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Palliative Care, Hospice residencies

Discussion in 'Pharmacy Residencies and Fellowships' started by ndearwater, Jul 28, 2006.

  1. ndearwater

    ndearwater SDN Donor
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    Jul 23, 2004
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    Anyone have any experience with or info on residencies in palliative care? Anybody have any hospice experiences to share? Is there a board certification in palliative care that anyone knows of?
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  3. kwizard

    kwizard Senior Member
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    Jan 6, 2006
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    No there is no recognized board certification for pharmacists in palliative care. The only fields recognized by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP; see www.bpsweb.org) are: pharmacotherapy (BCPS), nutrition (BCNSP), oncology (BCOP), psychiatry (BCPP), and nuclear (BCNP). Certification is also available in geriatrics (CGP); however, this credential is not recognized by the NABP, but strongly advocated by the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP; www.ascp.com) and Commission for Geriatric Pharmacy.

    There are various other types of certifications that aren't as highly recognized and/or are multidisciplinary degrees that include other non pharmacy professionals.

    For hospice/palliative care residencies you should check out the residency search engine via www.accp.com. There are definitely a few out there. Typically you'll find that they may blend the discpline of palliative care/hospice w/ a broader discipline w/i pharmacy that also commonly sees palliative care/hospice pts. Examples are as follows: palliative care/geriatrics or palliative care/oncology so many of the residency directors or people who specialize in this area may have various certifications or a combo of any of the following: BCPS, BCOP, and/or CGP depending on their work setting.

    Please check out the residency search engines (via www.accp.com or www.ashp.org) for more detailed info about the programs available.
    I hope this helps.

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