Reflecting on your own practice, how many times a day do you get asked questions regarding minor ailments? From diarrhea to eczema and warts, seeing patients who suffer from minor ailments is an everyday occurrence. The Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA) and Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) have partnered to develop a comprehensive professional development program, that covers a wide variety of minor ailments. Each minor ailment module includes patient assessment, differential diagnosis, red flags for referral, treatment alternatives (including prescription drugs), treatment algorithms, and patient counselling, monitoring and follow-up.
This program covers 32 conditions commonly seen in practice. This series of modules is a self-directed online program that uses patient cases to help translate theory into practice. This program covers dermatological, gastrointestinal, respiratory, musculoskeletal and ocular conditions, and more. The full program covers the stand-alone subsets described below at a more cost-effective price.
Upon completion of each minor ailment module, participants will be able to
- Describe the pathophysiology.
- Assess the patient's symptoms to determine next steps – treatment/therapy, referral or other.
- Recognize red flags signalling referral to a physician.
- Carry out an initial differential diagnosis.
- Compare and contrast available treatment options, including prescription options where merited, with respect to efficacy, safety and indications for use.
- Understand monitoring parameters for treatment.
- Understand appropriate follow-up.
- Educate the patient on the correct use of the recommended treatment option(s).
*Note: specific learning objectives for each ailment may differ slightly.
Number of Continuing Education Units
To be determined
Accreditation Expiry date
May 31, 2020
Online - 28 modules
- Multiple-choice assessment
- Reflective exercises
Subject Matter Experts
- Carmen Bell, BSP
- Joyce Chan, PharmD, BCPS (AQ Cardiology), CDE, ACPR
- Terry Damm, BSP
- Shelita Dattani, BscPhm, PharmD
- Drena Dunford, BSc (Hons), BSc (Pharm), CDE
- Sébastien Dupuis, PharmD, MSc
- Phil Emberley, PharmD, MBA
- Antonietta Forrester, BScPhm, RPh
- Christine Hughes, BscPharm, PharmD
- Karen Jensen, BSP, MSc
- Nancy Kleiman, BSP, MBA
- Vivian KT Lee, BScPhm, RPh
- Anne Mallin, RPh, BScPhm, PharmD, CDE
- Penny F. Miller, BSc (Pharm), MA (Ed)
- Preet Sian, BSc, MPharm, RPh, CDE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cancellation policy: Cancellation requests must be submitted in writing to email@example.com no later than five days after access to the program has been emailed to you. A $30 (+HST) administration and processing fee will apply for programs costing $129 or more (before HST). A $5 (+HST) administration and processing fee will apply for programs costing less than $129 (before HST). Cancellations will not be permitted once log-in to access the program material has been initiated. Program registration fees will not be refunded after the cancellation deadline.
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