmD PY1-PY3 Townhall Recording | March 19, 2020

CPPS PharmD APPE Townhall Recording | March 17, 2020

COVID 19 Update | Staying Healthy | Sent March 19, 2020 at 4:57 p.m.

Sent March 19, 2020 at 4:57 p.m.

Dear Students:

As a WSU system, each of our campuses are responding to the evolving COVID-19 situation depending on their needs.

A message was sent to Pullman students today, based on the recommendation of their local health department, and we would like to share the same sentiment with our Spokane and Yakima students: If you can stay at your permanent residence, please do so.

This guidance is designed to slow the transmission of COVID-19 and ease the burden on local health care systems.

Many of you consider Spokane and Yakima your homes. Our locations in Spokane and Yakima will continue to serve students for as long as we are able, but please note that services may be limited.

Currently on these campuses, there is still reliable, high-speed internet, and the student food pantry is open in Spokane. The libraries remain open, but with reduced hours and capacity to encourage social distancing.

Students enrolled in 499, 599 and the Research Honors program will need to work with their mentors to determine next steps. Students who are able to spend time doing literature reviews or writing up research results may be able to continue that work from home to maintain social distancing. Students who are in the middle of lab experiments should work with their mentor and lab colleagues to formulate contingency plans for this work. If students are currently registered for credit, there are always options available for completing this work at a later time.

Our primary consideration is for the safety of students, staff, faculty, and the general public. We are fortunate to work amongst creative, problem-solving, and caring individuals.

Again, stay where you are, if you are able. This is for your own health and the health of our communities. If you are sick, remain where you are and call your health care professional for guidance.

As we receive more information from federal, state, and local authorities, we will continue to send updates via your WSU email.

I know this is a difficult time, filled with anxiety about the unknown. It is important to remember that we thrive when we support each other. We are here for you, even if it can’t be in person.

Please visit this webpage for the latest announcements and information from CPPS and the University on COVID-19.

Sincerely,

Linda Garrelts MacLean
Interim Dean | Clinical Professor

COVID-19 | Student Volunteering | Sent March 19, 2020 at 2:39 p.m.

Sent March 19, 2020 at 2:39 p.m.

Dear Student Pharmacists,

We have heard from several of you about your 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.

Stay healthy and wash those hands!

Sincerely,

Jennifer Robinson
Associate Dean of Professional Education, Clinical Associate Professor
WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

COVID-19 Update | PY1-3 Townhall | Sent March 18, 2020 at 2:51 p.m.

Sent March 18, 2020 at 2:51 p.m.

Dear Student Pharmacists,

The situation around COVID-19 is unprecedented and fluid with impacts worldwide. Due to these evolving circumstances, the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has moved all classes and labs, including pharmaceutics, APC, and any other courses with student presentations, to distance delivery until the end of the semester.

I would also like to invite you to a townhall this Thursday, March 19, so college leadership can share some of the discussions taking place and answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Date: Thursday, March 19, 2020

Time: 3:00 p.m. PST

Zoom Details:
Join Zoom Meeting from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, or Android: https://wsu.zoom.us/j/881773069
Meeting ID: 881 773 069

Join by Telephone (long distance)
For higher quality, dial a number based on your current location.
Dial: US: +1 669 900 9128 or +1 646 558 8656 or +1 253 215 8782
Meeting ID: 881 773 069
Phone one-tap: US: +16699009128,,881773069# or +16465588656,,881773069#

 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to get prompt and accurate answers for you. We will update you with the latest information as it is available. In the meantime, you can find announcements related to our college on our CPPS COVID-19 webpage.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Robinson
Associate Dean of Professional Education, Clinical Associate Professor
WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Update on South Africa rotation: Cancellation | Sent March 16, 2020 at 2:09 p.m.

Sent March 16, 2020 at 2:09 p.m.

Dear Student Pharmacists,

WSU continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation nationally and globally. In light of the recent spread of the COVID-19 virus in South Africa, the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has decided to cancel upcoming faculty-led courses to Cape Town, South Africa scheduled for May-June 2020.

This was not an easy decision to make, but it is the most responsible choice in order to protect both the students and the communities we work with. As health care providers, we have an obligation to ensure that we first do no harm. While we may not feel sick, or exhibit any signs or symptoms of the coronavirus, there is still the potential to spread infection.

Typically, all fees that have been paid to International programs are refundable except for the application fee, which is transferable to other programs if that is an option for you. International programs will be providing similar follow-up communication. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Kelly Newlon, Director of Global Learning, at kelly.newlon@wsu.edu.

Please contact your airline ticket provider to see what options are available for you (i.e. full reimbursement, credit for another airline ticket at a later date, etc.).

