University Health Network, Primary Care

Family Health Team, Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network
West Wing, 2nd floor, 399 Bathurst St., Toronto, ON, M5T 2S8
 

UHN program outline available by contacting residency coordinators or visiting our website at http://www.uhn.ca/healthcareprofessionals/Meet_Professions/Pharmacy/Pages/education.aspx

Director(s):
Dr. Olavo Fernandes, BScPhm, PharmD, FCSHP
Director of Pharmacy

Mr. Gary Wong, BScPharm
Clinical Manager 

Coordinator/Contact:
Dr. Cindy Natsheh, BScPhm, ACPR, PharmD
Education Coordinator

Phone: 416-340-4800 ext. 8519
Fax: 416-340-3685

        

Program

Type: Primary Care
Focus: Family Medicine
Est. in: 2008
# Position(s): one (1)
App. Deadline: October 15, 2018 - 5:00 p.m. EST.
Starting Date: September 2019
Additional PRAMS requirements to complete the Pharmacy Residency Application and Matching Service (PRAMS) application: Email a cover letter to Cindy Natsheh outlining your reasons for applying to the University Health Network residency program. If you are applying to more than one residency program at UHN, a single cover letter is sufficient, however, please indicate your program preference if possible by the Pharmacy Residency Application Matching Service (PRAMS) deadline.
Est. stipend: $35, 000 per annum
Benefits: not applicable to temporary full-time staff
Vacation/holiday leave: 2 weeks
Education/conference leave: 1 major conference (primary care or pharmacy specific), with options for smaller conferences as applicable

Program Highlights: This Primary Care residency is based at the Toronto Western Family Health Team, University Health Network, and is a 12-month program that will provide the resident with experience in a variety of ambulatory care settings.The current healthcare environment in Canada demands that the primary care system adopt an inter-professional model of care, creating a unique opportunity for pharmacists. The benefits of an expanded pharmacist role in primary care are well documented; however, many pharmacists have limited exposure and experience in an ambulatory care setting. This program is designed to prepare graduates for successful careers as independent practitioners of Pharmaceutical Care in an ambulatory care setting. The resident will have the opportunity to lead a research project in Primary Care. Opportunities to enhance presentation and communications skills, become involved with teaching, research and other scholarly activities will be available.

Required Rotations: The majority of the resident’s time will be spent in the Toronto Western Family Health Team.  Note that some required and elective rotations can be completed longitudinally over a period of time.  There is some flexibility in the amount of time allocated to each rotation:

  • Family Health Team (total of ~ 20 weeks) Includes provision of direct patient  care , interprofessional care review and meetings and  a two week clinical initiative where the resident provides service to an area previously not served by pharmacists.
  • Drug Information (4 weeks)
  • General Internal Medicine (4 weeks)
  • External Family Health Team (4 weeks)
  • Research Project (~ 6 weeks)
  • Administration (2 weeks)

Elective Rotations: The resident has a choice of 2 elective rotations.  Elective rotations are approximately 4 weeks in length and may be completed longitudinally. The resident may choose from a number of elective ambulatory care settings within the University Health Network (UHN) or other institutions.  Alternatively, the resident may initiate a request to complete an elective that is not listed.  Sample electives include:

  • Home care/Local Health Integrated Network
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Emergency Medicine
  • HIV/Immunodeficiency clinic
  • Ambulatory Nephrology (includes hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis/chronic kidney disease clinic)
  • Outpatient oncology

Minimum required credentials: BScPhm / PharmD

Organization

Type and Sites:  The University Health Network is a downtown Toronto teaching institution consisting of 4 hospitals: Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Toronto Western Hospital, and  Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

The Toronto Western Family Health Team provides primary care to families and community members in the surrounding area, with special attention to the needs of the aging population, new immigrants, children and women.  The clinic is comprised of an inter-professional team including dieticians, chiropody, nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists, physicians, physiotherapists, and social workers.  The centre is an academic training site for medical residents and other health professional students.

Number of beds: The Family Health Team serves a population of approximately 14,000 patients.
Affiliation: University of Toronto

Residents

2018-2019
Cassandra McLelland

2017-2018
Jaspreet Nijjar

2016-2017
Brittani Prete

2015-2016
Katherine Koroluk

2014-2015
Lisa Sunstrum

2013-2014
Manal Rostom

2012-2013
Kate Walsh

2011-2012
Jeffrey Wong

2009-2010
Christine Mitry

2008-2009
Victoria Siu