Academic Staff
Dr. Lalitha Raman-Wilms, BSc(Phm), ACPR, PharmD, FCSHP

Dr. Raman-Wilms’ research relates to the Optimization of Medication Use in the Elderly, specifically related to deprescribing of medications, pain management and pharmacist services. She is a team member of the Deprescribing group that developed and evaluated Deprescribing Guidelines and algorithms for clinical care:  https://deprescribing.org/resources/deprescribing-guidelines-algorithms/.  This research team recently organized an international symposium on deprescribing guideline development, implementation, research and education: https://deprescribing.org/resources/symposium-resources/.  Current research is focussed on using community engagement to move deprescribing forward.  This project is supported by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care – Health Services Research Fund.  Dr. Raman-Wilms’ educational scholarly interests include Interprofessional Education and Curriculum Development. 

Dr. Raman-Wilms is a graduate of the University of Toronto, where she received her Baccalaureate of Science in Pharmacy and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Prior to her current role as Dean of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Manitoba, she served as Associate Dean for Education at the University of Toronto; her previous leadership roles include Associate Dean, Professional Programs; PharmD Program Director; and Director of the Division of Pharmacy Practice.  Dr. Raman-Wilms has served as the President of the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada (AFPC), and serves on the board of various pharmacy organizations.

Select Publications

Farrell B, Thompson W, Black C, Archibald D, Raman-Wilms L, Grassau P, Patel T, Weaver L, Eid K, Winslade N. Health care providers’ roles and responsibilities in management of polypharmacy: Results of a modified Delphi. Canadian Pharmacists Journal, October 2018 DOI: 10.1177/1715163518804276

Barbara Farrell, James Conklin, Lisa Dolovich, Hannah Irving, Malcolm Maclure, Lisa McCarthy, Frank Moriarty, Kevin Pottie, Lalitha Raman-Wilms, Emily Reeve, Wade Thompson. Deprescribing guidelines: An international symposium on development, implementation, research and health professional education Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, available on online August 27, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sapharm.2018.08.010 

Lalitha Raman-Wilms, Barbara Farrell, Cheryl Sadowski, Zubin Austin. Deprescribing: An educational imperative. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, available on online August 27, 2018 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sapharm.2018.08.011 

Mhd. Wasem Alsabbagh, Lisa Wenger, Lalitha Raman-Wilms, Eric Schneider, Dana Church, Nancy Waite.  Pharmacists as immunizers, their pharmacies and immunization services: A survey of Ontario community pharmacists. Canadian Pharmacists Journal; June 4, 2018.

Mhd Wasem Alsabbagh, Dana Church, Lisa Wenger, John Papastergiou, Lalitha Raman-Wilms, Eric Schneider, Nancy Waite. Pharmacy patron perspectives of community pharmacist administered influenza vaccinations, Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, available on online April 24, 2018. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1551741117309749

Lise Bjerre, Barbara Farrell, Lyla Graham, Genevieve Lemay, Lisa McCarthy, Lalitha Raman-
Wilms,
Carlos Rojas-Fernandez, Samir Sinha, Vivian Welch, Andrew Wiens.  Deprescribing antipsychotics for behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia BPSD and insomnia:  an evidence-based clinical practice guideline.  Canadian Family Physician, 64 (1) 17-27; 2018. http://www.cfp.ca/content/64/1/17?etoc

Judy Watt-Watson, RN MSc PhD, Leila Lax BA BScAAM Med Phd, Robyn Davies BHScPT, MAppSc, Sylvia Langlois MScOT, Jon Oskarsson RN MN, Lalitha Raman-Wilms BScPhm, PharmD.  The Pain Interprofessional Curriculum Design Model.  Pain Medicine; March 3, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1093/pm/pnw337

Farrell B, Richardson L*, Raman-Wilms L, de Launay D, Alsabbagh MW, Conklin J.  Self-efficacy  for deprescribing: a survey for health care professionals using evidence-based deprescribing guidelines *student Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy; January 28, 2017.
DOI: 10.1016/j.sapharm.2017.01.003

David N. Dubins, Gregory M.K.Poon, Lalitha Raman-Wilms.  When Passing Fails:  Controlling for False Positives in Multiple Choice Assessments – Designing Better Multiple Choice Assessments Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, June 2016.

Tejal Patel, Feng Chang, Heba Tallah Mohammed, Lalitha Raman-Wilms, Jane Jurcic, Ayesha Khan, Beth Sproule.  Knowledge, perceptions and attitudes toward chronic pain and it management: A cross-sectional survey of frontline pharmacists in Ontario, Canada.  PLOS One, June 2016
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article/asset?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0157151.PDF

Church, D., Johnson, S., Raman-Wilms L, Pearson-Sharpe, J., Schneider, E., & Waite, N.  A Literature Review of the Impact of Pharmacy Students as Immunizers on Public Health Outcomes.  Canadian Pharmacists Journal, January 2016 Volume: manuscript id Canadian Pharmacists Journal-15-0065.R1

Conklin J, Farrell B, Ward N, McCarthy L, Irving H, Raman-Wilms L.  Developmental evaluation as a strategy to enhance the uptake and use of deprescribing guidelines:  protocol for a multiple case study.  Implement Sci, 2015 Jun 18; 10(1):91. doi:10.1186/s13012-015-0279-0.

Barbara Farrell, Corey Tsang, Lalitha Raman-Wilms, Hannah Irving, James Conklin, Kevin Pottie.  What are priorities for deprescribing for elderly patients? Capturing the voice of practitioners: a modified Delphi process.  PLOS One, 2015:  10(4):e0122246.

