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 or renewal of Added Qualifications to 76 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 Ahmed Allam, Bassam Atallah, Snehal Bhatt, Penny Fugal, Jon Godden, Sarah Hanigan, Jeffrey Langford, Jenna Negrelli, Elizabeth Pogge, Brittany Todd, and Linda Uchal.

Joyce Chan, Vincent Colucci, James Coons, Heather Dell’Orfano, Tracy Macaulay, Joel Marrs, Kristen Pogue, and Douglas Yoder had their Added Qualifications in Cardiology renewed.

Board certified Pharmacotherapy specialists with Added Qualifications in Cardiology may use the following designations:

  • Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist with Added Qualifications in Cardiology
  • BCPS with Added Qualifications in Cardiology
  • BCPS-AQ Cardiology

Added Qualifications in Infectious Diseases were awarded to Victoria Adams, Samuel Aitken, Sidrah Andleeb, Lisa Avery, Dayla Boldt, Dana Bowers, Whitney Buckel, Sophia Cardwell, Dominic Chan, Claire Dysart, Rasha Elshenawey, Lori Gordon, Katie Hammer, Andrew Hunter, John Hurst, Samuel King, Paul Lewis, Ariel Ma, Conan MacDougall, Aileen Martinez, Dayna McManus, Matthew Miller, Kylie Mueller, Tsz Ming Ng, Cynthia Nguyen, Joseph Pardo, Kelly Percival, Brian Potoski, Tonya Scardina, Janessa Smith, Andrea Stock, Vincent Tam, Rodney Turner, Frank Tverdek, Sara Utley, Wenjing Wei, Tracy Zembles, Yvonne Zhou. Edina Avdic, Sandy Estrada, Geneen Gibson, Brett Heintz, Jessica Holt, Tomasz Jodlowski, Scott Johns, Rachel Kenney, Christine Kubin, Danielle Kunz, Dorothy McCoy, Kari Mergenhagen, Ryan Moenster, Gregory Perry, Jason Pogue, Marc Scheetz, Douglas Slain, Mira Suseno, and Cindy Zoellner had their Added Qualifications in Infectious Diseases renewed.

Board certified Pharmacotherapy Specialists with Added Qualifications in Infectious Diseases may use the following designations:

  • Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist with Added Qualifications in Infectious Diseases
  • BCPS with Added Qualifications in Infectious Diseases

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, 2022. There are now 474 pharmacists with Added Qualifications with 162 in Cardiology and 312 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.The Added Qualifications program for Cardiology and Infectious Diseases will end as of December 31, 2017 based upon the plan to offer the first examinations in those specialties in Fall 2018. Applications for the Added Qualifications program will be made available on August 1, 2017 with all applications due by December 31, 2017

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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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