You’re entering your career with a unique and expansive range of skills, expertise and academic credentials that will fuel your practice success. By maintaining an OPA membership as you complete your education, you will support the launch of your career with a strong network and critically important professional development resources. Your OPA membership will be the most important investment you can make at this early stage of your career.
Watch our video about membership with OPA, click on the links below to learn more about the benefits of an OPA Pharmacy Student membership, and then join OPA or renew your membership today.
The number one reason that pharmacy professionals join OPA is to be part of a collective voice that advocates on behalf of the pharmacy profession. As the future of the profession, students contribute significantly to this voice. The perspectives and enthusiasm of Ontario’s pharmacy students will help bring important changes to the pharmacy profession and Ontario’s healthcare system. Revisit where pharmacy’s been in Ontario, and then make your commitment to be part of the next wave of healthcare in Ontario by joining or renewing your membership with OPAREAD OUR ADVOCACY MATERIALS
Education and Practice
As a resident, intern or IPG student, you are getting a lot of education right now. But, if you are working part-time in pharmacy, they may want to consider some of OPA’s free online programs such as Assessment and Treatment of Patients with Migraine, Take-home Naloxone or An Introduction to Caring for Trans Patients in Pharmacy.LEARN MORE ABOUT PD AT OPA
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Tools and Resources
OPA develops member-only tools and resources to help pharmacists keep current with pharmacy hot topics, and help them successfully interpret and implement government policies and College regulations. In addition to our Practice Support Network that provides real-time assistance to help you manage your practice, OPA publishes on-demand tools to help pharmacy professionals better care for their patients including discussion tools on improving anti-microbial resistance, responding to and preventing robberies, tapering and switching patient medications, store-level posters for naloxone, flu, OHIP+, and providing patients with tip sheets on more than 20 topics. New tools are continually developed as topics emerge for today’s pharmacy professional.READ MORE
The options for a career in pharmacy are limitless. Whether you’re working as a pharmacist on the front-lines helping patients manage their healthcare, providing expertise in an academic or industry setting, advocating for the profession in a stakeholder capacity, or some other way – a career in pharmacy can take you in many different directions. OPA can help you look for a career with Shift Assist™ or our job postings, help you recruit for your next pharmacy position or help you network with your colleagues.READ MORE ABOUT OUR CAREER RESOURCES
OPA members enjoy group savings with more than 20 Affinity Program partners. Some members have saved more than the cost of membership on discounts with partners such as TELUS, Flight Centre, VIA, GoodLife, Mercedes Benz, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Canadian Red Cross Certification and more. New this year, OPA has brought back Pharmacists Letter and Pharmacy Technician Letter and added Natural Medicines Database - all at 15% off! Also, sign up for our new partnership with Staples where you can save 10% off business products.
Pharmacy Profession Communications
OPA keeps its members connected to pharmacy through a number of regular communication channels. OPA members receive weekly communications through eBulletin and Important Updates, and members have access to OPA’s monthly blog, Beyond the Counter as well as patient tip sheets on pharmacy hot topics, Canadian Pharmacists Journal, Ontario Pharmacist and Ontario Pharmacy Technician magazines.READ MORE ABOUT OUR COMMUNICATION WITH MEMBERS
Cost for Pharmacy Student Membership