Pharmacogenomics for Community Pharmacists (SCORM)

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PANS and CPhA are pleased to present a new course ‘Pharmacogenomics for Community Pharmacists’.  Registration opens September 7th.  Online content will be available starting September 10th, 2018.  All participants must also complete the live day component.  The live day will take place, October 19th, 2018 from 8:30-11:30 at the Holiday Inn Truro, 437 Prince St, Truro, NS B2N 1E6.  This session will run just prior to the commencement of the PANS Annual Conference (October 19th-21st).


Note:  PANS members that are also register for the PANS Conference will receive a $25 discount for this course registration. 


Pharmacogenomics is the study of how a person’s genes can affect their response to medications. Combining genetic information with clinical data is an intervention that may improve the safety and effectiveness of medication therapy.

This blended program will help pharmacists understand the principles of pharmacogenomics, evaluate where pharmacogenomics testing may be appropriate, and incorporate the results of pharmacogenomics tests to patient care. Case scenarios will be used to illustrate some of the practice changes to be considered when implementing pharmacogenomics tests into service delivery. 

Part 1:


Part 1: Pharmacogenomics Fundamentals

This online component will explore the pharmacist’s role in understanding of how genetic factors influence drug disposition, response, and adverse effects. It is fundamental that community pharmacists understand how these components feed into pharmacogenomics test results that present in practice in order to be equipped to properly evaluate them. Topics to be covered include:

  1. Important genomic concepts
  2. Obtaining pharmacogenomics data from different technologies
  3. Interpreting pharmacogenomics data
  4. Applying pharmacogenomics to your practice
  5. Considerations for pharmacogenomics testing

Part 2: Practical Aspects of Delivering Pharmacogenomics Services in Community Pharmacy

Building on the fundamental principles of pharmacogenomics, this live session will help pharmacists develop strategies for the delivery of pharmacogenomics services in their pharmacy. The session will guide participants through all the aspects of using pharmacogenetics testing to effectively guide patient care through an illustrative series of patient cases.


Blended delivery with 3 hour component delivered online 3 hour component delivered in live workshop setting.


This modular, blended program has been accredited by the Canadian Pharmacists Association, a CCCEP-approved program provider with commendation, for a total of 6.0 CEUs under file #: 8002-2018-2539-B-P (expires September 15, 2019)


Part 1:

Iris Cohn, MSc., RPh, Clinical Research Pharmacogenetic Advisor, Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology, The Hosiptal for Sick Children, Toronto, ON

Part 2:

Susan Beth Martin RPh CGP , Clinical Pharmacist , Chatham-Kent Family Health Team

Saleema Bhaidani, BSc, BScPharm, Pharm.D., RPh, Director of Pharmacy Innovation & Professional Affairs, Whole Health Pharmacy Partners

Jennifer Baker, BScPharm, Director of Pharmacy Excellence at Whole Health Pharmacy Partners