Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP) Preparation Course – Medication Therapy Management for Older Adults

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Pharmacists in most practice settings have an important role to play in identifying and preventing drug-related problems in the older adult population. Older adults are more vulnerable to drug-therapy problems as a result of the numerous physiological changes that occur as they age, and many of them also have multiple disease conditions that lend themselves to polypharmacy.

This CCCEP-accredited professional development program consists of pre-session online modules and a two-day live session. It covers various disease states and essential skills for geriatric pharmacy practice based on the Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP) exam content outline. The program is designed to help participants to not only prepare for the BCGP examination, but also to increase their expertise in delivering pharmacy care to the older adult population. The program is taught by clinical experts in geriatric care, many of whom are credentialed themselves.

Please note that the program does not provide participants with the BCGP credential.

Class dates:  April 29 - 30, 2017
Location: Toronto Airport West Hotel (5444 Dixie Road, Mississauga, ON) 

The program runs approximately from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. A detailed program schedule and confirmation of the program venue will be emailed to attendees one week before the program dates.

How to register: To register, please scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the program date; a drop-down will open with pricing information for members and non-members*. Select the option that applies to you, then click on "add to cart" to start the registration process.

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For more information on the Allied Health Professional Development Fund (AHPDF), click here.

Final registration deadline: Friday, April 7, 2017.

Pre-requisites and target audience
There is no prerequisite to register for this program. It is mandatory for participants to complete all of the online modules and corresponding questions before coming to the live session.

This program supports pharmacists interested in writing the 2017 Certified Geriatric Pharmacist Examination. This program also benefits those pharmacists who do not wish to take the BCGP exam, but who want to enhance their knowledge and expertise in geriatric pharmacy practice.

For more information about the BCGP examination, please visit

Program outline
This blended learning program consists of the following: 

I. Pre-session online modules

  • Introduction to geriatric medications management
  • Biology and socioeconomics of aging
  • General principles of caring for older adults
  • A practical approach to lab abnormalities
  • General principles of infectious diseases in older adults
  • Influenza
  • Pneumonia
  • Urinary incontinence and urinary tract infection
  • Tuberculosis
  • Herpes zoster
  • Anemia in chronic kidney disease
  • Acute coronary syndrome and chronic stable angina
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Anticoagulation
  • Arrhythmias
  • Pain management
  • Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout
  • Osteoporosis
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Asthma
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Endocrine and exocrine disorders
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia and erectile dysfunction
  • Medication deprescribing
  • Dementia and behavioural disturbances
  • Palliative care
  • Geriatric syndrome
  • Wellness and health promotion
  • Population specific activities for geriatric pharmacists
  • Depression and anxiety

II. Live sessions

  • Heart failure
  • Stroke and transient ischemic attacks
  • Cardiovascular disorders case discussion
  • Peptic ulcer disease and gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Peptic ulcer disease and gastroesophageal reflux disease case discussion
  • Insomnia
  • Psychiatric disorders and neurological disorders case discussion
  • Diabetes
  • Integrated case discussion - group activity

III. Pre-readings /supplemental readings

IV. Multiple choice exam

Learning objectives
Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify medical conditions commonly seen in the elderly
  • Demonstrate knowledge of geriatric pharmacotherapy and the knowledge and skills to provide pharmaceutical care to the elderly
  • Interpret and understand current clinical practice guidelines for older adults
  • Describe and communicate the role of the pharmacist in managing various diseases in the elderly
  • Assess patient cases to aid in translating knowledge into practice

Learning format
Participants will have the opportunity to interact, network and learn through:

  • Online modules
  • Live presentations
  • Interactive case discussions
  • Q&A sessions

Subject matter experts
This program has been developed in part with contributions from the following subject matter experts:

