March 30, 2020 - University Counseling Service
March 23, 2020 - Updated PharmD Spring Course Calendar
March 18, 2020 - Virtual Instruction for Teaching Assistants (TAs) Workshop Series
March 18, 2020 - Instructional technology going virtual
March 18, 2020 - Virtual instruction delayed
March 18, 2020 - University Counseling Services
March 17, 2020 - A message from Dean Donald Letendre
March 16, 2020 - A message from ASHP
March 12, 2020 - Instruction Information and Events



The University of Iowa Counseling Service invites you to join virtual informational meetings via Zoom about ways to address adjustment difficulties relating to COVID-19 every Wednesday, 1:00-2:00 pm.  Call 319-335-7294, University Counseling Service, for Zoom Link.


For the updated PharmD Spring Course Calendar, click here.

Course coordinators are preparing a Syllabus Addendum for Virtual Delivery for each course. Courses that have not yet started will include this information in their original syllabus. These will be posted in advance of classes resuming and will outline the approach to future instruction, changes in assessment (exams, quizzes, assignments), and expectations for student engagement.

To prepare for Virtual Learning, please make sure to complete the Virtual Learning Preparation tasks by March 27th.



Virtual Instruction for Teaching Assistants (TAs) Workshop Series

The UI Graduate College’s Student Success Office is offering a series of webinars, individual consultations, and virtual drop in sessions for graduate instructors to help them transition their instructional responsibilities in courses, discussion sections and labs to an online format so that effective teaching and learning can continue.

The college is offering the following optional Zoom-based workshops for all graduate student teaching assistants to provide additional support in this process. Please register here and you will receive a Zoom link and calendar invite for the workshop sessions for which you register. These services are in addition to the Keep Teaching resource and individual support sessions offered to all instructors through OTLT. These workshops will also be recorded and posted on the Graduate College's Sharepoint for those who cannot attend the live sessions.

Effective Virtual Instruction for TAs Workshop Series

  • Best Practices in Online Teaching (3/19: 3-4pm and 3/23: 11-12pm CT)
    • Understanding how to make good pedagogical decisions while moving a course or discussion section fully online, including the basic terminology and principles of online teaching.
  • Navigating the Process of Moving Online (3/24: 1-2pm CT)
    • Strategies for graduate instructors to manage the process of teaching online, self-care, and creating boundaries in the online classroom
  • Helping Students Succeed in Online Environments (3/25: 4-5pm CT)
    • Supporting students in the transition into online coursework, maintaining classroom community, dealing with issues of access and accessibility, accessing resources, and supporting students in distress
  • Facilitating Productive Asynchronous Online Discussion (3/26: 11-12pm CT)
    • How to utilize digital tools, moderate discussion forums, and engage students in productive text-based discussion
  • Disciplinary-focused drop in sessions for questions and discussion
    • STEM TAs (3/27: 2-3pm CT)
      • Come with your questions and ideas for effective teaching in your discipline. Advanced graduate TAs, Graduate Success staff, and others will be available to answer questions and provide suggestions as well
    • Humanities and Social Science TAs (3/27: 3-4pm CT)
      • Come with your questions and ideas for effective teaching in your discipline. Advanced graduate TAs, Graduate Success staff, and others will be available to answer questions and provide suggestions as well

Teaching Office Hours for TAs

Graduate Student Success staff will be available for 1:1 sessions starting on March 16th to help transitions courses, sections, or activities to an online format.  Sign up for 30 minute meetings with Brady Krien (sign up here) or Lisa Kelly (sign up here). 

Let us know if you have any questions about these services or offerings. Please note that any questions or concerns related to employment or contracts should be directed to University Human Resources or your college. 


Instructional technology going virtual

Effective immediately, both the Pharmacy Help Desk and ITS Help Desk are transitioning to a remote support model. IT support staff will continue to be available during our regular hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, via our normal methods:, and 319-335-8649.

Today through Friday, a staff member will be available from 10 a.m. to noon in 261 CPB for equipment pick-up and drop-off only.

Beginning Monday, March 23, most IT support will be provided remotely or by appointment. In addition, the ITS Help Desk continues to provide extended support hours. Their hours and contact information are available at

Virtual instruction delayed

In order to give everyone additional time to transition to online teaching, the university is delaying the start of virtual instruction by one week. Courses will now resume on Monday, March 30. They will be conducted virtually through the rest of the spring semester.

University Counseling Services

The University Counseling Service (UCS) will continue to overall provide counseling services to current students who are located within the State of Iowa and will be moving exclusively to a tele-mental health model to do so.  Please visit the USC website on their process, or visit the USC Facebook Page.  


A message from Dean Donald Letendre

Whether you stayed in Iowa City, traveled, or worked, I hope you are enjoying your spring break. I write to you today to encourage you to exercise prudence in resuming work or classes. Please note the following:

  • For the latest university update on Coronavirus go to the website:
  • If you have a fever or respiratory symptoms, please self-isolate at home, follow guidance of the IDPH, and recuperate. See link:
    • Please notify the appropriate individuals during self-isolation:
    • Professional students—Associate Dean Susan Vos
    • Graduate students—Associate Dean Michael Duffel
    • Faculty/staff—Their supervisor/HR
  • If you’re returning from an international trip to a country that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) designated a Level 2 or Level 3 travel health notice, or an area of the United States that has a high incidence of Coronavirus/COVID-19, you must self-isolate for 14 days and monitor for any respiratory symptoms you may experience. If you’re experiencing a fever or respiratory symptoms after returning, follow the guidance of the university website above.

