Wisconsin State Capitol

An Important Message from UW Pharmacy Dean Steve Swanson

Currently, state law requires pharmacy classes at UW–Madison to commence no earlier than September 1 each year. Although this law applies to all K-12 and UW System institutions, other health professional schools within UW–Madison, such as the School of Medicine and Public Health, begin classes earlier than September 1. AB 372 would significantly improve the ability of the School of Pharmacy to:

  • Greatly enhance the readiness of pharmacy students for clinical practice upon graduation by being able to schedule interprofessional activities with students of other health professions
  • Reduce the limitations of the current academic calendar that hinder our students’ ability to travel to and from clerkship experiences, particularly in rural settings, and complete required clerkship experiences without missing required class time on campus
  • Provide more curricular flexibility by aligning the School of Pharmacy with the health sciences professional academic calendar

It’s critical that the bill passes through the Wisconsin state legislature and be signed by Governor Evers for our pharmacy students to get the most out of their UW education. Please join other UW-Madison School of Pharmacy alumni by reaching out to elected officials today.