Available Until 9/7/2025

Exploring the Pass-Fail Grading Model in Pharmacy Education

Planned in cooperation with the ASHP Section of Pharmacy Educators 

ACPE Activity Number: 0204-0000-22-585-H99-P
Release Date: Sept 7, 2022 
Expiration Date: Sept 7, 2025 
Activity Type: Knowledge-based 
CE Credits:  1.5 contact hours, (0.15 CEU) 
Activity Fee: Member – Free / Non-Member – Not Available 

This activity is a recording from a live webinar and those that claim credit for the live webinar should not claim credit for this activity.

Activity Overview 

A number of schools and colleges of pharmacy nationwide are adopting the pass-fail grading model for student pharmacists. This webinar will review the historical trends of this model, benefits and challenges for students and faculty, as well as insights into understanding how to evaluate a pass-fail transcript. Attendees will hear from early and recent adopters of the pass-fail grading system while learning the application and assessment for graduates of pass-fail model schools.  


The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

This activity was planned to meet the educational needs of pharmacy educators who are involved in evaluating recent pharmacy graduates of institutions who have implemented a pass/fail model for purposes of job or residency placement. 

After participating in this CPE activity, participants should be able to: 

  1. Describe the historical utilization of the pass-fail grading system in healthcare professions. 

  1. Identify the correlation between pass-fail grading systems and student well-being. 

  1. Define the parameters and key processes of student evaluation through the pass-fail grading system. 

  1. Discuss the benefits and challenges of the pass-fail grading system to discretionary grading. 

  1. Summarize case studies of programs that have adopted the pass-fail grading system. 

  • Introduction and Announcements 

  • Presentation  

  • Questions, Answers, and Discussion 

Karen J. MacKinnon, BPharm, RPh
Director of Outreach
Assistant Professor
Medical College of Wisconsin
School of Pharmacy

George E. MacKinnon III, PhD, MS, RPh, FASHP, FNAP
Founding Dean School of Pharmacy
Professor Pharmacy, Family Medicine, and Institute for Health & Equity
Genomic Sciences and Precision Medicine Center
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI

Lana M. Minshew, PhD, MEd
Assistant Professor School of Pharmacy
Kern Institute
Medical College of Wisconsin

Igor Mitrovic, MD
Departments of Physiology and Clinical Pharmacy, University of California San Francisco
Associate Dean of Integrated Core Curriculum, School of Pharmacy

Jennifer A. Koch, PharmD, BCGP, BCPS
Associate Chief of Pharmacy - Clinical Programs
Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center
Milwaukee, WI


Georgia Galanou Luchen, Pharm.D.
Director, Member Relations
Section of Pharmacy Educators & Community Pharmacy Practitioners
Bethesda, Maryland​

In accordance with our accreditor’s Standards of Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, ASHP requires that all individuals in control of content disclose all financial relationships with ineligible companies. An individual has a relevant financial relationship if they have had a financial relationship with an ineligible company in any dollar amount in the past 24 months and the educational content that the individual controls is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company. 

An ineligible company is any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. The presence or absence of relevant financial relationships will be disclosed to the activity audience. 

  • No one in control of the content of this activity has a relevant financial relationship (RFR) with an ineligible company. 

This activity consists of recordings of faculty slides presentations, active learning activities, discussion, and handouts. Participants must participate in the activity in its entirety to claim continuing pharmacy education credit online at ASHP Learning Center. Follow the prompts online to complete the evaluation, claim credit and view the statement of credit immediately after completing the activity. 

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