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CPRB News - April 2024 / avril 2024

April 23, 2024
 
 

Accreditation Policies and Procedures Update 

The Canadian Pharmacy Residency Board (CPRB) has worked on updates to the Accreditation Policies and Procedures over the last year.  These 2024 updates are now posted to the CPRB website. Highlights of the key changes include the addition of the accreditation award definitions and modifications to the definitions and categories for residency programs.  In addition, the CPRB has updated the Notification of Intent form that new residency programs wishing to request accreditation must complete and submit to the CPRB coordinator at cprb@cshp.ca.  This PDF Fillable form can also be found on the CPRB website.

Pfizer Award Winners – Year 1

The Pharmacy Practice Residency Award recognizes Year 1 Pharmacy Residents whose major residency project (typically a research project) are judged to be most deserving in terms of significant innovation, practical application, and/or development in an institutional pharmacy practice setting. Winners receive a $1,000 cash prize.
To be eligible, each candidate must:
  • Be a current member of CSHP and must have been a member of CSHP at the time the residency was completed;
  • Be currently enrolled in, or one-year post-completion, of a CPRB-accredited (or accreditation-pending) Year 1 pharmacy residency program in the province of the CSHP branch administering the award;
  • Submit an award application to the CSHP branch in the province in which the residency was completed.   

The winners of the 2023 Pharmacy Practice Residency Award, sponsored by Pfizer Canada are listed below.

British Columbia Branch (5 awards)

1. Kathleen Lau (Lower Mainland Pharmacy Services)

  • The Effect of Infographic Counselling Aid on Patient Treatment Satisfaction and Understanding in Heart Failure with Reduced Ejection Fraction (INFOSat-HF): A Prospective Single- Arm Before-and-After Study 

2. Amy Jradi (Northern Health)

  • Pharmacists’ Perceived Confidence and Efficacy in Managing Patients with Suicidal Ideation-An Assessment of a Pilot Workshop 

3. Zoe Hopkins  (Island Health)

  • A Retrospective Evaluation of Pulmonary Embolism and Thrombolysis in patients admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (REPEAT ICU) 

4. Alison Bentley (Island Health)

  • Counting the Carbon: Quantifying Financial and Environmental Implications of Wasted Inhaler Doses in the Hospital Setting 

5. Franklin Hu (Lower Mainland Pharmacy Services)

  • Patient-reported Outcomes and Experience following Initiation of Elexacaftor/Tezacaftor/Ivacaftor for the Treatment of Cystic Fibrosis 

Alberta Branch (1 award)

6. Christina Watts (Alberta Health Services)

  • Pharmacist Telephone Follow-up for Antineoplastic Agents used in Hematologic Cancers 

Saskatchewan Branch (1 award)
7. Calvin Yee and Habiba Elshorbagy (Saskatchewan Health Authority)

  • Entrust the Process: Development and Implementation of an Entrustable Professional Activity Assessment Tool for Pharmacy Students Educating Patients on Oral Anticoagulant 

Manitoba Branch (1 award)
8. Danielle D'Entremont  (Winnipeg Regional Health Authority)

  • Characterizing Empiric Antibiotic Therapy for Pediatric Cellulitis at a Hospital with a High Prevalence of MRSA 

New Brunswick and Nova Scotia Branches (1 award)
9. Austin Harding (Nova Scotia Health Authority)

  • Identifying Influences on Decision-Making Regarding Antipsychotic Prescribing to Long-Term Care Residents with Dementia: A Systematic Review of Qualitative Literature

Newfoundland and Labrador Branch (1 award)
10. Courtney Donovan (Newfoundland and Labrador Health Services)

  • A quality-of-life assessment and personal recount of patients currently receiving Cystic Fibrosis therapy with elexacaftor/tezacaftor/ivacaftor 

Ontario Branch (4 awards)
11. Sarah Tessier (The Ottawa Hospital)

  • Assessing Hospital Pharmacists’ Clinical Scope of Practice in Ontario 

12. Spencer Candy (The Ottawa Hospital)

  • Prospective Comparison of Vancomycin Area Under the Curve and Trough Concentration in Specific Populations 

13. Gabrielle Busque (Unity Health Toronto)

  • Describing and Evaluating the Clinical Pharmacist's Role in a Canadian Multiple Sclerosis Clinic

14.  Mishka Danchuk-Lauzon (Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre)

  • Cannabis Prevalence and Patterns of Use in Cancer Patients Receiving Systemic Anticancer Treatment at Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre: A Prospective Survey Study

2023 Graduates

Congratulations to the 2022-2023 residents who successfully completed the Accredited & Accreditation-Pending (Year 1 and Advanced Practice – Year 2) Pharmacy Residency Programs!  


