Distance Education & Continuing Professional Development

 The Distance Education and Continuing Professional Development unit at the School of Pharmacy offers continuing professional development (CPD) programs for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, affiliated health care professionals and members of the general public. Programs are designed to improve patient outcomes by increasing therapeutic knowledge for practitioners. 

Our programs aim to facilitate practice change and increase interprofessional collaboration, and are built around three themes:

  1. Leadership
  2. Health literacy
  3. Deprescribing

Featured Course - Antimicrobial Stewardship in Primary Care Continuing Education Program

Antimicrobial Stewardship in Primary Care. Images of bacteria.

This series of multimedia modules, directed at community-based practitioners, provides current information about the consequences of use of antimicrobial agents, general principles for antimicrobial stewardship in primary care, as well as strategies to optimize antimicrobial use in a variety of common clinical scenarios.

It's accredited for physicians and pharmacists for up to 5 Mainpro+ credits/CEUs. For more information and to register, please visit the AMS course page.

Current program offerings include:

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Essential Cannabis Knowledge for Pharmacists Certificate Program

This online, self-paced continuing education certificate program was developed by the Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA) and the University of Waterloo's School of Pharmacy to help practicing pharmacists meet the Ontario College of Pharmacists' (OCP) new requirements for mandatory cannabis education. See the cannabis course page to learn more and register.

 

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UPDATED for 2019: Enhancing Eye Care through Interprofessional Collaboration

This continuing education program was developed by our team of experts from the University of Waterloo's School of Pharmacy, School of Optometry and Vision Science, and Centre for Ocular Research and Education. It brings you the latest in clinical and therapeutic eye care information while highlighting the importance of interprofessional collaboration between pharmacists and optometrists. This course is available at a special introductory price of $40.00 and is accredited for 3.5 continuing education units/hours. Discounts are available to alumni. See the eye care course page to learn more and register.

 

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Management of Oral Anticoagulation Therapy (MOAT)

A course offered in partnership with Waterloo Centre for Extended Learning and The Centre for Family Medicine. Two options now available - fully online or blended (online course work with three in-person clinic dates in Kitchener, ON). Please see the MOAT course registration page for further details (registration closes one week after the course begins).

 
 
 

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UPDATED for 2019: Pharmacogenomics for Healthcare Providers: The Basics

Pharmacogenomics is the study of how genes affect an individual’s response to drugs. This course reviews therapeutic areas where pharmacogenomics can influence healthcare provider decisions. It is CCCEP-accredited and provides 8.5 continuing education units of content. Learn more about the course on the PGx course page.

 

Programs in development:

We have more offerings in the works. Watch for announcements here and on Twitter: @UWPharmacy

Do you have a great idea for a CPD course? Please complete our short Needs Assessment Survey to let us know!

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Video Resources

Explore recorded CPD sessions from Waterloo Pharmacy events.

From 'Eh' to Zika: Protecting Canadian Travellers from the Zika Virus - Sherilyn Houle

Community Pharmacists as Independent Consultants: How to Make it Happen - Bryan Gray

Deprescribing in Your Practice - Wade Thompson

Hot Topics in Travel Health - Sherilyn Houle

Shot in the Arm: Did we hit our influenza immunization targets? - Nancy Waite

Opioids, Fentanyls, Overdose, and Naloxone - Michael Beazely

Recent Clinical Trials: Practice Changes, or Works in Progress? - Jeff Nagge

 

Last Updated: Aug 22, 2019