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The CAPhO Communications Committee is seeking volunteers to be part of their Social Media Subcommittee! The Committee’s focus is enhancing a social media presence for CAPhO on platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.

The Committee will be exploring ways to ensure members are up to date on the profession of oncology pharmacy, and current events in Canada and internationally that impact the profession. We are hoping to get volunteers from every Province to have representation from across...Read more

by Lynne Nakashima, BSc(Pharm), PharmD, BC Cancer Provincial Pharmacy Director and FCAPhO Task Force Chair

The COVID-19 pandemic has been an unsettling event for all of us. It seemed to turn our world upside down in a minute and created a whole new reality. This has been particularly difficult for the profession of Pharmacy because we are used to order and organization. For those working in retail practice, they found themselves thrust on the front lines, with little preparation, but facing worried patients wanting advice and early refills. For those in hospitals, they...Read more

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I am incredibly grateful to have interned at the BC Cancer Provincial Pharmacy Department during my second to fourth years as a pharmacy student. The endless guidance and support that the Provincial Pharmacy team has given me helped me grow in so many ways. I was provided with constant opportunities to increase my knowledge and advance my research, organizational, and communication skills by:

Working on various projects Presenting research posters at conferences Attending educational sessions Shadowing clinical pharmacists and pharmacy residents Collaborating with other healthcare...Read more

This past summer, I had the pleasure of being part of BC Cancer’s Provincial Pharmacy student internship program. As this was my first experience in a non-dispensing pharmacy, my 15-week internship enveloped me in an exciting, yet intimidating new environment filled with many learning opportunities. I gained valuable insight and an appreciation for this field of pharmacy, while learning some life lessons along the way. Here are three of the many lessons that I have learned:

1. Learning opportunities that come with being in uncomfortable and unfamiliar situations...Read more

For the past six weeks, I have had the pleasure of interning in the BC Cancer Provincial Pharmacy department where I have gained valuable insight into the field of oncology pharmacy practice and have had many learning opportunities during my short internship. There are the three key lessons that I have learned:

The importance of interprofessional collaboration As a student you often hear about the importance of interprofessional collaboration. I truly was able to appreciate it when I had the...Read more

The BC Cancer Pharmacy Education Program is a self-directed, online continuing professional education program that was developed by BC Cancer pharmacists to incorporate the unique perspective of oncology pharmacy practice in British Columbia. The main priority of the program is to create modules for the development of core practice skills, which are suitable to learners who are new to oncology or who want to refresh their knowledge.Read more

Phase 2 of the Drug Interactions Program will test your skills! In these Cases, there are 4 ‘paths’ provided as options – you are expected to choose the path you think best manages the interaction based on your clinical reasoning.Read more

Oncology pharmacy practice is changing at a rapid pace. Each year numerous cancer fighting drugs are approved for use in Canada. Health Canada reviews the nomenclature of new drug submissions by analyzing many factors including visual perception, auditory perception, short-term memory recall and psycholinguistic analysis. Despite these efforts, errors relating to look-alike sound-alike (LASA) drugs continue to occur in practice, and some of these errors have very serious consequences. Safety Strategies for Look-alike and...Read more