Nouvelles du CCRP – Mars 2024  

23 avril, 2024  

Mise à jour des politiques et procédures d'agrément 

Au cours de la dernière année, le Conseil canadien de la résidence en pharmacie (CCRP) a travaillé à la mise à jour des politiques et procédures d'agrément. Ces mises à jour pour 2024 sont maintenant affichées sur le site Web du CCRP (à noter, la version française sera disponible sous peu).  Les principaux changements comprennent l'ajout des définitions des catégories de certificats d'agrément, ainsi que des modifications aux définitions et aux catégories des programmes de résidence.  En outre, le CCRP a mis à jour le formulaire d’Avis d’intention que les nouveaux programmes de résidence souhaitant demander l'agrément doivent remplir et soumettre au coordonnateur du CCRP à l'adresse cprb@cshp.ca.  Ce formulaire PDF remplissable est également disponible sur le site web du CCRP.

Lauréats des prix Pfizer – Année 1

Le prix de la résidence en pratique pharmaceutique récompense les résidents en pharmacie (Année 1) dont les principaux projets de résidence (typiquement un projet de recherche) sont jugés les plus méritants en termes d'innovation, d'application pratique et/ou de développement d'une pratique pharmaceutique institutionnelle.  Les lauréats reçoivent un prix de 1 000 dollars. 
Pour être éligible, chaque candidat doit:

  • Être membre actuel de la SCPH et avoir été membre de la SCPH au moment où la résidence a été complétée ;
  • Être actuellement inscrit à un programme de résidence en pharmacie (Année 1) agréé (ou en attente d'agrément) dans la province de la division de la SCPH qui administre le prix, ou avoir terminé ce programme depuis un an ; 
  • Soumettre une demande de prix à la division de la SCPH de la province dans laquelle la résidence a été complétée.    

Les lauréats du Prix de la résidence en pratique pharmaceutique 2023, parrainé par Pfizer Canada, sont énumérés ci-dessous.

Division Colombie-Britannique (5 prix) 

1. Kathleen Lau (Lower Mainland Pharmacy Services)

  • The Effect of Infographic Counselling Aid on Patient Treatment Satisfaction and Understanding in Heart Failure with Reduced Ejection Fraction (INFOSat-HF): A Prospective Single- Arm Before-and-After Study 

2. Amy Jradi (Northern Health)

  • Pharmacists’ Perceived Confidence and Efficacy in Managing Patients with Suicidal Ideation-An Assessment of a Pilot Workshop 

3. Zoe Hopkins  (Island Health)

  • A Retrospective Evaluation of Pulmonary Embolism and Thrombolysis in patients admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (REPEAT ICU) 

4. Alison Bentley (Island Health)

  • Counting the Carbon: Quantifying Financial and Environmental Implications of Wasted Inhaler Doses in the Hospital Setting 

5. Franklin Hu (Lower Mainland Pharmacy Services)

  • Patient-reported Outcomes and Experience following Initiation of Elexacaftor/Tezacaftor/Ivacaftor for the Treatment of Cystic Fibrosis 

Division Alberta (1 prix) 

6. Christina Watts (Alberta Health Services)

  • Pharmacist Telephone Follow-up for Antineoplastic Agents used in Hematologic Cancers 

Division Saskatchewan (1 prix) 
7. Calvin Yee and Habiba Elshorbagy (Saskatchewan Health Authority)

  • Entrust the Process: Development and Implementation of an Entrustable Professional Activity Assessment Tool for Pharmacy Students Educating Patients on Oral Anticoagulant 

Division Manitoba (1 prix) 
8. Danielle D'Entremont  (Winnipeg Regional Health Authority)

  • Characterizing Empiric Antibiotic Therapy for Pediatric Cellulitis at a Hospital with a High Prevalence of MRSA 

Divisions Nouveau-Brunswick et Nouvelle-Écosse (1 prix) 
9. Austin Harding (Nova Scotia Health Authority)

  • Identifying Influences on Decision-Making Regarding Antipsychotic Prescribing to Long-Term Care Residents with Dementia: A Systematic Review of Qualitative Literature

Division Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador (1 prix) 
10. Courtney Donovan (Newfoundland and Labrador Health Services)

  • A quality-of-life assessment and personal recount of patients currently receiving Cystic Fibrosis therapy with elexacaftor/tezacaftor/ivacaftor 

Division Ontario (4 prix) 
11. Sarah Tessier (The Ottawa Hospital)

  • Assessing Hospital Pharmacists’ Clinical Scope of Practice in Ontario 

12. Spencer Candy (The Ottawa Hospital)

  • Prospective Comparison of Vancomycin Area Under the Curve and Trough Concentration in Specific Populations 

13. Gabrielle Busque (Unity Health Toronto)

  • Describing and Evaluating the Clinical Pharmacist's Role in a Canadian Multiple Sclerosis Clinic

14.  Mishka Danchuk-Lauzon (Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre)

  • Cannabis Prevalence and Patterns of Use in Cancer Patients Receiving Systemic Anticancer Treatment at Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre: A Prospective Survey Study

Diplômés 2023

Félicitations aux résidents de 2022-2023 qui ont terminé avec succès les programmes de résidence en pharmacie agréés ou en attente d'agrément (année 1 et pratique avancée - année 2)!


