There is some overlap between a pharmacist and a health professional so it is also worth noting that one needs to be licensed to practice as a health professional in most jurisdictions.
Health professional means a health care practitioner who is registered with a particular licensing body.
One of the most important skills that an internist or internal medicine physician needs is the ability to empathize with the patient.
To do this, the internist has to understand what is driving the patient’s condition and can relate with that patient in a way that seems very human.
It is imperative that the internist has great patience when communicating with the patient and must be understanding and empathetic at all times.
Even if the doctor does not understand a particular symptom, it is still important that the doctor be patient and caring.
Continuing professional development (CPD) and working on various specializations can help professionals who wish to become health professionals to improve their level of skill.
The best way to become a health professional is to pursue a Bachelors’s Degree in a health or related science field at an accredited university.
Some health professionals have found this course of action to be the most practical, but there are a variety of options available.
Professional development (CPD) is one way that professionals can develop their skills
Such development may be personal or may be provided by your licensing body.
At The Canadian Pharmacists Association, our CPD program includes a yearly health and science elective course that participants can opt to do online or in-person.
What do the “best practice” clinical pathways entail?
The “best practice clinical pathway” is a list of recognized pathways for the successful completion of a degree program in a health or related science field.
Academy of family physicians:
The professional board is a pathway of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).
This pathway consists of four core programs: Foundation, Family Practice, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Critical Care.
Although the program is now computerized, an externship is still required in the third year.
Health care officer:
A health care officer is a registered health care professional who is elected by their regulatory body to become the primary medical staff member in a hospital.
These positions can be found at many hospitals, health systems, and provincially.
RN to a matrimonial (occupational) specialist:
A nurse becomes an RN to Matrimonial Specialist and has two pathways to accomplish this.
The first is through the Canadian Registered Nurse to Matrimonial Specialist program and the second is the J.I.D.E.E. (Registered Professional In Divorce and Separation).
Registered nurse (communications) specialist:
This is another pathway that is offered by the Canadian Registered Nurses to Professional Communicator (CRNPC).
The second pathway is the RN to Ph.D. program.
This pathway is offered by the British Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons.
The two pathways available are the Health and Harm Reduction Pathway (for physicians wanting to work in the harm reduction field) and the Surgical Pathway (for surgeons wishing to get a bachelor’s of science in surgical technology).
This pathway is offered by the Southern Medical Association.
If you are looking to practice in the healthcare field, then you may be interested in this program for aspiring nurses.
What does being a health professional involved?
Becoming a healthcare professional involves learning about different health and related science fields.
A nurse must be registered with a regulatory body such as the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA). A physician must be a member of the CNA as well.
Part of this registration process involves passing the qualifying examination (the “four pillars” exam).
At a minimum, students must complete a four-year bachelor’s degree or diploma in a health or related science field, and have a minimum of 2 credits in science electives.
Some healthcare professionals choose to have a four-year master’s degree instead of a four-year undergraduate degree.
Many healthcare professionals choose to take on additional responsibilities that involve a degree in the related science field, such as practicing a few nights or weekends a week or working in a laboratory.
What skills do the “best practice” clinical pathways include?
Academic skills are required for the Canadian Registered Nurse to Professional Communicator (CRNPC) pathway.
Students must attain at least a grade of B in science, math, and English.
Healthcare leaders have to exhibit competence and are required to demonstrate knowledge of current topics and best practices.
In addition to academics, students must also demonstrate the ability to plan and organize.
A healthcare leader will also need to demonstrate a willingness to collaborate and work in a team-oriented environment.
What does “best practice” really mean?
What the best practice pathway (also called practice-based learning) means is to study the new standards of practice, the minimum competencies of a healthcare leader, and the results of international comparative research.
“Best practice” is also designed to address the supply and demand for medical and nursing services and practice spaces.
Practice-based learning is not equivalent to traditional education or “dumbed down” education because it is meant to be industry-leading.