March is Pharmacy Awareness Month and the School of Pharmacy is encouraging others to think about the many roles pharmacists play, including the role of innovative educator.
In February, professor and pharmacist Kelly Grindrod launched Pharmacy5in5, an online platform to help pharmacy professionals test their knowledge and deepen understanding of clinical topics. Today, over 1,300 pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and students from across Ontario have signed up.
“Many pharmacists see hundreds of patients a day - it can be difficult to find time to complete continuing education modules or to attend conferences,” said Grindrod. “We designed Pharmacy5in5 with those busy pharmacists and technicians in mind.”
“It’s an online platform where users can learn five facts about a complex health topic in five minutes or less,” she explained. “We developed 5in5 by leveraging our expertise as health care providers and combining that with technology and gamification techniques. The goal is accurate, accessible, efficient continuing education for pharmacy professionals across the province. We generate resources on pharmacist scope, areas of confusion, and timely topics like opioid use.”
The Think Pharmacists series is issued by the School of Pharmacy for #PAM2018.