April 12, 2024
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CPRB News - March 2024 / mars 2024

March 26, 2024
 
 

Gen Next: Residency & Student Networking Event @ PPC 

Connect with other pharmacy professionals at the Student and Resident Networking Event at the CSHP Professional Practice Conference (PPC) April 19-21, 2024, in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The networking event will be held on Saturday, April 20th from 5 to 6h30 pm. When registering for the conference, be sure to put the Residency and Student Networking Event as an add-on to your ticket.  To register, please go to CSHP Professional Practice Conference 2024

CPRB Accreditation Visits 

In Fall 2023, CPRB visited a total of four programs including: IWK Health Centre (Halifax, NS), Newfoundland and Labrador Health Services (St. John’s, NL), University Health Network/McGill University Health Centre – Year 2 HIV Advanced Residency Program (Toronto, ON and Montréal, QC), and Lower Mainland Pharmacy Services – Year 2 Critical Care (Vancouver, BC).    

In Spring 2024, CPRB surveyors will be visiting another five programs including: Saskatchewan Regional Health Authority (Saskatoon, SK), Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (Toronto, ON), University Health Network – Year 1 General (Toronto, ON), University Health Network – Year 1 Primary Care (Toronto, ON), and Lower Mainland Pharmacy Services – Year 1 (Vancouver, BC). 

We would like to thank the directors and coordinators of these programs for all the work they and their teams have devoted to preparing for the surveys. The Board appreciates your time, effort, and commitment to residency training.  We look forward to visiting you again!  As well, we would like to thank all the surveyors for the precious time they dedicated to these visits. 
 

PRAMS Statistics 2024 

The Pharmacy Residency Application Matching Services (PRAMS) successfully matched 147 residents to residency programs for the 2024-2025 year. Applications to residency programs continue to be competitive. The chart below provides the residency match statistics for the last seven years. Though the number of candidates has decreased in the last few years, the number of positions filled has increased due to an increase in the number of residency programs and an increase in the number of positions available.

Please note this table does not include residents recruited for the programs in Quebec as applications are conducted through university registration later in the Spring. This data will be provided in the next couple of months for the 2024/2025 year. 
CPRB wishes to thank those who provided feedback in the recent PRAMS Survey. We are working to implement changes based on the feedback provided to further improve the matching process. 

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Nouvelles du CCRP – Mars 2024  

26 mars, 2024  

Gen Next : Événement de réseautage pour les étudiants et résidents au CPP 

Entrez en contact avec d'autres professionnels de la pharmacie lors de l'événement de réseautage pour les étudiants et les résidents qui aura lieu dans le cadre du Congrès de pratique professionnelle (CPP) de la SCPH, du 19 au 21 avril 2024, à Niagara Falls, en Ontario. L’événement de réseautage aura lieu le samedi 20 avril de 17h à 18h30. Lorsque vous vous inscrivez au congrès, assurez-vous d'ajouter l'événement de réseautage pour les résidents et les étudiants à votre billet. Pour vous inscrire, rendez-vous à CSHP Professional Practice Conference 2024.  

Visites d'agrément du CCRP  

À l'automne 2023, le Conseil canadien CCRP a visité un total de quatre programmes, notamment : IWK Health Centre (Halifax, NS), Newfoundland and Labrador Health Services (St. John's, NL), University Health Network/McGill University Health Centre – Résidence de pratique avancée (année 2) en VIH (Toronto, ON et Montréal, QC), et Lower Mainland Pharmacy Services – Soins Critiques (Année 2) (Vancouver, BC).     

Au printemps 2024, les évaluateurs du CCRP visitrons cinq autres programmes, notamment : Saskatchewan Regional Health Authority (Saskatoon, SK), Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (Toronto, ON), University Health Network – Programme général (Année 1) (Toronto, ON), University Health Network – Programme de soins primaires (Année 1) (Toronto, ON), et Lower Mainland Pharmacy Services – Année 1 (Vancouver, BC).  

