Supporting the future of hospital pharmacy 

November 8, 2022

"The Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP) have always been committed to the advancement of hospital pharmacy, so it is crucial to support the next generation: our Student Supporters, Members-in-Training and new Members. We want the future of the profession to feel that their Society is working hard to reflect their values, their ambitions, and their dreams — so they can contribute fully to the best possible patient outcomes.” - Jody Ciufo, Chief Executive Officer of CSHP 

CSHP is proud to invest in the many stages of student education and pharmacy residency. 

Flocking to residency

Pharmacy Residency Application Roadmap Program  - 82 Registrations
 This CSHP course offers didactic sessions and take-home coursework focused on the intricacies of residency programs and applications. After welcoming 125 people to our free module, “Making the pharmacy residency choice”, over the summer, we had 82 registrations for the programs with 74 also taking part in the mock interview. We are pleased that participants continue to be able to apply their learnings in their applications. 

Pharmacy Residency Application and Matching Service (PRAMS) -  313 Registrations
 The Pharmacy Residency Application and Matching Service (PRAMS) is a national application and matching service that provides a coordinated process to help match pharmacy residency applicants with positions at hospital pharmacy residency programs across Canada. The Canadian Pharmacy Residency Board (a semi-autonomous body of CSHP) runs PRAMS, in addition to conducting accreditation surveys, issuing accreditation awards, establishing accreditation policies and procedures, and developing and promoting education and research initiatives related to residency programs and residency training. This fall, we had a total of 445 applicants, with 313 applicants completing all the necessary requirements to make it through to the interview stage. Interviews will take place over the fall months, with the Match taking place in early January. In total, there are 133 residency positions available for the 2023-2024 residency year. 


“While the PharmD programs aim to balance teaching us all aspects of the pharmacy profession, sometimes students want more exposure to certain areas. CSHP focuses on hospital practice which allows us a link to hospital-specific resources and those working directly in the field for students who have a strong desire to work in the hospital sector.” - Madison Wong, CAPSI President-Elect 

CSHP has held a long-term working relationship with this student-run national organization, composed of over 4,000 members committed to their individual professional development and to the advancement of the pharmacy profession. 

CAPSI representatives  
As part of their mission to advocate for pharmacy students' interests in the country's pharmacy schools, the CAPSI National Council is comprised of executives and local representatives that help with the creation and planning of major developmental opportunities. CSHP frequently meets with CAPSI representatives to collaborate on Professional Development Week, the Evidence-Based Practice Competition, and Pharmacy Appreciation Month.  

Evidence-Based Medicine Competition 
CAPSI developed the Evidence-Based Practice Competition with CSHP in 2013. CSHP has been providing support for the competition, such as writing hospital patient cases. The purpose of this competition is to challenge members to apply current literature and guidelines to therapeutic recommendations and use their clinical knowledge to do so. This competition has also helped students to improve their collaboration and communication skills. 

CAPSI + CSHP Student Award 
This award is presented to an undergraduate pharmacy student who exhibits the traits of a future hospital pharmacy practitioner through participation in the education of healthcare practitioners, the public or patients, and/or through voluntary participation in CSHP activities.  

Professional Development Week (PDW) 
During this conference, students from across the country apply their practical skills and expand their knowledge of healthcare topics. CPRB and CSHP proudly sponsor a booth every year and we have a wonderful time engaging with students as they take their learning outside of the classroom.

Developing passionate leaders now

“Being the National Student Delegate for CSHP has been a great experience so far as I have been able to liaise between CSHP and pharmacy students across Canada to inform them and teach them about hospital pharmacy. CSHP provides so many learning opportunities and conferences for pharmacy students and I am so glad I get to promote these opportunities to pharmacy students across Canada.” - Abby Krupski, National CSHP Student Delegate  

National Student Delegate
Representing pharmacy students across the country, the CSHP Board of Directors’ National Student Delegate helps shape and lead the future of hospital pharmacy in Canada. They are the voice of pharmacy students and are a voting member on the Board. They also serve as a liaison to CAPSI and CSHP school representatives. 

CSHP Branch student symposia
CSHP Branch and pharmacy school representatives host student symposia to introduce second-year students to what CSHP does and what hospital pharmacy looks like. CSHP Branches work with the national office on funding and materials for these engaging and informative events. 

Curriculum feedback 
Earlier this year the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) was reviewing accreditation standards and requested feedback from CSHP. While combing through the standards, we were able to provide feedback that reflected the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on healthcare and the significant changes in pharmacy education. 

Ongoing student placements at CSHP 
CSHP’s Professional Practice team has been fortunate to be preceptors for seven students, just this year, from our partner institutions at the University of Waterloo, the University of Saskatchewan, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Toronto. During their non-clinical placement with us, students not only take on critical projects like writing Clinical Pearls or Resource Spotlights but also participate in CSHP's advocacy and research activities under the mentorship of the Professional Practice Team. 

Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada (AFPC)
The Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada (AFPC) is the national voice for academic pharmacy, providing leadership and resources for faculty members across Canada. CSHP has worked closely with AFPC, including writing a letter of support for the creation of the University of Ottawa’s faculty of pharmacy that will start accepting students in September 2023. 

CSHP also proudly works with the individual universities of AFPC (Dalhousie University, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Université de Montréal, Université Laval, University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, University of Manitoba, University of Saskatchewan, University of Toronto, and University of Waterloo) by maintaining a presence with their respective Pharmacy councils, assisting Academic advisors, and having student liaisons. 


Not only are we excited about continuing our support of students, but we are also looking forward to discovering new ways to support our Student Supporters and Members-in-Training. There are many volunteers to thank for their hard work in making sure that the future of hospital pharmacy continues to be excellent. In addition, we have the following individuals who work for—or closely with— CSHP to help serve students even better: 

CSHP student program staff lead – Hira Tauqeer 
CSHP National Board student delegate – Abby Krupski 
Current CAPSI president – Christine Vaccaro 
CPRB (Canadian Pharmacy Residency Board) Coordinator – Vanessa Glasby 
CSHP National Awards program administrator – Robyn Rockwell
CAPSI evidence-based medicine competition coordinator & student preceptor – Minh-Hien Li 
Student preceptor – Kiet-Nghi Cao