Intern Registration for the University of Toronto’s PharmD for Pharmacists Program

Approved: May 2015

Revised: November 2016

Reviewed: November 2016


International pharmacy graduates enrolled in the University of Toronto’s PharmD for Pharmacists Program who have successfully completed the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada’s Evaluating Exam for Pharmacists and meet the College’s language proficiency registration requirement may register as a student if they do not meet the decision criteria for this policy.


Policy

Individuals who are enrolled in the University of Toronto’s PharmD for Pharmacists Program, registered in good standing as pharmacists and practising in another jurisdiction, and meet the requirements for registration as an intern other than having successfully completed studentship within the previous year may register as interns solely for the purpose of completing the program’s experiential rotations.
The certificate of registration for interns registered under this policy is valid for two years. College staff will extend the validity for these interns’ certificates of registration in one year increments for a maximum of two additional years if the intern continues to meet the Decision Criteria.

Process

The applicant will submit an application indicating that he or she wishes to be registered as an intern, including evidence of his or her pharmacist registration in another jurisdiction. College staff will review the application and supporting materials to decide whether the application may be processed. In most cases, the decision will be made within five to ten business days. Applicants granted intern registration through this policy will see this decision in their online member profile; only applicants whose intern registration is not granted will be directly notified.


Decision Criteria

This policy is only applicable where:

  1. The applicant is registered as a pharmacist in good standing in another jurisdiction with an active practice license for patient care.
  2. The applicant is eligible for registration as an intern with the exception of the requirement that the applicant be registered as an intern within one year of completing the studentship requirement;
  3. The applicant is enrolled and actively participating in the University of Toronto’s PharmD for Pharmacists program;
  4. The applicant’s registration as an intern is solely for the purpose of completing the PharmD for Pharmacists experiential rotations in Ontario.

Possible Outcomes

Intern registration granted

The applicant will be issued a certificate of registration as an intern subject to the terms, conditions and limitations of that certificate, including the requirement for pharmacist supervision.

Intern registration not granted

The application will be referred to a panel of the Registration Committee.


Background

The PharmD for Pharmacists program at the University of Toronto attracts pharmacists from outside of Ontario, and requires its students to complete experiential rotations that may be offered in Ontario. In order to participate in the experiential component of the program, its students must be registered with OCP to perform the controlled acts and be engaged in the scope of practice in Ontario.
Pharmacists from other jurisdictions may register as pharmacists in Ontario if they meet the registration requirements. However, they may not wish to register and practice as pharmacists since they only require status in Ontario for a short duration of time for the sole purpose of completing the experiential rotations of the program. Registration as interns would enable these individuals to practice while under supervision according to the terms, conditions and limitations of that certificate of registration. This would allow them to complete the patient care rotations as required and assessed by the program.
A certificate of registration as an intern automatically expires one year from the date on which it is issued unless specified otherwise by a panel of the Registration Committee. Because the PharmD for Pharmacists program is a flexible and customizable program that allows students to complete it at their own pace and within a maximum of four years, interns registered under this policy may require having a panel decision to extend their certificate of registration. Instead, their certificate of registration should be valid for a sufficient period of time to allow them to complete the experiential rotations in Ontario.