On behalf of the faculty for the South Africa courses—Renier Coetzee and myself—we are both saddened by the fact that we are not able to share in this amazing experience with you.

Experiential Services will work with you on rescheduling this elective rotation. Your patience is appreciated as Experiential Services is working to finalize schedules for release to all students, and then will reach out to you individually to work on rescheduling this rotation.

Please feel free to reach out to me, rustin.crutchley@wsu.edu or Anjie Bertramson, Director of Experiential Services, if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Rustin Crutchley

Spring Advising Update | Sent March 16, 2020 at 12:54 p.m.

Dear Student Pharmacists,

As we all do our part in social distancing and taking extra precautions in reducing the spread of COVID-19, student advising will continue via Zoom.

If you previously scheduled an appointment, your advisor will provide you with instructions on how to access your Zoom meeting. If you need to set an appointment, please continue to schedule over Handshake and check your email for the link to your Zoom meeting.

Take care of yourselves during these unprecedented times and let us know how we can support you as we move towards online and distance interactions.

Sincerely,

Pharmacy Student Services

Block Exams | Sent March 12, 2020 at 1:18 p.m.

Sent March 12, 2020 at 1:18 p.m.

During this transition to online delivery of course material, Block Exams will also be conducted online.  The primary change for students will be the location where they complete their Block Exams.   Instead of completing exams in a physical classroom, students will take their Block Exams from remote locations.

Academic Integrity and Test Security Expectations

Students will complete their block exams with the same level of professionalism displayed during campus Block 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 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 1:30pm.
  • 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 Block Exams.

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

Cancellation of faculty led programs to Peru | Sent March 12, 2020

Sent March 12, 2020

Dear Students,

As you are aware, WSU continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation nationally and globally. In light of the recent spread of the COVID-19 virus in Peru, the WSU College of Nursing and WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences have decided to cancel upcoming faculty-led courses to Chiclayo and Iquitos, Peru, scheduled for May/June 2020.

This was not an easy decision to make, but it is the most responsible choice in order to protect both the students and the communities we work with. As health care providers, we have an obligation to ensure that we first do no harm. While we may not feel sick, or exhibit any signs or symptoms of the coronavirus, there is still the potential to spread infection.

Typically, all fees that have been paid to International programs are refundable except for the application fee, which is transferable to other programs if that is an option for you. International programs will be providing similar follow-up communication. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Kelly Newlon, Director of Global Learning, at kelly.newlon@wsu.edu.

Please contact your airline ticket provider to see what options are available for you (i.e. full reimbursement, credit for another airline ticket at a later date, etc.).

On behalf of the faculty for the Peru courses—Bonnie Sarkinen, Gina Cronrath, Vicky Sattler, and myself—we are all saddened by the fact that we are not able to share in this amazing experience with you.

Experiential Services will work with you on rescheduling this elective rotation. Your patience is appreciated as Experiential Services is working to finalize schedules for release to all students, and then will reach out to you individually to work on rescheduling this rotation. Please feel free to reach out to me, tbertsch@wsu.edu, or Anjie Bertramson, Director of Experiential Services.

Sincerely,

Taylor Bertsch, PharmD
Clinical Assistant Professor — Experiential Services
College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Pharmacy classes following spring break | Sent March 11, 2020 at 3:28 p.m.

Sent March 11, 2020 at 3:28 p.m.

Dear Student Pharmacists:

The WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will switch certain classes from face-to-face classes, testing, and advising to distance delivery beginning Monday, March 23. Please do not mistake this as class being cancelled—we will continue to deliver many courses online, and for some courses, in person. These in-person courses may include pharmaceutics, APC courses, and any other courses with student presentations. You can read the latest communication from WSU President Kirk Schulz regarding this matter. We know you have questions and we will answer those questions as soon as we are able to. Here are a few things you should know right now.

  • The WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will remain open. The college and campuses (Spokane and Yakima) will continue to be a resource for students to carry out the rest of their semester. Students can access study spaces, high speed internet, labs, faculty, student services and advisors, and supporting staff.
  • The college will conduct certain courses in person. Some students have lab classes once or twice a week and class sizes range from 20-30 students. You should practice social distancing and good hygiene during these classes.
  • The temporary policy change for illness-related excused absences will remain in effect. You will not be penalized if you miss an exam and should fill out the Absence Report Form – https://pharmacy.wsu.edu/doctor-of-pharmacy/current-student-resources/block-testing/
  • Should you have any questions regarding your coursework, please contact Jennifer Robinson (Spokane) (email: jenirobinson@wsu.edu or call: 509-368-6676) or Angela Stewart (Yakima) (email: stewas@wsu.edu or call: 509-249-7920).
  • Student pharmacists who are on rotation 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, please contact Anjie Bertramson, Director of Experiential Services.
  • PhD graduate classes will be conducted in person and PharmD students enrolled in these courses will attend as well. Again, these are small classes where there is plenty of space for social distancing.
  • Each instructor of record will provide information via Blackboard on how courses will be delivered by the end of this week. In-person attendance, if required, will be communicated via Blackboard as well.

