Lalitha Raman-Wilms

Associate Professor (Status-only)

Professional Interests

My research and scholarly interest include the Optimization of Medication Use in the Elderly, specifically related to deprescribing of medications, pain management and pharmacist services.  Educational scholarly interests include Interprofessional Education and Curriculum Development, Implementation and Evaluation.

Select Publications

Raman-Wilms L, Whelan AM. Osteoporosis, Chapter 47 (book chapter). In: B. Jovaisas (Ed), Compendium of Therapeutics for Minor Ailments, 2nd edition.  Canadian Pharmacists Association, 2016.

David N. Dubins, Gregory M.K.Poon, Lalitha Raman-Wilms.  When Passing Fails:  Controlling for False Positives in Multiple Choice Assessments – Designing Better Multiple Choice Assessments Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, June 2016.

Tejal Patel, Feng Chang, Heba Tallah Mohammed, Lalitha Raman-Wilms, Jane Jurcic, Ayesha Khan, Beth Sproule.  Knowledge, perceptions and attitudes toward chronic pain and it management: A cross-sectional survey of frontline pharmacists in Ontario, Canada.  PLOS One, June 2016

Raman-Wilms, Lalitha.  Preparing tomorrow’s pharmacists:  Should all institutional pharmacists be willing and able to train pharmacy learners? (editorial).  Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacists, Vol 69, No. 1, Jan-Feb 2016;

Church, D., Johnson, S., Raman-Wilms, L, Pearson-Sharpe, J., Schneider, E., & Waite, N.  A Literature Review of the Impact of Pharmacy Students as Immunizers on Public Health Outcomes.  Canadian Pharmacists Journal, January 2016 Volume: manuscript id CPJ-15-0065.R1

Conklin J, Farrell B, Ward N, McCarthy L, Irving H, Raman-Wilms L.  Developmental evaluation as a strategy to enhance the uptake and use of deprescribing guidelines:  protocol for a multiple case study.  Implement Sci, 2015 Jun 18; 10(1):91. doi:10.1186/s13012-015-0279-0.

Barbara Farrell, Corey Tsang, Lalitha Raman-Wilms, Hannah Irving, James Conklin, Kevin Pottie.  What are priorities for deprescribing for elderly patients? Capturing the voice of practitioners: a modified Delphi process.  PLOS One, 2015:  10(4):e0122246.

Raman-Wilms, L  Guide to Drugs in Canada – The essential home reference to over 2000 medications (book).  Editor-in-Chief. Understanding Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Treatments for everyday Ailments and Diseases.  Supported by the Canadian Pharmacists Association.  Publisher: Dorling-Kindersley (DK Canada) Ltd., 4th Ed (2013).

J. Watt-Watson, E. Peter, M. Campbell-Yeo, A.J. Clark, A. Dewar, T. Hadjistavropoulos, P. Morley-  Forster, C. O’Leary, L. Raman-Wilms, A. Unruh, K. Webber.  The Ethics of Canadian Entry-to-Practice Pain Competencies: How Are We Doing?  Pain Research & Management.  2013; 18(1): 25-32

J. Hunter, J. Watt-Watson, M. McGillion, L. Raman-Wilms, L. Cockburn, L. Lax, J. Stinson, A. Cameron, T. Dao, P. Pennefather.  An Interfaculty Pain Curriculum: Lessons learned from six years experience.  Pain, November 2008, Volume 140, Issue 1, Pages 74-86.

Raman-Wilms, L.  Curricular Renewal:  Ensuring our graduates meet the evolving pharmacy-related needs of Canadians. (Editorial) CJHP, 2007.

Raman-Wilms, L.  Applying Therapeutic Knowledge and Skills in a Large Group Problem-Based Class. AJPE, Vol 69, issue 5, 2005, article 86.


The Pain Interprofessional Curriculum Design Model, S. Langlois MScOT, J. Watt-Watson RN MSc PhD, L. Lax BA, BScAAM, MEd, PhD, R. Davies BHScPT, MAppSc , J. Oskarsson RN MN, L. Raman-Wilms BSc(Phm),Pharm.D,FCSHP. The 8th International Conference on Interprofessional Practice and Education, Oxford, United Kingdom.  September 6-9, 2016.

Farrell B, Conklin J, Raman-Wilms L, McCarthy L, Pottie K, Rojas-Fernandez C, Bjerre L, Irving H. Deprescribing guidelines for the elderly: how developmental evaluation is strengthening our process. North American Primary Care Research Group. Cancun, Mexico. October 27, 2015.

