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PEBC OSCE observers needed

March 20, 2012

The Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) invites interested pharmacists to be assessors for the PEBC Qualifying Examination – Part II (OSCE). The national exam will be held on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at sites in both Edmonton and Calgary.

The OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) is used to evaluate candidates as a prerequisite for registration with ACP and most other Canadian regulatory colleges. The exam is designed to assess communication/ interpersonal skills, the application of knowledge to simulations of commonly encountered patient scenarios, and other aspects of professional competence that do not lend well to written examination. Assessors observe and score the performance of candidates in exam stations.

To qualify you must:

  • have been licensed in Canada for at least two years
  • currently be a member in good standing and
  • be providing or directly supervising patient care services, including dispensing, clinical and drug information services. Preceptors in the practice setting (e.g., for structured practical training, internship and clerkship programs) and occasional teaching assistants/lab facilitators in years 1 and 2 of the academic program would normally qualify as assessors.

Information about the examination, guidelines for the selection of assessors, as well as an assessor interest survey and response form can be found on the PEBC website at:

Interested pharmacists outside of Edmonton and Calgary are welcome to apply as assessors. Some travel expenses may be paid to out-of-town assessors.

Edmonton site please contact:
Judith Makarowski
O.S.C.E Coordinator- Edmonton
Standardized Patients Program
2-263 Edmonton Clinic Health Academy
University of Alberta
Tel.: 780-492-2527
Fax: 780-492-2874

Calgary site, please send your response by email (preferred) to:
Yoshiko Shimizu
6 Glenmount Crescent SW
Calgary, AB
T3E 4B3
Tel.: 403-475-0566