Spring Break
If you are traveling over spring break, please continue to monitor CDC guidelines for travel before and during your trip. You may consider packing extra personal items or course materials in case you decide to spend additional time off campus or become ill. Remember to contact your healthcare provider if you feel sick, particularly if you’re experiencing fever, cough and shortness of breath.

Future Communications
We will continue to send updates to your WSU email account. Visit the WSU COVID-19 website for frequently asked questions, information, resources, and updates.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Robinson
Associate Dean, Professional Education

Angela Stewart
Associate Dean, Yakima extension of the Doctor of Pharmacy program

COVID 19: Student APPE Block 7 & 8 Rotations | Sent March 9, 2020 at 3:45 p.m.

Sent March 9, 2020 at 3:45 p.m.

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

Temporary Policy Change – Illness-Related Excused Absences | Sent March 6, 2020 at 7:51 a.m.

Sent March 6, 2020 at 7:51 a.m.

Dear student pharmacists,

Due to the current university and CDC recommendations related to COVID-19, we as a college are making a temporary modification to our assessment-related absence policy. Individuals who stay home due to illness will not be penalized for missing an assessment.

If you identify that you may be away from school for an extended period of time, please reach out to your academic and student success advisor to determine a plan.

My hope is that you stay healthy by monitoring updates and guidance from the CDC. If you are sick, please stay home to prevent the spread of infection.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about this temporary policy change.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Robinson, PharmDPronouns: she/her/hers (what’s this?)
Associate Dean, Professional Education | Clinical Associate Professor | College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Faculty & Staff Communications

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

Friday Check-in | Sent April 24, 2020 at 3:36 p.m.

Sent April 24, 2020 at 3:36 p.m.

Dear students, colleagues and friends,

Another successful week in the rear view mirror – thanks to all for your commitment to excellence!

I want to take a different approach to my weekend communication with you.  I am going to direct you to two communications that highlight how pharmacy can make a difference in caring for patients.  Admittedly, this is pharmacy practice centric, but we are all in “pharmacy” together, whether you are a PhD grad student or researcher working on the next big pharmaceutical discovery or a pharmacy faculty or staff member educating and supporting our future pharmacists.

Steven Chen, who several of us know from USC, lays out a case by the numbers:

….67,000 community pharmacies in the U.S., whose numbers dwarf the 5,500 hospitals and 1,400 community health centers. They are staffed by 175,000 pharmacists frequently referred to as the most overtrained and underutilized health care professionals in America.

Please take a moment to read his commentary in The Conversation about how pharmacists are prepared to be part of the COVID-19 testing solution.  Read more

Finally, please watch this quick video from the Wall Street Journal.  The future continues to be bright as pharmacists are recognized for the value they bring to the healthcare team.

All of us a part of pharmacy!  Thank you for the part you play.

And now, please enjoy a glorious weekend,

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

Friday check-in for students, faculty and staff | Sent April 17, 2020 at 6:42 p.m.

Sent April 17, 2020 at 6:42 p.m.

Good afternoon to each of you,

I am taking just a moment as our week closes down, to once again say how grateful I am to each of you for the hard work you have undertaken.  In so many ways I have seen each of you do the best you can to make our virtual classrooms a success.

  • To our PharmD and PhD students –  you are engaged and participating in a professional way. The way you have responded to so many changes makes us proud!
  • To our faculty and staff – you are creating quality in the classroom that is unsurpassed.
    • I had the chance to sit in on a poster presentation (Dr. Dana Bowers’ classroom) and several Crimson group presentations (Dr. Jennifer Miller’s classroom).  These were some of the best presentations I have seen.  I happen to know from emails received that other faculty members thought the same!
  • Graduate faculty – what an honor it was to see you and the rest our faculty and staff participate in a couple of presentations I attended this week.
    • Kudos to Maha Haque on his successful Zoom defense!  I was delighted to watch him present in such a confident and articulate manner.
    • Kudos also to Jing Wang for successfully passing her preliminary exam!  I was able to see first-hand the results of hard work, preparation and mentorship.
  • To our student services team – wow!  Virtual interviews today were excellent.  I would not have known this could be such a good experience.  A special thank you goes to student ambassadors Dana Rabourne, Manasvi Karia, LeeRoy Esposo and Johanna Pantig for representing our college so well to the twenty candidates interviewed today.
  • To our business services team – I appreciate the seamless transition you all have made. Grants are submitted and your support for faculty and staff continues with the same commitment to excellent service.
  • To our researchers —  although we are slowed/stopped, I appreciate what all of you are doing as you publish, write grants and continue on with your work.
  • To our APPE and IPPE team – all of us will owe your team something very special after you finish with arranging, rearranging and creating new rotations so professionally. Thank you, thank you, thank you to the “inside team” as well as the “outside” clinical members of the team in practice sites.
  • To our Advancement team – everyone in development and communications has continued to build relationships with alums and stakeholders through personal touches and communications.  I want to share some of the communications creativity:
  • And finally, to our IT team – I have heard colleagues say that the success we have achieved could not have been possible without the advance planning, careful execution and continued support from this talented group.  Join me in thanking them!