Nous tenons à remercier les directeurs et les coordinateurs de ces programmes pour tout le travail qu'eux et leurs équipes ont consacré à la préparation des visites d’agrément. Le Conseil apprécie votre temps, vos efforts et votre engagement envers la formation des résidents.  Nous avons hâte de vous rendre visite à nouveau! Nous tenons également à remercier tous les évaluateurs pour le temps précieux qu'ils ont consacré à ces visites.

Statistiques PRAMS 2024  

Le service de jumelage des résidents (Pharmacy Residency Application and Matching Service, PRAMS) a réussi à jumeler 147 résidents à des programmes de résidence pour l'année 2024-2025. Les candidatures aux programmes de résidence continuent d'être compétitives. Le tableau ci-dessous présente les statistiques de jumelage pour les sept dernières années. Bien que le nombre de candidats ait diminué au cours des dernières années, le nombre de postes pourvus a augmenté en raison de l'augmentation du nombre de programmes de résidence et du nombre de postes disponibles.  

Veuillez noter que ce tableau n'inclut pas les résidents recrutés pour les programmes au Québec, car les candidatures se font par le biais des inscriptions universitaires et plus tard au printemps.  Ces données seront fournies dans les prochains mois pour l'année 2024/2025.  
Le CCRP souhaite remercier les personnes qui ont fait part de leurs commentaires dans le cadre de la récente enquête PRAMS.  Nous nous efforçons de mettre en œuvre des changements basés sur les commentaires fournis afin d'améliorer encore le processus d'appariement. 
March 26, 2024
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CPRB News - December 2023

December 20, 2023
 
 
 

Outgoing and New CPRB Members


The Canadian Pharmacy Residency  Board (CPRB) graciously thanks Dr. Henry Halapy for his important contribution to the CPRB during his 6-year mandate on the Board. Henry was instrumental in updating the Standards, continuously improving the Pharmacy Residency Application and Matching Service (PRAMS), and for the development of the Ranges of Contexts and Activities and Expected Levels of Performance for Residents in Accredited Canadian Pharmacy Residency Programs document.  He will be greatly missed, in particular for his wisdom and great kindness.  Henry will continue to contribute to the CPRB as a member of the Standards Group and the Surveyor Group. 

The Board is very happy to welcome two new members: Dr. Erika MacDonald (The Ottawa Hospital) and Dr. Rhonda Roedler (Alberta Health Services). 

Membres sortants et nouveaux membres

Le Conseil canadien de résidence en pharmacie (CCRP) remercie chaleureusement Dr. Henry Halapy pour son importante contribution au CCRP lors des 6 ans de son mandat sur le Conseil.  Henry était instrumental pour la mise à jour des Normes d’agrément, l’amélioration continue du service de jumelage des résidents (PRAMS), et pour le développement du document Ranges of Contexts and Activities and Expected Levels of Performance for Residents in Accredited Canadian Pharmacy Residency Programs.  Il nous manquera beaucoup, en particulier pour sa sagesse et sa grande gentillesse.  Henry continuera à contribuer au CCRP en tant que membre du Groupe des Normes d’agrément et du Groupe des évaluateurs. 

Le Conseil est heureux d’accueillir deux nouveaux membres : Dre. Erika MacDonald (L’Hôpital d’Ottawa) et Dre. Rhonda Roedler (Alberta Health Services). 
 


December 20, 2023
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2023 AGM Weekend Recap – Meet the new CSHP President, Board members and task forces! 

November 7, 2023
 
 
From October 20 to 22, CSHP held Board meetings and its Annual General Meeting in Montréal.
 
Throughout the weekend Board members, Executive members, Branch presidents, and CSHP staff had plenty of discussions on priority topics for CSHP and hospital pharmacy. Keep reading to learn what happened! 

 

Board of Directors changes

 

The Board saw a few changes over AGM weekend. Very notable was the departure of CSHP National Board of Directors stalwart, Zack Dumont; he took his final bows after more than a decade of demanding work on the Board of Directors- and Saskatchewan Branch leadership before that. Throughout his tenure, Zack has touched everything from a pharmacy technician task force to being an expert and speaker for CSHP’s Hospital Pharmacy 101 to being a co-chair of the Vision for the Hospital Pharmacy Profession Task Force, and much more. His dedication and knowledge on top of his unprecedented two-year presidency where he led CSHP through a time of uncertainty. CSHP is incredibly grateful to Zack who remains committed to CSHP with his presence on committees, serving as Saskatchewan Branch’s secretary and, as of AGM weekend, as a proud CSHP Fellow! 