While circumstances are fluid, the College is following our Critical Incident Plan and will adjust guidelines as the need arises. To help everyone manage this unique, historic, and evolving healthcare crisis, please remember the following:

  1. Practice social distancing.
  2. Wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer when available.
  3. Use a tissue or the inside of your elbow to cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.
  4. Didactic classes will be delivered online; the College is closed to visitors. Experiential education is noted below.
  5. Faculty and graduate student research continues but will be maintained by essential personnel only.
  6. Those faculty and staff who need or can work from home, should; however, some may need to be here to maintain critical services. Those decisions will be made in consultation with department chairs or supervisors.
  7. University of Iowa Pharmaceuticals (UIP) is an essential enterprise of the College and is following their business continuity plan to provide crucial and life-saving medications.

As healthcare professionals, we are frequently on the frontline of providing care to our patients and this time is no different.

  • Senior professional students (PharmD P4s) are actively involved in providing direct-patient care at their rotation sites as a component of their experiential education and as a critical backup to the healthcare workforce.
  • UIP is actively working to provide needed hand sanitizer to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) and the rest of the university.

We will continue to provide updates to the College as additional information becomes available. Make healthy choices, be safe and well; we are in this together.

Professionally yours,

Donald E. Letendre
Dean and Professor
The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy


A message from ASHP

As we collectively respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, ASHP is taking extra measures to ensure that our evidence-based resources and tools relevant to the pandemic are accessible by all healthcare professionals who need them.

Effective today, we have unlocked many member resources on including section and topical Resource Centers (e.g., Emergency Preparedness, Geriatrics, Inpatient Care), relevant webinars and online programs (e.g., infectious diseases, flu, disaster and mass casualty preparedness, and well-being and resilience), and select AJHP articles. Additionally, public access to AHFS Drug Information® is available for the next 60 days with the username "" and password "covid-19."

We hope that you will share this information with your professional networks so that pharmacists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and other healthcare professionals can access these tools and resources in addition to our COVID-19 Resource Center in the days and weeks ahead. 

We thank you for your tireless efforts on the front lines of this growing health emergency.

As we collectively respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, I want to let you know about an additional step that ASHP is taking to ensure that our evidence-based resources and tools relevant to the pandemic are accessible by all healthcare professionals who need them.


Instruction Information and Events

The University of Iowa is suspending face-to-face instruction for two weeks following spring break. <NOTE: The time period is now longer; see updates above.> The university will move to virtual instruction beginning March 23 <NOTE: the start of virtual instruction will now happen later than this; see updates above.> and continue online courses through at least April 3 <NOTE: This also changed, to go through spring semester.>

Timely university information may be found at:

Specific College of Pharmacy information:

Courses for P1-P3 (first year through third year) PharmD Students (required and electives)  
  • Courses will be taught with online recordings and virtual instruction via ICON and Zoom.  
  • Due to potential connectivity issues and illness, lectures should be delivered asynchronously (not real-time) via on-demand recordings from UICapture (Panopto) whenever possible.
  • Communications should utilize ICON or University of Iowa email.
  • Examinations will continue as scheduled and be delivered via ExamSoft unless otherwise arranged.
Courses for Graduate Students
  • Strategies such as ICON, real-time video- or teleconferencing, and other technology may work for some, but not all graduate coursework.
  • Since courses span a range (from didactic courses to seminar-type discussion courses to laboratory research courses), responding to course disruption will require flexibility and autonomy on the part of the course coordinators and instructors to decide the best course of action. Among the factors to be considered are the anticipated length of disruption, the specifics of the course—including where in the semester the disruption occurs—and the specific applications of technology that might be appropriate to help with the problem.
  • In some cases, use of an “incomplete” with completion of remaining course requirements after the crisis passes may be the best solution. For many research courses, an incomplete may be the only option if research laboratories are closed for a period of time.
PharmD Courses with Laboratory Component
  • Plans for delivery of laboratory components are still in process.
PharmD Experiential Education
  • APPE (Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences, commonly referred to as "rotations") and IPPE (Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences) courses will continue as able. If your practice site is no longer able to have students, please notify Professional Experience Program (PEP) staff immediately.
Student Organization and Collegiate Events
  • During the time of virtual instruction, collegiate activities and events are canceled unless arrangements are made for a Zoom meeting.
  • Please work with student leadership council and the Associate Dean of Student Affairs to cancel any meetings or events.
Resources available for virtual instruction

Collegiate resources: (Additional) information about College of Pharmacy resources will be located on the collegiate intranet: (HawkID required)

University resources: Distance and Online Education, ITS/Office of Teaching Learning and Technology, and the university libraries are working together to provide support at the Keep Teaching at Iowa website. Critical information for temporarily moving online is available under the following categories:  

  • Technology Solutions
  • Communicating with and Supporting Students
  • Delivering the Course