Martin, Brouse Named to National TaskforcesJun 05, 2012
The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) appointed UK College of Pharmacy faculty member Craig Martin to its Practice Analysis Taskforce in Infectious Diseases. Martin was one of eleven individuals – from a pool of nearly 70 nominees across the nation – named to the task force.
Martin received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy and completed an Infectious Disease Specialty Residency at UK in 2002 (R#284). He currently serves as the clinical pharmacist for UK Hospital’s Antimicrobial Management Team.
Sara Brouse, a cardiology clinical specialist for UK HealthCare and a former UK HealthCare resident (R#248), was named to BPS’ Practice Analysis Taskforce in Cardiology. She was one of 10 from across the nation – from a pool of more than 80 nominees – chosen to serve on that task force.
The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS), an autonomous division of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), was founded in January 1976 to recognize specialties and certify pharmacists in specialized areas of pharmacy practice. Six specialties are currently recognized by BPS, including: 1) nuclear pharmacy, since 1978; 2) nutrition support pharmacy, since 1988; 3) pharmacotherapy, since 1988; 4) psychiatric pharmacy, since 1992; and 5) oncology pharmacy, since 1996. The latest BPS specialty, focused on ambulatory care pharmacy, was approved in June 2009, and the first examination was administered in 2011. Currently 12,900 pharmacist specialists are certified by BPS.
The initial work of each practice analysis taskforce will be reviewed by an outside panel of subject matter experts and then validated via a survey administered to pharmacists practicing in each area. If the role delineation studies in these two areas yield information suggestive that Cardiology and/or Infectious Diseases should be recognized as a specialty practice in pharmacy, BPS will then issue a call to the profession for a petition for new specialty recognition. The complete process leading to the administration of a certification exam in a new specialty takes approximately three years to complete.