Are you an immigrant International Pharmacy Graduate? Are you planning to practice pharmacy in Nova Scotia? Do you want to prepare for the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada licensure exams?
The International Pharmacy Graduates (IPGs) Bridging Program at ISANS will assist you with understanding and meeting the standards of practice in Canada and achieving your professional goals including licensure and employment. Your ability to communicate effectively in a pharmacy/healthcare setting determines your success.
The following programs are offered to help you achieve your goals:
Pharmacy Study Groups
Pharmacy Study Groups will prepare you for the Canadian Evaluating and Qualifying pharmacy Exams. Topics include: therapeutics, pharmacy laws and ethics, pharmacy drug distribution, pharmacy management, drug information and the pillars in the Canadian Health Care System. Study groups are offered on a weekly basis before the exams dates.
IPG Communication Skills Lab Program
During the Communication Skills Lab sessions, you will get an opportunity to role-play realistic pharmacy scenarios with trained simulated patients. A licensed Pharmacist observes, assesses and provides you with direct feedback on your pharmacy knowledge, communication and interpersonal skills. These sessions will assist you in preparing for the national OSCE exam.
The structured IPG Communication Skills Labs Program is offered twice a year in spring and fall.
What are the benefits for you?
- Improve your interpersonal and communication skills
- Understand and practice realistic interactive and non-interactive cases through the Mock OSCE sessions
- Receive structured feedback from pharmacist assessors and professional simulated patients
- Identify gaps in your pharmacy knowledge and skills
- Have access to online and onsite pharmacy resources
- Practice answering pharmacy multiple choice questions (MCQs)
- Build your network with Canadian licensed pharmacists
- Meet other IPGs going through the licensure process
The IPG Bridging Program Coordinator will help you learn about the pathway to licensure and suitability for the program.