Koval, Thrasher Named to Specialty Council
Two clinical associate professors at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy will serve on a new Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties council to develop a certification for ambulatory-care pharmacy specialists.
Peter Koval, PharmD, and Kim Thrasher, PharmD, are both board certified pharmacotherapy specialists and faculty members in the School's Division of Pharmacy Practice and Experiential Education. Koval is also the associate director of pharmacotherapy at the Greensboro Area Health Education Center, while Thrasher serves the same role at the South East AHEC.
The BPS is an independent certification agency of the American Pharmacists Association that recognizes specialties and certifies pharmacists in areas of specialty pharmacy practice. In June 2009, the BPS approved a joint petition from the APhA, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists to recognize ambulatory care pharmacy practice as the sixth specialty in which pharmacists can be board-certified.
Each of the three organizations that submitted the petition will have three appointees on the new specialty council, whose responsibilities will include developing an ambulatory care specialty certification examination. Koval and Thrasher will represent the ACCP on the specialty council.
The other five BPS-certified specialties are: nuclear pharmacy, nutrition support pharmacy, oncology pharmacy, pharmacotherapy, and psychiatric pharmacy.