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Interns

International pharmacy graduates and students/graduates of the University of Manitoba complete internships to support experiential learning and the registration and licensing process.

University of Manitoba, College of Pharmacy Introductory and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience

The Experiential Education curriculum for the PharmD program at the College of Pharmacy consists of two 4-week Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) in community and hospital pharmacy practice settings. These IPPE rotations occur in the second year of the program.

Please see the Pharmacy Student and Intern Rotations Resource for additional information.

 

For Fourth Year Student Interns

If you are a student entering your final year of study at the University of Manitoba College of Pharmacy, you must complete an Intern Application for the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba.

A successful application will allow you to participate in a required 600-hour internship split into a pre-graduation phase (240 hours) and post-graduation phase (360 hours). You must serve a minimum of 400 of the total 600 internship practice hours in a pharmacy that has direct contact with patients. If your practice site cannot fulfill this requirement, they must contact the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba to make alternative arrangements. For details, review the Intern Application for the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba.

If you are a graduate from a Canadian Province other than Manitoba and want to complete your internship in Manitoba, please contact the College office.

Pre-Graduation Internship

The pre-graduation phase of the student internship consists of 240 hours of pharmacy practice under the supervision of a pharmacist preceptor. The pre-graduation phase of internship begins in your final Structured Practical Experiential Program (SPEP) rotation, which the University of Manitoba College of Pharmacy arranges and oversees. As a pre-graduation intern you must conduct yourself according to the standards of practice, Code of Ethics, legislated scope of practice for interns, and all other applicable legislation that governs the practice of pharmacy in Manitoba.

Post-Graduation Internship

Young pharmacy student on internship, standing at the counter in a pharmacy
The post-graduation internship consists of 360 hours of pharmacy practice supervised by a College of Pharmacists of Manitoba Council approved pharmacist preceptor. In your fourth year of study as a pharmacy student, the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba will send you a notice outlining the details of initiating and completing your post-graduate internship. The post-graduate internship phase marks your transition from intern-status to pharmacist. During this phase of internship, you must do the following:

  • Find a preceptor;
  • Fulfill the learning and evaluation objectives outlined in the Internship Manual
  • Complete your post-graduation internship in a minimum of nine weeks and a maximum of 15 weeks.

For more information on the post-graduation internship, including how to find a preceptor and intern scope of practice, please see the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba Internship Manual and the FAQ below.

International Pharmacy Graduates (IPGs)

Graduates of post-secondary pharmacy programs from outside Canada must serve a 600-hour internship to be completed in a period of 15 to 21 weeks. For more information about IPG internships, please visit the registration information page (Step 4 of the registration process) and the FAQ below.

Interns and Preceptors FAQ

Please see the FAQ below for additional information for interns and preceptors.

How do I apply for an internship?

Internship candidates must successfully complete the requirements outlined by the provincial Pharmaceutical Regulation and submit all required documents, including an application form, to the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba. Internship candidates cannot begin their internship program without authorization from the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba Students entering their final year of study at the University of Manitoba College of Pharmacy must complete an Intern Application for the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba and submit it to the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba. International graduates of a post-secondary pharmacy program must complete all of the steps outlined on the Pharmacists from outside of Canada page. Graduates of a post-secondary pharmacy program in a province other than Manitoba who want to complete their internship in Manitoba must contact the College office.

How long does an internship take?

Graduates of post-secondary pharmacy programs from outside Manitoba or Canada must serve a 600-hour internship to be completed in a period of 15 to 21 weeks. For students of the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy at the University of Manitoba, 240 hours of the internship period can be served prior to graduation (pre-graduation internship) as part of the University’s 4th year Structured Practical Experiential Program (SPEP). The remaining 360 hours must be completed after students finish their 4th year SPEP rotations. Post-graduate internships must be completed in a period of 9 to 15 weeks.

Can an intern work more that 40 hours per week to finish their internship quicker?

An intern cannot work more than 40 hours per week as part of their internship program.

Are internships paid?

Whether an intern works for wages or not is based solely on the discretion of the pharmacy owner or manager. The College does not oversee pharmacy team wages.

Can an intern's family member act as a preceptor?

