Module 6: Pharmacology

Module 6 presented a working knowledge of medications commonly prescribed and used by older adults, their side effects and the interactions between medications and their implications on physical and mental functioning. It covered the range of pharmacology in the context of the older adult and their family regarding prescription and over-the-counter medications, herbal remedies and complementary and alternative therapies. This module finished by looking at the common issue of pain and best approaches. 

Colleen McMillan, MSW, RSW, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work at Renison University College; Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) at the McMaster DeGroote Department of Family Medicine; and Clinical Lead at The Centre for Family Medicine's Family Health Team in Kitchener. She advocates for practicing across the spectrum of clinical, community, policy and research in social work with interprofessional colleagues. Dr. McMillan supports interdisciplinary teaching through her course delivery in the School of Pharmacy, University of Waterloo, and McMaster Department of Family Medicine. She was recognized as a 2014 Inspirational Leader of the Ontario Association of Social Workers, and was the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Interprofessional Preceptor in Family Medicine, McMaster University, Department of Family Medicine. Colleen was recently awarded the Emerging Scholar Mentorship Grant from the Network for Aging Research by the Institute for Aging at the University of Waterloo.

Rita Dhami, BScPhm, Pharm.D, RPh, is an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at the School of Pharmacy, University of Waterloo, and also teaches at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Western University. In addition to her teaching role, she maintains a primary clinical practice at the London Health Sciences Centre as the Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist. Dr. Dhami is a preceptor for pharmacy residents, interns and students and oversees a number of research projects. Professionally, she has served as Ontario Branch National Delegate for the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists and as the National Chair for the Pharmacy Technician Task Force. She is an enthusiastic and progressive clinical pharmacist who is committed to the teaching and continuous professional development of others including inter-professional professionals working in healthcare.  


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