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The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) has issued a Call for Nominations for Specialist (Board Certified Pharmacists) and Non-Specialist Pharmacists to serve on each of its six Specialty Councils.

Term

The term of appointment for BPS Specialty Council members for this call is January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2018. BPS must receive nomination materials by Wednesday, April 15, 2015. The Councils will review nominations during their business meetings from May through July, and the BPS Board of Directors will confirm appointments in October 2015.

Purpose

Specialty Councils exist for the following purposes:

  • To recommend to the Board of Pharmacy Specialties standards and other requirements for certification and recertification of pharmacists in the specialty.
  • To develop and administer examinations as required for certification and recertification of pharmacists in the specialty.
  • To evaluate the qualifications of individual pharmacists and to submit to the Board of Pharmacy Specialties the names of those pharmacists recommended for certification or recertification in the specialty

Eligibility

Specialist Position (Board Certified Pharmacist): Pharmacists holding BPS Board Certification in the pharmacy specialty area under the responsibility of the Council are eligible to apply.

Non-Specialist Position (non-Board Certified Pharmacist in that Specialty): Pharmacists who do not hold Board certification in the pharmacy specialty area under the responsibility of the Council are eligible to apply.  Non-specialists should have practice expertise that is complementary to but distinct from the specialty area.  A Non-specialist member must not be Board-eligible in the specialty area for consideration, but may hold board certification in other specialty areas.

Prospective Specialty Council members must have at least five (5) years of dedicated experience in the specialty practice area. Specialty Councils should be comprised of pharmacists with extensive practice expertise and a variety of practice settings. Participation on other licensure or certification boards, and experience as an item writer are preferred, but not required.

BPS has outlined ideal expertise, practice setting, and experience of prospective Board Certified Pharmacist and Non-Specialist Pharmacist nominees based on the needs of each Specialty Council for this appointment cycle. Please note that the Specialty Councils strive to maintain a mix of practice expertise and practice setting. As such, the needs of each Specialty Council are different and will vary from appointment cycle to appointment cycle. A description of desired characteristics and a link to nomination materials are provided below.

Deadline Date

BPS must receive all of the following items NO LATER THAN Wednesday, April 15, 2015:

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

Psychiatric Pharmacy Specialist (2 BCPP positions open)

  • Desired Practice Expertise: Administration / Practice Management, Biostatistics and Research Methodology
  • Desired Population Focus: Pediatrics, Developmental Disabilities

Psychiatric Pharmacy Specialist (Nomination Submission Link)

Psychiatric Pharmacy Non-Specialist (1 non-BCPP position open)

  • Desired Practice Expertise: Administration / Management, Biostatistics / Research Methodology, Patient Safety, Public Health
  • Desired Practice Setting: Family Medicine / Primary Care / Private Office, Government: Armed Services / FQHC / NIH / Public Health Service / VA, Managed Care, Pediatric Hospital

Psychiatric Pharmacy Non-Specialist (Nomination Submission Link)

Questions

Contact Brian Lawson, BPS Director of Professional Affairs at blawson@aphanet.org or 202-429-4116

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