Washington, D.C. – The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) is seeking nominations for individuals to serve on its Board of Directors.  The term of appointment for BPS Board members is based on the calendar year. 

Each appointment is for three years with the possibility of re-appointment to a second 3-year term. The specific term for this call is January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2017.

BPS must receive all of the following items NO LATER THAN August 1, 2014:

OPEN POSITIONS FOR the 2015-2017 TERM

The Board of Pharmacy Specialties Constitution and Bylaws states the following:

The Board of Pharmacy Specialties shall be composed of eleven (11) voting members who shall be appointed by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties.  The membership shall be composed of:

– Three (3) public members, at least one (1) of whom shall meet the current criteria established by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) for public members.  Other public members may be non-pharmacist health professionals;

– Eight (8) pharmacist members, three (3) of whom are pharmacists who are not Board-certified, and five (5) of whom are pharmacists who are Board-certified in different, unique, recognized pharmacy specialties.

     The Board-certified pharmacist members shall be in one of each of the five (5) specialties recognized by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties, and in the event that there are greater than five (5) specialties, a rotation will be established to ensure a balance of specialty program input. The Board of Pharmacy Specialties shall seek nominations from the appropriate community of interest for each of the pharmacist slots on the Board. The Board members represent the best interests of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties and not an individual organization.

     The Executive Director of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties shall serve as a nonvoting member of the Board ex officio. 

 

The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) is currently seeking nominees for four positions on BPS Board of Directors.  The open Board of Directors seats for 2015 are listed below.

·         At-Large Pharmacist Member (One Opening for 2015)

This pharmacist position on the BPS Board shall be filled by a pharmacist who is not Board-certified. Current At-Large Member, Harold N. Godwin, MS from the University of Kansas Medical Center is completing his first term and is eligible for reappointment.

·         Board Certified Pharmacist Member (Two Openings for 2015)

Five pharmacist positions on the BPS Board shall be held by pharmacists currently certified in the different

Specialties recognized by BPS.  The 2015 openings on the BPS Board of Directors are for two of the following three Board Certified Pharmacists:  Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist or Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist or Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist. Current Board Members, Maria Llana Posey, PharmD, BCPP from Eisai and Joseph Saseen, PharmD, FCCP, FASHP, BCPS from the University of Colorado, Skaggs School of Pharmacy have completed their terms and are not eligible for re-appointment.

·         Public  Member (One Opening for 2015)

This position on the BPS Board shall be filled by a person who represents the direct and indirect user of the services and skills of Board Certified Pharmacists. Beth Mertz, PhD, MA from the Center for the Health Professions, University of California, San Francisco has completed two terms and is not eligible for re-appointment.

 

About the Board of Pharmacy Specialties

The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) was established in 1976 as an autonomous division of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).  The mission of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties is to improve patient care and increase awareness of the need for BPS Board Certified Pharmacists as integral members of multidisciplinary healthcare teams through recognition and promotion of specialized training, knowledge, and skills in pharmacy and specialty board certification and recertification of pharmacists throughout the world.

 

Board Certification through BPS has become recognized as the gold standard for determining which pharmacists are qualified to contribute at advanced practice levels. Through the rigorous standards mandated by BPS board certification and recertification, the BPS board certified pharmacist stands out as the most qualified to accept today’s expanding professional expectations.  Today over 19,000 pharmacists hold BPS certification.

 

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