FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 10, 2016

BPS seeks Specialists Pharmacists to serve on its Specialty Councils

Board Certified Pharmacist Positions Available

Washington, DC – The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) today issues a Call for Nominations for Board Certified Pharmacists to serve on each of its six Specialty Councils.

Term
The term of appointment for BPS Specialty Council members for this call is January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2019. BPS must receive nomination materials by Wednesday, April 13, 2016. The Councils will review nominations during their business meetings from May through July, and the BPS Board of Directors will confirm appointments in October 2016.

Purpose
Specialty Councils exist for the following purposes:

  • To recommend to the Board of Pharmacy Specialties standards and other requirements for certification and recertification of pharmacists in the specialty.
  • To develop and administer examinations as required for certification and recertification of pharmacists in the specialty.
  • To evaluate the qualifications of individual pharmacists and to submit to the Board of Pharmacy Specialties the names of those pharmacists recommended for certification or recertification in the specialty

Eligibility
The Specialist Position is for pharmacists holding BPS Board Certification in the pharmacy specialty area under the responsibility of the Council are eligible to apply.

Prospective Specialty Council members must have at least five (5) years of dedicated experience in the specialty practice area. Specialty Councils should be comprised of pharmacists with extensive practice expertise and a variety of practice settings. Participation on other licensure or certification boards, and experience as an item writer are preferred, but not required.

BPS has outlined ideal expertise, practice setting, and experience of prospective Board Certified Pharmacist based on the needs of each Specialty Council for this appointment cycle. Please note that the Specialty Councils strive to maintain a mix of practice expertise and practice setting. As such the needs of each Specialty Council are different and will vary from appointment cycle to appointment cycle. A description of desired characteristics and a link to nomination materials are provided below.

Deadline Date
BPS must receive all of the following items NO LATER THAN Wednesday, April 13, 2016:

Desired Characteristics and Nomination Submission Links for each position

Ambulatory Care Pharmacy – Interested candidates should carefully review and consider the qualifications, position duties, responsibilities, and time commitment for Specialist Members of the Specialty Council as well as the following desired characteristics.

Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Specialist (3 BCACP positions open; 2 BCACP incumbents eligible for reappointment)

  • Desired Practice Expertise:
    • Biostatistics and Research Methodology
    • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
    • Liver Disorders
    • Medication Therapy Management (MTM)
    • Point of Care Testing
    • Psychiatric
    • Public Health
    • Tobacco Dependence Treatment
    • Women’s Health
  • Desired Practice Setting:
    • Community chain / independent pharmacy
    • Home health or home-based primary care
    • Managed care
  • Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Specialist (Nomination Submission Link)

Nuclear Pharmacy – Interested candidates should carefully review and consider the qualifications, position duties, responsibilities, and time commitment for Specialist Members of the Specialty Council as well as the following desired characteristics.

Nuclear Pharmacy Specialist (3 BCNP positions open)

  • Desired Practice Expertise:
    • Academia
    • Administration/Management – hospital nuclear pharmacy
    • Nuclear Pharmacist – hospital nuclear pharmacy
    • Pharmaceutical Company/ Contract Research Organization
  • Desired Practice Setting:
    • Academia-affiliated / University-based Clinic
    • Commercial Independent Nuclear Pharmacy
    • Consulting Company
    • Contract Research Organization
    • Government (Public Health Service/NIH//VA/Armed Services)
    • Hospital / Clinic / Outpatient Center
    • Pharmaceutical Company
  • Nuclear Pharmacy Specialist (Nomination Submission Link)

Nutrition Support Pharmacy – Interested candidates should carefully review and consider the qualifications, position duties, responsibilities, and time commitment for Specialist Member the Specialty Council as well as the following desired characteristics.

Nutrition Support Pharmacy (3 BCNSP positions open, 2 BCNSP incumbents eligible for reappointment)

  • Desired Practice Setting:
  • Desired Practice Expertise:
    • Health Care Reform, Reimbursement/Payment Models, Quality Measures (PQA/NCQA)
  • Government: Armed Services / FQHC / NIH / Public Health Service / VA
  • Hospital / Health-system based Setting – Tertiary Care
  • Long-term Care
  • Nutrition Support Pharmacy Specialist (Nomination Submission Link)

Oncology Pharmacy – Interested candidates should carefully review and consider the qualifications, position duties, responsibilities, and time commitment for Specialist Member of the Specialty Council as well as the following desired characteristics.

Oncology Pharmacy Specialist (3 BCOP positions open; 2 BCOP incumbents eligible for reappointment)

  • Desired Practice Setting:
    • Ambulatory Care
    • Outpatient Cancer Center
    • Cancer Hospital
  • Desired Practice Expertise:
    • Ambulatory / Community Clinic
    • Hematology / Hematologic Malignancies
    • Phase I/II Clinical Trials
    • Solid Tumors
    • Stem Cell Transplantation
  • Government: Armed Services / FQHC / NIH / Public Health Service / VA
  • Oncology Pharmacy Specialist (Nomination Submission Link)

Pharmacotherapy Specialists – Interested candidates should carefully review and consider the qualifications, position duties, responsibilities, and time commitment for Specialist Member of the Specialty Council as well as the following desired characteristics.

Pharmacotherapy Specialist (3 BCPS positions open; 2 BCPS incumbents eligible for reappointment)

  • Desired Practice Expertise:
    • Administration / Management
    • Biostatistics and Research Methodology
    • Hematology/Oncology Supportive Care
    • Immunology
    • Medication Safety / Quality Assurance / Improvement and Practice Accreditation Systems
    • Pediatrics
  • Desired Practice Setting:
    • Acute Care
    • Ambulatory Care
    • Family Medicine / Primary Care / Private Office
    • Government: Armed Services / FQHC / NIH / Public Health Service / VA
    • Hospital / Health-system based Setting; Managed Care
  • Pharmacotherapy Specialist (Nomination Submission Link)

Psychiatric Pharmacy – Interested candidates should carefully review and consider the qualifications, position duties, responsibilities, and time commitment for Specialist Member the Specialty Council as well as the following desired characteristics.

Psychiatric Pharmacy Specialist (3 BCPP positions open; 1 BCPP incumbent eligible for reappointment)

  • Desired Practice Expertise:
    • Administration / Practice Management
    • Biostatistics and Research Methodology
    • Neurology
    • Pediatric / Adolescents
  • Desired Practice Setting:
    • Government: Armed Services / FQHC / NIH / Public Health Service / VA
  • Psychiatric Pharmacy Specialist (Nomination Submission Link)

Questions
Contact Brian Lawson, BPS Director of Professional Affairs at blawson@aphanet.org or 202-429-4116.

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 take on today’s expanding professional expectations.  Currently over 20,000 pharmacists hold BPS Board Certification.

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