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TOP FAQs ABOUT OUR MCQ COURSE:


How do I register?

You can register for all our classes and offerings by clicking here.

Who teaches your MCQ course?

PharmAchieve's MCQ course is taught by Dr. Mark McIntyre, PharmD ACPR, an award winning emergency medicine pharmacist and University of Toronto faculty member who in 2013 won 3 awards from the University of Toronto including the Faculty of Pharmacy's Teaching Excellence Award and the PharmD Preceptor of the Year Award.

About half the lectures are taught by Dr. Lisa Burry, PharmD, an internationally recognized ICU pharmacist who is also a reviewer for 9 medical journals including the Cochrane Review. Her academic papers are cited in more than 450 publications and she is the three-time winner of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacist's "best peer reviewed paper of the year award." You can read more of our instructor bios here.

When are these offerings available?

The self-study Question Bank is completed at your own pace and can begin anytime. The Instructor-led Course begins anytime; however the 20 live lectures are held Saturdays and Wednesdays over 10 weeks. The Saturday lectures are from 6am (Vancouver), 7am (Alberta) and 9am (Toronto) and run for 4 hours. The Wednesday lectures are held online from 2pm to 4pm. The start date of our upcoming courses are listed on our registration page.

I don't live in Toronto, can I still take the MCQ course?

Yes, the program was designed to allow anyone to participate where there is a high-speed internet connection. One of the ways PharmAchieve is distinguished is that in addition to having full time Pharmacists, we have 3 full time computer scientists whom enables us to invest heavily in technology to make sure we provide an an excellent online experience. In fact, we have documented that our online students ask and receive answers to more questions than our students in the physical classroom.

I may not be able to attend all live lectures. Should I still take the instructor led course?

Yes, each live lecture is recorded and posted within 2 days of the live lecture. You can watch that lecture an unlimited number of times; if you have a question you can get it answered by our faculty by posting on the Q&A Forum.

Can I switch between the online and offline version of the Instructor-led stream?

We have structured our course so that we do not distinguish between our online and offline students. Students have the option of attending each lecture online or offline; however these offerings are taxed differently and you will be asked to pay the difference in taxes.

If I enroll in the physical classes do I still get access to the therapeutic summaries and question bank?

Yes. Students in our instructor-led class are provided instant access to the therapeutic summaries and question bank after enrolling in the course. This is a strong incentive to enroll as early as possible.

Where are the classes held?

You can attend the instructor-led classes in a physical classroom in the Yonge/Finch area of Toronto or online from any location with high-speed internet access. Both of these options are the same price and provide a similar experience.

What is the expected time commitment in the instructor led course?

Students in our instructor-led class are expected to spend about 35 hours per week as follows:

  • Readings: 17 hours
  • Assignments: 4 hours
  • Lecture: 6 hours
  • Question Bank: 5 hours
  • Remediating your weaknesses discovered by the question bank: 3 hours

Do I have access to the online recordings of lectures if I attend the physical classroom?

Yes. All students enrolled in the instructor-led Course have access to all lecture recordings. This allows students to make up for lectures they missed and to review important topics.

What is the format of the Instructor-led Course?

Each week the course covers 5 to 7 topics. Each topic includes readings, a series of assignments, and questions in our online Question Bank; which is currently the largest and most comprehensive in the industry. Twenty lectures are held over an 10 week period based on a combination of lectures and case-based learning on topics such as patient care, drug distribution and ethics. We focus on the most highly weighted portions of the exam where mistakes are often made, while still covering all 7 competencies. In between classroom sessions students are expected to complete a number of readings, assignments and sample exams. Weekly assignments will also often include completing a number of online videos and e-learning sessions. Students also have the option of getting their questions answered anytime by posting questions to the Q&A Forum where their questions are answered by PharmD/PhD faculty. Students tell us that our lectures help them summarize and understand the vast amount of materials covered, and that it helps them to develop the logic and reasoning skills needed to solve patient cases in a wide variety of topics.

What if I experience a connection problem when trying to connect online?

We record all lectures and post them online for our students, allowing you to review any portion of a lecture you may have missed. It also allows you review past lectures.

How satisfied are your students?

In a satisfaction survey where the following questions were asked on a 5 point scale ranging from very unsatisfied (0/5) to very satisfied (5/5), 94% of students gave us a perfect 5/5 in response to ALL THREE of the following questions:

  1. How satisfied are you with the course?
  2. Would you recommend the course to a friend?
  3. If you could go back to your decision to choose PharmAchieve's MCQ Preparation course, would you still pick us?

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