The CPNP New Practitioner Hub is for CPNP members within their first five years of practice. The goal of this Hub is to help new practitioners transition into psychiatric and neurologic pharmacy practice.

What I Wish I Knew Series

Dr. Silvia graduated from the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy in 1999, and then completed a two-year residency/fellowship in psychiatric pharmacy through the Institute of Living and the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy. Since then, he has taught future pharmacists at the MCPHS University School of Pharmacy in Boston. During this time, Dr. Silva has held clinical positions in a variety of psychiatric settings, most recently at the South End Community Health Center in Boston. At the center, he maintains a collaborative practice in psychiatric pharmacy within the primary care clinics of the center. Seeing patients in primary care, he prescribes psychotropic medications for a variety of psychiatric indications, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, and others.

Read About: I’m Anxious About Taking Anxiety Meds, So What About OTC Products?, Richard J. Silvia, PharmD, BCPP

The “What I Wish I Knew” series of articles is a service of CPNP’s Resident and New Practitioner Committee. Articles are intended to provide advice from experts for students, residents, and new practitioners. Articles are not intended to provide in-depth disease state or pharmacotherapy information nor replace any peer-reviewed educational materials. We hope you benefit from this “field guide” discussing approaches to unique problems and situations.

CPNP New Practitioner Membership

Membership in the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP) is one of the best ways you can learn more about the exciting, growing field of psychiatric and neurologic pharmacy. Joining is easy and a 6-month complimentary trial membership is available for you to experience all of the benefits CPNP has to offer including:

  • Job and Residency Opportunities
  • Research/poster presentation and award opportunities
  • Current industry and psych/neuro specialty news through the CPNP e-news distributed exclusively to CPNP members
  • Networking through the CPNP membership directory, protected to CPNP members
  • Participation in the very active CPNP email list (exclusive to members) where you post questions to experts in the field, learn about cases and gain clinical pearls not commonly encountered in the literature
  • Membership discounts on dues and educational programming

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