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Pharmacists needed for mock OSCE

March 10, 2009

Dear Pharmacists:

My name is Jen Chen and I am the 4thyear pharmacy class rep at the University of Alberta.

I am currently recruiting pharmacist volunteers for the 4th year Mock OSCE that will take place on Wednesday, April 1st from 3-5 p.m.

The 4th year Mock OSCE is an invaluable opportunity for 4th year pharmacy students to practice their counseling skills and experience what the upcoming OSCE may be like.

In the Mock OSCE, students will travel through five stations, three of which will have a pharmacist and a patient (played by students from 2nd or 3rd year). The 4th year student is given 15 minutes per station, of which 7 minutes are used to solve the case and the remaining time is used to receive feedback and evaluation from the pharmacist.

The Mock OSCE is a great way to learn and the immediate pharmacist feedback is invaluable to the students. Therefore, pharmacists play an integral part in making this event a success!

As the Mock OSCE is no longer Faculty-run, I am looking for interested pharmacists to volunteer their time. Your help in this event will be greatly appreciated!

If you can volunteer for the full event, that would be most appreciated. However, if you can volunteer for only a part of the event, please contact me and I will do my best to accommodate your schedule.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. Please contact me if you are interested or if any questions ( ).

Please note that the following restrictions will be applied in accordance with the PEBC Mock OSCE Guidelines:

Anyone who can answer YES to (OR who is UNSURE how to answer) any of the following questions must not participate in any way – in practice OSCEs/simulations or in other programs, activities or publications designed to help potential candidates prepare for PEBC examination – without written permission from PEBC.

  1. Have you ever, in the past three years, seen confidential PEBC examination materials, such as multiple choice questions, standardized patient scripts, OSCE checklists, assessor training information?
  2. Have you ever, in the past three years, been a PEBC standardized Patient Trainer, Standardized Patient or a Standardized Health Professional (HP)?
  3. Have you ever, in the past three years, been a PEBC Assessor?
  4. Have you ever, in the past five years, attended a PEBC workshop or working session where examination questions, OSCE stations, videos or scoring sheets were reviewed?

Disclosure Statement:

__ I have not been a candidate in the PEBC Qualifying Examination – Part I or Part II.

__ I have been a candidate in the PEBC Qualifying Examination – Part I of Part II in (year) ____.

Thank you for your consideration!

Yours truly,

Jen Chen

4th year Pharmacy Class Rep – Winter
Alberta Pharmacy Students’ Association (APSA)
Room 4086 Dentistry-Pharmacy Centre
Faculty of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of Alberta Edmonton AB T6G 2N8

Originally published in the March 10, 2009, issue of The Link