|PHAR 535 seminar
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Pharmacy 535 is a 3-part course series comprised of the PharmD Seminar (PHAR 535A) for first and second year students, Academic Half Day (PHAR 535B) for second year students and the Oral Comprehensive Exams (PHAR 535C) for second year students.
The Pharm D seminar (PHAR 535A) is a course designed to provide students with opportunities to develop and present 20 minute seminars focused on current therapeutic and research material that address issues pertinent to clinical pharmacy practice. The question period that follows each seminar provides an opportunity for students to interact with the audience of faculty and peers.
The seminar schedule (dates and speakers) for the 2017/18 academic year can be found below.
Links to handouts for the seminars will be posted here once they are available.
- Laura Beresford: Abscessing the Evidence: Antibiotics for the treatment of small, skin abscesses Handout
- Renee Dagenais: Calcineurin inhibitor “holidays” in solid organ transplant: Can anti-CD25 monoclonal antibodies give the kidneys a break without a one-way ticket to graft rejection? Handout
- Leanne Leung: Systemic thrombolysis for acute management of submassive pulmonary embolisms: A clear PEITHO nowhere…? Handout
- Lucas Thorne-Humphrey: Risky Business or Business as Usual - Opioids In Chronic Pain and the Risk of Opioid Use DisorderHandout
- Jenny Hong: De-beta-ing if the broken heart needs forever blockers Handout
- Stacey Tkachuk: Should we “flow forward” with DOACs for Valvular A.Fib. or are we just “regurgitating” old data?Handout
- Laura Beresford: Continuous Glucose Monitoring in Pregnant Women: Should we continuously monitor our sugar mamas? Handout
- Renee Dagenais: The NVS: Should this old tool be a new, vital ingredient in patient care?Handout
- Jenny Hong: Sniffing it out: Assessment of smell for the detection of C. difficileHandout
- Leanne Leung: When getting all nose-y is a good thing. Can we de-prescribe with MRSA nares screen in patients with pneumoniaHandout
- Stacey Tkachuk: The UBT: a good measure of H.pylori eradicaKon in children or does it just leave a bad taste?Handout
Seminar will be held from 12:15-1:15 - please show up on time.
- Attendance at seminar is mandatory for 2nd year students (only exception is for those 2nd year students who are on rotation sites outside of the Lower Mainland).
- Presentations WILL be cut off if they exceed 20 min.
- As a participant, please be attentive to the speaker, ask questions and engage in the discussion.
Number of Seminars
During the 2 years of the Program, each student must successfully present 4 seminars (one per term), one from each of the following categories, in any order:
- Critical comparison of a new drug (last 2 years or so) compared to standard therapy
- Critical evaluation of an old drug - can be for a new or old condition
- A controversial area around a disease state/drug class/policy etc
- Issue relevant to monitoring of drug therapy
Oral presentation, typically with the following format
- a clinical question in the form of a PICO question followed by
- a review and critique of the best available evidence and then
- conclusions/recommendations based on the evidence
Students are also encouraged to try different approaches both in terms of organization of content as well as in the use of delivery tools / methods to make the session educationally effective and to present in a way that best engages the audience.
As this is a "formal" presentation please dress appropriately when you are presenting (basically no jeans)
Students are expected to present topics in a way that will be of interest and relevance to a general pharmacy practice audience. In addition, students are encouraged to choose a topic that has NOT been done in the last 2-3 years. A list of previous seminars can be found here
Previous Seminar Titles 1996-present
- Seminar topics MUST be pre-approved by the seminar coordinator James McCormack, AT LEAST ONE MONTH prior to the seminar.
- Students are expected to seek necessary mentoring and guidance in preparation for each of their seminars. This may include their Faculty Advisor, the PHAR 535A Course Coordinator, and / or other individuals with clinical expertise in the seminar topic area.
- Students are expected to provide a title for their seminar to James McCormack 2 weeks ahead of the seminar date. Students are expected to create effective, interesting titles for their seminars.
- Presentation files - just bring your own device to connect to the screens. You can use PowerPoint, Keynote or Prezi.
- Handouts - PDFs - one slide per page - must be uploaded to the designated "Pharm D seminar handouts" Dropbox folder no later than the Wednesday evening prior to seminar. If you have not received an invite to either of these folders please contact James McCormack
An on-line evaluation system called e-Value is used to provide students with feedback. All faculty who attend and all students fill out an online evaluation. It is the responsibility of the student to review the feedback with Dr. James McCormack and, if so desired, with his/her Faculty Advisor.
- Quality of Content" - Specific strengths or specific points requiring improvement
- Clinical Question
- Search Strategy
- Study Design
- Delivery of Content - Specific strengths or specific points requiring improvement
- Response to questions
- Evaluations of seminars are completed using e-Value.
- Students: Prior to the start of the first seminar on any given seminar day, students must sign onto E-Value and click on "Evaluations - "To be Completed" The link where evaluations for students can be seen at anytime is here
- Faculty and Guests: Click on 
- Login: seminar
- Password: guest1
- Select “Evaluations” (blue box)
- Select “on the fly”
- Select the following:
- Select an evaluation type”: Seminar Participation
- “Who would you like to evaluate”: choose student name
- “Course/Rotation”: Pharm 535A - Seminar
- "Site”: (as assigned)
- Time Frame”: today’s date
Should a seminar be deemed to be less than satisfactory by either the Faculty Advisor or the Course Coordinator, the student will be asked to present an additional seminar either at a later seminar date, or if no seminar time is available students will present in front of a contigent of Faculty.