Everyone always asks me what I should study for PEBC MCQ (Part 1). One of the observations I have made over the last 15 years of teaching pharmacy students, is that IPGs have excellent drug knowledge.
What you have to do is put that drug knowledge into a clinical perspective or PATIENT CARE perspective.
In other words, it is not enough to know the half life of a particular drug or what side effects to encounter. What you should be able to do is make recommendations like: What is the drug of choice in a patient with otitis media but is allergic to penicillin?
Or what drug would you use to treat hypertension in a patient that also has angina?
Or what would you do if you have a diabetic patient whose blood sugars are not controlled?
You have to learn how to solve problems not just regurgitate drug facts.
Here are some good references and some comments:
1. Therapeutic Choices 6th ed. is a good start HOWEVER the information is very limited and top level only. Do not use this as your only book.
2. Rx Files is an excellent comparative summary of drugs and their uses. It is very useful with easy to find information.
3. Patient Self Care is NOT a great book, but you’ll have to know OTC products in Canada. I suggest studying from it.
4. Make sure you know the Pharmaceutical Care Model. This is essential. A good reference is Pharmaceutical Care Practice by Cipolle, Strand and Morley.
5. One of my favourites for the OSCE: Communication Skills in Pharmacy Practice 5th ed.
6. The CPS is a TERRIBLE book but you MUST know how to use it. The font is tiny, the paper thin and it is difficult to find information. BUT you must know how to find information since this may be the only reference you have in an OSCE station. Borrow one from a library. Don’t buy one. Test yourself on finding information.
7. There are some Clinical Practice Guidelines published in www.cma.ca Many ‘purists’ do not like to use Clinical Practice Guidelines, but they are an excellent way to find out how diseases are treated in Canada.
If you use an American reference, remember the units of measurement may be different. For example, blood sugar and cholesterol units are different.
There are some other references listed in www.pebc.ca but use your judgement.
I hope that helps you.