Pharmacy U

Most popular CEs

IMG_0514

Pharmacist-consultant Karen Riley from Sarnia, Ont. has always had a passion for improving her knowledge.

By Mike Boivin BSc.Phm.

Pharmacist-consultant Karen Riley from Sarnia, Ont. has always had a passion for improving her knowledge. “I have focused on continually improving my education as it enhances my ability to provide the best patient care.”

After pharmacy graduation, she obtained her PharmD and multiple credentials from many certification bodies.  “School was just the beginning of learning; my goal is always to look for knowledge I can immediately apply to my patients.”

Karen has worked in a variety of pharmacy settings and although each was unique, she always found that older patients required the most support. “I could see clearly that older patients not only had the most complex medical needs, but also extensive psychosocial needs that I could address.”

Although Karen had studied geriatrics during her training, she felt that obtaining her certified geriatric pharmacist (CGP) credentials in 2011 would enhance her patient care. “Any type of certification helps to increase your knowledge, skills and ability. I use my CGP every day in practice as it helps me look at the whole patient. As our population continues to age, every patient in your practice could eventually benefit from increasing your knowledge in geriatric care.”

“The CGP allows pharmacists to start to look for issues beyond those associated with medications. We have to look more at how issues such as a lack of family support, taking care of a sick spouse, and lack of mobility could impact our elderly patients. I think as a profession we can do more to support the patient population we see most commonly in practice.”

Karen feels that that any pharmacist could benefit from CGP certification. “Pharmacists should look at their setting and patient populations in their community, to see which certification would best address their patients’ needs.”

 

Karen’s tips for pharmacists interested in the CGP certification:

  1. Reach out to a colleague with the credentials. “There are many pharmacists with this specialized training who are available to help you.”
  2. Take a review course. “There are a number of review courses available in either a live session or through home study.”
  3. Apply the knowledge immediately. “Just having the knowledge is one thing, but I recommend that pharmacists apply it in practice. Not only will this help their patients, but also will make them more comfortable preparing for the exam.”
  4. Consider visiting elderly patients in their homes. “It is very difficult to fully assess patients until you see them in their homes. Within minutes, I can determine the physical and psychosocial issues that are affecting their health.”
  5. Take the time to invest in yourself. “Certification takes some time and resources, but I can tell you from personal experience that the more education you receive, the more confident you will become and the better the care you can give your patients.”

Print

Making the community a priority

After graduating from Dalhousie’s College of Pharmacy, Krista could have set up practice anywhere. However, she chose to purchase her own pharmacy in a small community. Partner content Read more

The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy’s Hugh Toner is a mental health champion

Hugh has had a long journey as a pharmacist in Atlantic Canada. With 30 years of experience, he has taken care of many patients, in a variety of pharmacy settings. Read more

Print

Akil Dhirani – Providing personalized care to help patients

“To me, the most satisfying part of being a pharmacist is when you’re able to spend time with your patients." Read more

IMG_7278

Natalie Galea takes satisfaction from her patients’ health

After receiving her Certified Geriatric Pharmacist designation in May 2015, Natalie Galea started offering “wellness days” programs at retirement homes in Southern Ontario where she practises as a clinical consultant pharmacist with Medical Pharmacies. Read more

Pear Yurek Pharmacy

The Yurek Pharmacy team train to offer specialized services

Pharmacist specialization is a focus at Yurek Pharmacy in St. Thomas, Ont. Read more

01782ff9cebb9846534e3f189f7b92befe874c8247_00001

Kal Chauhan’s breathtaking passion for respiratory care

Kal Chauhan, BScPhm, CRE, is excited about the respiratory care opportunities for pharmacists in today’s healthcare environment. Read more

IMG_0514

Karen Riley’s formula for better geriatric care

Pharmacist-consultant Karen Riley from Sarnia, Ont. has always had a passion for improving her knowledge. Read more

IMG_0514

Most popular CEs

Pharmacist-consultant Karen Riley from Sarnia, Ont. has always had a passion for improving her knowledge. Read on... Read more

coop-1

Regulated Pharmacy Technicians help to transform the business model of pharmacy practice

Calgary Co-op is a big believer in the importance of integrating regulated technicians into its operations. Read more

Anna

Pharmacist Anna Romano enhances her career and patient care

Anna Romano is a community pharmacist who has earned both Certified Respiratory Educator (CRE) and Certified Tobacco Educator (CTE) certification. She is also the director of respiratory education for Pear Healthcare Solutions Inc. Read more

PearCC_PBJuly15_Whiting_9353

Brent Atkinson sticks it to his patients, and they love it!

When BC announced that pharmacists’ scope of practice would allow for injection administration, Brent Atkinson Read more

IMG_0880_PB_JAN12_GRAY.JPG_Category Report_Vitamins [corrected]

Pharmacist Dragana Skokovic-Sunjic finds joy in women’s health counselling

“I'm losing my mind!” is a comment Dragana Skokovic-Sunjic often hears from women who are dealing with the symptoms of perimenopause (the time leading up to the official declaration of menopause). Read more

Ouellette_PBMay14_BrightsGrove14

Bright’s Grove Kelly Haggerty certifies to up her game

Pharmacist Kelly Haggerty has always delivered new and innovative services to the patients in her community of Bright’s Grove, Ont. Read more

ce

Preventing Third-Party Pharmacy Audits and Clawbacks

It is probably fair to say that at the moment people hear they are going to be audited they feel a certain amount of anxiety. Read more

PHU Private Drug Plans Threats and Opportunities

Private Drug Plans: Threats and Opportunities

According to the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA), private drug plans provide payment for about 55% of the prescriptions that are dispensed in pharmacies across Canada. Read more

PHU Using Sales and Marketing Skills to Grow Your Practice

Using Sales and Marketing Skills to Grow Your Practice

In the traditional pharmacy model, a patient would present with a prescription for a medication; it would be filled; and the patient would be counselled on the proper use of the medication. Read more

PHU Ensuring Your Immunization

Ensuring Your Immunization Recommendations Are the Best Fit for Your Patients

With the ever-changing number of expanded services, an increasing number of pharmacists are immunizing patients against a large number of vaccine-preventable diseases. Read more

PHU Expanded Scope – Making It Happen

Expanded Scope – Making It Happen in Your Pharmacy

We have entered a new era of pharmacy practice that only ten years ago seemed unreachable. Provinces across the country are coming to understand that the clinical expertise and patient care that pharmacists have to offer have been underutilized over the years. Read more

CE9-Demystifying-Biologics

Demystifying Biologics Used in Primary Care Settings

This program will increase the ability of pharmacists to educate patients and other health professionals about biological therapies and their role in the management of certain chronic diseases. Focus is on biological therapies that are used for the treatment of immune-mediated conditions and cancers that are most commonly encountered... Read more

CE10-Menopause

Menopause and the Menopause Transition – Helping Women Make Informed Decisions

The menopause transition is a complex physiological process that can present significant challenges to a woman in this time of life and beyond. This series of three modules has been designed to help pharmacists discuss evidence-based information about management options with women in the menopause transition and those already in menopause... Read more