Washington, DC – The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) today issues a Call for Nominations for Specialists (Board Certified Pharmacists) and Non-Specialist Pharmacists to serve on each of its eight Specialty Council.

Term
The term of appointment for BPS Specialty Council members for this call is January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2020. BPS must receive nomination materials by Monday, April 17, 2017. The Councils will review nominations during their summer business meetings. The BPS Board of Directors will consider recommendations for appointments. BPS anticipates the decision of new Specialty Council Members to be made by November 8, 2017.

Purpose
Specialty Councils serve 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
Specialist Position (Board Certified Pharmacist): Pharmacists holding current BPS Board Certification in the pharmacy specialty area under the responsibility of the Council are eligible to apply.

Non-Specialist Position (non-Board Certified Pharmacist in that Specialty): Pharmacists who do not hold Board certification in the pharmacy specialty area under the responsibility of the Council are eligible to apply. Non-specialists should have practice expertise that is complementary to but distinct from the specialty area. A Non-specialist member must not be Board-eligible in the specialty area for consideration, but may hold board certification in other specialty areas.
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 with BPS activities (i.e., as an item writer, RDS participant) are preferred, but not required.

BPS has outlined ideal expertise, practice setting, and experience of prospective Board Certified Pharmacist and non-specialist nominees 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.

Nomination Deadline

BPS must receive all of the following items NO LATER THAN Monday, April 17, 2017.

  • *Completed and signed Nomination Form
  • *Completed Statement of Interest (300 words or less) — Response to the question: “Why are you interested in serving as a member of the BPS Specialty Council?”
  • *Current resumé or curriculum vitae
  • *Completed and signed Disclosure and Confidentiality Statement Documents
  • *Maximum of two Letters(s) of Recommendation (optional)*More information including instructions for each element can be found within each of the Nomination Submission Links below.

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 Member  and Non-Specialist Member  of the Specialty Council as well as the following desired characteristics.

Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Specialist (two BCACP positions open; two BCACP incumbents are eligible for reappointment)

  • Desired Practice Expertise: Administration / Practice Management, Biostatistics and Research Methodology, Medication Therapy Management / Chronic Disease State Management, Neurology/Psychiatric Specialty Practice Focus, Public Health
  • Desired Practice Setting: Community Chain Pharmacy, Independent Pharmacy, Federal Government (Armed Services, FQHC, NIH, PHS, VA), Health System-based Clinic, Home Health or Home-based Primary Care, Managed Care

Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Specialist (Nomination Submission Link)

Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Non-Specialist (one non-specialist position open; one incumbent is eligible for reappointment)

  • Desired Practice Expertise: Biostatistics / Research Methodology, Patient Safety, Public Health
  • Desired Practice Setting: Children’s Hospital, Federal Government (Armed Services, FQHC, NIH, PHS, VA), Hospital / Health System-based Clinic, Hospital or Health System, Managed Care, Psychiatric Hospital/Center

Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Non-Specialist (Nomination Submission Link)

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

Critical Care Pharmacy Specialist (two BCCCP positions open)

  • Desired Practice Expertise: Administration / Management, Burn, Cardiology, Emergency Medicine, Drug Information, Hematology / Oncology Supportive Care, Infectious Diseases, Medication Safety/Quality Assurance, Neurosurgery / Neuroscience, Nutrition Support, Pediatrics, Practice Accreditation Systems, Women’s Health
  • Desired Practice Setting: Federal Government (Armed Services, FQHC, NIH, PHS, VA), Hospital or Health-system, Non-University-based / Non-Academia-affiliated Health-system

Critical Care Pharmacy Specialist (Nomination Submission Link)

Nuclear PharmacyInterested candidates should carefully review and consider the qualifications, position duties, responsibilities, and time commitment for Specialist Member and Non-Specialist Member of the Specialty Council as well as the following desired characteristics.

Nuclear Pharmacy Specialists (two BCNP positions open; one incumbent is eligible for reappointment)

  • Desired Practice Expertise: Administration / Management (commercial nuclear pharmacy, hospital nuclear pharmacy, Nuclear pharmacist (commercial nuclear pharmacy, hospital nuclear pharmacy), Pharmaceutical Company/ Contract Research Organization,
  • Desired Practice Setting: Academia-affiliated / University-based Clinic, Commercial Chain Nuclear Pharmacy, Commercial Independent Nuclear Pharmacy, Federal Government (Armed Services, NIH, PHS, VA), Hospital / Clinic / Outpatient Center, Pharmaceutical Company, Consulting Company, Contract Research Organization.

