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Can Pharm J (Ott). 2013 Jan;146(1):33-8. doi: 10.1177/1715163512472868.

Living MedsCheck: Learning how to deliver MedsCheck in community practice in Ontario.

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School of Pharmacy, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario. At the time of writing, Ms. Sanghera, Ms. Rahmaan, Ms. Roy and Mr. Tritt were fourth-year students at the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy.



To share the experiences of graduating students as they learn to deliver a new medication review service in community pharmacies in Ontario, Canada.


Four graduating pharmacy students volunteered in different community pharmacies to learn how to navigate a new provincial program called MedsCheck, which pays pharmacists to do medication reviews. Each student selected his or her own practice site, including 2 independent community pharmacies, a grocery store chain pharmacy and a hospital outpatient pharmacy.


To help the students learn to deliver the new MedsCheck services, a faculty mentor met with them on a weekly basis. To reflect on doing MedsChecks in the "real world" and to elicit feedback from the online community, each student blogged about his or her experiences.


All 4 students felt that peer mentoring improved their ability to deliver MedsCheck services. They also identified a number of barriers to delivering the MedsChecks and helped each other try to overcome the barriers.


MedsCheck is a new service in Ontario and is not easily implemented in the current pharmacy model of practice. Peer mentoring is a helpful way to share successes and overcome barriers to delivery. Can Pharm J 2013;146:33-38.

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