Other moves on the Board include Sean Spina taking up the Past President mantle after leading CSHP through the end of the 2020-2023 strategic plan. Ashley Walus was promoted to the President position where she will be focused on incorporating CSHP’s vision for hospital pharmacy into the next strategic plan. Katie Hollis officially stepped into her role as President-Elect. As for representation from the Branches, CSHP bid adieu to the now-former New Brunswick Delegate Chantal Michaud along with former Student Delegate Abby Krupski and then welcomed New Brunswick’s new delegate Timothy MacLaggan and Student Delegate Jacqueline Tian-Tran from the University of Saskatchewan.

 

Task forces

Vision for the Hospital Pharmacy Profession Task Force
The Vision for the Hospital Pharmacy Profession Task Force crafted 12 outstanding vision statements unanimously approved by the Board. They are as follows:

  1. Pharmacy professionals engage in shared decision-making to provide evidence-informed care that incorporates patients' values, needs, and preferences.
  2. Pharmacy professionals provide equitable, culturally appropriate care tailored to the populations they serve. 
  3. Pharmacy professionals collaborate to address patients' medication needs across the continuum of care.  
  4. Pharmacy professionals engage patients and their caregivers in managing the patient's health and wellness. 
  5. Pharmacy professionals optimize patient care by practicing with their full and expanding scope of responsibilities. 
  6. Pharmacy professionals develop and maintain leadership skills to benefit their patients, themselves, and the profession. 
  7. Pharmacy professionals meet complex practice needs in healthcare systems by engaging in formal training opportunities, including specialization and credentialling. 
  8. Pharmacy professionals are engaged in the education and mentorship of peers, future hospital pharmacy professionals, and other health care providers. 
  9. Pharmacy professionals pursue innovative solutions to improve access and provide care to patients in the most appropriate location, which may include their homes or local communities. 
  10. Pharmacy professionals lead quality improvement and research initiatives with a focus on medication use, pharmacy practice, and resource allocation. 
  11. Pharmacy professionals lead and implement rational medication use practices that are fiscally and environmentally sustainable. 
  12. Pharmacy professionals promote diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and belonging, both within the pharmacy profession and the broader healthcare system. 

In a task force led by Co-Chairs Zack Dumont and Mary Gunther, these statements were narrowed down over a three-round process through a Delphi panel. On this panel, there were representatives from patient advocacy, IPPC, APES, CAPSI, Technicians, AFPC, 2SLGBTQA+ advocacy, and, for the first time, patients.  

With these statements agreed upon by the Board, this task force has been dissolved and will be replaced with a Vision Implementation Task Force. This new task force will concentrate on a plan to put the proposed work into practice in line with the approved vision statements.

Sustainability Task force
The Sustainability Task Force produced a set of short-term and long-term recommendations covering various aspects of CSHP work. This work will include: 

  • Advocacy & partnership 
  • Education 
  • Policy and procedure development 
  • Research and quality improvement 
  • Branding.

These recommendations advocate to Accreditation Canada, NAPRA, plus federal and provincial governments for the inclusion of environmental sustainability criteria, standards, and practices.  

They also plan for the creation of a planetary health education series, guideline development for sustainable conferences, and establishing a dedicated sustainability section on the CSHP website.  

This task force was also dissolved and is being replaced by a Sustainability Implementation Task Force. With several fresh faces on board, the new task force will be putting these approved recommendations into action.

The cornerstone of progress

On top of these changes, Board members and Branch presidents were able to take in highly anticipated updates from CSHP’s Year in Review. Topping out the list was continuous membership growth and brand-new non-dues revenue sources. The Hospital Pharmacy in Canada Survey Report is now more accessible than ever through multiple webinars, conference sessions, etc. Hospital Pharmacy 101 program sales continue to climb. These and other promising developments will be presented in CSHP’s upcoming 2022-23 Annual Report – so stay tuned to see how the past year has set the stage for great things from CSHP! 

November 07, 2023
2023 AGM Weekend Recap – Meet the new CSHP President, Board members and task forces!

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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 2023

September 30, 2023
 
 
IPPC, CSHP, CPhA and CAPSI are proud to have shared commitments towards Truth and Reconciliation for pharmacy practice.

In the spirit of this commitment,we've posted this collaborative content to serve as a resource for years to come.

