2017 Professional Development Programs

Program name Format Topics include Launch month

Waiving Co-Payments - Can We Regain Financial Control of our Profession? – Members only

Online

  • Distinction between co-payments and deductibles and the rationale behind their use
  • Ontario health system context in which co-payments and deductibles exist
  • Ontario’s legislative/regulatory landscape
  • Why waiving has become so mainstream
  • The impacts of waiving – pros and cons
  • Strategies to mitigate the practice of waiving

Members click here to register

Non-members click here to view program details.

Interprofessional Relationships and Conflict Management in Primary Care – Members only

Online

  • How conflicts in primary care develop and escalate
  • Strategies for managing and de-escalating conflicts in primary care
  • Personal conflict management style and barriers/facilitators to conflict management
  • Strategies for effective communication in primary care

Members click here to register

Non-members click here to view program details.

POC Testing – Members only

Online

  • Currently available point-of-care tests 
  • Patient screening and identification process
  • Benefits of implementing testing into practice and strategies to overcoming barriers

April

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How-to: Pharmaceutical Opinion Program – Members only

Online

  • Objectives, goals and elements of improving patient care through Ontario’s Pharmaceutical Opinion Program 
  • What does and what does not qualify as a pharmaceutical opinion (PO)
  • Methods to communicate optimally with prescribers 
  • Strategies to integrate this program into routine practice 

Members click here to register

Non-members click here to view program details.

Drugs in Chronic Kidney Disease: Implications for Pharmacists

Online

  • Classification system for kidney dysfunction
  • Changes in the kidney of the elderly 
  • Preventing the development of kidney disease
  • Common drugs requiring dose adjustments
  • Drugs that can cause kidney injury

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Pharmacist Health Coaching – Cardiovascular Program Training Course

Online

  • Dyslipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Heart Healthy Lifestyle
  • Motivational Interviewing

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Implementing Smoking Cessation Services in the Pharmacy 

Online

  • Pharmacotherapy for smoking cessation
  • Drug interactions with tobacco smoke
  • Setting up a smoking cessation program
  • Understanding the documentation tools
  • Reimbursement for cessation services
  • Pharmacy workflow and resources
  • Patient resources
  • Delivering the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) pharmacy smoking cessation program
  • Using a smoking cessation resource toolkit

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Rational Prescribing: Re-thinking Medications

Online

  • Process for choosing pharmacotherapy and prioritizing prescribing dilemmas
  • Applying evidence-based medicine to individual patients
  • Marketing myths in pharmacotherapy

April

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MedsCheck Refresh: Implementing the Revitalized Program – Members only

Online

  • Rethinking MedsCheck: The changes require pharmacy to take a new approach 
  • Integrating MedsCheck into your practice: Adopting the changes to the MedsCheck program
  • MedsCheck for Diabetes: An opportunity to demonstrate your role in diabetes management

Members click here to register

Non-members click here to view program details.

Asthma Management: The Essentials

Online

  • The basics - definition, pathophysiology, and immunologic response
  • Asthma control – objective and subjective measurement
  • Peak flow monitoring
  • Pharmacotherapy options
  • New and emerging therapies
  • Teaching self-management in 10 minutes
  • Counseling for behavior change
  • Counseling for adherence

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Opioid Addiction and Substitution Therapy online modules

Online

  • Application of methadone guidelines to seemingly complex clinical situations 
  • Basics of buprenorphine
  • Initiating a methadone program in your pharmacy 
  • Methadone and buprenorphine in patients with HIV 
  • Methadone and buprenorphine in pregnancy and during lactation 
  • Methadone in chronic pain management 
  • Methadone maintenance: Focus on drug interactions and patient safety 
  • Methadone maintenance therapy in First Nations 
  • Opioid substitution therapy adolescents and young adults 
  • Pain management for patients receiving maintenance therapy for opioid addiction 
  • Policies guiding methadone dispensing in Ontario 
  • Preventing methadone dispensing errors 
  • Seamless care transition with MMT and buprenorphine 
  • The pharmacological management of opioid dependence

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Take-Home Naloxone in Community Pharmacies

Online

  • Rates of opioid overdose
  • Signs and symptoms of opioid overdose
  • Managing an opioid overdose
  • The role of take-home naloxone
  • Resources for naloxone training

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Opioid Addiction and Substitution Therapy Live Webinar Series

Online

TBA 

TBA

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Methadone and Buprenorphine/Naloxone Toolkit

Online

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Methadone, Buprenorphine and the Community  

Live

  • Addiction management principles
  • Initiating methadone and buprenorphine/naloxone programs in your pharmacy
  • Initiating MMT Services: A brief overview
  • Dispensing methadone and buprenorphine/naloxone at a glance
  • Methadone maintenance and buprenorphine/naloxone combination product dosing guides
  • Methadone and buprenorphine/naloxone drug interactions
  • Methadone and buprenorphine/naloxone FAQs
  • Methadone measuring equipment chart

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Third Party Audits 

Online

  • Understanding third party payor policies and provider agreements workshop 
  • How to Prepare for third party audits 
  • Minimizing risks of private payor audits 

March

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Injections and Immunizations Supplemental Program – Difficult Situations and Best Practices

Online*

  • Immunization myths
  • Aseptic techniques and best practices
  • Needlestick injuries
  • How to set up a flu clinic
  • Lessons learned from previous flu clinics
  • Universal Influenza Immunization Program - frequently asked questions

