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December 23, 2015 Printable Version

Helping You Prepare for a Practice Assessment

OCP Practice Assessment

In the most recent issue of Pharmacy Connection, we provided an update regarding the College’s new community pharmacy practice assessments which we began piloting in early 2015. These routine pharmacy visits are a primary quality assurance activity of the College and now include an assessment of pharmacy operations and an evaluation of an individual(s) practitioners performance in their practice site.

These new assessments are designed to increase adherence to both pharmacy operations and individual practice standards.  The goal is to provide support through coaching and mentoring so processes and procedures can be improved and patients can benefit from better health outcomes.

In order to assist designated managers, other pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians in better understanding and/or preparing for a practice assessment we recently posted the Community Pharmacy Operations Assessment Criteria and the Individual Practitioner (Pharmacist) Assessment Criteria on our website.

These documents identify the specific standards – which describe minimum operational and practice requirements – that a community practice advisor will focus on during a practice assessment. A guidance section is included to assist practitioners in better understanding and self-evaluating if their current processes, procedures and practice behaviours are effective in meeting the required standard.

Although designated managers are given prior notice, via email, of an upcoming practice assessment, appointments are not currently made and the individual practitioner(s) who will be assessed during the visit are not identified in advance. Therefore, it is recommended that all professional and support staff working at the pharmacy review the criteria documents in advance of an assessment.

To learn more visit the Key Initiative – New Practice Assessments on the College website.


PharmD Programs Boost Practice-Based Learning

Pharmacy student

Pharmacy is continuing to evolve as pharmacists shift their focus from the role of a dispenser to that of a decision-maker. Given this reality, it is more important than ever for pharmacy students to enhance certain skills – like patience, focus, compassion, and critical-thinking – before entering into practice.

Recently, the University of Toronto and University of Waterloo moved to PharmD as the first professional/ entry-to-practice degree. This new curriculum includes an enhanced practical component (experiential education in a wide range of settings) to better prepare students for practice today.

Learn more about the PharmD programs and experiences from both students and preceptors in the Fall 2015 issue of Pharmacy Connection.

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