Books and book chapters

Raman-Wilms L, Whelan AM. Osteoporosis, Chapter 47 (book chapter). In: B. Jovaisas (Ed), Compendium of Therapeutics for Minor Ailments, 2nd edition.  Canadian Pharmacists Association, 2016.

Raman-Wilms, L  Guide to Drugs in Canada – The essential home reference to over 2000 medications (book).  Editor-in-Chief. Understanding Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Treatments for everyday Ailments and Diseases.  Endorsed by the Canadian Pharmacists Association.  Publisher: Dorling-Kindersley (DK Canada) Ltd., 4th Ed (2013).

Select Presentations

The Changing Pharmacy Curriculum: What the Future Holds.  Pharmacists Manitoba Annual Conference, April 15th, 2018, Winnipeg, MB.

Polypharmacy:  Optimizing Medications through Deprescribing, Geriatric Oncology Day, CancerCare Manitoba, March 9th, 2018, Winnipeg, MB.

Evolution of Pharmacy Education:  Profile of changing Pharmacy students, 2nd National Pharmacy Conference, South African Pharmacy Council, International Conference Centre, Durban, South Africa, October 22nd, 2016.

Building confidence and credibility in your practice: the Canadian Experience, 2nd National Pharmacy Conference, South African Pharmacy Council, International Conference Centre, Durban, South Africa, October 23rd, 2016.

Future of Pharmacy Education in Canada:  Roles and Responsibilities, 2nd National Pharmacy Conference, South African Pharmacy Council, International Conference Centre, Durban, South Africa, October 23rd, 2016.

Medication Review in the Care Continuum - Closing the Loop, a CE session for pharmacists, April 20th, 2016, National University of Singapore, Singapore. 

Curriculum Development and Implementation at the University of Toronto, a session for faculty, National University of Singapore, School of Pharmacy, April 19th, 2016, Singapore.

Medication Optimization in the Geriatric Client, a workshop for health professionals including, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers and counselors working in long-term care Date, Ministry of Health and Agency for Integrated Care in Singapore April 15, 2016 Singapore.

Needs Assessment for the Preceptor Development Program. Artemis Diamantouros, BScPhm, MEd, PhD, Chrystina Schillemore, BScPhm, Med, Lalitha Raman-Wilms, BScPhm, PharmD.  AFPC Conference, Quebec City, June 2017.

Deprescribing Guidelines for the Elderly:  Overview of findings from a 3 year program of research.  B. Farrell and L. Raman-Wilms.  Canadian Pharmacists Association Conference, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  June 25, 2016.

Deprescribing guidelines for the elderly: how developmental evaluation is strengthening our process.  Farrell B, Conklin J, Raman-Wilms L, Smith K, McCarthy L, Pottie K, Rojas-Fernandez C, Bjerre L.  Canadian Pharmacists Conference, Ottawa, ON.  May 28-31, 2015.

Deprescribing Guidelines for the Elderly:  Overview of findings from a 3 year program of research.  B. Farrell and L. Raman-Wilms.  Canadian Pharmacists Association Conference, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  June 25, 2016.

Developing, implementing and evaluating deprescribing guidelines for the elderly. Lalitha Raman-Wilms, Farrell B, Conklin J, Irving H. Australasian Pharmaceutical Science Association Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand, December 9th, 2013.

Curriculum related

Curriculum Development and Implementation at the University of Toronto,
National University of Singapore, School of Pharmacy, April 19th, 2016, Singapore.

Advancing Practice, Advancing Ourselves:  What the PharmD Means for You.  The Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) Conference, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, June 1st, 2014

Geriatrics 101, Session I – A Workshop for Pharmacists (3-hours):  A guide for the non-geriatric-specialist pharmacists caring for the elderly.  Pharmaceutical Society of Singapore, hosted by the National University of Singapore, Singapore, April 15, 2015.

Geriatrics 101, Session II – A Workshop for Pharmacists (3-hours):  A guide for the non-geriatric-specialist pharmacists caring for the elderly.  Pharmaceutical Society of Singapore, hosted by the National University of Singapore, April 16, 2015.

Interprofessional Education Health Sciences faculty development workshop (6 hours) on “Innovative Teaching Strategies in Interprofessional Education”.  Faculty of Medicine, National University of Singapore, April 17, 2015.

BScPharm to PharmD: A Pharmacy Curriculum Transformation in Canada.  School of Pharmacy, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, November 11th, 2013.

Practice related

Medication Optimization in the Geriatric Client,
a workshop for health professionals including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers and counselors in long-term care, Ministry of Health and Agency for Integrated Care, Singapore, April 15, 2016.

Achieving Optimized Care: importance of engaging patients and caregivers, National University of Singapore, April 13, 2016, Singapore.

Medication Review in the Care Continuum – Closing the Loop, a CE session for pharmacists, April 20th, 2016, National University of Singapore, Singapore.

Medications and Mobility.  OsteoCIRCUIT conference for physiotherapists and other health professionals.  May 30th, 2015, Toronto, Canada

Medication Optimization in Primary Care in Canada. The 10th PharmSci@Asia Symposium / Annual Pharmacy Research Awareness Symposium:  Frontiers in Pharmaceutical Innovation and Education, April 8th, 2015, hosted by the National University of Singapore, Singapore.

Academic/Professional Contributions

  • Board member, Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada, August 2017 to present
  • Board member, College of Pharmacists of Manitoba, August 2017 to present
  • Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada (AFPC), President 2010-11
  • Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) Board Member (July 2012 to present)
  • Canadian Hospital Pharmacy Residency Board (CHPRB) board member (2008-12)
  • Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy (CJHP), Associate Editor (2006 to June 2017)


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