QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS


The frequently asked questions regarding the Pilot Program to Prepare for Practical Training (P4T) are listed below. Click on the question to read the answer.

Please click here for the general frequently asked questions regarding Pharmacists' Gateway Canada.

 

General

 

1. What is the P4T mentorship program?

2. Is the mentorship a mandatory part of the licensure process?

3. How will mentees and mentors be matched?

4. What if the mentor-mentee match made by NAPRA is not a good match?

 

Mentees

 

5.   Who can apply to be mentored in the P4T mentorship program?

6.   How can I apply to the P4T mentorship program?

7.   How long will it take me to be matched to a mentor?

8.   Can I request a particular mentor?

9.   How much time does a mentee have to commit to the mentorship program?

10. How much is the mentee paid during the mentorship period? How will mentees be paid?

 

Mentors

 

11. What is the role of a mentor in the P4T mentorship program?

12. What are the requirements to be a mentor?

13. Where can I apply to become a mentor in the P4T program?

14. When creating a profile, what is the difference between registering as a mentor or a business? Why do mentors and businesses have to register separately?

 

Businesses

 

15. Does the pharmacy pay the mentee? How is the business reimbursed for the costs of the mentorship?

16. Why does a business have to create a separate profile?

 

 

 

 

General

 

1. What is the P4T mentorship program?

The mentorship program is a national pilot program to give international pharmacy graduates, who are pursuing licensure in Canada, the opportunity to gain practical experience in a Canadian pharmacy. This will provide international pharmacy graduates exposure to the operations within the pharmacy and gain hands-on experience outside of the formal licensure process. The mentorship will provide a supportive environment with an experienced mentor, who will work with the international pharmacy graduate to develop and implement a learning plan based on the competencies that pharmacists require.

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2. Is the mentorship a mandatory part of the licensure process?

Participating in the P4T mentorship program is not mandatory in any province or territory. This pilot program aims to help prepare international pharmacy graduates for the practical training and assessment parts of the licensure process. Participation in the mentorship program does not guarantee success in the licensure process.

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3. How will mentees and mentors be matched?

Mentees and mentors will be matched based on a number of factors. Priority will be given to:
    a. Location;
    b. Accessibility of the pharmacy for the mentee; and,
    c. Availability

If possible, the following factors will be considered:
    d. Mentee learning goals and interests with mentor expertise and experience;
    e. Pharmacy profile (clientele, type of practice, hours of operation, computer system, etc.); and,
    f. Languages spoken (in addition to English or French)

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4. What if the mentor-mentee match made by NAPRA is not a good match?

If the mentorship arrangement is not working well for the mentor or the mentee, one of them must contact NAPRA as soon as possible to discuss options. If the situation cannot be resolved, then NAPRA may search for another match. Another match is pending availability and may not be available immediately and cannot be guaranteed. In the case of misconduct, discrimination, bullying or other serious allegations brought against an individual, NAPRA may ask the participant to leave the program.

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Mentees

 

5.   Who can apply to be mentored in the P4T mentorship program?

To apply to be considered as a mentee in the P4T mentorship program, you must:
    a. Be an international pharmacy graduate pursuing licensure in Canada;
    b. Meet NAPRA language proficiency requirements;
    c. Have completed and passed the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada’s (PEBC) Evaluating Examination;
    d. Be legally allowed to work in Canada;
    e. Be available to participate in a half day mentorship training and program orientation session;
    f. Is available to work at least two shifts per week for a minimum of 15 hours per week over a 4 to 12 week period.

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6.   How can I apply to the P4T mentorship program?   

You can apply to the P4T mentorship program through your Gateway profile. Please login at the following link.

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7.   How long will it take me to be matched to a mentor?

NAPRA will respond to you within five business days of submitting a completed application. If the application is accepted, a virtual interview will be arranged. The speed with which you will be matched with a mentor will depend on the availability of mentors in your area. NAPRA will notify you when there is a potential match and will confirm your availability to begin the mentorship program. Please include any important date restrictions you feel application which NAPRA should be aware of when setting up the mentorship.

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8.   Can I request a particular mentor?

