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February 4, 2016 Printable Version

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Pharmacist - Ontario College of Pharmacist Assessor

*Rewarding new opportunity to give back and help shape the future of the pharmacy profession*

The College is currently piloting a new structured practical training requirement for pharmacists – Practice Assessment of Competence at Entry (PACE) – and we need your help!

A vital step in the College’s registration process is to ensure that potential new pharmacists are competent to deliver patient-centred care in a dynamic and diverse practice setting. Who better than an engaged and experienced pharmacist could assist in making this determination?

If you are currently working in a busy community or hospital pharmacy, are experienced in fostering collaborative relationships, and have a strong desire to uphold the standards of the profession, this volunteer opportunity may be a perfect fit for you.

As a PACE assessor you’ll be recognized at our annual professional development event and given priority consideration for future assessor roles with the College!

Learn more and apply today!


Your Professional Judgment is Key When Making Tough Decisions

Use professional judgement to determine the correct path to take

As a pharmacist, you’re required to make decisions, even when the outcomes are not so clear. This is where your professional judgement comes into play. There are four key factors that apply when exercising your professional judgment:

1. Taking actions in the patient’s best interest: Actions and decisions must always be made from the perspective of what is in the best interest of the patient. Ask yourself “What does the patient need to optimize their health outcome?”

2. Applying knowledge and expertise: Apply the range of knowledge and experience gained through clinical practice to the information gathered from your assessment and dialogue with the patient to guide your decision-making.

3. Reasonable and acceptable: Decisions are often required immediately with no time for consultation with a colleague. To help validate if your decision is reasonable and acceptable, ask yourself "Would a peer make a similar decision, given the same circumstances?"

4. Documenting the rationale and actions: Documenting decision-making is critical. When considering how much detail to include ask yourself “What information would a colleague need to know in order to clearly understand what I did and why?

The Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics are two of your most important tools when faced with using your professional judgement. To learn more about the four key factors described above, please reference the article, “Using Professional Judgement Key to Implementing Expanded Scope.”

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