APRY2 Mental Health

The APRY2 Mental Health speciality is meant to prepare residents to work in Clinical Pharmacy Specialist positions (CPS) in mental health, psychiatry and substance use. Rotations will prepare residents to respond to a wide variety of emergent and non-emergent issues related to comprehensive patient care in a mental health setting. Outcomes for residents include:

  1. Provide evidence-based direct patient care as a member of interprofessional teams
  2. Manage and improve the medication-use process and systems
  3. Exercise leadership 
  4. Provide medication- and practice-related education
  5. Demonstrate research skills

A sample schedule of rotations in the program includes:

Core rotations (32 weeks)

  • Mental Health and Psychiatric Treatments (10 weeks)
  • Substance Use (8 weeks)
  • Emergency Medicine (6 weeks)
  • Internal Medicine (4 weeks)
  • Mental Health Ambulatory (4 weeks)

Elective rotations (8 weeks) - Pick 2-3

  • Women's Mental Health (4 weeks)
  • Treatment for Street-Involved Youth (4 weeks)
  • Mental Health and Addictions Medicine Service (4 weeks)
  • Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry (4 weeks)
  • Leadership (2 weeks)
  • Adult Intensive Care Unit (2 weeks)

Coursework (3 weeks, Longitudinal)

  • Critical Appraisal
  • Research Methodology
  • Statistic and Modelling
  • Academic Writing and Presentation

Research project (6 weeks, Longitudinal)

  • Project Design
  • Ethics Approval
  • Data Collection and Analysis
  • Manuscript and Presentation

Vacation (2 weeks)

Orientation (1 week)

Teaching (Longitudinal)

Please note that rotations are still being finalised and subject to change contingent on preceptor and site availability.