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Frequently Answered Questions



Answers to some of our most frequently answered questions. For sample videos of what OSCE stations in our course are like, watch our videos.

What is the cost of the course?

The cost of the course depends on the location (Toronto vs. Vancouver). For pricing, please visit our registration page where all available dates and prices are listed. The fee can be paid with a cheque / money order, credit card, PayPal, or Interac eTransfer via our secure registration web site.

When are your courses offered?

Our courses are held every six months about a month before the PEBC OSCE exam. For exact dates, please consult our schedule.

What is your 1-student/1-station policy?

Our 1-student/1-station policy means we have as many stations as we have students so you will never have to share a station with another student. It also means that the pharmacist assessor and the standardized patient will be solely focused on you. This system which to our knowledge is unique to PharmAchieve allows you to receive unparalleled attention and personalized feedback from many highly qualified instructors.

What are the hours of your course?

PharmAchieve Toronto courses begin at 10am and typically end at 5pm. Our Vancouver courses begin at 9:30am and finish at 4:30pm.

What is PharmAchieve's teaching philosophy?

PharmAchieve is a Baha'i inspired organization founded upon the Baha'i ideals that "work is worship." Our founders deeply care about the course and their students. This philosophy of caring is reflected in our decision to become the first company in Canada to provide a one student per station policy.

We believe the key to success in the OSCE is to practice as many scenarios as possible under conditions that mirror the exam as closely as possible. Thus while we do include a substantial classroom and lecture component, we put more emphasis on practicing under conditions that mirror the OSCE.

Following each scenario students discuss with the pharmacist and standardized patient how they can improve in subsequent scenarios. By the end of the course students will have completed 2 days of lecture and groups exercises, will have received feedback on at least 84 scenarios, will have watched and received feedback on an additional 40 scenarios, will have reviewed 12 videotapes of their performance, and will have received written and verbal feedback on every case. This allows our students to develop the skills they need to pass the OSCE and to improve their counseling.

Where are your students from?

PharmAchieve's students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and include both Canadian and International Pharmacy Graduates (IPGs).

What hotel is closest to PharmAchieve?

  • Toronto: All hotels in proximity to a subway station in downtown Toronto are a short commute to PharmAchieve's Toronto location because each station represents about one minute of commute time.
  • Vancouver: There are many hotels close to our Vancouver location (details are provided following registration).

Do you offer discounted accommodations?

We used to offer discounted accommodations; but now recommend the name-your-own-price feature of priceline.com and hotwire.ca because they typically offer much better rates. When using this service you do not get to specify the hotel you wish to stay in but instead specify the region on a map where the hotel must lie, the minimum hotel star rating, and the price you are willing to pay. Using this method students are often able to secure hotel rooms at 4-star hotels in downtown Toronto (e.g. Sheraton, Hilton) for about $70 to $95 per night. Another service that often offers good rates is hotwire.ca.

How far is your class from the airport?

Our class is located in downtown Toronto. Accordingly, we recommend accounting for at least one and a half hours to get to the airport in case of heavy traffic.

Is financial support available?

PharmAchieve does not offer direct financial support; however we work with other organizations who do:

  • Access Centre - Offer loans to those newcomers to Canada living in South Western Ontario. Must have been in Canada for less than 10 years.
  • Immigrant Access Fund - Offer loans to those newcomers to Canada living in South Western Ontario. Must have been in Canada for less than 10 years.
  • Skills Connect - Offer grants to newcomers to British Columbia


 


“I am happy to inform you that I passed my OSCE. Your course as you had promised was very helpful for the preparation of OSCE. I have been recommending it to all my friends who would be appearing for it in future.”


-Urmila Shinde; passed the OSCE on her first try.


“I strongly recommend PharmAchieve. I'm a pharmacist who just graduated from University of Toronto and passed the OSCE with Pharmachieve's help. Doing their mock OSCE's really gave me a confidence boost, because even with the U of T training there isn't a lot of opportunities to do cases continuously. I'm living proof that PharmAchieve works.”


-Josh Lieblen, University of Toronto Pharmacy Graduate, OCP# 607983, passed on his first try.


“I have passed the OSCE (first trial and without starting my internship at any pharmacy), I cannot thank you enough for such an amazing course that gave me all the confidence and skills needed to passs the exam all the best and thanks million”


-Samar Hamdy, Email to PharmAchieve