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PAIN BC: Assessment Tools and Clinical Guidelines

What you will find here:  PAIN BC assessment tools and clinical guidelines for heath care professionals.

Assessment Tools & Clinical Guidelines

Assessment Tools Pain assessment tools are in the public domain and are available to all health care providers to assist them in better understanding the impact of pain on a person. Single-dimensional pain scales Single-dimensional scales only measure pain intensity and are useful in acute pain when the etiology is clear.

COVID-19 Guidance Document for Students on Practicum

What you will find here: This guidance document has been compiled by the Office of Experiential Education (OEE), UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and is intended to support students in the Entry-to-Practice Doctor of Pharmacy program during practicums.

COVID-19 Guidance Document for Students on Practicum v4

Canadian Agency for Drugs & Technologies in Health: Resources

What you will find here: CADTH is an independent, not-for-profit organization responsible for providing health care decision-makers with objective evidence to help make informed decisions about the optimal use of health technologies, including: Drugs, Diagnostic tests, Medical, dental, and surgical devices and procedures.


CADTH provides a variety of resources that enable you to find, produce, interpret, and implement evidence. These include software applications, search tools, customized Excel spreadsheets, and more. If you have any questions about CADTH’s resources, please contact CADTH at our main office or get in touch with the CADTH Liaison Officer nearest to you.

American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

What you will find here: The ASRA’s mission is to advance the science and practice of regional anesthesia and pain medicine to improve patient outcomes through research, education, and advocacy.


ASRA Connect Community Find • Ask • Share • ConnectJust for members! Membership Join, renew, learn about benefits, and get answers to your questions. Special Interest Groups SIGs foster collaboration and networking among people with similar interests. Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Member access (requires login) Nonmembers, view open-access content here.

The Canadian Pain Society

What you will find here: The Canadian Pain Society aims to foster and encourage research on pain mechanisms and pain syndromes and to help improve the management of patients with acute and chronic pain by bringing together the basic scientists and health professionals of various disciplines and backgrounds who have an interest in pain research and management.

Canadian Pain Society

Covid-19 Health Information: Federal Government Government of Canada – COVID-19 Outbreak Update Government of Canada – COVID-19 Symptoms and Treatment Covid-19 Health Information: Provincial & Territorial Health Services Alberta BC Manitoba New Brunswick Newfoundland & Labrador Nova Scotia Northwest Territories Nunavut Ontario PEI Quebec Saskatchewan Yukon March 18, 2020: CPS Annual Scientific Meeting Cancelled It is with heavy hearts that we announce the cancellation of this year’s Annual Scientific Meeting, due to take place May 19-22 in Calgary.

PAIN BC: Resources for Health Professionals

What you will find here: Recommended pain management resources for health care professionals.


The Alzheimer’s Society Ontario has developed this useful pamphlet to help those caring for people with dementia recognize the signs of pain. Because people living with dementia struggle to express pain in typical ways, they may be living with untreated pain and this can be a problem particularly for those in the later stages of dementia who may have issues communicating.

Food Allergy Canada

What you will find here: Food Allergy Canada delivers critical information to anyone impacted by food allergy, innovative educational programs to keep you and others informed about the latest developments, and life-changing support services to Canadians with food allergies.

Food Allergy Canada – Food Allergy Canada

Food Allergy Canada is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping Canadians with food allergies live with confidence. How can we help? Answers to your COVID-19 questions: Ask the allergist What is food allergy? I’ve just been diagnosed with an allergy. How can I prevent food allergy? I need resources to share with others.

Canadian Vigilance Adverse Reaction Online Database

What you will find here: The Canada Vigilance Adverse Reaction Online Database contains information about suspected adverse reactions (also known as side effects) to health products.

Adverse Reaction Database –

The Canada Vigilance Adverse Reaction Online Database contains information about suspected adverse reactions (also known as side effects) to health products. Adverse reaction reports are submitted by: consumers and health professionals, who submit reports voluntarily manufacturers and distributors (also known as market authorization holders), who are required to submit reports according to the Food and Drugs Act.

Canadian Mental Health Association

What you will find here: Founded in 1918, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is the most established, most extensive community mental health organization in Canada. Through a presence in more than 330 communities across every province and one territory, CMHA provides advocacy, programs and resources that help to prevent mental health problems and illnesses, support recovery and resilience, and enable all Canadians to flourish and thrive.

Home – CMHA National

In crisis? Please call 1-833-456-4566 toll free (In QC: 1-866-277-3553), 24/7 or visit

Academic Concession

This video explains what to do in some of the most common scenarios requiring academic concession during UBC pharmacy practicums.

