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The Community Pharmacy Residency Program at the University of B.C. was the first of its kind certainly in Canada. It began in 1981 with the combined efforts of Mark Levine, Penny Miller, and Lynn Pollock, who recognized the need for more advanced training in clinical services and pharmacotherapy for community pharmacy practitioners.
The program ran successfully for seven years, producing ten competent and sought-after clinical pharmacists. Although enthusiasm for the program was strong and the residents and preceptors were delighted with the success of the program, lack of adequate funding combined with the loss of faculty resulted in the program folding. Fortunately this was a temporary situation, for today with the emphasis in pharmaceutical care services, the program now has endorsement from the B.C. Pharmacist's Association, the College of Pharmacists of B.C. and well as the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at U.B.C. along with a commitment to adequate funding.