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  • University of Hawaii at Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy School
  • Hilo
The Basics

What was the zip code of your residence in high school?


Overall, how satisfied are you with this program?

No Response

What do you like most?

"That they stayed open to long enough to finish the program." Report Response

What do you like least?

"Faculty are racist, sexist, and hypocritical. They expect you to act professional but rarely do they. The Sean is never there. When they dedicated their new building the Dean made it a point to mention many times how expensive it cost. It was uncomfortable. A lot of professors live off island like the Dean and although they have performed research supporting the inefficient use of Polycom or Skype style lectures, half the faculty use it. They violate FERPA and HIPPA. Nine of the best professors they had quit or were fired due to personal issues with the Dean. As recent as 2019-2020 school year, pre-COVID, the student body and faculty voted No Confidence in the Dean and administration. Student were left without options and were required to create a petition to allow for them to use the “$30 million, 40,000 sq.ft. building” past 5 pm and on weekends. The recent trend in faculty hires are former students with less than 6 years experience. No food options available on this particular area of campus. The administration overall resists change. If you would like education resources be ready to lay for them because the school is funded by tuition with little state funding. As their class sizes continue to dwindle (from 80 to 35 to 45) major cuts to student services are being made. Ultimately this is a school without anything the resembles leadership. Dr. Pezzuto made this school and the current Dean is destroying it with nepotism. The other reviewer is 100% correct about everything said regarding absentee administration and no help from support staff. The entire review is correct." Report Response

The Details

Does the student body seem cooperative or competitive?

2 out of 10

Does the environment seem supportive for underrepresented minorities?

8 out of 10

Does the environment seem supportive for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transsexual students?

7 out of 10

Does the environment seem supportive for married students?

No Response

Does the environment seem supportive for students with disabilities?

No Response

Does the environment seem supportive for older/non-traditional students?

No Response

Do you/did you feel well prepared for your board exams?

No Response

How approachable are faculty members?

5 out of 10

What are the facilities and clinics like (old/new, well maintained, etc.)?

"Brand new building but you’re not allowed to use any of it. Lecture halls are designed for parties and social gatherings instead of learning. Recycling bin countertop cutouts blocked off because the school doesn’t recycle as of Jan. 2020. Internet is slow. “Lecture room” chairs are cheap plastic chairs with wheels. Since you spend hours in them sitting down you would have thought they would have gotten something a bit more comfortable. The entire school besides this brand new facility is falling a part. The library doesn’t have whiteboards in the study rooms, they have push-cushion boards. You’re lucky if you have a chalkboard in some of the rooms. This is the only library on campus. The AC is constantly going out and it’s hot and humid." Report Response

How do students from this program do after graduation - are they adequately prepared for practice?

"About 16% never make to graduation. Around 2% are matched for residency, including those who are matched for residency programs the pharmacy school offers." Report Response

What are rotations like?

"P1- 4 week community rotation. Mainly CVS and Walgreens because besides the one Walmart that’s all that’s here. P2- 2 week rotation for acute care (hospital). P3- simulations. Vet med is a day spent at a veterinary clinic P4- good luck getting a site outside Hawaii and even more luck if it’s not CVS or Walgreens. Otherwise Hawaii is it. They treat you like you’re a nuisance to them for 3 years but when it’s time you can actually leave they don’t let you." Report Response

How do students from this program do in the Match?

No Response

Any other information you want to share?

"If you liked high school, Asian food, rain, and limiting your educational experiences, this is for you. If you want to work at CVS, this is your dream school. Everyone else, avoid it like COVID. It will kill your passion for the profession unapologetically." Report Response

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