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September 30, 2023
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CPRB News - September 2023

September 7, 2023
 
 
 

Survey update - September 2023


CPRB Surveyor Group Members  
  • Leslie Manuel* — Moncton, NB
  • Cathy Burger — Hamilton, ON
  • Roxane Carr* — Vancouver, BC
  • Barb Evans — Saskatoon, SK
  • Jean Lefebvre* — Québec, QC
  • Curtis Harder — Victoria, BC
  • Christine Landry* — Ottawa, ON
  • Marc Perrault — Montréal, QC
  • Erika MacDonald — Ottawa, ON
  • Barb Thomas — St. John's, NL
  • Amy Marriott — Toronto, ON 
  • Jennifer Bolt — Kelowna, BC
  • Bonnie Ralph — Kingston, ON
  • Gisia Pisegna — Moncton, NB
  • Rhonda Roedler — Calgary, AB

*Current CPRB member

New members
The group is pleased to welcome our newest members Bonnie Ralph, Amy Marriott, and Rhonda Roedler. Their expertise and commitment will undoubtedly contribute to the success of the group's mission.
 
Overview of CPRB Surveyor Group
CPRB surveyor group is comprised of residency program directors, coordinators, or preceptors of CPRB-accredited programs from each province that has residency programs. The primary objectives include: 
  • Recruit and train a pool of surveyors to conduct site surveys of pharmacy residency programs
  • Participate in 1-2 accreditation survey visits yearly
  • Review and propose updates to survey documents to CPRB
  • Identify, based on survey findings, any clarifications or changes required to the Accreditation Standards and sharing these with the Standards Group
  • Identify, based on survey findings, any educational opportunities, and sharing these with the CPRB and CSHP


Survey Activities
In terms of our survey activities, the group typically evaluates 8-12 programs annually. The number of programs surveyed depends on various factors, such as geographic locations, the number of residents, and the number of sites within each program. This spring, the group successfully surveyed 6 programs, and is gearing up to survey 4 more programs this fall.

The dedication and commitment of the surveyors to maintaining high standards within pharmacy residency programs across Canada are truly commendable. We look forward to continuing our collaborative efforts to ensure excellence in pharmacy education and training.

September 07, 2023
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CPRB News - August 2023

August 1, 2023
 
 
 
PRAMS survey results and 2023-24 application cycle updates - August 2023

Thank you to all those from across the country who responded to this year's PRAMS user survey. Your responses regarding working with international pharmacy graduates and the handling of equity-related data will go on to inform PRAMS' policy work going forward. 

Application form refinements include a reduction of applicant information input (e.g., only allowing applicants to list an entry once for placements/ work/ volunteer/ leadership/ extracurricular curricular experiences), eliminating duplicate data (e.g., asking only for pharmacy transcripts to be uploaded, reducing entry of addresses), and updating language to align with current practice.  These refinements streamline the form for applicants and make the application more succinct for programs. Updates to the referee form will include mandatory comments, referee contact information, and asking for referees to comment on the applicant’s opportunities for growth.  A sample application with all updates will be available in August to allow programs to prepare for applicant screening and interviewing.  

Based on feedback from programs and applicants, the CPRB voted to remove the ability for programs to see other programs to which applicants applied with the goal to avoid disadvantaging any applicant. This functionality will be removed for the upcoming application cycle. 

The applicant fee structure has been updated to $275 for 5 programs, and any additional program will have a cost of $25 per program. 
 
Dates of note for the 2023/2024 application cycle are as follows:
  • July 31, 2023 – Programs to provide updated information for PRAMS 
  • August 7, 2023 – PRAMS opens to applicants 
  • October 13, 2023 – PRAMS closes to applicants and applications available to programs 
  • January 5, 2024 – Ranking deadline for applicants and programs 
  • January 9, 2024 – Match results available 
August 01, 2023
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CPRB News - July 2023

July 11, 2023
 
 
Standards Group Updates - July 2023

The Standards Subgroup is made up of the following volunteers: Henry Halapy (co-chair), Debbie Kwan (co-chair), Aleisha Enemark, Nicole Bruchet, Mike Legal, Rhonda Rhoedler, Brendan Mitchell, and Janice Yeung.  Katherine Desforges will join the group starting in September.  Henry Halapy will be finishing his term as the Standards Subgroup co-chair, with Mike Legal starting as the new co-chair in September.  

The group has worked on updates to the 2018 Year 1 and 2016 Year 2 Standards over the last year.  These 2023 updates are now posted and programs have one year to implement the updated Standards.  Highlights of the changes include: clarity on assessments of resident personal learning objectives, clarity on the documentation of residents achieving competencies, and clarity around the utilization of external training sites.  In addition, for Year 2 programs, clarity on the utilization of rotations outside of the defined area of practice.
 
July 11, 2023
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Call for CPRB Subgroup Members 

May 2, 2023
  
The Canadian Pharmacy Residency Board (CPRB) is seeking expressions of interest from persons interested in joining one of their two key subgroups: the Standards Group and the Surveyors Group. 

