International Pharmacy Graduate
Program (IPG)

Canadian Pharmacy Skills (CPS) 1

Course 1: Pharmacotherapy 1

Pharmacotherapy 1 is designed to enhance the pharmacist's basic knowledge of pharmacotherapy and integrate it with acquired problem solving skills. The Pharmacotherapy course includes reading materials and lectures to provide the learner the opportunity to gain an understanding of specific chronic disease states and the management of drug therapy problems commonly encountered in pharmacy practice. The lectures reinforce the pathophysiologic and pharmacotherapeutic issues required to identify and solve actual and potential drug therapy problems (DTPs). The learners will be required to apply recently acquired knowledge to a problem-solving framework in order to create care plans for the patient scenarios. Learners will be required to explain and justify any proposed intervention in their care plans in a concise and comprehensive manner--verbally or in written form.

Topics:

Acute Coronary Syndromes
Adverse Drug Reactions
Allergic Rhinitis
Anemia
Asthma
Cardiovascular Overview
COPD
Drug Interactions
Dyslipidemia
Heart Failure
Hypertension
Insomnia
Migraine
Osteoarthritis
Pain Management
Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation

 

Course 2: Patient Counselling Skills

The Patient Counselling Skills course introduces the learner to various sections of the patient interview including: an interview framework, a profession specific language, a template for patient counselling/education, a background in professional communication, and a skill set for identifying and resolving drug-therapy problems. Fulfilling these outcomes will require assimilating material from other CPS courses such as Pharmacotherapy and Foundations of Pharmacy Practice.

This course is comprised of two sections: six Language of Patient Counselling Sessions (LPC), and  role-play sessions. The course is designed to allow learners to integrate developing language skills within the context of pharmacy practice and provides learners with the opportunity to develop foundational patient counselling skills. Later in the course learners will examine how to best identify, prevent and resolve drug-related problems.


Course 3: Foundations of Pharmacy Practice 1

The Foundations of Pharmacy Practice (FPP) Course is a series of lectures, tutorials, and self-study modules that will expose learners to pharmacy practice in Ontario and the healthcare system in Canada. Completion of this course will enable learners to practice as registered pharmacy students with an understanding of legal responsibilities, communication skills and other key aspects of pharmacy practice. The material in this course is considered foundational; completion of all modules is essential to deepening one's understanding of the profession, current issues in pharmacy practice. Modules are designed to develop critical skills and attitudes.

Modules within this course include:
Module 1: Jurisprudence
Module 2: Selected Topics
Module 3: Informatics
Module 4: Pharmaceutical Calculations
Module 5: Canadian Healthcare System, Culture and Context
Module 6: Communication Skills in Pharmacy Practice


Course 4: Professional Practice Laboratories 1

This course provides learners with practical experience in a simulated pharmacy setting. Successful completion requires assimilation of material from other courses including Foundations of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacotherapy. Learners are introduced to pharmacy practice management software and receive, process, and verify the accuracy of written and verbal prescriptions. Learners respond to simple drug information requests to familiarize themselves with the references available in the pharmacy.

 

Canadian Pharmacy Skills (CPS) 2

Course 1: Pharmacotherapy 2

Pharmacotherapy 2 continues with the previous structure and objectives as CPS 1 and is designed to enhance pharmacists' basic knowledge of pharmacotherapy and integrate it with acquired problem-solving skills. Didactic sessions, accompanied by discussion of patient scenarios, will give the learner the opportunity to gain an understanding of more complex disease states and the management of drug-related problems commonly encountered in pharmacy practice. Each learner will be required to apply recently acquired knowledge to a problem-solving framework in order to create care plans for the patient scenarios. Learners will be required to explain and justify any proposed intervention in their care plans in a concise and comprehensive manner – verbally or in written form. Upon completion of this course, learners should be able to assume responsibility for the common and more complex issues arising in the management of a patient's drug therapy.

Topics:

Community Acquired Pneumonia
Contraception
Dementia
Depression
Diabetes Part 1
Diabetes Part 2
Drugs in the Elderly and Reducing Falls
Dyspepsia/PUD
Epilepsy
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Osteoporosis
Parkinson's Disease
Pre Menstrual Syndrome
Schizophrenia
Urinary Tract Infection

 

Course 2: Clinical Skills in Medication Management

Clinical Skills in Medication Management (CSMM) focuses on the provision of comprehensive patient care, and is founded on the philosophy of patient centered care. CSMM provides learning opportunities to apply and integrate material learned from all courses in the program to date, using simulated practice-based interactions with Standardized Patients and Clinical Instructors to enhance learners' patient-care, decision-making, and documentation skills. Lectures will provide foundational material and skills which will be applied in the simulated interactions and workshops. Simulated interactions will focus on developing effective patient-centered management of multidimensional drug-therapy problems anchored in a professional context.

Topics:

Patient Centered Clinical Method
Best Possible Medication History (BPMH)
Medication Reconciliation
Motivational Interviewing
Discharge Counselling
Minor Ailments
Expanded Scope: Adapting and Renewing Prescriptions
Role-plays

 

Course 3: Foundations of Pharmacy Practice 2

The Foundations of Pharmacy Practice 2 (FPP) Course continues from CPS 1 as a series of lectures, tutorials, and self-study modules that will continue to expose learners to pharmacy practice in Ontario and the healthcare system in Canada. Completion of this course will enable learners to practice as pharmacy students with understanding of legal responsibilities, communication skills and other key aspects of pharmacy practice. Completion of all modules is essential to deepening the learner's understanding of the profession, current issues in pharmacy practice.  Modules are designed to develop critical skills and attitudes.

Modules within this course include:
Module 1: Jurisprudence and Ethics
Module 2: Selected Topics
Module 3: Informatics
Module 4: Pharmaceutical Calculations
Module 5: Canadian Healthcare System, Culture and Context


Course 4: Professional Practice Laboratories 2


This course provides learners with practical experience in a simulated pharmacy setting. Successful completion of this course requires assimilation of material from other courses, including Foundations of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacotherapy. Learners are expected to be proficient with the pharmacy practice management software and principles of jurisprudence. Learners will receive, process, and verify the accuracy of complex written and verbal prescriptions. Learners will communicate and collaborate with other individuals involved in the provision of patient care to ensure safe and appropriate medication use.