You may refer a pharmacist to be a potential mentor in the P4T mentorship program and indicate your preference on your application; however, a placement with that particular mentor cannot be guaranteed. The mentors must apply and be accepted to the mentorship program to be considered. Please note that mentors cannot have a close personal relationship, for example related to (spouse, sibling, child or other family member, etc.), or reside in the same residence with the mentee.

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9.   How much time does a mentee have to commit to the mentorship program?

A mentee must commit to a minimum of 15 hours per week over a consecutive 4 to 12-week period. The maximum time for a mentorship is 235 hours over 8 to 12 weeks.

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10. How much is the mentee paid during the mentorship period? How will mentees be paid?

A mentee must commit to a minimum of 15 hours per week over a consecutive 4 to 12-week period. The maximum time for a mentorship is 235 hours over 8 to 12 weeks.

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Mentors

 

11. What is the role of a mentor in the P4T mentorship program?

The role of a mentor is to introduce an international pharmacy graduate to the pharmacy environment in Canada as well as the roles and responsibilities of a pharmacist according to their scope of practice. The mentor will provide coaching and learning opportunities for the mentee outside of the formal licensure process based on a learning plan developed together. The mentor will help the mentee achieve the objectives set out in the learning plan, be available to answer questions and conduct frequent check-ins to see how their learning is progressing.

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12. What are the requirements to be a mentor?

The requirements to be a mentor are to:
    a. Be a pharmacist in Canada, licensed to provide patient care, with at least two years of current patient care experience in a Canadian pharmacy setting;
    b. Have previous experience as a mentor, assessor or preceptor;
    c. Have an interest and willingness to educate, coach and mentor;
    d. Communicate with the owner or manager of the pharmacy to confirm the pharmacy is registered as a business within the P4T program;
    e. Be available to:
        • a half-day mentor training program orientation session
        • Is available to mentor a minimum of 15 hours per week over a 4 to 12 week period.
        • to meet one on one with the mentee on a regular basis
        • provide structured feedback and update the online learning plan with the mentee
        • attend a half-day mentor training program orientation session

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13. Where can I apply to become a mentor in the P4T program?

You can apply to be a mentor through the Gateway website. You can create a profile, by clicking on the following link.

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14. When creating a profile, what is the difference between registering as a mentor or a business? Why do mentors and businesses have to register separately?

Businesses and mentors register separately because the role of mentor and the role of a business differ. The business is responsible for managing payment schedules, payroll and administration of the mentees, and is responsible for the confidentiality of personal information. This also allows the business to be associated with multiple mentors and mentees.


The mentor will provide guidance and support to the mentee’s learning; therefore, the mentor profile is set up to interact directly with the mentee’s profile, allowing the mentee and mentor to collaborate actively on each individual’s learning plan.


If you are a mentor and an owner/manager of a pharmacy, you will register as both a mentor and a business.


If you are a mentor, we would ask you to coordinate with the business owner or manager of the pharmacy in which you work to create a profile for the business, so that you may be associated as a mentor in that particular pharmacy environment.

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Businesses

 

15. Does the pharmacy pay the mentee? How is the business reimbursed for the costs of the mentorship?

Mentees will be paid a minimum of $15 per hour and placed on the employer’s payroll. Employers will be reimbursed for this cost, plus mandatory employment related costs (MERCS) – i.e. standard tax deductions.
There is up to $2000 available per mentorship in professional fees payable to the business. This is available for the business to compensate for the mentor’s professional time dedicated to supporting the mentee in their learning, and to ensure that the mentor is available to support the mentee as necessary.

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16. Why does a business have to create a separate profile?

We ask that businesses and mentors register separately because the role of business owner is different than that of a mentor, and a business may be associated with multiple mentors and mentees. The role of the business is to add the mentee to payroll and arrange appropriate payment for the mentees. The separate account allows for confidentiality of the business and financial information, as payment is made to the mentees, and as the business is reimbursed for mentee payments and professional fees for the mentors’ time. In cases where a mentor is both a mentor and business owner/manager, registration as both a mentor and a business is required, and your mentor account must be associated to the business account on the Gateway website.

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