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Oct 4, 2011, volume 9, number 20
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Infectious Disease Program: October 14-16
Infections are a leading cause of death worldwide, and the can pose a challenging clinical problem because "best" treatment decisions are not static. The primary objectives of this three-day program are to enhance the skills and knowledge of participants in understanding infectious diseases and provide them with an update on current guidelines in managing infections commonly encountered in clinical practice.
Confronting Medication Incidents: October 26
The Ontario Pharmacists’ Association, with the generous support of Abbott Laboratories Ltd., has developed a program to make pharmacists and pharmacy technicians aware of the incidence, causes, and handling of medication incidents in practice. Topics include” terms involved in medication incidents; the scope and frequency of medication incidents; common incidents in pharmacy practice; procedures for dealing with, and preventing, a medication incident; current initiatives in medication incident prevention and more.
Methadone Program (complimentary): October 30 (Sudbury) and November 19 (Toronto)
The Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) has recognized OPA’s live, one-day methadone education as an approved training course for methadone dispensing pharmacists as part of their training update. Updates are required at minimum every five years as indicated in the College’s methadone dispensing policy.
The complimentary program is presented by methadone practitioners and includes topics such as destigmatizing methadone maintenance therapy, communicating discreet and sensitive topics and the pharmacist’s role in providing care to patients on methadone or other addiction management agents. Tools and reference materials for pharmacists are included.
The program, funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, does not replace the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s Opioid Dependence Treatment Course for pharmacists and designated managers who are beginning a methadone practice.
Certified Geriatric Pharmacist Preparation Course: November 4-6 and November 25-27
This six-day course prepares pharmacists to write the US Certified Geriatric Pharmacist exam and become credentialed as a Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (CGP). Updates on over 20 disease states common to geriatric care are presented by pharmacy experts, many of whom have their CGP credentials. Whether they work in a community pharmacy, hospital, family health team or long-term care setting, pharmacists often face the complexities of medication management in elderly patients. This course will benefit anyone wishing to advance their skills and knowledge of geriatric care.
Men’s Health Certificate Program: November 12
The Ontario Pharmacists’ Association is pleased to offer a one-day Men’s Health Certificate program. This program will discuss common health risks facing the aging male and expand on the participants’ knowledge about the management of these conditions. Faculty presenters will include Canadian experts in their respective fields who will provide an update and overview of current management as well as tips to optimize wellness. All interested pharmacists and other healthcare professionals are welcome to attend.
Injection and Immunization Certificate Program: November 20
This program is part of a comprehensive two-part series designed to support pharmacists in the provision of injections for the purposes of education, demonstration, and eventually immunization once the regulations are in place. This blended program consists of live and web based components that will prepare pharmacists to eventually provide routine vaccinations and other injections. Prior to being able to deliver these services, pharmacists should also complete CPR/first aid training.
The live program will deliver all of the technical, operational and
procedural elements associated with injection, and will include
information ranging from the supplies needed, and an overview on how to
deal with emergency situations. Participants will benefit from didactic
lectures and practical training facilitated by trained healthcare
professionals. To receive the certificate of completion for this program,
participants will also be required to complete an online component.
This three-day program will provide pharmacists with a selection of key topics in mental wellness to enhance their skills, knowledge, and understanding of the issues that pharmacists face in the management of mental illness. Topics will include overviews of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, adherence, and therapeutic challenges, as well as a special topic on mental illness in children.
Nutrition for Pharmacists: December 10
This one-day CCCEP-accredited program will provide an overview of common issues as it relates to nutrition choices in disease and medication management. Some of the areas of discussion will include: carbohydrate counting for diabetes management, label reading, good and bad fats, drug-nutrient interactions, healthy eating for weight management, management of food intolerances/allergies and key information on vitamins and nutrients from food.
Pain and Palliative Care Program
Diabetes Level 1 Certificate Program
Complimentary Online Programs
Methadone Education Program
Vitamin D in Osteoporosis
Practical Management of Cough and Cold
HealthForceOntario's Allied Health Professional Development Fund will be offered again in 2011-12. The application form is available from their website at www.ahpdf.ca.
Health Canada Warnings and Advisories
Food and Drug Administration
From the National Guideline Clearinghouse
From the Canadian Medical Association Journal
From Canadian Family Physician
From the Journal of the American Medical
This is an exciting time for pharmacists in Ontario. The need for drug information is more than ever now as pharmacists utilize their skills and expertise to support expanded scope of practice and new patient care initiatives.
Reporting to the Senior Manager, Drug Information, you will use your professional designation and experience in a variety of activities to support pharmacists and promote wellness for patients. As a DI pharmacist you will provide timely and effective responses to drug information requests from a variety of subscribers. You may be called upon to prepare publications and participate in research and education projects.
You are an effective verbal and written communicator. Knowledge of the healthcare system in Ontario is an asset, along with an understanding of the role of pharmacists in healthcare delivery. The working hours for pharmacists include some evenings and weekends. Ideally you have community- and/or hospital-based experience. Bilingualism, drug information experience and hospital residency are assets.
We offer a friendly working environment, along with competitive compensation package including education support, professional development days and a broad benefit package.
Part-time staff are required to make a commitment to work a pre-determined schedule which includes weekends and evenings
Interested candidates are invited to send a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 416-441-0791 (Attn: Human Resources). No phone calls please. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
In this exciting role, you will report to the Manager of Education and contribute to the design, delivery and evaluation of our education programs, activities and tools. You will also help identify and develop opportunities to extend the programs, scope and reach of DIRC’s education programs.
You understand the role of pharmacy in healthcare and appreciate the changing environment. You are an analytical person with excellent communication skills and are motivated to make a difference.
Some evening and weekend work is involved. We offer a competitive compensation package including education support, professional development days and a broad benefit package.
Interested candidates are invited to send a résumé to email@example.com or fax 416-441-0791 (Attn: Human Resources). No phone calls please. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
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