Family members are not permitted to serve as preceptors for their relations, including parents, children, husbands, wives, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, grandchildren, sisters, brothers, and in-laws.

How does an intern find a preceptor?

Preceptors are licensed pharmacists who have been practicing in Manitoba for one year or more, are compliant with all aspects of The Pharmaceutical Act, and have been approved by the College to act as preceptors. Interns are responsible to find their own preceptors. The College website provides a searchable listing of licensed pharmacists in the province of Manitoba. Interns can use this list to contact pharmacies to ask if there is a pharmacist on staff who is willing to act as their preceptor. A minimum of 400 of the total 600 internship practice hours must be served in a pharmacy that has direct contact with patients. If a practice site cannot meet this requirement, interns must contact the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba so additional arrangements can be made. Once a pharmacist has agreed to act as a preceptor, the intern can log into his/her online profile with the College and follow the “Name Your Preceptor” link that will open a simple form. Once this short form has been filled out, an email notifying the College of the intern’s request will automatically be generated. The College will then notify the potential preceptor and provide him/her with instructions to apply to become a preceptor. Please note that licensed pharmacists are not obligated to supervise internships and the preceptor role is entirely voluntary. If the pharmacist does not meet the requirements to become a preceptor, the intern will be responsible for finding another eligible pharmacist to act as his/her preceptor.

Can an intern change their preceptor after they start their internship?

Any changes in preceptor pharmacist and/or pharmacy will require the advance approval of the Registrar. Interns cannot switch preceptors and/or pharmacies during the their internship without approval from the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba.

How are internships evaluated?

The preceptor will evaluate the intern three times throughout the internship using the assessment forms outlined in the College of pharmacists of Manitoba Internship Manual. For a University of Manitoba graduate, a post-graduate internship is evaluated every 120 hours. For international graduates of pharmacy, internships are evaluated every 200 hours. Following each evaluation, the completed assessment forms shall be signed by both the preceptor and the intern and submitted to the College within seven days of the completion of the portion of the internship. Success will be based on the preceptor’s assessment of the intern’s performance. Interns and preceptors are also required to assess the internship program using the forms contained in the Internship Manual and submit them to the College within seven days of completion of the internship.

Can interns perform all the duties of a pharmacist during their internship?

A post-graduate pharmacy intern can engage in any pharmacy practice under the supervision of a pharmacist excluding practices that require additional training or College of Pharmacists of Manitoba certification. For instance, pharmacy practices such as administering injections or prescribing Schedule III Drugs require College of Pharmacists of Manitoba certification. An intern can only perform these tasks under a certified pharmacist if they have received the appropriate training during their undergraduate program at the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy at the University of Manitoba. A post-graduate intern can also perform a final medication check (as outlined by the Pharmaceutical Regulations to The Act, sections 70 (1j) and 70 (1k) only after successfully completing the demonstration of product release proficiency (DPRP) activity; however, this is allowed at the discretion of the preceptor who will remain accountable for the final medication check.

Are preceptors required to recommend interns to be licensed once their internship is finished?

No, if a preceptor has doubts about the competency of the intern, the preceptor should not recommend the intern to be licensed to practice pharmacy in Manitoba. The Statement of Completion of Internship contained in the Internship Manual offers the following options: A declaration that the intern has successfully completed the internship requirements and is fit to practice as a pharmacist whereby the preceptor recommends the intern to be licensed to practice pharmacy in the province of Manitoba A declaration that the intern has not successfully completed the internship requirements and is not fit to practice as a pharmacist and a recommendation that the intern should not be licensed to practice pharmacy in Manitoba A request that the intern be evaluated by another preceptor selected by the Registrar for a period of at least 40 hours

What happens if a preceptor does not recommend an intern to be licensed?

If the intern is not recommended for registration and licensure by the preceptor, the intern will not be eligible for registration as a pharmacist under The Pharmaceutical Act. The opinion of a second preceptor, assigned by the College, can be obtained. If after a second preceptor has deemed the applicant unsuccessful, the intern may appeal this decision to Council within 30 days, as per The Pharmaceutical Act, Appeals Section 21(1). This can be done by filing a notice of appeal in writing with the Registrar by confirmed delivery (registered) mail.