PSN Communities

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Joining a PSN

CSHP members and individual supporters may join as many Pharmacy Specialty Networks as they want. Joining a PSN is easy:

  • Go to www.qid.io
  • Register - you only have to do this the first time you visit the QID page.  Please make sure that you register with the same email address that is associated with your CSHP membership profile
  • Log in on the QID page
  • Join whichever PSN(s) communities you would like
  • Talk - start a conversation with your colleagues from across the country

Watch a quick (silent) tutorial

Joining the Primary Care PSN

The Primary Care PSN is a joint PSN between CSHP and the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA), hosted by CPhA.

The webpage for the CSHP Joint Primary Care PSN is http://psnextranet.pharmacists.ca/. Access to this website is limited to members of that PSN. As a CSHP member who is not a member of that PSN, you can only view an image of the Primary Care PSN webpage; you cannot access the materials within the website.

You can join or unsubscribe from the Primary Care Joint PSN by sending an email to csrequests@pharmacists.ca.

PSNs, Chairpersons & Statements of Purpose

PSN Chairperson(s) Statement of Purpose
Anticoagulation Celia Culley

Since anticoagulants are ubiquitous in clinical practice, the Anticoagulation PSN is a group of pharmacists in a wide range of practice settings, from primary care to internal medicine, cardiology, and critical care. With frequently published new information and questions arising surrounding the Direct Oral Anticoagulants (DOACs), warfarin and other anticoagulants and antithrombotics, the Anticoagulation PSN is a great forum for discussions where pharmacists can share how they are incorporating new evidence, approaching clinical controversies in this area and challenging patient cases.

Cardiology Joyce Chan

Cardiology PSN welcomes all CSHP members with an interest in cardiovascular pharmacotherapy to discuss, share and network. It is also a forum to disseminate resources with regards to cardiovascular pharmacy clinical practice, education and research.

Critical Care Suzanne Len

‘The Critical Care PSN connects new and experienced CSHP members with an active practice or interest in Critical Care Medicine. Its primary purpose is to promote and enhance networking as well as encourage communication and collaboration amongst PSN members. Despite being a specialty, Critical Care encompasses a broad scope of practice for adult and pediatric patients alike, including subspecialties in surgery, medicine, neurology and others. The PSN is a great forum to ask questions and share experiences, information, evidence, and policy and procedure in all realms of Critical Care medicine.’

Clinical Practice Leaders Beth Bradley

The Clinical Practice Leaders PSN provides a platform to discuss topics which are related to overall pharmacists’ practice which may include (but is certainly not limited to): pharmacists’ scope of practice within hospital, practice standards, gathering KPI data and policies and procedures related to practice.

Drug Information Marjorie Friesen

The primary purpose of the CSHP’s Drug Information PSN is to promote and enhance networking and communication among pharmacists interested in drug information. Our PSN covers a very broad scope of hospital pharmacy practice related to the provision of current, accurate and reliable drug information to healthcare professionals. Our practice includes responding to patient specific drug-related questions as well as responding to more general drug information requests related to the provision of drug formulary reviews, drug therapy topic reviews, and drug-related policies and procedures. Knowledge of drug information resources and a systematic approach to answering drug-related questions is at the heart of our specialty. The Drug Information PSN welcomes all CHSP members with an interest in drug-related controversies and questions.

Drug Use Evaluation Dini Engels

The primary purpose of the Drug Use Evaluation PSN is to provide a network and a platform for discussion and sharing of ideas for pharmacists involved in DUE as part of or their entire role. It is not limited to DUE, but also encompasses formulary management discussions, appropriate use of medications, order sets, and medication policies.

Emergency Medicine Liam Walsh

The Emergency Medicine PSN connects CSHP members with an an interest in Emergency Medicine.  This includes those with an active practice or without.  Since Emergency Medicine encompasses a truly broad scope, many other subjects are discussed as well (Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Community Medicine,etc.). PSN members share experiences, interesting cases, and strategies for dealing with challenges that involve the practice of Pharmacy in the Emergence Department.

Geriatrics Grazia Prochazka  
Global Health John Wiernikowski  
Indigenous Health Jaris Swidrovich

To connect CSHP members (pharmacists) and supporters (e.g., student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians) across Canada and beyond who share an interest in Indigenous Health. Helpful tips, resources, and timely conversations are shared among the members of this PSN, as well as connections being made for potential research avenues.

Infectious Diseases Anne Lee

The purpose of the ID PSN is to provide a forum for pharmacists across Canada who are interested in or specializing in Infectious Diseases pharmacotherapy to network, discuss, collaborate and share information.

Internal Medicine Jacqueline Myers

As Internal Medicine encompasses such a broad range of clinical topics, the Internal Medicine PSN welcomes all CSHP members regardless of specialty and experience.  Areas of discussion are vast and include many subjects not covered by other PSNs such as COPD, diabetes, nephrology, gastroenterology, dermatology, and rheumatology.  It is a forum to discuss ideas, questions, new and important evidence, as well as policy and procedure in this diverse practice area.

Medication Distribution Dana Lyons

The Medication Distribution PSN discusses best practices related to medication distribution functions. Pharmacy technicians and pharmacists share practice resources related to medication distribution, and connect with each other to share ideas on how the scope of a pharmacy technician is influencing medication distribution being utilized to its fullest potential. Practice areas such as final medication checking, repackaging practices and handling drugs that are on the NIOSH list as hazards are all areas of interest and discussion for this PSN.

