Pandemic Tips

 

Video modules by experts

The modules on this page are developed by OPA's professional development team in collaboration with leading experts. Our goal is to guide our members as well as all pharmacy professionals through the COVID-19 pandemic by providing these informative and practical tips on how to navigate this crisis. 

Medication Renewal

Tip: Medication Renewal

Speaker: Kelly Grindrod, Associate Professor; Programmatic Assessment Officer, University of Waterloo

Learning Objective: You may have a difficult time accessing the prescriber during a pandemic. This video will help you learn how to do a renewal correctly and confidently (assessment and documentation) to maintain continuity of care. 

Use of Hydroxychloroquine and Chloroquine for Coronavirus

Tip: Use of Hydroxychloroquine and Chloroquine for Coronavirus

Speaker: Rosemary Killeen, Director, Distance Education and Continuing Professional Development, University of Waterloo

Learning Objective: Pharmacists have been receiving hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine prescriptions for “office use”. This video will go over available evidence and how you may handle such situation.

30-Day Medication Supply

Tip: 30-Day Medication Supply

Speaker: Rosemary Killeen, Director, Distance Education and Continuing Professional Development, University of Waterloo

Learning Objective: Learn how to address questions and concerns raised by patients about the 30-day medication supply recommendation.

Opioid Agonist Therapy Pt. 1

Tip: Opioid Agonist Therapy Pt. 1

Speaker: Cassandra Huck, Pharmacy Manager in Sudbury, ON

Learning Objective: Learn practical tips on how you can adjust pharmacy practices when providing doses of methadone and buprenorphine.

Opioid Agonist Therapy Pt. 2

Tip: Opioid Agonist Therapy Pt. 2

Speaker: Cassandra Huck, Pharmacy Manager in Sudbury, ON

Learning Objective: Be aware of how the current pandemic may be affecting both patients with substance use disorder and OAT prescribing patterns.

Nutrition

Tip: Beating the Hangry’s: a Guide for Busy Pharmacy Staff

Speaker: Maya Eid, Certified Nutritionist Practitioner, www.mayaeid.com

Learning Objective: We know how hard it is to find the time to eat during a busy shift at a pharmacy. Holistic Nutritionist Maya Eid reveals the 2 biggest nutrition tips to avoid getting hungry and make your energy last all day. Tune in as she shares meal and snack ideas to properly fuel and nourish your body for a productive work shift!

Immunizations

Tip: Immunization services during pandemic

Speaker: Tiana Tilli, Director of Pharmacy Innovation & Professional Affairs at Whole Health Pharmacy Partners

Learning Objective: Should pharmacies suspend immunization services during COVID-19? Although decisions may vary, here are a few things to consider when making that decision.  

Mental Health

Tip: Taking care of your mental health

Speaker: Jamie Kellar, Associate Professor, University of Toronto

Learning Objective: This is a very stressful and busy time for pharmacy professionals. During this time, mental health is as important as physical health. Here are some tips on how you can take care of your mental health.

Financial Resources Pt. 1 

Tip: Financial resources for pharmacies during the pandemic Pt.1

Speaker: Pavithra Ravi, Pharmacist/Account Manager – Ontario

Description: Learn to find out more about Canada Emergency Business Account – who qualifies and how to go about obtaining them

Note: Information presented in this video is accurate as of May 20, 2020. Refer to your bank for up to date information.

Financial Resources Pt. 2

Tip: Financial resources for pharmacists during the pandemic Pt. 2

Speaker: Pavithra Ravi, Pharmacist/Account Manager – Ontario

Description:  Learn about Canadian Emergency Response Benefit program. Find out if you are eligible to apply and learn how to apply with considerations.

Note: Information presented in this video is accurate as of May 20, 2020. Refer to your bank for up to date information.

Additional Resources:

CERB FAQ by government of Canada

Determine how to apply. See bottom of page and answer these questions to identify your best route

Applying for CERB with CRA

Mobile Apps Pt. 1

Tip: Leveraging mobile apps in pharmacy during COVID-19 Pt. 1

Speaker: Michael Do, Pharmacist and Founder at MedEssist Ltd.

Description: Learn how mobile apps could help increase efficiency in your practice during the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch Part 2 of the video for examples of apps that pharmacy professionals may use.

Mobile Apps Pt. 2

Tip: Leveraging mobile apps in pharmacy during COVID-19 Pt. 2

Speaker: Michael Do, Pharmacist and Founder at MedEssist Ltd.

Description: In this module we introduce examples of apps that could help increase efficiency in your practice during the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch part 1 for more in-depth discussion on how the apps can help pharmacy professionals.

Pharmacy Technicians

Tip: Pharmacy technician’s role in supporting patients and pharmacy during the pandemic

Speaker: Ruth-Ann Plaxton, Pharmacy Technician and OPA’s course instructor (Medical Devices Training)

Learning Objective: Ruth-Ann will share a few tips that can help you make the pharmacy run more smoothly by working smarter, not harder. 

Return to Work Guidance

Tip: Return to work guidance

Speaker: Tim Mok, Pharmacy Owner/Manager – Ontario

Learning Objective: How do you determine if it's safe to return to work when you are asymptomatic? What if you are symptomatic and have tested negative? Can you come to work? Watch this video for some clarity! For the most recent guide please visit OPA’s Return to Work Guidance Tool for Pharmacy Staff guidance document.

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