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Professional development survey


The College of Pharmacy at the University of Manitoba is committed to supporting the professional growth of Manitoba’s pharmacists.

From May 12 - June 9, 2023, we surveyed pharmacists representing diverse practice settings and years of experience. We achieved a 12 per cent response rate with 201 pharmacists completing the survey in its’ entirety. We would like to thank all those who took the time to complete the survey.

Contact us

For more information, please reach out to:

Dr. Ruchi Kumra
Director of Professional Development
College of Pharmacy

Survey findings

To learn more about the survey results, explore the tabs below.

Interest in a PharmD Bridging Program

Based on the respondents in this survey, only 6.5 per cent of Manitoba pharmacists indicated a keen interest in taking a PharmD Bridging Program, a marked decline from 27 per cent in 2020. General interest in the PharmD Bridging Program was 14 per cent. The most common reason for interest in the program was to enhance the ability to provide quality patient care, with the main concerns being program cost, uncertainty about professional benefits and worries about the time required to undertake the program.

Interest in a micro-credential program

When asked about a shorter program, the micro-certificate, 20 per cent of respondents indicated that they were very interested and 50 per cent indicated they were generally interested in the program. The most common reason for interest in this program was to enhance the ability to provide quality patient care, with the main concerns being cost, liking the existing format of CPD events, and the content not being relevant to their practice.

Decision on professional development programming

The survey findings were shared with the PharmD Bridging Program Advisory Committee, consisting of representatives from Pharmacists Manitoba, College of Pharmacists of Manitoba (CPhM) and Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (MB branch). Following discussions and consultations with several stakeholders, the College of Pharmacy Council recommends prioritizing development of the micro-credential program over the PharmD Bridging Program.

Consequently, the College of Pharmacy will not plan to offer a PharmD Bridging Program at the University of Manitoba.

Alternative PharmD Bridging Programs

For those who are interested in pursuing a PharmD Bridging Program, we understand that there are three programs offered in Canada that can be taken by pharmacists in Manitoba. These programs are offered by the University of Toronto, the University of Alberta and by Memorial University of Newfoundland.  These programs range from 18 months to five years for completion and permit out-of-province applicants to complete experiential rotations in their home province. Please see their websites for more details.

Micro-certificate program announcement

Shaped by your input, the College of Pharmacy is pleased to announce our first micro-certificate: "Essentials in Advanced Patient Care for Pharmacists." This new program spans 36 contact hours over 12 weeks and will be offered entirely ONLINE. The program is expected to launch late Spring-mid 2024. Please visit this site regularly for updated information

Micro-certificate program breakdown

The program breaks down as follows:

  • Scientific Literature Evaluation (3 weeks):
    • Dedicate nine contact hours to sharpen your skills in scientific literature evaluation.
  • Patient Assessment (3 weeks):
    • Spend nine contact hours over three weeks refining your patient assessment techniques.
  • Advanced Clinical Topics (6 weeks):
    • Invest 18 contact hours to build on concepts learned from the previous two courses and apply it to a variety of relevant clinical topics using realistic patient scenarios.

We anticipate that the clinical topics will include Updates in Cardiology, Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease, Mental Health Topics and Substance Use Disorder, Infectious Disease/Antimicrobial Stewardship in Community and Hospital Practice, Chronic Pain and Insomnia and Medication Optimization in the Older Adult.

Weekly engagement

Three contact hours are allocated each week – two hours asynchronous (independent work) and one hour synchronous (online discussions with your group and instructor).

Learning approach

Asynchronous activities include reviewing pre-recorded lectures, readings, patient case workup and evaluation of evidence.

Synchronous sessions offer active learning through discussions, case-based learning and reflective practice guided by a course instructor.

Assessment and completion

Assessments are integrated into each of the three courses. Successful completion of courses in sequence leads to your micro-certificate.


Participants can take up to two years to finish the micro-certificate, providing flexibility to suit different schedules.


The micro-certificate costs $1,000 plus a $100 non-refundable application fee required by the University of Manitoba.

New program Micro-Certificate in Essentials in Advanced Patient Care for Pharmacists

STEELE’S APOTHECARY Travel Health Clinic

Whether you’re travelling for business, pleasure or as part of your educational program, the Travel Health Clinic at Steele’s Apothecary is here to help you get on your way safely.

Steele’s Apothecary offers:

Expert guidance: Our pharmacists are trained in travel health and can
provide personalized recommendations based on your destination,
itinerary and individual health profile.

Vaccination services: Stay protected against diseases prevalent in your
travel destination with our comprehensive vaccination services. From
routine vaccines to specialized travel vaccines, we’ve got you covered.
Medication consultations: Receive thorough consultations on essential
medications, including malaria prophylaxis, altitude sickness prevention
and traveler’s diarrhea treatment.

Health education: Gain valuable insights into health and safety precautions
specific to your destination. We’ll equip you with the knowledge you
need to stay healthy while traveling.

Convenience: Located at the College of Pharmacy on the University
of Manitoba’s Bannatyne campus, accessing our services is easy and

Contact us

To learn more about our services or to book a consultation, email

Share your story

Alumni from the College of Pharmacy go on to make a difference in a wide variety of settings and careers. Tell us where your degree has taken you! Send an email to and you may be featured in the college's e-newsletter or in one of our magazines!

Ten Thousand Coffees UM Café

UM Café is an online networking and mentoring platform powered by Ten Thousand Coffees. UM Café introduces students, alumni and industry partners to one another. They can then share a virtual cup of coffee and exchange knowledge and advice. Learn more by reading our story in UM Today.

Visit the UM Café site

Alumni events

Sure, you may have stayed in touch with your classmates or reconnected on social media - but nothing beats a face-to-face catch up to share stories, favorite memories, and life events. Our annual alumni events are a great way to create new memories, meet with new people and enjoy some laughs.

  • The College of Pharmacy class of 1969 graduates stand together for a group photo during a reunion.
  • Homecoming

    As a graduate of the University of Manitoba, you’re invited to take part in Homecoming activities held each fall at both Fort Garry and Bannatyne campuses. It’s a great way to see what’s new with your alma matter, including our College’s state-of-the-art Apotex Centre, which boasts laboratories and equipment suitable for a wide range of biological, microbiological, and analytical studies as well as open space and computer labs, a grad study lounge, seminar rooms and high-tech lecture theatres.

  • Reunions are the perfect way to enjoy a stroll down memory lane and learn what your classmates have been up to since graduation. Not sure where to start? We can help! To learn more about planning a milestone reunion (such as a 10, 25, 40 or 50 year get-together) or for help getting started, contact our alumni events officer:

  • Three pharmacy alumni gather around a display case to take a look at the items inside.

Interested in getting involved?

As a reunion leader, you can play an important role in bringing your class together for a memorable reunion. You’ll be the liaison between your classmates and the alumni events officer and help shape every aspect of your special event. Contact Darcy Routledge, alumni events officer, to get started.



  • Preceptor receives teaching award.
  • Preceptor awards

    Preceptors are the heart of our experiential education program. Through their guidance and support, pharmacy students develop the critical skills they’ll need to enter the workforce as compassionate and knowledgeable health-care professionals. Each year, we celebrate and thank these important mentors with student-nominated preceptor awards.

  • Faculty awards

    Faculty work tirelessly in classrooms, labs and clinical settings to motivate and inspire their students. Through student-nominated awards, learners demonstrate their appreciation for faculty who have gone the extra mile.

  • Preceptor with students

College of Pharmacy
Apotex Centre
750 McDermot Avenue West
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0T5 Canada