Washington, D.C. – The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) issues an accelerated Call for Nominations for Specialist Members to serve on Cardiology Pharmacy, Geriatric Pharmacy, and Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Specialty Councils.


Term and Eligibility

The term of appointment for BPS Specialty Council members for this call is January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2021. BPS must receive nomination materials by Monday, December 17, 2018. The Specialty Councils will review nominations in December 2018. The BPS Board of Directors will consider recommendations for appointments. BPS anticipates the appointment of new Specialty Council Members to be made before Friday, January 18, 2019. Selected Council Members must attend the initial Specialty Council Orientation on February 8-9, 2019 in the Washington, DC-metro area.


Specialist Positions: Board-Certified Cardiology Pharmacists (BCCP), Board-Certified Geriatric Pharmacists (BCGP), and Board-Certified Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (BCIDP) are eligible to apply.  Prospective Specialty Council members must have at least five years of experience in the specialty practice area. Specialty Councils should be comprised of pharmacists with extensive practice expertise across different practice settings. Participation on other licensure or certification boards, or experience with BPS activities (e.g., as an item writer, role delineation study panelist) 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 needs of each Specialty Council are different and vary by appointment cycle. A description of desired characteristics and a link to nomination materials are provided below.


Nomination Deadline and Details

BPS must receive all the following items NO LATER THAN Monday, December 17, 2018.

  1. *Completed and signed Nomination Form: https://fs24.formsite.com/BPSforms/form291/index.html
  2. *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?
  3. *Current resumé or curriculum vitae
  4. *Completed and signed Disclosure and Confidentiality Statement Documents
  5. *Maximum of two Letters(s) of Recommendation (optional)


Desired Characteristics

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


Cardiology Pharmacy

Cardiology Pharmacy Specialist (two BCCP specialist positions open)

  • Desired Practice Expertise: Acute Care Cardiology, Administration/Practice Management, Ambulatory Cardiac Risk Reduction, Ambulatory Heart Failure, Biostatistics/Research Methodology, Cardiac Critical Care, Public Health
  • Specialty Practice Focus: Anticoagulation, Medication Safety/Quality Assurance/Improvement
  • Desired Practice Setting: Assisted living facility, Community pharmacy/Chain Pharmacy/Independent Pharmacy, Home Health/Infusion, Hospice, Long-term care pharmacy/facility
  • International perspective for consideration: Education, training, and practice outside of the U.S. will be considered.


Geriatric Pharmacy

Geriatric Pharmacy Specialist (one BCGP position open)

  • Desired Practice Expertise: Biostatistics and research methodology, Complementary medicine, Genomics, Palliative care, Public health
  • Desired Practice Setting: Community pharmacy/Chain Pharmacy, Hospice, Independent consultant/Clinical pharmacist, Long-term care pharmacy/LTC facility, Managed Care/Mail service
  • International perspective for consideration: Education, training, and practice outside of the U.S. will be considered.


Infectious Diseases Pharmacy

Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Specialist (two BCIDP positions open)

  • Desired Practice Expertise: Public Health
  • Population Focus: pediatrics
  • Specialty Practice Focus: HIV, immunocompromised, medication safety/quality assurance/improvement
  • Desired Practice Setting: Community Hospital, Community Teaching Hospital, Private Teaching Hospital, University Hospital
  • International perspective for consideration: Education, training, and practice outside of the U.S. will be considered.


Questions – Contact Christie Vu, BPS Staff, Specialty Council Committee Manager at cvu@aphanet.org or 202-429-4113.


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 BPS is to improve patient care by positioning BPS Board-Certified Pharmacist Specialists as integral members of multidisciplinary healthcare teams, through recognition and promotion of specialized training, knowledge, and skills for pharmacists in the United States and internationally. Board certification is a recognized credential for determining which pharmacists are qualified to contribute at advanced practice levels given the rigorous standards mandated by BPS board certification and recertification. BPS currently recognizes more than 38,000 pharmacist certifications across 11 specialties.