So many of you are doing so much and I want you to know that it is noticed and appreciated! Because of each of you, the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is prepared for anything as we continue to meet our mission.  My hope is that you have a restful and healthy weekend as you take care of yourselves, your loved ones and each other.

With warm regards,

Linda Garrelts MacLean
Interim Dean, Clinical Professor

Friday check-in! | Sent April 10, 2020 at 5:31 p.m.

Sent April 10, 2020 at 5:31 p.m.

Happy weekend colleagues and friends,

With another successful week completed, I want to say thank you to each and everyone of you!  The comments from a town hall this week provides evidence that the hard work you are putting into your courses is yielding dividends:

-Despite my complaints, I am overall happy about how well the courses have gone, and the rapid learning curve that we have all completed.

-The faculty at WSU College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences has handled this situation so nicely and made the online transition very comfortable for the students.  I really appreciate all the time and effort everyone has put in so we can continue to learn at the highest level!

-Just wanted to let you know that we miss our professors. It is very hard to study just from the videos. We appreciate our professors and their hard work.

While these are comments from student pharmacists, I have seen similar comments from our graduate students.  In fact, I noted that one PhD student commented positively during one of the President’s town halls and another entered a congratulatory remark in the chat section during Vice President DeWald’s town hall this week about the successful Zoom defense.  Keep those comments and feedback coming please!

Many of you know I read the Harvard Business Review when I can.  Please take a look at a perspective provided by HBR editor Maureen Hoch this week in a commentary titled “Carrying On:”

We also have new videos up on our YouTube channel about how to cope with the anxiety and uncertainty we’re all feeling, how to be conscious of your body language when you’re in back-to-back virtual meetings, and how to connect with your team when you’re apart.

As you check out one or two of these videos, you might just find a tip that resonates with you!

I wish you all a wonderful weekend,

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

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

Important changes to WSU Zoom meetings | Sent April 6, 2020 at 8:18 a.m.

Sent April 6, 2020 at 8:18 a.m.

Over the weekend WSU implemented several security changes to all WSU Zoom accounts.  Please take a moment to review the changes.

Increased Security in WSU’s Zoom Environment

The following security changes are now in place:

  • Zoom’s desktop or mobile application clients only
  • Required authentication for all Zoom users to access WSU Zoom resources.  Attendees must have a zoom account and sign in with that account before attending a meeting.
  • Embedded password protection enabled by default for new meetings that will be scheduled going forward.
    • Zoom-generated URL includes an embedded password.  Meeting attendees require no extra steps to join a meeting, they can simply click the link as usual.
    • Users can opt out of this default setting, however they will reduce security protections of any future scheduled Zoom meetings.

Action Required

If you have questions or need assistance please contact pharmacy.its@wsu.edu.

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

Weekend Note | Sent April 4, 2020 at 8:04 a.m.

Sent April 4, 2020 at 8:04 a.m.

Dear WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Team,

As I write this weekend note to our CPPS team, I am addressing this to each of you – graduate students, student pharmacists, faculty, researchers, and staff!  I do not take the overused word “team” lightly here.  I believe all of you have coalesced into exactly that – a CPPS team.  I am extraordinarily proud to write about just a few of your accomplishments this week.

So, where to start?  Let’s begin with virtual classrooms.  Thank you to all studentsI understand graduate classes and PharmD classes have engaged students who participate and act professionally.  Faculty and staff, your caring attitudes, creativity and commitment are appreciated as Zoom and breakout rooms have been successfully navigated!  Many of you have asked students for feedback to become even better at this – thank you!

Let’s move on to a different way of doing things in the graduate program.  Christina Brelia announced our first ever Zoom defense:

“With all the chaos that is happening in the world due to the COVID-19, and with the permission of Maddy Brown, I’d love to inform you all that Maddy Brown from Drs. Gibson and Roullet lab has successfully passed her Final Defense. Please help me congratulate Maddy on this milestone in her life! Nice work Maddy, and you have been such a gem to work with.”

