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Program Overview

The Northern Health Pharmacy Practice Residency Program provides an opportunity to further your pharmacy studies while enjoying the unique Northern BC lifestyle. As a pharmacy resident, your experience will be centered at the University Hospital of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, BC. Originally established as a single resident program in 2003 it has since grown to accept two residents annually.

Northern Health's  Pharmacy Practice Residency Program focuses on the provision of pharmaceutical care to a variety of patients in both acute and ambulatory settings in a rural northern community. The majority of rotations occur at in Prince George at the University Hospital of Northern BC, with opportunities for rotations in more rural communities, such as Quesnel and Dawson Creek.

The pharmacists at Northern Health are committed to direct patient care as members of interdisciplinary teams.

They provide services to:

  • ICU
  • Internal Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Clinical Teaching Unit
  • Surgery, Renal Clinic
  • Out Patient VTE Clinic and the Long Term Care Facility. 

The pharmacists are also committed to teaching and learning and precept pharmacy and medical students.

Northern Health strives to provide exceptional health services and to lead the way in promoting health and providing health services for Northern and rural populations. We encourage you to consider Northern Health for your residency and to become a part of the northern way of caring.

Information for Prospective Students

Program Description

The Northern Health Pharmacy Practice Residency program is a paid 52 week experiential learning program running from June to June each year. The program is affiliated with UBC and collaborates with the other Pharmacy Practice Residency Programs in BC. A pharmacy residency is a one-year post-baccalaureate program which is accredited by the Canadian Pharmacy Residency Board. The Northern Health program is fully accredited and residents who complete the program receive their ACPR designation.

Purpose of the Northern Health Pharmacy Practice Residency:

Pharmacists completing this residency will be competent and independent practitioners of pharmaceutical care in diverse patient populations. They will be accountable for achieving optimal drug therapy outcomes as members of the health care team. These pharmacists will exercise skill in educating other health care professionals, patients, and the community on drug-related topics. They will demonstrate professional maturity by developing a personal philosophy of practice, monitoring their own performance, exhibiting commitment to the profession, and exercising leadership in improving the safety of the medication-use system.

Residents will demonstrate competence in:

  • Providing direct patient care as a member of the interprofessional team
  • Managing and improving medication use systems
  • Exercising leadership
  • Exhibiting ability to manage one’s own practice of pharmacy
  • Providing medication and practice related education
  • Demonstrating project management skills

Requirements

Admission Requirements:

  • Graduates of any Canadian pharmacy school
  • Graduates of foreign pharmacy schools must be a registrant of the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada
  • Registration with the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia

Completion Requirements:

  • Residents will be awarded a Pharmacy Practice Residency graduation certificate and designated an Accredited Canadian Pharmacy Resident (ACPR) after the successful completion of all expectations of the program.

Curriculum

Rotation

Required or Elective

Duration

Location

Format

Description

Operations

Required

4 weeks

UHNBC, Prince George

Exposure

Residents will be orientated to the drug distribution process.

Administration

Required

2 weeks

Prince George

Exposure

Residents will gain an appreciation of administrative practices and policies

Pharmaceutical Care

Required

2 weeks

UHNBC, Prince George

Direct patient care (acute)

Residents will be orientated to the pharmaceutical care process and the resources, policies and processes specific to Northern Health.

Clinical Teaching Unit (Medicine)

Required

5 weeks

UHNBC, Prince George

Direct patient care (acute)

Residents will provide direct patient care to patients of the Clinical Teaching Unit. Residents will also provide teaching to medical students and residents.

Student Preceptorship (Medicine)

Required

5 weeks

UHNBC, Prince George

Direct patient care (acute)

Residents will provide direct patient care to patients while acting as a preceptor to a 4th year pharmacy student. Residents will be working within the tiered precepting model.

Evidence Based Medicine

Required

1 week

UBC, Vancouver

Didactic and case based learning

Residents will develop skills in literature appraisal.

Pharmacokinetics

Required

1 week

UBC, Vancouver

Didactic and case based learning

Residents will develop skills in pharmacokinetics.

Toxicology

Required

1 week

Drug and Poison Information Centre, Vancouver

Didactic and case based learning

Residents will gain an appreciation of the assessment and treatment of the poisoned patient.

Surgery

Elective

4 weeks

UHNBC, Prince George

Direct patient care (acute)

Residents will provide care to patients undergoing general, orthopedic, gynelogical and urological surgeries while working closely with other members of the interprofessional team. Sample topics commonly covered on this rotation include pain control, anticoagulation, total parenteral nutrition, antibiotic prophylaxis and medical management of the surgical patient.

Nephrology

Elective

4 weeks

UHNBC, Prince George

Direct patient care (ambulatory)

Residents will provide care to patients in the Chronic Kidney Disease and Hemodialysis Clinics. Sample topics commonly covered on this rotation include dialysis, medication reconciliation, bone mineral metabolism, anemia and antibiotic administration.

Anticoagulation

Elective

4 weeks

UHNBC, Prince George

Direct patient care (ambulatory)

Residents will provide care to patients in the Outpatient VTE Clinic. Sample topics commonly covered on this rotation include VTE treatment and anticoagulation bridging.

Palliative Care

Elective

4 weeks

Dawson Creek

Direct patient care (ambulatory)

Residents will provide care to palliative patients on a consultation basis. Residents will participate in program planning and education for the Regional Palliative Care Program.