March

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Orientation to Pharmacy in Long-Term Care and Residential Care Facilities

Online

  • Introduction to consulting and long-term care pharmacy 
  • Quality care for residents 
  • The pharmacist’s role – documentation and communication tools
  • Pharmacy service provider commitments – education and other requirements
  • Clinical aspects of long-term care

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The MASTER Plan for Diabetes Continuing Education Program

Online

  • Psychosocial aspects of the adult with diabetes
  • Motivational interviewing to facilitate behaviour change
  • Diabetes self-management: Perspectives in behaviour change
  • Overview of pathophysiology of diabetes
  • Pharmacological management of diabetes 
  • Self-monitoring of blood glucose  
  • Overview of glucose monitoring in the community pharmacy
  • Insulin injection devices and injection techniques 
  • Complications and screening
  • Managing special circumstances in diabetes patient care 
  • The use of CSII technology in diabetes
  • Lifestyle changes for diabetes management
  • Physical activity and diabetes: Prescribing exercise
  • Interactive tool – patient teaching points, pharmacist and patient resources

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Injections and Immunizations Certificate Program

Live

  • Immunization program for pharmacists
  • The pharmacist’s role in influenza
  • Immunization of the immunocompromised patient  
  • Administering drugs by injection: Training elements (didactic) 
  • Managing complications to injections – case study discussions 
  • Teaching administration of parenteral medications – case study discussion
  • Practicing techniques  

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Confronting Medication Incidents – A Fresh Approach

Live

  • Patient safety initiatives
  • Medication error prevention strategies
  • System elements in medication errors
  • Failure modes and effects analysis
  • Managing medication incidents
  • Medication incident reporting
  • Root cause analysis
  • Tools and resources

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Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) Preparation Course

Blended

  • Online modules part of The MASTER Plan for Diabetes Continuing Education Program. 
  • Introduction to theories in education
  • More food facts: Carbohydrate counting
  • Moving on…intensifying treatment
  • Communication and counselling strategies
  • Teaching for effect
  • Program development
  • Diabetes in the family
  • Teaching tools
  • Patient cases – standardized patients
  • Brain wave - exam preparation

Registration closed – stay tuned for 2018

Pharmacy Management in Canada

Online

TBA

TBA 

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Assessing and Prescribing for Minor Ailments 

Online

  • Patient assessment and triage
  • Dermatological ailments
  • Eye conditions
  • Gastrointestinal ailments
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Insomnia
  • Mild headache
  • Oral ailments
  • Reproductive and women’s health
  • Respiratory ailments

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

Blended

  • Introduction to geriatric medications management
  • Medication deprescribing
  • Biology and socioeconomics of aging 
  • General principles of caring for older adults
  • Wellness and health promotion
  • Population specific activities for geriatric pharmacists
  • A practical approach to lab abnormalities 
  • Pain management
  • Gastrointestinal disorders 
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • General principles of infectious diseases in older adults
  • Herpes zoster 
  • Tuberculosis
  • Asthma and COPD
  • Endocrine and exocrine disorders 
  • Anemia in chronic kidney disease 
  • Influenza and pneumonia
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia and erectile dysfunction
  • Ischemic heart disease (acute coronary syndrome and chronic stable angina)
  • Dyslipidemia 
  • Hypertension
  • Urinary incontinence and urinary tract infection
  • Geriatric syndrome
  • Arrhythmias
  • Anticoagulation
  • Heart failure
  • Stroke and transient ischemic attacks
  • Dementia and behavioural disturbances
  • Depression, anxiety disorders and insomnia 
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Palliative care
  • Diabetes 
  • Integrated case discussions

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Aseptic Compounding

Blended

  • Personal protective equipment
  • Aseptic technique
  • Oncology 
  • Worksheets and calculations
  • Transportation and storage 
  • Quality assurance 
  • Garbing
  • Working in laminar air flow hood (LAFH) - cleaning and positioning
  • Small volume parentral (SVP) and large volume parentral (LVP)
  • Reconstitution of multi-dose vial (MDV)
  • Breaking ampoules
  • TPN
  • Negative pressure technique
  • Handwashing, garbing, and workspace preparation
  • Preparation of a sterile IV compound in a LAFH

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Delivering a Comprehensive Pharmacy-Based Vaccines Program

Online

  • Typhoid disease vaccines
  • Varicella virus vaccines
  • Japanese encephalitis vaccines
  • Meningococcal vaccines
  • Yellow fever vaccines
  • Rabies vaccines
  • Bacille Calmette-Guerine (BCG) vaccines
  • Haemophilus influenza type B (HiB) vaccines
  • Pneumococcal disease vaccines
  • Herpes zoster vaccines
  • Human papillomavirus vaccines
  • Hepatitis A vaccines
  • Hepatitis B vaccines
  • Implementing a pharmacy-based immunization service

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Travellers’ Diarrhea for Pharmacists

Online

  • Incidence
  • Causative agents 
  • Prevention 
  • Treatment 
  • Persistent diarrhea 

TBA 

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Travel and Dehydration

Online

  • Risks of dehydration associated with travel
  • Best treatment options
  • Preventative measures
  • Patient counselling and advice relating to dehydration and travel

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*Optional live component – attendees can join afternoon I&I certificate program session to refresh practical skills

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