Video Timestamps:
o Sick Days 0:34
o Running Late 1:20
o Extenuating Circumstances 2:00
o Personal Commitments 2:20
o Resources and Policies 4:50

Hello, my name is Dr. Tablet, but you can just call me Tab. In this video, I’ll be talking about academic concession because life doesn’t always go as planned.Our first story takes place in Squamish where Oliver has come down with the flu. He feels fatigued, achy, and feverish. Oliver is expected to be at his practicum site in the next hour, but he knows he should stay home and not risk spreading his infection to others. A million questions are running through his head: Who should I contact? Do I need to submit an academic concession request form? Will I have to make up missed time? Do I need a doctor’s note? If you get sick during your practicum, the first thing you should do is Evaluate your condition. Are you well enough to perform your duties safely and effectively? Is there a risk of infecting others? If you decide you are unfit to attend your practicum, notify your practice educator as soon as possible and let them know when you expect to return. Finally submit an academic concession request form as the faculty needs to be notified. All missed time due to absence or lateness must be made up. Once you have submitted an academic concession request form, a member from the office of experiential education, also known as the OEE, will evaluate your case and contact you with further instructions. You only need to provide a doctor’s note if it is requested by the faculty.Now that we’ve covered sick days, let’s move on to another common scenario, running late. Jennifer’s car wouldn’t start this morning and now she is running late. She knows she needs to contact her practice site as soon as possible. If you are late, your practice educator will make note and you will be expected to make up all missed time. For example, if you arrive 10 minutes late, you may be required to stay 10 minutes later.While I know that lateness can’t always be helped, it is important to reflect and ensure steps are taken to prevent lateness in the future. Punctuality is a program expectation and consistent demonstration of professional behaviour is required to pass the practicum course. You are expected to arrive on time at the beginning of each day, return from breaks on time, and be punctual for all scheduled activities.Now let’s move on to more serious matters. Extenuating circumstances are instances where you are unable to meet practicum requirements due to an unforeseen or unavoidable event such as a serious illness or death of an immediate family member. In circumstances like these, please submit an academic concession request form and the OEE will be in contact with you.So far, we’ve talked about circumstances that are unexpected and unavoidable: Getting sick, running late, losing a loved one… but how should you manage personal commitments like dentist appointments, family vacations, work, conferences or weddings? Your practicum should take priority over all non-urgent activities. Most scheduling conflicts can be prevented by planning activities only after receiving your practicum location and schedule. Working at a job in addition to your practicum is not recommended as completing practicum activities will require much of your time and focus. Employment is not usually viewed as an acceptable reason for academic concession. You may need to have a conversation with your employer to ensure that you are not scheduled to work during practicum dates.

Next, let’s walk through some examples of what to do for personal commitments such as weddings or conferences that cannot be rescheduled.


Gwen is excited to learn that her sister will be getting married in June. Gwen knows that it is possible she could be scheduled for her practicum in June, which would conflict with the wedding. Being proactive, she emails the OEE immediately to request special consideration. She understands that special consideration is not guaranteed but realizes that by notifying the OEE early, before placements are assigned, they will assess her case and support her through managing her practicum and personal commitments. In addition to requesting special consideration, Gwen also fills out her preferences on E*Value. In the end, Gwen’s practicum is scheduled for July allowing her to attend the wedding. Although it worked out well for Gwen, this might not always be the case as honouring a special consideration depends on a variety of factors such as the volume of special considerations, site capacity, and the practice educator availability.


A week after receiving his practicum schedule, Peter won the BCPhA Student Conference Competition and is awarded sponsorship to attend the Annual BCPhA Conference. Unfortunately, the conference conflicts with his practicum schedule. Peter acts right away by submitting an academic concession request form. The OEE reviews his case and contacts him directly with further details. In Peter’s case, since his practice site is open on the weekends, he is able to reschedule his practicum days allowing him to attend the conference. While the OEE team is committed to reviewing special considerations, sometimes it is not possible to accommodate all students due to reasons outside of their control. For this reason, special considerations cannot be guaranteed.

For fourth year students, make sure to schedule your Jurisprudence Exam on a date outside of your practicum blocks. The College of Pharmacists of BC offers multiple examination sittings each year.
For more information and additional resources please refer to the items listed on the screen.

I hope you found this video helpful. Thanks for watching. I’m Dr. Tablet and I hope you have a fanTABulous practicum!

We would like to thank Alyssa Low (Undergraduate Student) for helping to create this video and Garrett Tang (Undergraduate Student) for designing original images (e.g. Dr. Tablet).