Saturday, January 10, 2009

Launch of PharmAchieve

Over the last few months I've been actively working with PharmAchieve -- an organization that mentors foreign pharmacists to pass the oral exams required to become licensed in Canada. We bring together professional actors trained by local medical schools to be indistinguishable from real patients to create realistic scenarios. In each scenario, the pharmacist must interact with a patient to solve a case. Each case takes place under the observation of a licensed pharmacist who evaluates the interaction and provides the student feedback.

Our setup mimics the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada's OSCE exam required for licensing in Canada. All of the lead instructors who teach the lecture component of the course received their training from Harvard Medical School. The licensed pharmacists who observe and evaluate the students are almost all from University of Toronto -- several of whom have certifications in Geriatrics, Asthma, Diabetes. Several have advanced degrees such as PharmDs.

The growth of PharmAchieve has been nothing short of amazing. In less than a year, we have outgrown our Yonge Street location near Yonge/Finch in North York to a Bay Street location.

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