Our Lead Faculty
PharmAchieve has quickly developed a stellar reputation for delivering high-quality training for the PEBC OSCE and MCQ. Our highly qualified instructors are passionate about teaching and committed to excellence.
|Negeen Katirai, RPh, PharmD - President and Lead OSCE Instructor, is the lead OSCE instructor and President of PharmAchieve. She is a licensed pharmacist in Ontario, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts and completed her doctorate in Pharmacy at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. She practices as a pharmacist at Mount Sinai Hospital (a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto), and prior held a "Senior Pharmacist" position at Brigham & Woman's Hospital (a teaching hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School). In addition to her hospital practice, Negeen has held retail pharmacy positions in both Canada and the United States. As PharmAchieve's lead instructor, Negeen has coached thousands of students for the OSCE.|
|Mark McIntyre, RPh, ACPR PharmD - Lead MCQ Instructor, is an adjunct professor of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto. He graduated with a Doctorate of Pharmacy from Rutgers University, USA (2004) and completed an Accredited Pharmacy Residency at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto (2009). He is licensed in both Canada and the United States and practices in the Emergency Department and ICU at Mount Sinai Hospital. He has more than a decade of retail experience in Canada. He supervises undergraduates, post-graduates and residents from the Universities of Toronto, Waterloo and Colorado. In 2013 Mark received several awards from the University of Toronto including the 2013 Award for Teaching Excellence, the 2013 Pharm.D Preceptor of the Year Award and an 2013 Excellence in Interprofessional Collaboration Award.|
|Cindy Natsheh, RPh, BScPhm, ACPR, PharmD - MCQ and OSCE Instructor teaches the OSCE and MCQ. She completed a doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Colorado; an accredited Pharmacy residency from the University Health Network (UHN); and a BSc in Pharmacy from the University of Toronto. Cindy is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Pharmacy, a position she has held since 2007. Since 2008, she has served as the Education Coordinator of UHN (the largest hospital system in Canada) where she headed the pharmacy residency program and the training and mentoring of all pharmacists. Cindy has worked in a number of clinical areas at Toronto General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital since 2000 where she also serves as a preceptor to multiple interns and residents. Cindy's past work also includes serving as a PEBC OSCE assessor.|
|Shirin Abadi, RPh, BScPhm, ACPR, PharmD - OSCE and MCQ Instructor, is an MCQ and OSCE instructor at PharmAchieve. She is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist and Education Coordinator at the BC Cancer Agency in Vancouver. She is also a Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy and an Associate Member of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. Shirin was the Past President of the BC Branch of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of British Columbia, completed her Accredited Hospital Pharmacy Residency Program at Lions Gate Hospital and obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Toronto.
|Najat Abu-Halimeh, RPh, BSc, MPharm - OSCE Instructor, acquired her BSc from the University of Toronto at 2003, and completed an MPharm degree from Aston University in England in 2007. She has worked as a staff pharmacist with several chain drug stores including Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall, and Loblaw. Prior to becoming an instructor at PharmAchieve Najat served as a Senior OSCE Assessor at PharmAchieve where she has coached hundreds of students. Najat has a strong passion for teaching is frequently chosen by students in satisfaction surveys as one of their most favoured assessors.|
|Hooman Katirai, BASc, MSc, MScTP - Co-founder and CEO completed masters degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a three year traineeship at Harvard Medical School. Hooman has served as a consultant to healthcare institutions including Shoppers Drug Mart, the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA), Alberta Health Services, eHealth Ontario and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC). He has also served as the lead architect of five provincial healthcare projects with budgets ranging from $2 million to $70 million and scopes exceeding 9000 physician users and 1 million patients. Hooman was one of 5 consultants engaged by the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) to develop the digital strategy for the Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties (CPS), Minor Ailments and Therapeutic Choices. Prior to co-founding PharmAchieve, Hooman was a Manager of Consulting and Deals at PwC. |
PharmAchieve only employs licensed pharmacists to serve as assessors. All of our assessors work in positions that require them to frequently counsel patients. Many of our staff have PharmD degrees; several are instructors at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Pharmacy or the University of British Columbia. Our team collectively has certifications in geriatrics, asthma, diabetes, COPD, neonatology and anti-coagulation. Many work at leading hospitals and retail organizations. Each brings together their unique expertise and passion for teaching the next generation to improve counseling.
Our Standardized Patients
Our Standardized Patients are professional actors who also work or have worked for the standardized patient programs of local medical schools or government mandated health professional evaluation programs. We also sometimes use medical residents to pose as doctors. There are two different levels of Standardized Patients: those who can act as patients, and those who are also trained to give feedback. All of PharmAchieve's Standardized Patients are trained to give feedback. In satisfaction surveys PharmAchieve students consistently rate interaction with Standardized Patients as an highly valuable part of their learning experience.