School of Pharmacy Faculty Earn BPS Certification

Two members of the School of Pharmacy at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine recently earned board certification from the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS).

Maryann Scholl, Pharm.D., MS, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at LECOM, was certified in Pharmacotherapy, the area of pharmacy practice responsible for ensuring the safe and economical use of medications. Pharmacotherapy specialists are responsible for direct patient care and often function within multidisciplinary care teams. In addition, they frequently serve as the primary source of drug information for other healthcare professionals. In order to achieve the certification, Dr. Scholl was required to complete three years of practice, with at least half spent in Pharmacotherapy activities, and achieve a passing score on the Pharmacotherapy Specialty Certification Examination. She practices at UPMC Hamot.

Justin Scholl, Pharm.D., MS, and Maryann Scholl, Pharm.D., MS, LECOM School of Pharmacy.

Justin Scholl, Pharm.D., MS, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at LECOM, was certified in Ambulatory Care. Ambulatory care pharmacy, the newest BPS specialty practice, represents the provision of integrated, accessible health care services by pharmacists who are accountable for addressing medication needs, developing sustained partnerships with patients, and practicing in the context of family and community. In order to achieve the certification, Dr. Scholl was required to complete four years of practice, with at least half spent in Ambulatory Care Pharmacy activities, and achieve a passing score on the Ambulatory Care Specialty Certification Examination. He practices at Eastside Medical Center, a clinical practice of LECOM.

The LECOM School of Pharmacy is a nationally recognized leader in the evolution of pharmacy practice. The School emphasizes collaborative practices, community service, dedication to the profession of pharmacy, diversity, excellence in scholarship and teaching, integrity, leadership, life-long learning, professionalism and continuous quality improvement.

LECOM’s campus in Erie offers one of the few accelerated, three-year Doctor of Pharmacy programs in the country. Students interested in a more traditional, four-year program leading to the Pharm.D. degree may attend LECOM’s campus in Bradenton.

The Board of Pharmacy Specialties’ mission is to improve patient care by promoting the recognition and value of specialized training, knowledge, and skills in pharmacy and specialty board certification of pharmacists. The organization seeks to provide leadership for the profession of pharmacy in the discussion, evolution, direction and recognition of specialty board certification of pharmacists and in establishing standards for the identification and recognition of pharmacy specialties.

Certification from the Board of Pharmacy Specialties allows pharmacists to provide more comprehensive patient care, improve outcomes, reduce costs and master the additional responsibilities resulting from the pharmacist’s evolving role in multidisciplinary treatment teams.

January 10, 2014
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