APRY2 Mental Health

The APRY2 Mental Health speciality is meant to prepare residents to work in Clinical Pharmacy Specialist positions (CPS) in mental health 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)

  • Adult Acute Mental Health (8 weeks)
  • Adult Tertiary Mental Health (4 weeks)
  • Substance Use/Concurrent Disorders (4 weeks)
  • Child and Adolescent or Older Adult Mental Health (4 weeks)
  • Emergency Medicine (4 weeks)
  • Internal Medicine (4 weeks)
  • Choose one of: Cardiology or Infectious Diseases or HIV (4 weeks)

Elective rotations (12 weeks) - Subject to site and preceptor availability

  • Neurology
  • Outpatient mental health clinic
  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine
  • Substance Use (Residential Rehab)
  • Hepatology
  • Ambulatory/Primary Care
  • Aboriginal Health
  • High Acuity Mental Health

Seminars/Lectures, Workshops and Coursework (Longitudinal)

  • Critical Appraisal
  • Pharmacoeconomics
  • Physical Assessment
  • Advanced Pharmacokinetics
  • Statistics for Health Research
  • Epidemiological Methods

Research project (6 weeks)

  • Project Design
  • Ethics Approval
  • Data Collection and Analysis
  • Poster or Podium Presentation
  • Manuscript

Leadership or ADministrative Project (Longitudinal)

Teaching (Longitudinal)

  • Facilitating a Year 1 Program Academic Day on a select clinical topic

Orientation (1-2 days)

Vacation (2 weeks)

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