Board of Pharmacy Specialties
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 18, 2012
Board of Pharmacy Specialties Confers Added Qualifications to 52 Pharmacists
Washington, DC - The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS), an agency whose purpose is to recognize pharmacy specialties and certify pharmacists' knowledge and skills at the advanced practice level, today announced the conferral of Added Qualifications to 36 Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialists.
With the growing complexity in pharmacologic information, there is an increased need for focused areas within established pharmacy specialties. The term, "Added Qualification," is used to denote an enhanced level of training and experience within one segment of a BPS-recognized specialty that targets specific diseases or patient populations. Cardiology and Infectious Diseases, both within the Pharmacotherapy specialty, have been approved to date.
Added Qualifications in Cardiology were awarded to: Michael Brenner, William D. Cahoon, Jr., Deborah Caraballo, Tracy A. DeWald, Vivian WY Lee, Katherine Mieure, Shaban Fathy Kamel Mohammed, Michael Moranville, David Putney, Jeff Washam, and Yee May Wong.
Sara B. Brouse, Robert L. Page, David Parra, and Jo Ellen Rodgers had their Added Qualifications in Cardiology renewed.
Added Qualifications in Infectious Diseases were awarded to: Melody Berg, Alana Boermeester, Benjamin Brielmaier, Elias Chahine, Lindsay Mayer Daniels, Daniel G. Dauner, Angelina Davis, Phu Duong, Susan Duquaine, Bonnie Falcione, Lynne Fehrenbacher, Lana Gerzenshtein, Myra Hawkins, David Kubiak, Wendy J. Lam, Hwalin Law, Su Young Lee, Gregory Matsuura, Kathryn R. Matthias, Jerod Nagel, Elizabeth Neuner, David E. Nix, Manish Patel, Jean Patel, Gita Wasan Patel, Jennifer K. Sekeres, Katherine Shea, Laura Smith, Kayla Stover, Jocelyn Teo, Jessica Thompson, Bou Lee Too, and Veena Venugopalan.
Ed Casabar, Ronald G. Hall III, Lynne Krop, Scott Sutton had their Added Qualifications in Infectious Diseases renewed.
Conferees each submitted a detailed portfolio describing their training and experience. A Portfolio Review Committee of the Specialty Council on Pharmacotherapy evaluated and recommended successful candidates to BPS for recognition of Added Qualifications. These credentials are effective through December 31, 2018. There are now 239 pharmacists with Added Qualifications with 92 in Cardiology and 147 in Infectious Diseases. The current requirements for portfolio content and the review and scoring process used by the Specialty Council are available on the BPS web site.
About the Board of Pharmacy Specialties
The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) is an autonomous Division of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), founded in January 1976 to recognize specialties and certify pharmacists in specialized areas of pharmacy practice. Six specialties are currently recognized by BPS, including 1) nuclear pharmacy, since 1978; 2) nutrition support pharmacy, since 1988; pharmacotherapy, since 1988; psychiatric pharmacy, since 1992; oncology pharmacy, since 1996. The latest BPS specialty, focused on ambulatory care pharmacy, was approved in June 2009, and is scheduled for its first examination in 2011. More than 10,500 pharmacist specialists are currently certified by BPS.