ON pharmacy graduates have OSCE tests postponed due to COVID-19

November 16, 2020

Graduates of Ontario pharmacy programs have had their Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) exam delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions. The exam, which had been scheduled for May, was postponed until November, and subsequently postponed again for some students. Many reported receiving only 48 hours’ notice that the exam had been cancelled. CBC reports that postponing the exam puts the graduates’ careers on hold, and keeps them from filling front-line roles in pharmacies giving flu vaccinations and performing COVID-19 tests. “It’s very hard for us because most of us are carrying over $100,000 in debt right now and we've had to start repaying our loans,” said Michelle Wang, student president of the University of Toronto’s pharmacy program. CBC (ON)