 

Our PharmD students make us proud day in and day out as well!  Lee Roy Esposo wrote about the experience he and his third year Doctor of Pharmacy classmates Michelle Baek and Jennifer Tu had in an article titled Embedded: A First-Person Account of COVID-19 Testing in Eastern Washington.  

Finally, I received more good news yesterday as I learned about Angie Stewart’s team’s efforts in Yakima:

“This afternoon Damianne Brand Eubanks and I (and my daughter Laura) assisted Glen Chase PharmD, BCPP in compounding, bottling, and labeling 40 L of hand sanitizer for use at Comprehensive Healthcare here in Yakima.  Glen is an alum and a clinical pharmacy specialist providing direct patient care to those with mental illness.  He brought all the supplies and we were able to provide some man (woman) power along with access to our compounding lab space and equipment to help with the process.  Dami and Emily Darst worked with Glen to identify the most suitable recipe.  The hand sanitizer will be used by providers and staff at Comprehensive and is very much needed.”

I would like to wrap up my weekend note by referring to a quote from a US retired astronaut.  Jerry Linenger survived a fire while serving on the Space Station Mir, even though he went several minutes without oxygen.  I believe his quote, noted below, provides important perspective for all of us.  I am proud and humbled to be part of the CPPS TEAM!

With appreciation for each of you,

Linda Garrelts MacLean
Interim Dean | Clinical Professor

 

Gov. Inslee extends ”Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order through May 4, 2020 | Sent April 3, 2020 at 9:29 a.m.

Sent April 3, 2020 at 9:29 a.m.

Good morning all,

Gov. Jay Inslee announced his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” emergency order will be extended through May 4.    Refer to the Gov. Inslee’s News Release for additional details.

“Stay Home, Stay Healthy” information is available on the HRS website at: https://hrs.wsu.edu/covid-19/stay-home-stay-healthy-order/

Additional COVID-19 information and resources are available at: https://hrs.wsu.edu/covid-19/  and  WSU Updates, COVID-19

WSU continues to monitor this evolving situation closely.  Information for employees is updated regularly on the  HRS website.

Best,

Apryl M. Rash
College Personnel Specialist
Washington State University
College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Securing Zoom meetings and classes | Sent April 3, 2020 at 8:22 a.m.

Sent April 3, 2020 at 8:22 a.m.

The following guide outlines how to secure Zoom meetings for unauthorized participants. The guide provides several options including the pros and cons of each approach. If you have questions about securing your meetings/classes or would like assistance in turning on some of these features for your meetings please reach out to pharmacy.its@wsu.edu.

Guide:  https://confluence.esg.wsu.edu/display/KB/Zoom+-+Securing+Your+Meeting

Saturday reflections with gratitude to each of you | Sent March 28, 2020 at 9:45 a.m.

Sent March 28, 2020 at 9:45 a.m.

Dear colleagues,

As I reflect on the past week, I realize that you have accomplished so much.  Our PY1, PY2, and PY3 students have tested, attended classes virtually, and presented virtually – as Ryan put it, “the week went well, but next week will go even better!”  Our PY4 student pharmacists have continued on with clinical rotations even though some of them have pivoted to work on individualized education plans that guide them in assuring all block eight competencies are met (thanks to Dr. White’s entire innovative team!).

I want to provide a quick perspective as you continue to manage your response to the COVID-19 situation.  I referenced Jim Collins last week, but would like to talk about Malcolm Gladwell this week.  Gladwell’s book, “David and Goliath,” provides lessons learned that can guide us as we navigate our current state of affairs.   In chapter five, he talks about the expectations of panic in London during the Blitz bombing campaign in WWII. Surprisingly, it turns out that people experiencing  “remote misses” were not only not afraid, but felt emboldened. These were people seeing the bombers overhead, hearing the sirens, and hearing the exploding bombs on the next block. They survived the bombs and began to feel invincible. Even in dire circumstances, success can be achieved through perseverance which is a good take away for all of us!

I will close by hoping that each of you enjoy your weekend as you take care of yourselves, your families and each other!

With much respect and appreciation,

Linda  Garrelts MaLean
Interim Dean | Clinical Professor

CPPS Commencement Update | Sent March 25, 2020 at 11:15 a.m.

Sent March 25, 2020 at 11:15 a.m.

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

It is with a very heavy heart I regret to inform you that the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will not be holding commencement, which was originally scheduled for May 7, 2020. All in-person activities for the week of commencement will be cancelled as well.

