I've been thinking about becoming board certified in pharmacotherapy after completing my residency, which confers the title BCPS (board certified phramacotherapy specialist). Have others also thought about this? I took the practice exam on the bps website and I think passing such an exam would be doable if I strengthen my weak spots (ie. oncology, infectious disease) during this coming year of residency. It seems like a good career move to distinguish oneself from the growing pool of clinical pharmacists competing for ambulatory care positions. Has anyone gone through the examination process, and if you have, could you describe what it was like, how difficult the questions were, how you stuied, and if you felt it was all worth it in the end? I'm puzzled why more clinical pharmacists don't get board certified...is it the $600 certification fee, or is it that the exam pass rate is low, or something else? Even among my professors at UCSF, only a small minoriy were board certified. Is it really not very useful to have the board certification? I guess I like having goals (or driving myself crazy) and it seems like certification could only be a good thing (possible higher pay, impetus to keep studying and learning, an edge in the job market). What do you all think?