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Washington, DC – The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) announces the addition of Aneesh Asokan, PharmD, MBA as the 2022-2023 BPS Executive Resident beginning July 5. Asokan joins the BPS Professional Affairs, Communications, and Engagement (PACE) team for a year-long residency in association management and professional certification.


“We are pleased to have Aneesh join us,” said Brian Lawson, BPS Associate Executive Director. “The entire BPS team is committed to helping Aneesh achieve his goals as a future leader through experiences that expand knowledge and refine skills in project and people management and communications.”


Asokan earned his PharmD and MBA from the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy in May. He previously earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His professional interests include patient safety, population health, social determinants of health, and social media.


“The executive residency experience with BPS provides an opportunity for new practitioners like Aneesh to learn more about and fully engage in the issues impacting the certification and association management communities,” Lawson said.


Asokan will contribute to the BPS strategic goals with a focus on strengthening the value of board certification within the pharmacy workforce. He will also navigate the intersection of association management principles and certification accreditation standards.


The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Postgraduate Training Program (Residencies and Fellowship) was reinvigorated in 2021 and welcomes a new cohort of trainees annually to engage in various organizational departments. Asokan will gain rotational experiences outside BPS during the year-long program. More information about the program can be found here.


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 interprofessional 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 54,400 active pharmacist certifications across 14 specialties. 


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