Given the situation regarding the spread of COVID-19 and current recommendations from state and county public health officials, we cannot safely hold this celebration in good conscience without impacting efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. On behalf of the leadership of WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, we felt it was important that we inform you of this decision as soon as possible so that you can adjust plans for that week.

We will endeavor to hold a celebration for our students’ accomplishments and scholarship, but with the unpredictable circumstances we face, we are unable to schedule anything for the time being.

Thank you for your patience, understanding and professionalism during these difficult times.

Best regards,

Linda Garrelts MacLean

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

Telework Agreement Contingency Plan | Sent March 18, 2020 at 5:21 p.m.

Sent March 18, 2020 at 5:21 p.m.

Dear Colleagues:

As we continue to navigate COVID-19 together, please know WSU and the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences are actively monitoring and assessing the situation and potential impacts to the WSU community. The situation in Washington state continues to be very fluid, and it is vital that we make preparations to minimize disruptions and ensure continued operations in the college. To that end, we would like all staff to work with their supervisors to fill out the attached telework assignment and agreement by the end of tomorrow, Thursday, March 19, 2020. Please understand that this is simply a contingency plan. When your telework agreement and assignment is complete, please notify Apryl Rash.

In the event an employee is approved to work remotely, we expect that supervisors will confirm with teleworking employees that:

  • Assigned work will be completed at home
  • Check in will occur daily with each other to:
    • Confirm work assignments and progress
    • Answer questions
    • Consider solutions for unexpected difficulties
  • All university property taken home is documented by employee
  • All university policies and procedures will continue to be followed

Faculty should consult with their department chairs on alternative work options.

Should you have any questions about this process, please contact Apryl Rash.

Thank you all for your patience,

CPPS Teleworking Guidelines for COVID-19 | Sent March 17, 2020 at 7:04 p.m.

Sent March 17, 2020 at 7:04 p.m.

Dear Colleagues:

As we continue to navigate COVID-19 together, please know WSU and the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences are actively monitoring and assessing the situation and potential impacts to the WSU community. 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.  Please see below the telework option available to staff.

As a college, we are reviewing requests specific to alternate work locations and telework as operations allow. Employees with self-disclosed underlying health or medical conditions or who are at higher risk under CDC guidelines will be prioritized for telework. Employees who must be home to provide child care as a result of the K-12 school closures will be prioritized next. All other requests will be reviewed in alignment with WSU Human Resource Services’ guidance to flexibly accommodate needs while also ensuring we continue to meet operational needs.

We encourage employees who are considering teleworking to work with their supervisors to complete a telework agreement and assignment form and forward them to Apryl Rash, who will follow up with the dean for approval. Should you have any questions about this process, please contact Apryl Rash. IT staff are also reviewing processes and expectations with employees who are approved to work from home.

We expect that employees and supervisors will confirm with teleworking employees that:

  • Assigned work will be completed at home
  • Check in will occur daily with each other to:
    • Confirm work assignments and progress
    • Answer questions
    • Consider solutions for unexpected difficulties
  • All university property taken home is documented by employee
  • All university policies and procedures will continue to be followed

Faculty should consult with their department chairs on alternative work options.

Lastly, I would like to reiterate a note from WSU President Kirk Schulz on maintaining an inclusive community.

In recent weeks, we’ve seen cases across the country and on one of our own campuses in which people of Asian descent have been mistreated. This behavior is not acceptable at Washington State University. At WSU, we strive to cultivate and sustain welcoming and inclusive campus communities for all students, faculty and staff, and stand against discrimination, oppression and harassment.

If you feel discriminated against due to your race, color, or national/ethnic origin, the Office of Civil Rights Compliance and Investigation is a valuable resource.

In closing, the College will continue to make provisions for faculty and staff as long as needed to assist in their well-being.

Sincerely,

Sarah Kohler
Director Pharmacy Business Services
WSU College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences

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

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

CPPS COOP 2020 | Sent March 11, 2020 at 4:47 p.m.

Sent March 11, 2020 at 4:47 p.m.

Dear Faculty and Staff,

Please see attached the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP).

Listed are contact details for various departments in the event of an emergency. We advise people to print multiple copies for your home, office and anywhere you might find it handy.

Please reach out should you have any questions.

Thanks,

Connie Young
Director of Communications, Public Relations & Marketing
Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Update on Courses Following Spring Break | Sent March 11, 2020 at 3:23 p.m.

Sent March 11, 2020 at 3:23 p.m.

Dear Faculty and Staff:

Please note the important message from WSU President Kirk Schulz and Chancellor Daryll DeWald (noted below), which went out this morning. Washington State University and the WSU Health Sciences campus will move to online instruction following spring break, starting Monday, March 23. In addition to their message, I would like to inform you as to how this will be implemented at the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Please do not mistake this as class being cancelled—we will continue to deliver courses online, and in some situations, in person. Online courses will carry on until further notice.