  • Brenda Pawliw, RPh (BScPhm, CGP, BSP)
  • Carlos Rojas-Fernandez, RPh (PharmD, PhD)
  • Chris Fan-Lun, RPh (BScPhm, CGP)
  • Debbie Daly, RN (MN, GNC)
  • Feng Chang, RPh (PharmD)
  • Frances E. Grundwald, RPh (BScPhm, CGP)
  • Freda Leung, RPh (BScPhm, CGP, CDE, CRE)
  • Janet Chong-Lee, RPh (BScPhm, CGP, CDE)
  • Jeff Nagge, RPh (PharmD)
  • Jennifer Lake, RPh (PharmD)
  • Jenny Ng, RPh (BScPhm)
  • Karen Riley, RPh (PharmD, CGP, CDE, BPS)
  • Kristi De Buono, RPh (PharmD)
  • Laura Tsang, RPh (PharmD)
  • Lawrence Jackson, RPh (BScPhm)
  • Louise Mallet, RPh (PharmD, CGP)
  • Luis Viana, RPh (BScPhm, CGP, ME)
  • Marisa Bettistella, RPh (PharmD)
  • Mark Edlund, RPh (BScPhm, CGP)
  • Natalie Chan, RPh (BScPhm, CGP)
  • Rosemarie Patodia, RPh (BScPhm, CGP)
  • Sharon Yamashita, RPh (PharmD)
  • Sophia Francis-Pringle, RPh (PharmD, CGP, BCACP, CDE)


Continuing education units

  • Number of CEUs: TBA
  • CCCEP accreditation file number: TBA
  • Accreditation period:  TBA

Program letter of completion
To receive the letter of completion for this program, participants will be required to successfully complete the following requirement prior to 3 p.m. on June 12, 2017: 

  1. Complete the program’s online component (instructions will be emailed to you upon registration).
  2. Attend and participate in the live two-day program.
  3. Complete the pre-readings and supplemental readings.
  4. Complete and achieve 70 per cent or more on the program multiple choice examination, within a maximum of two attempts.
    • Please note: Questions on the multiple choice exam have been developed to assess the learner’s knowledge on the content of this professional development program and are not designed with the intent to reflect the actual questions on the BCGP examination.
  5. Complete the program evaluations.

Last updated: January 3, 2017.

Inquiries: Please contact OPA’s professional development team by phone at 416-441-0788, option 3 (toll-free in Ontario at 1-877-341-0788, option 3), or by email at

Cancellation policy: Requests for cancellations or refunds must be submitted in writing to no later than 10 business days prior to the program date by 4:30 p.m. A $250 (+HST) cancellation fee will apply. Cancellations will not be refunded after the cancellation date.

Food service disclaimer: Most live programs provide refreshments and meals. Participants who have health-related dietary needs or food allergies are encouraged to include details on their registration form of special dietary requests. The Ontario Pharmacists Association will work with the program venue to accommodate dietary requests as best as possible but cannot guarantee that the venue will be able to meet all requests. Every effort is made to notify the venue catering staff about participants’ food allergies; however, there is always a risk of contamination. There is also a possibility that manufacturers of the food supplies used by the venue could change the formulation at any time, without notice. Participants concerned with food allergies need to be aware of this risk. The Ontario Pharmacists Association will not assume any liability for adverse reactions to foods consumed or items one may come in contact with while eating at program venues. Participants concerned about their dietary needs are encouraged to contact OPA for additional information.

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Disclaimer: Please note that this program may be videotaped for educational purposes and may include audio/videotaping and/or photography. By attending this program, you agree that your image and/or voice may be captured by these means and used for the purpose of advertising, delivering, and/or reproducing this OPA education program, and you hereby waive any right to remuneration from such advertising, delivering, and/or reproducing and any control thereof. 

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Class Date: 29 Apr 2017 | City: Mississauga| Venue:Toronto Airport West Hotel
Member Rate
April 29 - 30 2017   $1,099.00 Add to Cart (Regular $1,099.00)
Non-Member Rate
April 29 - 30 2017   $1,679.00 Add to Cart (Regular $1,679.00)

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