Select Presentations

Research related

Deprescribing Benzodiazepines.  The Anne Johnston Health Station, Community Health Centre, Toronto, August 23, 2016.

Deprescribing Guidelines for the Elderly:  Overview of findings from a 3 year program of research.  B. Farrell and L. Raman-Wilms.  Canadian Pharmacists Association Conference, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  June 25, 2016.

Deprescribing in the Elderly – a workshop for geriatric clinicians:  physicians, pharmacists, nurses and others. L. McCarthy and L. Raman-Wilms.  30th Annual Geriatric Medicine Refresher Day, May 4, 2016, London Convention Centre, London, Ontario, Canada.

Deprescribing Guidelines:  Development, Implementation and Learnings from Research.  Raman-Wilms, L, Farrell B, Conklin J, McCarthy L, Pizzola L, Irving H, Anderson L, Rojas-Fernandez C, Pottie K, Bjerre L.  Drug Use and Evaluation Pharmacist Specialty Group, Toronto, Ontario, September 17, 2015.

Developing, implementing and evaluating deprescribing guidelines for the elderlyLalitha Raman-Wilms, Farrell B, Conklin J, Irving H. Australasian Pharmaceutical Science Association Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand, December 9th, 2013.

Curriculum related

Curriculum Development and Implementation at the University of Toronto, National University of Singapore, School of Pharmacy, April 19th, 2016, Singapore.

Advancing Practice, Advancing Ourselves:  What the PharmD Means for You.  The Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) Conference, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, June 1st, 2014

The PharmD Program at the University of Toronto, Canadian Pharmacy Education and Research Conference (CPERC), Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.  May 31st, 2014

Geriatrics 101, Session I – A Workshop for Pharmacists (3-hours):  A guide for the non-geriatric-specialist pharmacists caring for the elderly.  Pharmaceutical Society of Singapore, hosted by the National University of Singapore, Singapore, April 15, 2015.

Geriatrics 101, Session II – A Workshop for Pharmacists (3-hours):  A guide for the non-geriatric-specialist pharmacists caring for the elderly.  Pharmaceutical Society of Singapore, hosted by the National University of Singapore, April 16, 2015.

Interprofessional Education Health Sciences faculty development workshop (6 hours) on “Innovative Teaching Strategies in Interprofessional Education”.  Faculty of Medicine, National University of Singapore, April 17, 2015.

BScPharm to PharmD: A Pharmacy Curriculum Transformation in Canada.  School of Pharmacy, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, November 11th, 2013.

Integrating Interprofessional Education (IPE) into a Pharm D Curriculum.  L. Clifton Fuhrman, Dana P. Hammer, Lalitha Raman-Wilms, Nanci L. Murphy, Susan M. Meyer.  AACP Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, July 11, 2011

History of Pharmacy Education in Canada.  Inaugural Conference on Improving the Quality of Pharmaceutical Care in North America:  The Mexico Chapter.  Lalitha Raman-Wilms, Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada, on behalf of Canadian Pharmacy Faculties. October 4-5, 2007, Pachuca, Mexico.

Practice related

Medication Optimization in the Geriatric Client, a workshop for health professionals including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers and counselors in long-term care, Ministry of Health and Agency for Integrated Care, Singapore, April 15, 2016.

Achieving Optimized Care: importance of engaging patients and caregivers, National University of Singapore, April 13, 2016, Singapore.

Medication Review in the Care Continuum – Closing the Loop, a CE session for pharmacists, April 20th, 2016, National University of Singapore, Singapore.

Medications and Mobility.  OsteoCIRCUIT conference for physiotherapists and other health professionals.  May 30th, 2015, Toronto, Canada

Medication Optimization in Primary Care in Canada. The 10th PharmSci@Asia Symposium / Annual Pharmacy Research Awareness Symposium:  Frontiers in Pharmaceutical Innovation and Education, April 8th, 2015, hosted by the National University of Singapore, Singapore.

Introduction to Pharmaceutical Care Practice and Teaching Tips, a 5-hour workshop for pharmacists and OCP preceptors, lead program developer and facilitator (co-presented with a colleague), Ontario College of Pharmacists, Toronto, various locations in Ontario, 2010-2012.

Academic/Professional Contributions

  • Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada (AFPC), President 2010-11
  • Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) Board Member (July 2012 to present)
  • Canadian Hospital Pharmacy Residency Board (CHPRB) board member (2008-12)
  • Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy (CJHP), Associate Editor (2006 to present)

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University of Toronto
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