Adds to Extensive Library of Resources for Pharmacist Credentialing
A new resource for pharmacists seeking recertification credit toward their Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) pharmacotherapy credential is now available from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). The Pharmacotherapy Literature Study (LS) Module, released October 1, 2014, is the fourth and final module in a series designed to meet the specialty re-certification needs of today’s pharmacists.
Part of a large package of online ASHP offerings for pharmacists seeking either to be certified or re-certified in pharmacotherapy, the LS was created to meet member needs for such resources. The 2013 LS activities offer up to 35 hours of continuing education/recertification credit. In 2014, the LS activities will add five more hours, bringing the total to 40 hours of credit (20 hours per course).
“ASHP has long supported specialization and board certification of pharmacists,” said ASHP CEO Paul W. Abramowitz, Pharm.D., Sc.D. (Hon.), FASHP. “We are focused on creating diverse and substantial certification activities and programs to help meet the growing demand for these resources among current practitioners and PGY1 and PGY2 residency graduates.”
ASHP’s strategic plan, policy recommendations that emanate from its House of Delegates, and recommendations of its Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative (PPMI) Summit all point to the need for pharmacists to pursue credentialing.
ASHP’s House of Delegates, for example, approved a policy in 2012 supporting the principle that pharmacists who practice where a pharmacy specialty has been formally recognized by the profession should become board certified in that area. Recommendations from the PPMI Summit reflect the goals of that policy.
As part of its continuing efforts in this area, ASHP is focused on creating activities that are practical and applicable to today’s pharmacy practice in hospitals and health systems. Both the pharmacotherapy certification and recertification review programs are built on a comprehensive, three-pronged, patient-based approach.
ASHP is the national professional organization whose nearly 40,000 members include pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and student pharmacists who provide patient care services in hospitals, health systems, and ambulatory clinics. For 70 years, the Society has been on the forefront of efforts to improve medication use and enhance patient safety. For more information about the wide array of ASHP activities and the many ways in which pharmacists help people make the best use of medicines, visit ASHP's website, www.ashp.org, or its consumer website, www.safemedication.com.