Rendering of future Discovery Pharmacy

During the pandemic, pharmacies have become community hubs for distributing personal protective equipment and testing kits, as well as for administering vaccinations. But well before COVID-19 emerged, U of T’s Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy was already re-envisioning the role of pharmacies in Canadian health care and determining what this means for how it trains pharmacy students.

Last October, the faculty launched the Discovery Pharmacy, an accredited community pharmacy located on the third floor of the faculty’s St. George campus building that provides hands-on learning for students and conducts research into best pharmaceutical practices. The facility, which is the first of its kind in Canada, is training future pharmacists to do much more than dispense medication, says Lisa Dolovich, the faculty’s dean. It is helping them become key members of health-care teams who focus on disease prevention and management, and health promotion.

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