Rural Practice

Elective

4 weeks

Quesnel

Direct patient care (acute)

Residents will provide care to patients and provide distribution services at a rural site. Sample topics commonly covered on this rotation included medication safety, chemo-therapy preparation, geriatrics and general medicine.

HIV

Elective

4 weeks

Prince George

Direct patient care (ambulatory)

Residents will provide care to patients with HIV in the community at physician’s offices, medical clinics, service organization and correctional facilities.

Sample topics commonly covered on this rotation include the management of HIV and associated conditions.

Critical Care

Elective

4 weeks

UHNBC, Prince George

Direct patient care (acute)

Residents will provide care to patients in the Intensive Care Unit while working closely with members of the interprofessional team. Sample topics commonly covered on the rotation include pain/agitation/delirium management, vasopressors and inotropes.

Pediatrics

Elective

4 weeks

UHNBC, Prince George

Direct patient care (acute)

Residents will provide care to children in collaboration with the Pediatric Clinical Teaching Unit.

Primary Care

Elective

4 weeks

Prince George

Direct patient care (ambulatory)

Residents will provide care in a multidisciplinary primary care clinic.

Research Project

Required

5 weeks

Prince George

Research

Residents will complete a research project including a poster and oral presentation. Topics will be chosen by the residents.

Additional Activities:

  • Attend a major conference
  • BC Wide Case Presentation
  • Residency Research Day

Compensation

Residents are provided with a competitive salary and travel allowance. Residents have the option of signing the Residency Training Agreement committing to one year of service following their residency year.

For more details please contact the Residency Program Coordinator.

Application Process

The Northern Health Pharmacy Practice Residency Program is affiliated with the University of British Columbia and participates in the CSHP National Matching Services. Applications will be open annually from mid-August until the end of September. The application process is coordinated through the UBC Pharmacy Practice Residency Program.

The application requires:

  • Completed application form
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of reference on referee form
  • Non-refundable application fee
  • Registration with CSHP Resident Matching Service

Application details:

Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP) Resident Matching Service:

Sites/Location

The majority of a residents training occurs at the University Hospital of Northern BC (UHNBC) in Prince George. UHNBC is the region’s largest hospital and is a referral centre for the region. UHNBC is a 200-bed facility and is affiliated with the UBC Faculty of Medicine and the Northern Medical Program.

In addition to pharmacy residents, UHNBC is a clinical education site for physicians, nurses and many other health science students. UHNBC is the largest acute care facility within the Northern health region and is a hub for specialized health services in the province’s Northern Interior. Additionally, Prince George is the home of the new BC Cancer Agency center which opened in 2012 and features a wide range of cancer treatments including radiation therapy.

An elective rural rotation is offered which is completed at GR Baker Memorial Hospital in Quesnel. This facility includes a 38-bed acute care ward, four ICU beds, five crisis stabilization beds and a 40-bed extended care facility. Residents will have the opportunity to work in a brand new pharmacy which was opened in the summer of 2014.

Additionally, students will co-ordinate with pharmacists in facilities in Terrace, Smithers, Prince Rupert, Vanderhoof, Quesnel, Fort St. John and Dawson Creek.

Additional Information

Past Residents

  • 2015-2016 – Ryan Doerksen, Nicholas House
  • 2014-2015 – Sara Cassidy, Cindy Yuen
  • 2013-2014 – Kendra Southwood, Katie Shovar
  • 2012-2013 – Catherine Cheung, Janise Fehr
  • 2011-2012 – Alicia Ridgewell, Jacyln Wakita
  • 2010-2011 – Celia Culley, Ryan LeBlanc
  • 2009-2010 – Jennifer Day
  • 2008-2009 – Aleisha Thornhill, Curt Fowkes
  • 2007-2008 – Erika Maher
  • 2006-2007 – Amanda Shea
  • 2005-2006 – Jennifer Gillcash
  • 2004-2005 – Jennifer Hawkes
  • 2003-2004 – Melissa Lo

Our Staff

Residency Program Coordinator: Aleisha Enemark
Phone: (250) 565-2014
Email: Aleisha.Enemark@northernhealth.ca

The Program Coordinator plans and coordinates the Residency Program. The Coordinator provides support and guidance to the residents and preceptors and ensures continuous quality improvement of the program.

Residency Program Director: Dr. Dana Cole
Phone: (250) 649-7577
Email: Dana.Cole@northernhealth.ca

The Residency Program Director is responsible for the administrative organization of the residency program and provides support to the coordinator, preceptors and residents.

Our Preceptors

  • Alicia Ridgewell, BScPharm, ACPR, Clinical Pharmacist
  • Amy Sauerwein, BScPharm, ACPR, Clinical Pharmacist
  • Barb Falkner, BScPharm, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
  • Cameron Zaremeba, ACPR, Pharmacy Manager – Northern Interior
  • Cindy Yuen BScPharm, ACPR, Clinical Pharmacist
  • Jennifer Hawkes, BScPharm, ACPR, HIVAP, HIV Outreach Pharmacist
  • Katie Shovar BScPharm, ACPR, Clinical Pharmacist
  • Kyla Bertschi, BScPharm, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
  • Lyn Johnson, BScPharm, PharmD, Renal Pharmacist
  • Rob Pammett, BSP, MSc, Research and Development Pharmacist – Primary Care
  • Yvonne Dresen, RPHT, Pharmacy Technician Supervisor

Program Contact

Program Coordinator:
Aleisha Enemark

Phone:
(250) 565-2014

Email:
Aleisha.Enemark@northernhealth.ca