Recommendations for Aligning PGY2 Pharmacy Residency Training and Pharmacy Specialist Board Certification

Todd D. Sorensen, Nancy L. Shapiro, Neal Benedict, Krystal L. Edwards, Alexandre Chan, Douglas Covey, Charles Daniels, Tracy Hagemann, Brian Hemstreet, William Miller, Megan E. Musselman

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With the increased focus and anticipated growth in specialty training and certification within the profession of pharmacy, it is important for the profession to step back and evaluate the manner in which its adopted education and certification systems interface. As a result of specialty practice development, significant growth is occurring in both postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency programs and individuals seeking certification by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties. As the profession continues to evolve its specialty training and credentialing systems, it is important to consider the inherent relationship between these systems. This paper considers the current landscape of specialty training and certification, including issues related to the quality of PGY2 training, consistent application of standards across and within PGY2 programs, credentialing of preceptors and program directors, and alignment of training with specialty certification examination content domains. We outline recommendations across three areas: (1) creating consistency between specialty training and certification, (2) aligning qualifications of PGY2 residency program directors and preceptors with the designated specialty area, and (3) assessing program quality in the context of the expectations of specialists established by the profession. The goal of this paper is to stimulate professional dialogue on these issues. Establishing both formal and informal connections between specialty training and certification can serve as the foundation for a rational approach to professional development and the credentialing that will be recognized by stakeholders outside the pharmacy profession. Establishing these connections will also support and advance the profession's mission of meeting the medication needs of patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e34-e39
JournalPharmacotherapy
Volume36
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2016

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Pharmacy Residencies
Certification
Credentialing
Specialty Boards
Internship and Residency
Growth and Development
Education

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  • Pharmacology (medical)

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Sorensen, T. D., Shapiro, N. L., Benedict, N., Edwards, K. L., Chan, A., Covey, D., ... Musselman, M. E. (2016). Recommendations for Aligning PGY2 Pharmacy Residency Training and Pharmacy Specialist Board Certification. Pharmacotherapy, 36(5), e34-e39. https://doi.org/10.1002/phar.1741

Recommendations for Aligning PGY2 Pharmacy Residency Training and Pharmacy Specialist Board Certification. / Sorensen, Todd D.; Shapiro, Nancy L.; Benedict, Neal; Edwards, Krystal L.; Chan, Alexandre; Covey, Douglas; Daniels, Charles; Hagemann, Tracy; Hemstreet, Brian; Miller, William; Musselman, Megan E.

In: Pharmacotherapy, Vol. 36, No. 5, 01.05.2016, p. e34-e39.

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Sorensen, TD, Shapiro, NL, Benedict, N, Edwards, KL, Chan, A, Covey, D, Daniels, C, Hagemann, T, Hemstreet, B, Miller, W & Musselman, ME 2016, 'Recommendations for Aligning PGY2 Pharmacy Residency Training and Pharmacy Specialist Board Certification', Pharmacotherapy, vol. 36, no. 5, pp. e34-e39. https://doi.org/10.1002/phar.1741
Sorensen TD, Shapiro NL, Benedict N, Edwards KL, Chan A, Covey D et al. Recommendations for Aligning PGY2 Pharmacy Residency Training and Pharmacy Specialist Board Certification. Pharmacotherapy. 2016 May 1;36(5):e34-e39. https://doi.org/10.1002/phar.1741
Sorensen, Todd D. ; Shapiro, Nancy L. ; Benedict, Neal ; Edwards, Krystal L. ; Chan, Alexandre ; Covey, Douglas ; Daniels, Charles ; Hagemann, Tracy ; Hemstreet, Brian ; Miller, William ; Musselman, Megan E. / Recommendations for Aligning PGY2 Pharmacy Residency Training and Pharmacy Specialist Board Certification. In: Pharmacotherapy. 2016 ; Vol. 36, No. 5. pp. e34-e39.
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