Members of the Standards Group work under the direction of the CPRB to regularly review and propose updates to the CPRB Accreditation Standards. The group meets monthly for 1hr (teleconference), with one to two months off in the summer. For more information, contact the Group Chairs, Henry Halapy and Debbie Kwan

Members of the Surveyors Group work under the direction of the CPRB. The group meets quarterly for 1hr (teleconference) to review and update accreditation survey documents and policies, and to identify any opportunities for clarification in the Accreditation Standards, based on survey findings. Members are expected to attend a minimum of one accreditation survey every two years and may attend up to a maximum of two surveys in one year if their schedule permits. For more information, contact the Group Chair, Leslie Manuel
May 02, 2023
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CPRB News - April 2023

April 20, 2023
 
 
PRAMS Statistics 2023

The Pharmacy Residency Application Matching Service (PRAMS) successfully matched 134 residents to residency programs for the 2023-24 year. Applications to residency programs continue to be competitive. The chart below provides the residency match statistics for the last six years.

CPRB wishes to thank those who provided feedback in the recent PRAMS Survey.  We are working to implement changes based on the feedback provided to further improve the matching process.
 

 
April 20, 2023
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CPRB News - March 2023 

March 21, 2023
 
 
Welcome, everybody, to the first post in our new series – CPRB News! 
 
This series will replace the Residency Board newsletter (RB News) and will feature monthly posts on a variety of residency-related topics.
 
This month, we will be focusing on CPRB-accredited programs, highlighting the programs we surveyed last season, as well as the programs we will be visiting in Spring 2023.
 
In Fall 2022, CPRB surveyors visited a total of six programs, including: Hamilton Health Sciences (Hamilton, ON), St. Joseph’s Healthcare (Hamilton, ON), Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre – Year 1 General Program (Toronto, ON), Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre – Year 1 Ambulatory Program (Toronto, ON), Women’s College Hospital (Toronto, ON), and Nova Scotia Health Authority (Halifax, NS). 
 
All programs were successful in securing renewed accreditation status. Congratulations to these programs on their achievements!
 
In Spring 2023, CPRB surveyors will be visiting another six programs, including: Interior Health (Kelowna, BC), Saskatchewan Health Authority (Regina, SK), University of Waterloo / Centre for Family Medicine Family Health Team (Kitchener/Waterloo, ON), Island Health (Victoria, BC), Horizon Health Network (Moncton & St. John, NB), and Northern Health Authority (Prince George, BC).
 
We would like to thank the directors and coordinators of these programs for all the work they and their teams have devoted to preparing for the surveys. The Board appreciates your time, effort, and commitment to residency training, and we look forward to visiting you soon! 
 
Be sure to stay tuned for next month’s edition of CPRB News, where we will share some key statistics and upcoming changes to the Pharmacy Residency Application & Matching Service (PRAMS).
 
March 21, 2023
CPRB News - March 2023

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Call for Residency Roadmap reviewers and interviewers 2022

June 21, 2022

Call for Curriculum Vitae, Letter of Intent Reviewers and Mock Interviewers

 

The Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP) is relaunching the Pharmacy Residency Application Roadmap Program  this year. The program is designed for prospective pharmacy residency candidates to provide them with additional knowledge and experience needed to competitively apply for Year 1 and Year 2 pharmacy residency programs. The program will consist of both didactic (online modules) and practical (CV/essay review and mock interviews).

We are looking for CSHP members who were previous pharmacy residents or coordinators not currently actively involved in the interview and selection process of pharmacy residency programs (to avoid conflict of interest) to conduct CV/essay reviews and mock interviews.

Mock interviewer/CV reviewer and LOI reviewer participation requirements: 

  • CSHP member
  • Not currently active in a pharmacy residency program selection process
  • Email practice@cshp.ca by Friday July 8, 2022 with your Curriculum Vitae
  • Each mock interviewer/CV & LOI reviewer will perform 12 mock interviews and 12 CV&LOI reviews
  • Review Module 3: Writing CV/Cover Letter/Letter of Intents AND Module 5:  Residency Interview Preparation
  • Attend a one-hour training session for the CV and Letter of Intent and Mock Interview at a mutually agreed upon date and time
  • Be available on the weekend of October 15/16 to conduct a “live” virtual mock interview 
June 21, 2022
Call for Residency Roadmap reviewers and interviewers

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Residency news: Fall 2021

September 27, 2021
 


It's been an eventful season for pharmacy residency in Canada!

The fall edition of the Canadian Pharmacy Residency Board's newsletter covers important updates from the Standards Group and key PRAMS dates to remember.

You'll also read a story of pharmacy innovation: Peek behind-the-scenes at how residency program surveys have continued in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic with the first-ever virtual program surveys. You'll hear directly from surveyors and program directors and coordinators, plus glean some tips for programs that might be participating in virtual surveys in the future. 