Maternal Fetal Medicine Hilary Rowe

Initiated to disseminate medication efficacy and safety information and to promote relevant resources to hospital pharmacists caring for pregnant and breastfeeding women. This network supports and maintains communication amongst MFM pharmacists across the country and promotes safe medication use for both mother and infant.  

Medication Safety Janice Munroe

The Medication Safety PSN assists pharmacists by confirming the changes that are needed to ensure safe practice and therefore safe patient care. 
Through online dialogue, safety focused pharmacists share their experiences in addressing the change management of impacted staff.  They share the broader viewpoint of ALL impacted parties eg physicians, patients and nurses in addition to the impact on the pharmacy environment. 
As the accreditation standards shift their focus towards patient centered safe care, the Medication Safety PSN supports Canadian pharmacists as they review their current practices, compare their practices to the accreditation standards and identify any gaps that may need to be addressed.  The members of the Medication Safety PSN freely share their knowledge, skills and experiences to advance patient safety across Canada.

Neurosciences Linda Methot  
Oncology Amy Smith

The Oncology PSN is for discussing pharmacy cancer care.  Regardless of your level of knowledge or the extent you work with people with cancer, you are welcome to join the Oncology PSN.  As cancer care continuously evolves, there are always new clinical questions.  Come post and connect with your colleagues working in a variety of cancer care areas across the country.

Paediatrics Roxane Carr

The Pediatrics PSN connects pharmacists working with pediatric and neonatal populations and provides a forum to discuss and share information regarding pharmacotherapy, medication safety and other issues pertaining to providing care to  the pediatric and neonatal populations.

Palliative Care Sally Tierney

The Palliative Care PSN connects and acts as a forum for all pharmacists regardless of specialty, with Palliative Care and End of Life issues encountered in our broad scope of clinical practice.

Practice issues may include for example:  Palliative Sedation, Pain management (Opioid and Non Opioid analgesia, Methadone),  Deprescribing of medications, Delirium/ Agitation, Respiratory symptoms/ Distress, Bowel care,  Wound care,  Innovative routes of administration,  Treatment of Bleeding, Ascites, Hypercalcemia. As well, the presence/ provision of MAID adding to the complexity of care for self and colleagues.  This is a forum to share ideas, questions, evidence related to Palliative and End of Life Care. 

Parenteral Services Theresa Hurley

The Parenteral PSN is a forum to network, discuss and share information on a wide variety of issues related to aseptic services and parenteral drug administration.

The scope of topics can be broken down into five (5) broad categories:

  • Drug specific questions 
  • Policy/Standard Operating Procedures/Standards of Practice/Equipment to Support
  • Sterile Compounding / Formulas
  • Smart pumps 
  • Parenteral nutrition
Perioperative (formerly Surgery) Eric Romeril

To act as a forum for discussion and continuing education for members practicing in perioperative settings.  This will include the care of preoperative, intraoperative (Anesthesia & Surgery), postoperative and/or procedural patient populations as well as associated policy and medication system issues.

Pharmacy Informatics Gunther Ha

The Pharmacy Informatics PSN serves as a forum for individuals to discuss issues or problems related to pharmacy informatics.

Primary Care Robert T Pammett
Open to members of either CSHP or CPhA. To join this PSN, please email the administrator.

The goal of the Primary Care PSN is to promote and support optimization of the role of pharmacists in the primary care setting.  The PSN shares practice-based resources, provides a forum for posing clinical questions and eliciting case feedback, and discusses how to advocate for the role and practice development of pharmacists in the primary care setting

Psychiatry Wende Wood

The primary purpose of the Psychiatry PSN is to promote and enhance networking and communication among pharmacists interested in Psychiatry and Addictions Medicine. Our PSN discussions cover a wide range of clinical issues, from general queries to giving suggestions for individual cases from the evidence base as well as clinical experience. For example, there have been posts regarding the switching of medications. We also welcome requests related to the provision of drug formulary reviews, drug therapy topic reviews, and drug-related policies and procedures. The Psychiatry PSN welcomes all CHSP members with an interest in psychiatry and addictions medicine, from pharmacists new to these therapeutic areas through to experts in the field.

Small Hospitals

Andrew Wagner

The purpose of the small hospitals PSN is to link together pharmacists working in small hospitals, in order to share learnings and discuss issues that are common to these practice sites. Since there are often only 1 or 2 pharmacists working in a small hospital, the opportunities for networking are limited within the practice sites.  The PSN provides a forum by which pharmacists can gain additional knowledge or information to help them meet best practice recommendations at their sites.
Transplant Heather Naylor
  1. To promote practice excellence and the enhancement of patient-centred pharmacy practice through information sharing, educational events, and the facilitation of research for pharmacists who are interested in the area of transplant pharmacy practice (solid organ and hematopoietic stem cell transplant).

  2. To facilitate networking and communication among individuals from across the country who are interested in the areas of transplant pharmacy practice, education, research, and/or management.

  3. To develop and/or disseminate information and resources relevant to transplant pharmacy practice.

  4. To liaise with other PSNs as necessary for pan-PSN issues.

  5. To serve as a resource to the CSHP Board and its Executive Committee for input and feedback on professional issues or to assist in drafting publications pertaining to transplantation.