APRY2 Frequently Asked Questions

What is the advanced pharmacy residency year 2 program?

The Advanced Pharmacy Residency Year 2 (APRY2) program is aimed at developing future clinical pharmacy specialists by offering a combination of didactics and experiential rotations encompassing research, leadership and patient care practice. 

Is the LMPS residency program now 2 years long?

No, the applications, learning outcomes and end goals of the Year 1 program and the Year 2 programs are not the same and are not continuous in nature.

Admission to the Year 1 program does not constitute admission to the Year 2 program. These two programs are both administered by LMPS and may share sites but are separate and distinct programs.

The Year 1 program is a general residency that is meant to transform new graduates of undergraduate B.Sc (Pharm) and entry-to-practice PharmD programs to learn clinical skills, think clinically and introduce them to clinical pharmacy practice. Meanwhile, the APRY2 is targeted towards practitioners who have completed the Year 1 residency program and have additional years of clinical pharmacy experience following their Year 1 program. The goal of the Year 2 program is to prepare the resident with the right skills and expertise in order to practice as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (CPS).

Why do an advanced practice pharmacy residency?

In order to work as a clinical pharmacy specialists, certain advanced skills are required. The APRY2 will help the residents advance their skills in the areas of complex patient care (including additional exposure to the practice area of choice, physical assessment, and advanced pharmacokinetics), research design and execution, critical appraisal, and teaching. Through multiple rotations in the specialty area of choice, the resident will gain knowledge and confidence to work in that practice area, but through other general rotations and courses they will also gain the advanced skills that can be translated to a variety of other practice areas they may work in the future.

Why the APRY2 program over other programs offered by other health authorities/schools?

The APRY2 is the first advanced practice residency program in Canada. With the change in Canadian universities moving from a B.Sc. Pharm to entry-level-PharmD, the APRY2 will be the next step in training advanced pharmacy practitioners. The LMPS residency program is one of the largest in Canada, with sites expanding from Powell River to Hope and serving a highly diverse population. With the variety of rotations and course work offered at multiple sites over the 14 month APRY2 residency, the residents will have the best opportunity to truly develop their skills as advanced pharmacy practitioners.

Is the APRY 2 program accredited?

Accreditation of our program is scheduled for the Fall of 2019. CPRB will evaluate both our year 1 and year 2 programs for accreditation. Accreditation can be applied retroactively to graduates of the year 2 program, who will also receive the ACPR2 title when our program is fully accredited.  Our program is designed to meet or exceed the 2016 CPRB Year 2 standards.

Will I be guaranteed a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (CPS) position upon graduation from Year 2 program?

No, you are not "guaranteed" a CPS position upon graduation.  However, the knowledge and skills you attain in the Year 2 residency program will certainly make you a competitive applicant for available CPS positions in LMPS.   Unlike the Year 1 program where we have a job fair, graduates of the Year 2 program will be made aware of available CPS positions in LMPS and you are encouraged to apply and interview for the positions you would like to attain.

What is the admission requirements and selection process?

Application for the LMPS APRY2 program will close on March 22, 2018. You will need to fill out an application, attach your resume, a letter of intent, university transcripts and submit it with the appropriate administrative fee. You will also be required to submit 3 letters of reference.

Should you be shortlisted for an interview, you will be contacted via email by early April to select a date for your interview. Interviews take place in April.  The official first day of the program will be in August 2018. For further details, please visit our admissions criteria page.

What is the interview process? Do I need to bring anything?

Our interviews occurs in Vancouver, BC.  The interviews will be a panel style, with a duration between 45 minutes-1 hour. For further details, please visit our admissions criteria page.

I've been offered admission to this program, now what?

Congratulations! Please see our onboarding procedure to see the next steps in your journey!

Will my prior credits count towards my residency?

Prior credits are evaluated on a case by case basis depending on the nature and completion of the previous programs. Please note that Year 1 rotations will not count as credit towards your APRY2 residency.

Is there a stipend for the Year 2 Program?

Yes, a stipend and benefits package will be providedIt will be approximately $30,000 and will be contingent on a return of service contract. 

Is there a service agreement?

Yes, we do intend to have a service agreement similar to the Year 1 program that you have the option to sign. If you sign the service agreement, you will be offered a competitive of repayable salary and have the tuition fee waived.  In return for signing the service agreement, you are asked to provide a year of service (either as a Clinical Pharmacist or Clinical Pharmacy Specialist) following your Year 2 residency.

Do I need to complete an APRY2 if I already have experience in the field of specialty?

The benefit of the APRY2 program is to advance the skills of the practitioner. There is no requirement to complete the program at all but it is meant as a training tool to allow clinicians to hone their skills in order to become a clinical pharmacy specialist. It is actually beneficial to have some experience in the field of specialty as you will already have some background knowledge of the conditions and therapeutics necessary to be successful in the program.

Is the APRY2 program suitable for someone who wants to be a generalist?

The emphasis of the APRY2 program is to provide clinician with advanced skills. This means that even if you want to become a generalist, the APRY2 program can help train and advance your skills. The skills you learn in patient care, research, and leadership can transfer and apply to any area of practice, not just the specialty you studied in.

How is the APRY2 Program structured?

The APRY2 program is a mix of structured didactic learning, practical hands-on experience, research and teaching. The main focus of this program is the hands-on rotation under the tutelage of different specialists, which will take over 32 weeks of the rotation. For further information, please see our Critical Care and Mental Health specialty pages

What is the management structure of the APRY2 Program?

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What are the roles of lead versus primary preceptors?

The Lead Preceptor and Primary Rotation Preceptors are integral in guiding the residents in their journey to advance their clinical skill sets. The roles and responsibilities for the two positions are found here:

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Who can I contact if I have more questions about the APRY2 program?

You can contact Adil Virani, adil.virani@fraserhealth.ca, for additional information regarding the program.

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