FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 6, 2017

Board of Pharmacy Specialties Seeks Pharmacists to Serve on its
Cardiology, Geriatric, and Infectious Diseases Specialty Councils
A total of 27 positions are open for consideration

Washington, DCThe Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) today issues a Call for Nominations for cardiology pharmacists and infectious diseases pharmacists to serve on its Cardiology Pharmacy and Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Specialty Councils, respectively. BPS also issues a Call for Nominations for Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacists (BCGP) and Non-Specialist Pharmacists to serve on the Geriatric Pharmacy Specialty Council.

Cardiology Pharmacy Term and Eligibility – Nine Positions Open
The term of appointment for BPS Cardiology Pharmacy Specialty Council members are usually based on the calendar year. The specific term for this call is June 2, 2017 to December 31, 2020. There are nine (9) positions open. *However, two (2) members from each Specialty Council will serve terms that end December 31, 2018 to allow for the appointment of two (2) Board Certified Pharmacists in 2019. Nominees for the BPS Cardiology Pharmacy Specialty Council must be active, licensed pharmacists, and have an active cardiology pharmacy practice. BPS board certification in another specialty area is preferred, but not required.  Individuals who hold Added Qualifications in Cardiology are encouraged to apply.

Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Term and Eligibility – Nine Positions Open
The term of appointment for BPS Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Specialty Council members are usually based on the calendar year. The specific term for this call is June 2, 2017 to December 31, 2020. There are nine (9) positions open. *However, two (2) members from each Specialty Council will serve terms that end December 31, 2018 to allow for the appointment of two (2) Board Certified Pharmacists in 2019. Nominees for a BPS Specialty Council must be active, licensed pharmacists, and have an active infectious diseases pharmacy practice. BPS board certification in another specialty area is preferred, but not required.  Individuals who hold Added Qualifications in Infectious Diseases are encouraged to apply.

Geriatric Pharmacy Term and Eligibility – Nine Positions Open
The term of appointment for BPS Geriatric Pharmacy Specialty Council members for this call is January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2020.

Specialist Position (7 BCGP positions open): Pharmacists who currently hold the BPS Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP) credential are eligible to apply.
Non-Specialist Position (2 non-BCGP positions open): Pharmacists who do not hold the BCGP credential are eligible to apply. Non-specialists should have practice expertise that is complementary to but distinct from the specialty area.
A Non-specialist member may hold board certification in other specialty areas.

Experience and Expertise
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 from a variety of practice settings. Participation on other licensure or certification boards, and experience with certification activities (e.g. as an item writer, role delineation study/job task analysis participant) are preferred, but not required.

BPS must receive nomination materials by Monday, May 1, 2017. The BPS Board of Directors will consider recommendations for appointments. BPS anticipates the decision of new Specialty Council Members to be made by Friday, June 2, 2017.

**New Member Orientation**
Appointed Specialty Council Members MUST participate in the New Member Orientation scheduled for July 29 – 30, 2017 in the Washington, DC metro area.

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.

Please note that the BPS Board strives to establish a mix of practice expertise and practice setting diversity for each Specialty Council. Interested candidates should carefully review and consider the qualifications, position duties, responsibilities, and time commitment to serve as a member of the Specialty Council (see Position Duties below)

Nomination Deadline
BPS must receive all of the following items NO LATER THAN Monday, May 1, 2017

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.

On January 1, 2017, the Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy (CCGP) moved the Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (CGP) credential under the BPS portfolio of pharmacist certifications. The Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (CGP) credential is now the Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP) credential and by January 1, 2018, the geriatric examination will be fully integrated into BPS and will be administered under the BPS structure.

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
Keith McAllister
kmcallister@aphanet.org
202-429-7591
www.bpsweb.org