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BPS Announces the 2023 Warren Weaver/Richard Penna Award Call for Nominations

 

Washington, DC – The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) announces the call for nominations for the 2023 Warren Weaver/Richard Penna Award. This award is conferred annually by the BPS Board of Directors. The award recognizes two categories of recipients: individual persons and patient care organizations. Recipients in each category are recognized for making outstanding voluntary contributions to the advancement of pharmacy through BPS Board Certification. The deadline for nomination materials is Wednesday, September 28, 2022. The nominations form can be found here.

 

To be eligible, a nominee must be an individual or patient care organization who has advanced patient care and health quality by promoting the recognition and value of specialized training, knowledge, and skills in pharmacy through BPS Board Certification.

 

“The Weaver/Penna Award honors the profound work of the first BPS Chairperson, Warren Weaver, and the first staff member of BPS, Richard Penna. These trailblazers started the conversation of how crucial specialized certification is in pharmacy and we look forward to highlighting contemporary organizations and individuals continuing the discussion,” stated BPS Executive Director, William M. Ellis, MS, RPh, ICE-CCP.

 

Any person may nominate an individual or organization for the Warren Weaver/Richard Penna Award. Self-nominations are not accepted for the individual category. The nominator is responsible for submitting the application materials, as outlined below, by Wednesday, September 28, 2022. 

 

The nomination packet must include the following items:

  • For a patient care organization nominee:
    • Electronic nomination form found here
    • A letter from the nominator(s) describing the most important achievements of the nominee and explaining why the nominee meets the criteria for the award (500 words or less)
    • At least one, but no more than three, letters of recommendation
    • A detailed description of the institution, department, service, or team for organizational nominees
  • For an individual nominee: 
    • Electronic nomination form found here
    • A letter from the nominator(s) describing the most important achievements of the nominee and explaining why the nominee meets the criteria for the award (500 words or less)
    • A detailed resumé or CV
    • Optionally, up to three letters of recommendation are accepted 

 

The selection is made by the BPS Board of Directors based upon careful review of complete nominations. The award recipients will be selected and notified in fall 2022. Those who have previously submitted application materials, but have not been selected, are encouraged to submit an updated application form, and may repurpose previously submitted materials, if appropriate. International nominees are welcome in addition to domestic nominees.

 

The award will be conferred at a meeting or venue deemed appropriate by the BPS Board of Directors based upon the affiliation of the award recipient(s). The award will bear the images of Warren Weaver and Richard Penna and the BPS logo inscribed with the recipient’s name and date of presentation. Travel expenses will be covered based upon current BPS travel policies, as deemed appropriate by the BPS Board of Directors, based upon the nature of the presentation. In addition, the BPS offices will display a perpetual plaque recognizing previous award recipients.

 

For more information about the award, details about Warren Weaver and Richard Penna, and past award recipients, click here. Questions regarding the award and be directed to Ellie LaNou, Director of Professional Affairs, at elanou@aphanet.org.

 

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 has currently issued more than 55,350 certifications held by pharmacists across 14 specialties.

 

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