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Pharmacy Faculty Awarded Grant for Research Project

By Jenna Pizzi

Published on December 3, 2019

Angela Bingham and Volodymyra FedkivThe Board of Pharmacy Specialities awarded Angela Bingham, PharmD and Volodymyra Fedkiv, PharmD, from the University of the Sciences’ Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, a PGY-2 Pharmacy Residency Research Grant to delve into the qualifications for pharmacy faculty nationwide. 

The proposal entitled “Prevalence and Value of Board Certification Among Pharmacy Practice Faculty at Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy in the United States” was chosen as one of two for seed funding.

Drs. Bingham and Fedkiv received word of the grant award last month. The BPS Research Committee received a number of applications, said Andrea Iannucci, PharmD, BPS Research Committee member and Immediate Past Board Chair.

“This is a terrific opportunity for BPS to collaborate with others in the pharmacy profession to learn more about the value of BPS certification,” said Dr. Iannucci. 

Drs. Bingham and Fedkiv wrote in their proposal that ““In 2011, the prevalence of board-certified pharmacy practice faculty in the United States was 37%, but the number of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) specialties has increased significantly since that time. The prevalence of BPS certification among pharmacy practice faculty is currently unknown. In addition, limited data exists on the value of BPS certification, as it relates to professional achievements/accomplishments and career advancement, among pharmacy practice faculty in the United States. Our objective is to determine the prevalence of board certification among pharmacy practice faculty in the United States and to describe the motivators and barriers to board certification as well as professional achievements/accomplishments that may support career advancement for pharmacy practice faculty by faculty rank and certification status.”

“Part of BPS’ mission is to collaborate with researchers seeking to explore the value and impact of board certification on meaningful outcomes,” said Samuel Johnson PharmD, BPS Association Executive Director. 

 About the Board of Pharmacy Specialties

The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) was established in 1976 as an autonomous division of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). The mission of BPS is to improve patient care by positioning BPS Board-Certified Pharmacist Specialists as integral members of multidisciplinary healthcare teams, through recognition and promotion of specialized training, knowledge, and skills for pharmacists in the United States and internationally. Board certification is a recognized credential for determining which pharmacists are qualified to contribute at advanced practice levels given the rigorous standards mandated by BPS board certification and recertification. BPS currently recognizes more than 42,000 pharmacist certifications across 11 specialties.

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