What this means for faculty and staff:

  • As noted, the WSU Health Sciences campuses (Spokane and Yakima) will remain open and we will continue to be a resource for students to carry out the rest of their semester. Students can access study spaces, high speed internet, labs, faculty, student services and advisors, and supporting staff.
  • To ensure a productive and safe working environment, we encourage faculty and staff to practice social distancing, exercise good hygiene, and have meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces or through Zoom.
  • Faculty and staff can reach out to HRS or Apryl Rash should they need accommodation to work from home, which will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

What this means for PharmD students:

  • The college will conduct certain courses in person. Some students will have lab classes once or twice a week and classes range from 20-30 students. Instructors should encourage social distancing between students during these classes. The ACPE, our accrediting agency, has instructed that hands-on labs must be conducted in person.
  • Exams will be delivered virtually. Please contact Ryan Maynard, Director of ITS, for any support in delivering coursework and exams.
  • The temporary policy change for illness-related excused absences will remain in effect. Students will not be penalized if they miss an exam and should fill out the Absence Report Form – https://pharmacy.wsu.edu/doctor-of-pharmacy/current-student-resources/block-testing/.
  • If students have any questions regarding their coursework, please contact Jennifer Robinson (Spokane) (email: jenirobinson@wsu.edu or call: 509-368-6676) or Angela Stewart (Yakima) (email: stewas@wsu.edu or call: 509-249-7920).
  • Student pharmacists who are on rotation should continue to follow the guidelines established by their site for reporting for work. Should students have any questions, please contact Anjie Bertramson, Director of Experiential Services.
  • Students will receive more information from their instructor of record on how online and in-person courses will be delivered by the end of this week.

What this means for PhD students:

  • PhD graduate classes will be conducted in person and some PharmD students enrolled in these courses will attend as well. Again, these are small classes where there is plenty of space for social distancing.
  • Research activities will continue with appropriate best practices in social distancing and good hygiene.
  • All preliminary exams and dissertation defenses will proceed as scheduled. Zoom can be added for committee members if needed.

Please understand that this is evolving situation and we will provide updates as they come. If you have ideas that might help us better address the needs of students, faculty, staff or our clinical partners, please let us know.

Sincerely,

Linda Garrelts MacLean
Interim Dean | Clinical Professor

===From Chancellor Daryll DeWald===

 

Washington State University to move in-person classes online following spring break

Dear Colleagues,

I am taking this opportunity to reiterate important messages sent out today by WSU President Kirk Schulz:

The following communication details information specific to these points:

  • WSU to transition from face-to-face instruction to distance learning following spring break.
  • WSU facilities will remain open during this period.
  • Employees will report to work as normal.
  • Each campus will be communicating their plans directly.

All campuses in the Washington State University system will transition from face-to-face classes, testing, and advising to distance delivery beginning on Monday, March 23, following WSU’s spring break. This move is being made to allow for increased social distancing in light of the spread of the COVID-19 illness in the state of Washington.

WSU’s five physical campuses and other locations across the state will remain open during this period to provide for continued business operations. On the Pullman campus, residential, dining and health care facilities will remain open.

Employees will report to work as normal. Employees should consult the Human Resource Services COVID-19 FAQ if they have questions regarding leave and work options should they need to stay off campus due to illness or because they are at elevated risk for COVID-19. Supervisors will coordinate with employees who request to work from an alternate location to determine if business operations allow for telework or other arrangements.

Even though this is a WSU system decision, each campus or other location may have specific contexts that will determine some details of implementation.  Any campus- or college-specific differences in implementation will be communicated separately by chancellors and deans in consultation with local public health officials.

The spread of, and response to, COVID-19 remains highly fluid.  Please continue to monitor the COVID-19 website and your email for updates.

Each campus will send a follow-up email by the end of the day.

To reiterate, WSU Health Sciences, in coordination with the WSU system, will move to online classes following spring break.

WSU Health Sciences and its colleges of medicine, nursing, and pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences will be communicating with students and employees regarding implementation steps. Students will receive communications detailing expectations and exceptions for their programs.

The health and safety of our faculty, staff and students remains of utmost importance.

Sincerely,

Daryll DeWald
Vice President for Health Sciences, Chancellor
WSU Health Sciences

COVID 19 | FAQs and Resources | Sent March 11, 2020 at 9:51 a.m.

Sent March 11, 2020 at 9:51 a.m.

