Medication Optimization and the Value of Board Certification

As I survey the landscape of health care delivery and finance, I am reminded of the difference between cost and worth. Cost, of course, defined by the Oxford Dictionary as the “required payment before something can be acquired or completed;” as opposed to worth, “the value equivalent to that of someone or something under consideration.”…

Reducing Stigma for Persons with Mental Illness – Our Professional Role

Jerry McKee Pharm. D., M.S., BCPP Medical Affairs Director of Pharmacy Community Care of North Carolina   Mental illness is common throughout the United States, affecting tens of millions of people each year, and overall, only about half of those affected receive treatment1. For those with mental illness, there are many barriers to accessing optimal…

2nd Call for Cardiology and Infectious Diseases Item Writers

Washington, DC – BPS is issuing a call to participate in an upcoming Cardiology and Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Online Item Writing Drive.  BPS offers this opportunity to write items for possible use on future BPS Cardiology and Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Certification and Recertification Examinations, which must accurately reflect the current practice of Cardiology and Infectious…

Spring 2017 BPS Certification Examination Results

Washington, D.C. – The results of the Spring 2017 BPS specialty certification and recertification exams were announced today by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties® (BPS), the premier post-licensure certification organization serving the pharmacy profession. A total of 2,092 out of 3,257 pharmacists passed the exams in the nine specialties currently offered by BPS: ambulatory care…

BPS Adjust BCGP Eligibility for 2018

Washington, DC – The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) has voted to adjust the eligibility requirements for the Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP) examination effective January 1, 2018. The revised eligibility criteria are: Graduation from a pharmacy program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) or a program outside the U.S. that qualifies…

Call for Nominations 2018 BPS Board of Directors

The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) is seeking nominations for individuals to serve on its Board of Directors. The term of appointment for BPS Board members is based on the calendar year. Each appointment is for three years with the possibility of re-appointment to a second 3-year term. The specific term for this call is…

BPS Confers Added Qualifications to 76 Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialists

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…