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Pharmacy at CAMH

The Pharmacy Leadership Team (PLT), consisting of the Director, Pharmaceutical Services, Manager, Pharmacy Operations and Advanced Practice Pharmacists provides strategic leadership to the pharmacy department and maintains critical internal and external linkages. The organizational structure of the department includes members of PLT, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and one administrative support staff. Drug Information/Drug Utilization Pharmacist and Medication Safety Pharmacist are specialist positions critical to the functioning of the department.

The department is located on two sites; one site is located at Queen and Ossington and the other is located at College and Spadina.  Core services incorporate the key components of pharmacy operations and direct patient care, while fulfilling the department’s academic and research mandates. The major components of service include 1) contemporary medication management, 2) direct patient care activities, 3) education and 4) research. 

  1. Medication management processes include in-patient drug distribution, out-patient drug distribution, research medication management and pharmaceutical purchasing and inventory control.
  2. Direct patient care activities are centered on the role of the pharmacists who, as part of the care team, attend rounds, conduct medication teaching groups, monitor drug therapy, provide medication counseling to patients and provide full pharmaceutical care as required and, in so doing, take responsibility for identifying and resolving drug-related problems. These activities include medication reconciliation in all in-patient care areas, as well as, involvement with metabolic health monitoring.

  3. Teaching activities include lecturing at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, and serving as a training site for pharmacy students, residents and pharmacy technician students.

  4. Research activities include pharmacy practice research, graduate student supervision and research support services.

Vision

Providing leadership in pharmaceutical care, prevention and health promotion, education and research.

 

Mission

 

  1. Providing client-centered pharmaceutical care as a strategy designed to optimize therapeutic and quality of life outcomes.
  2. Promoting safe medication practices consistent with best practices, meeting or exceeding professional standards of practice.
  3. Committing to a philosophy of life-long learning and on-going development.
  4. Providing educational training opportunities for all pharmacy related professions.
  5. Actively generating clinical and practice-based research in mental health and addictions.
  6. Serving as a source of drug information, consultation and education within CAMH and the outside community. 

 

Core Values

  • Striving for excellence
  • Open to change
  • Exemplary professional standards
  • Communicating
  • Dignity, respect and diversity
  • Confidentiality
  • Accountability
  • Collaboration
  • Client-Centered
  • Advocacy
  • Positive work environment

 

COMPLETING ROTATIONS at CAMH

CAMH provides opportunities for rotations in both Direct Patient Care (DPC) and Non-Direct Patient Care (NDPC) domains. Rotations may take place at either 1001 Queen Street West or 250 College Street.

Depending on preceptor availability, students can complete rotation(s) in the following areas:

DIRECT PATIENT CARE (DPC) ROTATIONS

Adult Inpatient

 

  • Mood and Anxiety
  • Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • General Psychiatry
  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Early Psychosis
  • Women's Inpatient
  • Forensic Psychiatry

  • Child, Youth and Family

Ambulatory

 

  • Addiction Medicine

 

Elective

  • ​Emergency Assessment Unit

 
NON-DIRECT PATIENT CARE (NDPC) ROTATIONS

 

  • Administrative Management
  • Drug/Medical Information
  • Drug Use Evaluation
  • Educaiton/Teaching
  • Medication Safety
  • Research
  • Projects

 
For additional information, please contact pharmacy.education@camh.ca 

 
 

 Contact information

 

pharmacy.education@camh.ca

Please note that this account is for trainees who are interested in completing an observership, an experiential rotation or residency at CAMH. If you are a CAMH client and need assistance with your medications, ​please contact 416-535-8501 x 32999 (Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm). If you need emergency help, please visit your local emergency department or CAMH's Psychiatric Emergency Department, call 911, contact a nurse at Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000, or a local distress centre or crisis service

PLEASE NOTE: CAMH does not provide crisis counseling over the phone.

 

 

 

 Quote

 
“Most importantly, she was a role model for me, and has definitely shaped the type of practitioner I hope to become. Her communication style with patients and other health care providers is professional but warm. When teaching or explaining concepts, both to me and her patients, she is able to assess where a person is coming from and provide the information they need in the right order to facilitate learning. She is always fully engaged in everything she does. In this case, it meant being the best preceptor she could be.

 

I am leaving this rotation feeling inspired, and credit this to my fantastic preceptor. “ – Pharmacy Student
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