Reflection #1: Esther Park, PharmD Candidate 2020
In this seminar, Dr. Wong talked about what board certification is, why it is important,
the requirements that are needed to sit for the exam, and the different types of board
certifications available. Each BPS pharmacist must recertify every 7 years and the passing rate is
60%, which means that 60% of the people who took the exam passed. As pharmacists, we should
consider getting certified because it gives you the credentials and gives you personal satisfaction
because you’re being recognized as a pharmacist at a specialized or higher level. In order to sit
for the exam, you have to graduate from an ACPE accredited program, need a current active
license, and need to practice for at least 3 years or you could complete a PGY1 residency. There
are many different types of board certifications available and some examples are in ambulatory
care, oncology, nutrition support, pediatric, geriatrics, and psychiatric support with each
specialization differing in exam content. There is not a lot of knowledge in terms of pediatric
treatments so pharmacists play an important role in becoming the educator of doctors, children,
and family about medications.
Reflection #2: Ramy Seng, PharmD Candidate 2020
Dr. Jason Wong’s informative lecture outlined the steps and the rewards of being board certified. As I am contemplating between applying for residency or not, I appreciate his candor and advice. Though we may not be thinking about it now, but the recent legislation that passed empowering pharmacists with provider status will create dynamic waves in the field of pharmacy. To better prepare for this oncoming change, we must pay close attention to the opportunities provided now. Though we might decide not to do residency, another alternative would be getting board certified. And it has so many fields like geriatric, nuclear, critical care, etc. The learning involved is tantamount. And as more students are graduating, the competition is getting harder, and more employers are looking for the prospective employees who are putting in the extra effort to better the profession. Dr. Wong also provided many useful links, as well as pertinent statistics to the different exams available that I will definitely check out later. This was an incredibly useful lecture.