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ASHP Psychiatric Pharmacy Review Course to Help Practitioners Prepare for BPS Exam

Pharmacy practitioners preparing for the 2000 Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties (BPS) certification examination in psychiatric pharmacy can again take advantage of a review course from the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP). The course, offered most recently at the Society's Annual Meeting '99 in Reno, Nev., will help pharmacists refresh their knowledge of psychiatric pharmacy concepts in preparation for the 2000 exam.

During the two-day course, attendees will receive a concentrated update on disease states and therapies, regulatory issues, pharmacology, and statistics related to psychiatric pharmacy. The course is not intended to be an introduction to these concepts, but will help experienced psychiatric pharmacy practitioners recognize and address knowledge gaps. The curriculum, which is based on case studies, includes an extensive reference list of helpful resources. Participants will receive 15 hours of continuing education credit after completing the course. 

The review course will be held April 29-30 in Washington, D.C. Course enrollment is limited to 100 persons. Registration materials are now available on ASHP's Web site,, and by calling ASHP Customer Service at (301) 657-4383. 

The course is funded by Janssen Pharmaceutica and was developed with the assistance of ASHP's Section of Clinical Specialists. ASHP members served as content experts and worked closely with an instructional designer to develop a curricular-based program addressing content areas covered in the BPS examination. 

ASHP is the 30,000-member national professional association that represents pharmacists who practice in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities, home care, and other components of health care systems. ASHP believes that the mission of pharmacists is to help people make the best use of medicines. Assisting pharmacists in fulfilling this mission is ASHP's primary objective. The Society has extensive publishing and educational programs designed to help members improve their delivery of pharmaceutical care, and it is the national accrediting organization for pharmacy residency and pharmacy technician training programs.