GMU College of Pharmacy Prepares MOH Pharmacists to become Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialists

On November 7, 2020, the College of Pharmacy at Gulf Medical University started offering the Board of Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BPS) Pharmacotherapy Specialist examination preparatory course. The first cohort is pharmacists working in the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP) in the United Arab Emirates. Selected Pharmacists from MOHAP, UAE, are being trained by GMU College of Pharmacy for the Pharmacotherapy specialty (BCPS) examination.

On December 16, 2020, a group of around 30 MOHAP pharmacists wrote a diagnostic pharmacotherapy examination at GMU. BCPS exam is offered in the US and internationally (including UAE) by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS). BPS Board Certification as a Pharmacotherapy Specialist improves the quality of Clinical Pharmacist services and credibility of pharmacy services. GMU faculty offering pharmacotherapy training include Dr. Dixon Thomas, Dr. Shabaz Mohiuddin Gulam, and Dr. Seeba Zachariah.

Vice Chancellor for Quality and Dean of the College of Pharmacy, Prof. Sherief Khalifa, was a speaker on driving BPS certification in the region and enhancing competencies of pharmacists; [link]. Prof. Khalifa stated BPS certification is an excellent way to advance the pharmacy profession in the country. It is part of the College of Pharmacy’s mission to provide continuing education in the advancement of the pharmacy profession.