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The Island Capsule
Edition 8, Volume 4
The Island Capsule is a publication of the PEI College of Pharmacy and is forwarded to every registrant of the College on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. 
 

Registration Renewal Open


The PEICP Registration Renewal Portal is now open for Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, and Managers to renew registrations.  The Registration Renewal Portal can be found on the PEI College of Pharmacy website

A registration renewal guide has been created to assist registrants in the process.

The registration renewal deadline (including payment) is March 15, 2022 at midnight. After this date late fees will apply. If renewal is not completed by March 31, 2022 at midnight, your registration will expire and reinstatement will be required. 

We highly recommend accessing your account and starting the renewal process before the deadline to ensure there are no issues in completing registration renewal.

A few tips for a successful renewal:

1.  Ensure that you have the required documentation either submitted previously to the PEICP office or have it ready to upload into the portal.  Registrants will be unable to proceed with their renewal if there are expired certifications (e.g. CPR, Insurance, CRC). 

2.  Extended Practice Certifications are also renewed at the same time as the registration renewal.  Failure to renew EPCs at the time of registration renewal will require manual renewal by the PEICP staff. 

3. Pharmacy Managers no longer require two profiles and logins.  Pharmacy managers can renew the pharmacy permit in their own registrant profile.

4.  Carefully review your personal information and employment information and make corrections as needed.  

5.  Carefully read and review each of the declarations at the end of the renewal.  If you do not understand a declaration, please contact the PEICP to discuss. 

6. Payment can be made by e-transfer to info@pepharmacists.ca, or by cheque. There is no password required.  If paying via e-transfer please note the name and invoice number in the notes when completing the e-transfer. 

If you have any issues during the renewal process, please contact the PEICP office by email info@pepharmacists.ca or by phone 902-628-3561.

 

Continuing Education Deadline Approaching


Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are reminded that the deadline for entering continuing education activities into the registrant portal is February 28th.  Registrants will not be able to complete registration renewal until 20 units of accredited continuing education have been logged. Please attempt to log in before the deadline in the event that your account is locked or password forgotten.  Contact the College office at info@pepharmacists.ca if any technical difficulties are encountered.

Please refer to the Continuing Competence page on the PEICP website for details on acceptable continuing education activities and frequently asked questions.
 

Expressions of Interest - Provisional Registrant Assessors 
 

Provisional registrants who obtain their education outside of Canada are required to complete a one week assessment of their pharmacy practice after completing structured practice experience requirements, as a prerequisite to obtaining general pharmacist registration in PEI.  Assessors are appointed by the College and evaluate the provisional registrant's practice at the assessor's workplace, using a College-provided assessment tool.  The College is seeking pharmacists interested in acting as an assessor.  If interested, please forward a current resume/CV to the Registrar (mwyand@pepharmacists.ca).
 

Pharmacy Practice from the Public Perspective
 

The PEI College of Pharmacy is governed by a Council of twelve members.  Four of the Council members are public representatives with work and volunteer experience in various sectors such as education, law, healthcare and transportation safety.  Eileen Conway-Martin is currently serving as one of the College's public representatives.  Eileen resides in Prince County and brings experience in the areas of counseling, community development, and education.  She would like to offer pharmacists and pharmacy technicians a view of pharmacy practice from the public perspective.

In the February column I would like to discuss with you the experiences of men aged 35-55 in PEI at community pharmacies.  I will share the overall impressions, strengths expressed and interesting ideas to consider.  Again, in no way is this scientific research, but rather, thoughts to consider from a group of men within PEI.
 
As with the previous focus group, I asked three questions:
1)            How would you describe your experience going into a community pharmacy?
2)            What do pharmacists do that create this experience?
3)            Are there any ideas you have that could help improve your experience?
 
When asked about the overall experience in going to a community pharmacy, all five men interviewed indicated that the experience was excellent.  These findings are very similar to all the diverse populations, in terms of age, gender, and cultural diversity, surveyed over the last year. These results are very impressive, particularly during a very challenging time, in the midst of a pandemic.
 
Pharmacists were seen to be knowledgeable and efficient. The men remarked on how friendly and accessible the staff were.  Other strengths noted were the hours of operation and the fact that the pharmacies are right in the communities. “With our very busy lives and roles during this pandemic, it is really helpful to have pharmacies nearby and able to respond to our needs quickly.” 
 
Like other groups the men talked about how busy it was around the counter and offered a few suggestions for improving privacy.  One man suggested “I wonder if a type of triage system around filling prescriptions could be designed.  Staff could design a system that worked for them and let us know about it.”.  Another person was pleased to now have a text service at his new pharmacy, whereby he was notified when the prescription was filled. “This saves me and many other people waiting at the counter all at the same time. Perhaps this could be initiated in all pharmacies.”  The final suggestion was to constantly have one person at the counter for customer service.  While other staff were very busy working behind the counter preparing prescriptions, this one person would assess the needs of the customer, move this request and the customer along.
 
In closing, I was pleased at the response I received from the men, and they did offer some practical ideas for pharmacists to consider. Thank you again for your interest in more insights from another population group regarding “Public Perspectives on the Pharmacy Experience”.
 
All the best,
Eileen Conway-Martin, Public Representative on the PEI College of Pharmacy.
 
PEICP Office Closed for Islander Day

The PEICP office will be closed on Monday February 21, 2022 for Islander Day.  Normal office hours will resume at 8:30 am on Tuesday February 22, 2022. 
 
Visiting the PEICP Office

If you need to visit the College office, please email info@pepharmacists.ca or call 902-628-3561 to make an appointment.
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