Through its Drug Information and Research Centre (DIRC), the Ontario Pharmacists’ Association is the leading provider of live continuing education (CE) programs for pharmacists in Canada. It is widely recognized for its high-quality, evidence-based educational programs and is one of the few organizations that has been granted Accredited Provider status by the Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy (CCCEP).
DIRC's quality management system is independently audited and meets the strict standards of the International Standards Organization (ISO). DIRC's ISO 9001:2008 registration reflects its commitment to quality programs. These programs provide pharmacists with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills in specific clinical areas and promote the recognition of pharmacists as healthcare providers who have advanced training.
Since 2000, DIRC has developed and delivered more than 50 live, in-depth, CCCEP-accredited CE programs, providing training to thousands of pharmacists and other health professionals on topics such as geriatric care, diabetes, cardiovascular health, pain and palliative management, and women's health. The programs vary from one-day to extensive six-day courses. Each program serves a unique need for practicing healthcare professionals. Satisfaction with DIRC's CE events is exemplary. Over 94 per cent of participants report that DIRC's programs met their learning needs and 92 per cent would attend a similar program on another topic.
With the growing popularity of e-learning strategies, DIRC has expanded its educational offerings to include web-based education such as online certificate programs, blended programs (which include online and live components), and webinars in order to reach pharmacists across the province and country.
DIRC also plans, manages, and delivers the educational program for the Ontario Pharmacists' Association's Annual General Conference, a three-day event which attracts hundreds of pharmacists each year.