Nuclear Pharmacy Specialist (Nomination Submission Link)

Nuclear Pharmacy Non-Specialist (one non-specialist position open)

  • Desired Practice Expertise: Academia, Administration / Management, Biostatistics / Research Methodology, Patient Safety, Public Health
  • Desired Practice Setting: Academia-affiliated / University-based Clinic Hospital / Clinic / Outpatient Center, Administrative / Corporate / Corporate Support, Federal Government (Armed Services, NIH, PHS, VA), Consulting Company, Contract Research Organization, Pharmaceutical Company

Nuclear Pharmacy Non-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  and Non-Specialist Member  of the Specialty Council as well as the following desired characteristics.

Nutrition Support Pharmacy Specialists (two BCNSP positions open; two incumbents are eligible for reappointment)

  • Desired Practice Expertise: Biostatistics and Research Methodology, Geriatric, Pediatrics
  • Desired Practice Setting: Federal Government (NIH, PHS), Home Health care, Long-term care

Nutrition Support Pharmacy Specialist (Nomination Submission Link)

Nutrition Support Pharmacy Non-Specialist (one non-specialist position open)

  • Desired Practice Expertise: Accountable care organization (ACO)/integrated delivery networks (IDN), Chronic Disease State Management, Public Health, Patient Safety
  • Desired Practice Setting: Federal Government (NIH, PHS), Home Health care, Long-term care

Nutrition Support Pharmacy Non-Specialist (Nomination Submission Link)

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

Oncology Pharmacy Specialist (two BCOP positions open; one incumbent is eligible for reappointment)

  • Desired Practice Expertise: Administration / Practice Management, Ambulatory / community clinic, Pediatrics, Solid tumors, Stem cell transplantation,
  • Desired Practice Setting: Ambulatory Care, Outpatient Cancer Center

Oncology Pharmacy Specialist (Nomination Submission Link)

Oncology Pharmacy Non-Specialist (one position open; one incumbent is eligible for reappointment)

  • Desired Practice Expertise: Administration / Management, Biostatistics / Research Methodology, Genomics, Patient Safety, Public Health
  • Desired Practice Setting: Ambulatory Care, Managed Care

Oncology Pharmacy Non-Specialist (Nomination Submission Link)

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

Pediatric Pharmacy Specialist (two BCPPS positions open)

  • Desired Practice Expertise: Administration / Management, Adolescents, Biostatistics and Research Methodology, Cardiology, Drug Information, Emergency Medicine, Gastrointestinal, Hematology/Oncology Supportive Care,  Infectious Diseases, Nutrition Support, Practice Accreditation Systems, Surgery
  • Desired Practice Setting: Ambulatory Care, Family Medicine / Primary Care / Private Office, Federal Government (Armed Services, FQHC, NIH, PHS, VA), Managed Care

Pediatric Pharmacy Specialist (Nomination Submission Link)

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

Pharmacotherapy Specialist (two BCPS positions open; one incumbent is eligible for reappointment)

  • Desired Practice Expertise: Administration / Management, Biostatistics and Research Methodology, Cardiology, Critical Care, Oncology, Medication Safety, Pediatric, Psychiatric,
  • Desired Practice Setting: Federal Government (Armed Services, FQHC, NIH, PHS, VA), Managed Care, Private Office,

Pharmacotherapy Specialist (Nomination Submission Link)

Pharmacotherapy Non-Specialist (one non-specialist position open; one incumbent is eligible for reappointment)

  • Desired Practice Expertise: Administration / Management, Biostatistics / Research Methodology, Behavior Health, Oncology, Pediatric, Patient Safety, Public Health
  • Desired Practice Setting: Cancer Center / Hospital, Children’s Hospital, Psychiatric Center / Hospital, Federal Government (Armed Services, FQHC, NIH, PHS, VA), Managed Care,

Pharmacotherapy Non-Specialist (Nomination Submission Link)

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

Psychiatric Pharmacy Specialist (two BCPP positions open; one incumbent is eligible for reappointment)

  • Desired Practice Expertise: Administration / Practice Management, Biostatistics and Research Methodology
  • Desired Practice Setting: Inpatient, Federal Government (Armed Services, FQHC, NIH, PHS, VA)

Psychiatric Pharmacy Specialist (Nomination Submission Link)

Psychiatric Pharmacy Non-Specialist (one non-specialist position open; one incumbent is eligible for reappointment)

  • Desired Practice Expertise: Patient Safety, Public Health
  • Desired Practice Setting: Acute / Critical Care, Family Medicine / Primary Care / Private Office, Federal Government (Armed Services, FQHC, NIH, PHS, VA), Hospital / Health-system, Managed Care

Psychiatric Pharmacy Non-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 as a result of the rigorous standards mandated by BPS board certification and recertification. Today over 30,000 pharmacists worldwide hold BPS certification.

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BPS CONTACT
Ernest Wright
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202-429-7510