Pharm Dseminar
PHAR 535 seminar
Instructor: James McCormack
Office: PHRM 4623
Office Hours:
Class Schedule:
Classroom: PHRM 3101
Important Course Pages
Lecture Notes
Course Discussion


Course Description

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.

  1. Laura Beresford: Abscessing the Evidence: Antibiotics for the treatment of small, skin abscesses [1]Handout
  2. 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? [2]Handout
  1. Leanne Leung: Systemic thrombolysis for acute management of submassive pulmonary embolisms: A clear PEITHO nowhere…? [3]Handout
  2. Lucas Thorne-Humphrey: Risky Business or Business as Usual - Opioids In Chronic Pain and the Risk of Opioid Use Disorder[4]Handout
  1. Jenny Hong: De-beta-ing if the broken heart needs forever blockers [5]Handout
  2. Stacey Tkachuk: Should we “flow forward” with DOACs for Valvular A.Fib. or are we just “regurgitating” old data?[6]Handout
  1. Laura Beresford: Continuous Glucose Monitoring in Pregnant Women: Should we continuously monitor our sugar mamas? [7]Handout
  2. Renee Dagenais: The NVS: Should this old tool be a new, vital ingredient in patient care?[8]Handout
  1. Jenny Hong: Sniffing it out: Assessment of smell for the detection of C. difficile[9]Handout
  2. Leanne Leung: When getting all nose-y is a good thing. Can we de-prescribe with MRSA nares screen in patients with pneumonia[10]Handout
  1. Stacey Tkachuk: The UBT: a good measure of H.pylori eradicaKon in children or does it just leave a bad taste?[11]Handout


Seminar will be held from 12:15-1:15 - please show up on time.

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:

  1. Critical comparison of a new drug (last 2 years or so) compared to standard therapy
  2. Critical evaluation of an old drug - can be for a new or old condition
  3. A controversial area around a disease state/drug class/policy etc
  4. Issue relevant to monitoring of drug therapy


Oral presentation, typically with the following format

  1. a clinical question in the form of a PICO question followed by
  2. a review and critique of the best available evidence and then
  3. 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 Development

Student Assessment

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

Online Evaluations

  1. Evaluations of seminars are completed using e-Value.
  2. 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
  3. Faculty and Guests: Click on [12]
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

Successful Completion

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.