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Pharmacotherapist

Discussion in 'Pharmacy' started by DrgsRmyLife, Apr 19, 2007.

  1. DrgsRmyLife

    DrgsRmyLife Junior Member 2+ Year Member

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    Hello everyone,
    I just wanted to know what exactely is a board certified pharmacotherapist and what are their duties? What makes them different from normal pharmacists or clinical pharmacists other than having to take another exam? Anyways any info would be great. Thanks
     
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  3. lvp0021

    lvp0021 10+ Year Member

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    You mean BCPS? Board Certified pharmacotherapy Specialist?
     
  4. WVUPharm2007

    WVUPharm2007 imagine sisyphus happy Pharmacist 10+ Year Member

    Basically they have to go through a "residency". There are three main types. Community, managed care, and what I call "hospital". Most people think of the hospital type when they think of residency.

    Residency is basically another year of rotations and an excuse for hospitals to get cheap labor under the facade of "academia". But, hey, at least you get paid with health benefits. That's "PGY1", post-grad year 1. After that year of residency, you can become board certified in general ass pharmacotherapy by taking an exam. After this you can "actually" specialize by taking a second residency in a motley assortment of crap like infectious disease, oncology, peds, geriatrics, critical care, psychiatry, and on and on. That's PGY2. You take a specialist exam and are the king **** of that area drug wise.

    While the idea of the "actual specializing year" sounds cool, the idea of PGY1 sounds so very annoying.
     
  5. Caverject

    Caverject Try Some Schnitzel! 10+ Year Member

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    wvu is half correct...it takes a residency to become specialized but it also takes a number of "experiences" to become specialized as well. Doing a two year residency does not grant automatic BCBS status. Certification is available in five specialty areas: nuclear pharmacy, nutrition support, oncology, pharmacotherapy, and psychiatry. To become certified, candidates must have earned an entry level pharmacy degree, have completed a requisite amount of patient care experience (often including residency training), hold a valid license to practice pharmacy in the United States, and pass an examination
     
  6. DrgsRmyLife

    DrgsRmyLife Junior Member 2+ Year Member

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    thanks for the replies. So in general is there any other duties or responsibilities that come along with it or is there a pay increase? Or is basically a few letters after your name saying that you have a crap load of knowledge and were tested on it and now considered an expert?
     
  7. WVUPharm2007

    WVUPharm2007 imagine sisyphus happy Pharmacist 10+ Year Member

    Well, gimme 80% at least. Pretty good for something I have absolutely no interest at all in.
     
  8. Caverject

    Caverject Try Some Schnitzel! 10+ Year Member

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    I'll give you WVU's 2006 football winning percentage....78.5%
     
  9. GatorRxGirl

    GatorRxGirl 5+ Year Member

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    Somewhere on the beach.
    you have too much time on your hands.
     
  10. Caverject

    Caverject Try Some Schnitzel! 10+ Year Member

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    check out my avatar before you make any more comments...
     
  11. Requiem

    Requiem Senior Member Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

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    HAHA.

    First time i've laughed in this thread.
     

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