Pharmacogenomics for Community Pharmacists Online Version

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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. 


Online self-directed


This modular  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


(expires January 25, 2020)

Price (for full program)

  • Members: $150
  • Non-Members: $275

Part 1: Pharmacogenomics Fundamentals (3.0 CEUs)

This section 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:

  • Important genomic concepts
  • Obtaining pharmacogenomics data from different technologies
  • Interpreting pharmacogenomics data
  • Applying pharmacogenomics to your practice
  • Considerations for pharmacogenomics testing

Part 2: Practical Aspects of Delivering Pharmacogenomics Services in Community Pharmacy (3.0 CEUs)

Building on the fundamental principles of pharmacogenomics, this section 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.


Part 1

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

Iris Cohn is a registered pharmacist in Germany, USA (Iowa, Maryland) and Canada (Ontario) and has practised as a clinical pharmacist in several hospital settings. She is currently the Clinical Research Pharmacogenetics Advisor in the Division of Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON. Her research focuses on optimizing a design for a future pharmacogenetics service which includes different technology platforms, to advance pharmacogenetics testing into the therapeutic management of daily clinical care.

Part 2


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

Susan Beth began her profession as a community pharmacist at MacTavish Pharmacy in Dresden and then was a staff pharmacist in Chatham at Queen St. Shoppers Drug Mart. Susan Beth holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. She has a special interest in geriatrics, earning the title Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (CGP) in 2001. In July 2011, she started working at the Chatham-Kent Family Health Team as a clinical pharmacist. She has completed certificate programs to enhance her clinical skills focusing on pharmacy practice within collaborative care settings (ADAPT) UofT, anticoagulation management (MOAT) UofW and smoking cessation counselling (TEACH) CAMH. Susan Beth was one of several trained pharmacists who participated in the PRIME project, providing pharmacogenomics services to patients.

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

Saleema is the Director of Pharmacy Innovation and Professional Affairs at Whole Health Pharmacy Partners in Toronto, Canada. Whole Health began offering pharmacogenomics testing services in 2017. After completing her undergraduate degree at McMaster University, Saleema followed her passion and became a pharmacist through the University of Waterloo. Most recently, she obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy designation after completing clinical rotations at the world-renowned Mount Vernon Cancer Centre in London, England. Saleema has practiced in a variety of settings which, through her current role at Whole Health, has allowed her to explore and implement unique professional offerings to independent pharmacies across Canada. She is actively pursuing and introducing new programs focused on the provision of individualized care to patients such as specialty medication, travel medicine, psychotherapy programs, and pharmacogenomics. She currently continues to practice in front-line pharmacy to apply her clinical knowledge and search for new opportunities to bring innovation to the profession of community pharmacy.

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

Jen is the Director of Pharmacy Excellence at Whole Health Pharmacy Partners. Whole Health began offering pharmacogenomics testing services in 2017.Jen graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Toronto in 2013, and spent spending the first years of her career in both hospital and community pharmacy, with specializations in travel medicine, MMT & addictions medicine, palliative care and home infusion pharmacy. She holds her Certificate in Travel Health from the International Society of Travel Medicine and operates a pharmacy-based travel clinic in Kingston, Ontario. She is a current Board Director for the Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA) representing Eastern Ontario and sits on the executive council of the Ottawa-Carleton Pharmacists Association and the Champlain LHIN Pharmacy Committee. She is passionate about advancing the profession to enable pharmacists to best serve their patients and communities in which they practice.