The Shoppers Drug Mart Addiction Pharmacy Fellowship program strives for excellence in clinical training, scholarship, research, and advocacy. This program is a part of a multidisciplinary fellowship and includes specialty training in addiction management, as well as related concurrent disorders training. The program prepares Pharmacy Fellows to work clinically in the field of addiction and take leadership roles in clinical, academic and/or research settings.





Pharmacist trainees are accepted into the multidisciplinary fellowship program each year from a range of clinical and academic backgrounds. There are two positions available.

The program runs from July 4 – June 30 and is part-time in duration with rotations (2 to 4-week blocks) spread throughout the year. There may be some flexibility with the start date and duration.

We're pleased to offer Fellowship opportunities with focused clinical rotations in the Lower Mainland and surrounding areas. There is an opportunity to complete out-of-town rotation(s).

Fellowship Overview

  • Fellows are accepted with a focus on clinical practice, research, and/or leadership.
  • The program encourages learning experiences in a variety of settings, including residential recovery, withdrawal management, education/teaching, patient advocacy groups, research, and other placements.
  • The program also encourages didactic learning experiences through a two-week academic block (in the first 2 weeks of July), and activities spread throughout the year such as journal clubs, research and presentation skills development, clinical and research skills workshops, and lectures with interdisciplinary trainees (e.g., medicine, social work, nursing, and nursing practitioner).
  • There is flexibility in rotations based on experience and individual learning objectives.
  • Each Fellow’s rotations are tailored to learning objectives that are set with the Program Director.


The Shoppers Drug Mart Addiction Pharmacy Fellowship accepts applications from pharmacists who have a minimum of two years of experience in their profession and are eligible for licensure as a full pharmacist in good standing through the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia. Pharmacists who have completed post-graduate training (e.g. residency), will have this experience taken into consideration.


This fellowship stream is in its inaugural year for 2021. There is flexibility in rotations based on experience and individual learning objectives set with the Program Director.


Application Timeline for the 2024-2025 Addiction Pharmacy Fellowship:

  • September 4, 2023: Application process opens
  • January 19, 2024: Application deadline (Note: Deadline recently extended)
  • February 22, 2024: Acceptance notification
  • March 1, 2024: Deadline for acceptance of offer by applicant
  • July 2, 2024: Fellowship begins

Application Details
Interested candidates must submit an electronic copy of the following documentation:

  1. Three (3) letters - two letters of reference and one letter of support (pdf preferred):
    • One letter of reference should speak to the applicant’s clinical expertise and experience;
    • One letter of reference should speak to the applicant’s character, leadership, advocacy, etc.
    • One letter of support should be from the applicant’s manager or supervisor and outline employer/organizational support for the applicant to complete the fellowship program
  2. A 700-word letter of intent, in letter format (pdf preferred) describing:
    • The applicant’s background and preparation for the Fellowship to date
    • The applicant’s learning objectives and any specific areas of clinical interest or research interest
    • Why the applicant is interested in a career in the field of addictions, and
    • How the applicant envisions their fellowship experience will support their future impacts within the system of addictions treatment and care.
    • In addition, please comment on any institutional support available.
  3. A curriculum vitae

Please send an electronic copy of all application materials to the Fellowship Program Coordinator, Raman Jawanda: [email protected]

Interviews may be conducted with top candidates shortly after the application deadline. Interviews will be virtual due to COVID-19 measures in place.

General Inquiries
For further information about this fellowship program, please contact us at [email protected]. For managers and supervisors, please feel free to reach out with questions pertaining to program funding and institutional support.


Mona Kwong, BSc(Pharm), PharmD, MSc; Pharmacy Advisor, BCCSU; Director, Shoppers Drug Mart Addiction Pharmacy Fellowship


View a list of current Addiction Medicine Clinical and Research Fellows here.

Past Addiction Pharmacy Fellows are below.



2018-20 (pilot)



Shoppers Drug Mart has partnered with BCCSU and UBC to support the development and delivery of addiction treatment education in BC, including the establishment of the Shoppers Drug Mart Addiction Pharmacy Fellowship — the first of its kind in Canada.

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