International Pharmacy Graduate Program : Canada
International Pharmacy Graduate Program
International Pharmacy Graduate Program at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto, is designed to educate the foreign pharmacists trained outside North America. This program teaches Canadian standards of pharmacy practice, language, and workplace practice skills necessary for licensure. This program is part of practical training during your licensing process in Ontario. Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) considers this course and reduces the total duration of training during your studentship. According to the present licensing regulations, you are not obligated to take this course to get license in Canada. However, it might change in future time and OCP might make it mandatory for licensing. Please check the OCP’s website www.ocpinfo.com for update information. Based on feed back from students who did this course, this program helps you practice pharmacy here in Canada better way. This program also helps to deal with your PEBC qualifying exams .
Who is eligible:
To be eligible for this course, candidates must have completed the PEBC Evaluating exam, and have English fluency exam score valid (score is same as Ontario college of Pharmacists requirements).
Canadian Pharmacy Skills I & II:
This program contains 2 modules, Canadian Pharmacy Skills I (CPS I) and Canadian Pharmacy Skills II (CPSII). Duration of each course is for 8 weeks. Students receive intensive training and education on the following areas during the course.
1. Pharmaceutical care
2. Communication skills for Pharmacy Practice
3. Basic Professional Practice Laboratories
4. Patient counseling skills
5. Professional Practice and pharmacy Management1
They teach therapeutics to increase the pharmacist’s basic knowledge of pharmacotherapy. It will give student an opportunity to gain an understanding of specific chronic disease states and the management of drug-related problems commonly encountered in pharmacy practice. Pretty much all the areas are covered in therapeutics for example, Asthma, Diabetes, hypertension, depression etc.
This part of the course involves a series of interactive discussions and role playing scenarios to help develop effective oral, interpersonal and presentation skills for the purpose of professional pharmacy practice skills. It also help students to pass Part II of qualifying exam (OSCE).
Basic Professional Practice Laboratories:
Practice lab means a setting of dispensary (Pharmacy) where your theoretical knowledge on Jurisprudence (law), therapeutics and communication skills. You will learn how to prepare prescriptions accurately, how to maintain patient profiles on the computer, how to document the interaction with the patient and doctor. You will also be trained with the computer software system used in the pharmacies.
Patient counselling skills:
This course gives students an opportunity to develop patient counseling skills. During the course you will have language of patient couselling sessions, patient counseling role-play sessions and some lectures on communication skills based on counseling. Overall it develops student’s language skills within the area of pharmacy practice.
Professional practice and pharmacy management I:
This part of the course includes series of lectures, tutorials and seminars which will provide students exposure to professional practice theory in Ontario, Federal and Provincial pharmacy law, Canadian drug names (brand and generics), drug information, Canadian health care system. By end of this module, student will be able to practice legally, ethically and professionally.
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