 
September 27, 2021
Residency news: Fall 2021

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BPS to recognize Year 1 residencies accredited by the Canadian Pharmacy Residency Board

July 27, 2021
“We’re proud that Canada’s tremendous residency programs are gaining in visibility and global recognition,” says Zack Dumont, President of CSHP.

Ottawa, ON – In 2022, Year 1 pharmacy residency programs accredited by the Canadian Pharmacy Residency Board (CPRB) will be accepted as an approved standard for meeting the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) requirements for the eligibility pathways that recognize PGY-1 residency programs. In short, graduates of accredited Canadian residency programs will be able to count their completed training toward BPS’s requirements and reduce the years of experience needed before applying to write a specialization exam. 

This decision marks a major milestone: CPRB’s accreditation standards are the first from a non-American organization to be recognized as meeting BPS’s requirements for eligibility pathways. “We’re proud that Canada’s tremendous residency programs are gaining in visibility and global recognition,” says Zack Dumont, President of CSHP.

In response to CSHP’s formal request in 2020, the BPS Board and Specialty Council Taskforce evaluated Canada’s residency standards. Taskforce member Elizabeth Leung, a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Infectious Diseases/Antimicrobial at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto comments, “I am pleased to see that this decision expands the BPS eligibility pathways to include CPRB-accredited Year 1 pharmacy residency programs. This decision adds additional flexibility to meet eligibility but also maintains the overall rigour of the BPS certification process.”

Melanie Danilak chairs the CPRB, an autonomous Board under the auspices of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists. She says, “BPS’s decision speaks to the high quality and standards of CRPB’s system. It’s gratifying to see this validation from such a respected organization.” Founded in 1962, CPRB establishes accreditation standards, develops residency education initiatives, and accredits roughly 30 pharmacy residency programs across Canada, with an average of 100 graduates each year.

BPS’s decision will not take effect until January 2022. Under the current BPS policy, individuals completing residencies that are not accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) are eligible to apply under the practice experience pathway. Further, residencies accredited under the ASHP International Standard currently meet the eligibility pathways that recognize PGY-1 residency programs. 

BPS’s recognition of CPRB-accredited programs as an eligibility pathway will benefit Canadian pharmacists and patients alike. “This is important news for pharmacists in this country,” says CSHP CEO Jody Ciufo. “Almost 1,000 Canadian pharmacists, many of whom work in hospitals, currently hold a BPS certification. More specialized knowledge means better outcomes for patients.”  



About the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists

CSHP represents pharmacy professionals working in hospitals and other collaborative healthcare settings who seek excellence in patient care through the advancement of safe and effective medication use. The Society offers its 3,000+ members education, information sharing, promotion of best practices, conferences, national advocacy, facilitation of research, and recognition of excellence. It also publishes the Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy, conducts the Hospital Pharmacy in Canada Survey, and accredits pharmacy residency programs across Canada. 

 

CSHP Media Contact

Christina Adams

Chief Pharmacy Officer

cadams@cshp.ca

613-912-3494

 

July 27, 2021
BPS to recognize Year 1 residencies accredited by the Canadian Pharmacy Residency Board

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Check Out What's New on the CSHP Foundation's Publications Page

November 22, 2018

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Check out the CSHP Foundation's Publications page for new links to reports on the following completed Foundation Grant projects:

 

Research Grants:

 

Donations to the Foundation to support work like this can be made at any time through the Donate button on the Foundation’s website.

November 22, 2018
Check Out What's New on the CSHP Foundation's Publications Page

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Canadian Pharmacy Residency Board (CPRB) Invites You to Join Us for a CPRB Webinar

October 03, 2018

Overview and Application of the 2018 Accreditation Standards for
Pharmacy (Year 1) Residencies

 

Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018
Time:  12:00 p.m. EDT
Presented by:   

Curtis Harder, CPRB Standards Group Chair
Henry Halapy, CPRB Vice-Chair, Standards Group member
Marc Perreault, CPRB Standards Group member

Duration: 1 hour

Description:
This webinar will describe the major differences between the 2018 Accreditation Standards for Pharmacy (Year 1) Residencies and the previous 2010 standards, as well as considerations for residency programs undergoing accreditation under the 2018 standards.

Learning Objectives: 

  • List five main changes associated with the new accreditation standards.
  • Describe specific examples of where the new accreditation standards may require particular consideration by programs preparing for accreditation.

PLEASE REGISTER HERE

October 03, 2018
Canadian Pharmacy Residency Board (CPRB) Invites You to Join Us for a CPRB Webinar

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