Dear Faculty and Staff:

We are taking this opportunity to answer several of your questions related to attendance and messaging amid COVID-19. To reiterate, there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Spokane area. The safety and health of our faculty, staff, and students remains of utmost importance to us and we are monitoring and preparing as the situation evolves.

We continue to be vigilant about communicating in a way that shares facts but does not cause confusion or panic. I would like to remind all faculty and staff that any messaging related to COVID-19 must be approved by Connie Young, Director of Communications. Examples of communication that need to be reviewed include emails to student and college distribution lists and signs on office doors.

For faculty and staff who were unable to attend Monday’s meeting, please see questions which were raised below:

Q: What should I do if I have an underlying health condition?
The CDC states that older adults and persons with underlying health conditions are at increased risk of severe illness and complications from COVID-19. Examples of high-risk groups include people who have serious chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease. If you have a medical condition that makes you more likely to be susceptible to this virus, please do not hesitate to reach out to Apryl Rash or HRS to make accommodations.

If you have a medical condition impacting your ability to report to work, contact your supervisor and HRS – Disability Services at HRSdisabilityservices@wsu.edu or 509-335-4521.

Q: What if I or someone in my team is feeling sick?
As recommended by the CDC, employees who are sick should stay home. Please refer to CDC guidelines if you are sick.

Q: Will we continue to have group meetings?
Currently, we will continue with business as usual. However, we encourage faculty and staff to offer Zoom options so that people can participate remotely if needed.

Q: My position requires traveling within the United States. What is the current policy around travel?
According to the CDC, there are currently no recommended restrictions on travel within the US. Please refer to this WSU COVID-19 post or the CDC on information for travel.

Q: Will there be any message to students regarding Spring Break travel?
Mary Jo Gonzales, Vice President of Student Affairs, sent a notice to students on Monday, March 9 regarding their spring break travels. Please read her message here.

Q: What if Pullman shuts down classrooms?
The decision to shut down classrooms will be decided by each WSU campus, but faculty and staff of the college are expected to continue with business as usual. All faculty are advised to consider alternative options to continuing instructions remotely. You can read the communication to faculty on preparing alternative teaching methods from Interim Provost Bryan Slinker.

Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQs on Leave and Work Options for Faculty and Staff. You can also reach out to Apryl Rash or HRS if you have any questions.

Check in to the WSU COVID-19 website for regular updates from the university and COVID-19 FAQs.

Sincerely,
Linda Garrelts MacLean
Interim Dean | Clinical Professor

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

Update from Dean Linda Garrelts MacLean | Sent March 9, 2020 at 5:10 p.m.

Sent March 9, 2020 at 5:10 p.m.

Dear Colleagues:

WSU and College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences administration are closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 in Washington. We know many of you are concerned about the effect this outbreak could have on the college, our students, and your own health and well-being.

I wanted to summarize our response following our meeting today:

  • College leadership has formulated their Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) for their areas. Because the COVID-19 outbreak in Washington evolves daily, administrators will re-evaluate these plans day-to-day. We will share the COOP more widely once it has been finalized.
  • We’ve implemented a temporary policy change for students with illness-related excused absences. Students will not be penalized if they miss an exam and should fill out the Absence Report Form.
  • Clear, consistent communications are vital to avoid confusion or even panic. For that reason, all external communications involving WSU’s response to the spread of COVID-19 must be vetted by the university. Faculty are permitted to give expert interviews. For any media inquiries, please contact Connie Young, Director of Communications, who can help direct these requests; contact her at connie.young@wsu.edu or 509-368-6679.
  • If you receive any inquiries from students, parents and friends of the college, please direct these questions to Jennifer Robinson (Spokane) (email: jenirobinson@wsu.edu or call: 509-368-6676) or Angela Stewart (Yakima) (email: stewas@wsu.edu or call: 509-249-7920).

To find out the latest information from the university, please refer to WSU’s dedicated website to COVID-19 updates and COVID-19 FAQs regarding leave and work options for faculty and staff. If you have ideas that might help us better address the needs of students, faculty, staff or our clinical partners, please let us know.

Sincerely,

Linda Garrelts MacLean
Interim Dean | Clinical Professor

COVID-19 Update | Sent March 3, 2020 at 12:33 pm.

Sent March 3, 2020 at 12:33 pm.

Dear Colleagues,

The linked document provides university information and links to resources regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. College leadership is working with the university, campuses and our colleagues to develop and implement continuity of operations plans for our academic, research and other programs and services as this public health issue progresses. Please monitor the university’s COVID-19 update website, which serves as the WSU system’s central source of updates and information on this closely monitored topic.

Read more about WSU employee FAQS, including leave and work options, here.

Sincerely,

Linda Garrelts MacLean
Interim Dean | Clinical Professor

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