Pharmacotherapy Review and Recertification Course

December 7-8, 2013
Orange County Convention Center, Orlando FL

Pharmacotherapy Review CourseBPS Announced a NEW Spring 2014 Exam. The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) announced a new spring exam for 2014 in addition to their current fall testing window. Applicants may begin applying for the Spring 2014 exams in early January 2014.

In anticipation of the new exam; ASHP offers pharmacists a way to better prepare for the Pharmacotherapy Specialty Certification Examination.

This complete two-day course provides a robust preparatory curriculum for the high level pharmacy professional planning to take the examination, or those seeking recertification or a refresh in therapeutics. Designed based on the domains, tasks, and knowledge statements developed by BPS for the examination, the course will help you prepare for the exam by identifying areas needed for in-depth review of pharmacotherapy issues by:

  • Reviewing pertinent clinical topics and practice skills
  • Providing exam practice questions
  • Listing valuable resources for further self-study

Registration and Housing

Registration Rates

  ASHP Member Non-member
Advance (on or before Nov 22) $500 $780
Regular and On-site $645 $935
Resident Advance $350 $550
Resident Regular/On-site $450 $655

The ASHP Difference: Why we are the best choice for BPS prep and recertification

Developed by the leading continuing education provider in the country, and the leading preparatory content experts and faculty, this course is different than your average review course. Our complex case-based, interactive approach goes against the didactic learning norm, and engages the attendee in a way that is sure to have a meaningful and lasting impact on their practice.

Review course participants follow “patients” in real life scenarios from initial presentation, medical history, risk factors, and complications throughout their treatments and outcomes. Participants learn as they apply various treatment options based on national standards and guidelines. Strong emphasis is placed on the thought processes needed to solve patient care problems in each therapeutic area. As patient cases are discussed, faculty members are there to present the best answer to questions that illustrate key concepts.

Prepare for the BPS Pharmacotherapy Specialty Certification Examination with this cutting-edge educational program! Highlights of the ASHP review course include:

  • Interesting, application-based review course approach using complex, case-based interactive learning for high level practitioners and specialists
  • Includes regulatory and population health issues not covered in other review courses, which accounts for 20% of the BPS exam
  • Every topic area contains public health and patient advocacy information
  • Participants are given a workbook containing 100+ practice questions with explained answers and links to original references
  • Complete coverage needed to confidently prepare for the exam in only 2 days! Saving you time away from work and home, and drastically reducing travel expenses
  • Developed by leading continuing education provider in the country and leading preparatory content experts and faculty

Review Course or Intensive? Which one is the right fit for your BPS needs?

Who should register and attend the Pharmacotherapy Specialty Review and Recertification Course?

  • You are a pharmacist preparing to take the BPS exam in 2014 and are looking for a practical, high-level review course that offers real-life patient scenarios presenting with multiple disease states, and offers continuous professional development that is immediately applicable to your practice.
  • You are a BCPS pharmacist looking for 16 recertification credits through a high-level and practical course, while getting up to date on the national standards and guidelines in pharmacotherapy.

This BCPS Review Course is held in conjunction with The Midyear, but requires a separate registration. You do not need to register for The Midyear to attend the Review Course.

Who should sign up for the pre-meeting Pharmacotherapy Intensives at The Midyear?

  • You are a BCPS pharmacist looking for 3 to 6 recertification hours through a high-level, interactive debate and discussion on contemporary and emerging issues in pharmacotherapy.

The Pharmacotherapy Recertification Intensives offered at The Midyear as a pre-meeting workshop requires a separate fee; and does require registration for The Midyear.

Agenda and Faculty

December 7, 2013 Topic Speaker
7:30 a.m. – 7:35 a.m. Welcome and Introductions Stuart Haines, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCACP [PDF]
7:35 a.m. –  8:05 a.m. Tips on studying for the exam Stuart Haines, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCACP [PDF]
8:05 a.m. – 9:35 a.m. Metabolic Syndrome Case Joel Marrs, Pharm.D., BCPS (AQ-Cardiology), CLS [PDF]
9:35 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. Break  
9:50 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Regulatory and Population Health Issues, Part 1 Philip Trapskin, Pharm.D., BCPS [PDF]
10:50 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Break  
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Regulatory and Population Health Issues, Part 2 Philip Trapskin, Pharm.D., BCPS [PDF]
12:00 noon – 1:15 p.m. Lunch Break  
1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Complex Pediatric Asthma Case Mary Worthington, Pharm.D., BCPS [PDF]
2:45 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. Break  
2:55 p.m. – 4:25 p.m. Complex Breast Cancer Case Helen Marshall, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCOP [PDF]
4:25 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Stretch Break  
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Complex HIV Case Douglas Slain, Pharm.D., BCPS, FCCP, FASHP [PDF]
December 8, 2013 Topic Speaker
7:30 a.m. – 7:35 a.m. Announcements  
7:35 a.m. – 8:35 a.m. Research Design, Evidence-Based Medicine and Statistical Analysis, Part 1 Linda Tyler, Pharm.D. [PDF]
8:35 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Break  
8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Research Design, Evidence-Based Medicine and Statistical Analysis, Part 2 Linda Tyler, Pharm.D. [PDF]
9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Break  
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Complex Ischemic Heart Disease Case Snehal Bhatt, Pharm.D., BCPS [PDF]
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch   
12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Examination Overview/Questions Board of Pharmacy Specialties representative
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Complex Nursing Home Case Amie Taggert Blaszczyk, Pharm.D., CGP, BCPS, FASCP [PDF]
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Break  
2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Complex Heart Failure Case Christopher Betz, Pharm.D., BCPS [PDF]
4:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Complex Pneumonia Case Marc Scheetz, Pharm.D., M.S., BCPS (AQ-ID) [PDF]
5:45 p.m. – 5:50 p.m. Closing Remarks  

This course is also eligible for recertification credit after successful completion of an online assessment which will be available four weeks after the live course.  Go to for further details and other opportunities for recertification credit.

Offered by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Planned by the ASHP Sections of Clinical Specialists and Scientists.