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  • New Medication Fact Sheets at CPNP Medication Fact Sheet Editorial Board members have been hard at work creating new medication fact sheets for the benefit of consumers visiting the NAMI website. Latuda and Fetzima have recently been updated on the NAMI Website. Thanks to the editorial board members for making these resources available and, as always, thanks to NAMI for their continued partnership with CPNP.
  • ASHP-CPNP Mid-Year Programming: The CPNP Recertification Editorial Board designed and offered an advanced-level program at the ASHP Annual Meeting entitled “Rational or Irrational: Polypharmacy in Psychiatry.” This same course will be repurposed for recertification credit at the 2014 CPNP Annual Meeting. This session was moderated by Sarah Melton, PharmD, BCPP, CGP, BCACP, and instructed by Rex Lott, PharmD, BCPP to an overflow crowd estimated to exceed 250-300 people.
  • CPNP Hosts Residency Showcase Booth: CPNP once again hosted a booth in the residency showcase exhibit focused on encouraging students to consider psychiatric pharmacy as a career. Volunteers manning the booth reported strong traffic and enthusiastic students. Volunteers included: Cydreese Aebi, Shari Allen, Dalia Bowling, Ellie Elliott, Alla Fabrikant, Kathryn Freeland, Kelly Lee, Sudha Narayanaswamy, Michelle Richard, Devon Sherwood, Tawny Smith, Nicole White.
  • Residency Program Director Survey Results Released: This survey is intended to gather information which will assist in increasing the visibility of postgraduate training in psychiatric/neurologic pharmacy, increase the number of specialists completing training and increasing the involvement and participation of residency program directors, trainees, and new practitioners in CPNP.

Below is a brief summary of 2013 survey findings (full survey results here):

  • 43 of 64 programs responded (67% response rate).
  • Majority of programs offer 1 or more PGY2 psychiatric pharmacy slots and 4 programs offer a combined PGY1/PGY2 residency program.
  • Over 95% of programs are ASHP accredited or are seeking ASHP accreditation. The most common reason for not obtaining ASHP accreditation includes financial concerns.
  • The VA or University teaching hospitals serve as the primary practice site for 73% of programs.
  • The majority of programs (81%) filled their residency slots for 2013-2014. Over 28% utilized ASHP’s pre-commitment process and 27% participated in the post-match scramble.
  • The majority of programs offered a mixture of inpatient and outpatient settings (60%), followed by primarily inpatient programs (28%).
  • For 2012-2013, the majority of residents (69%) obtained positions upon completion of their residency program. Over one half (52%) of residents acquired positions at the VAMC and in Community Hospital practice settings with one third obtaining a position as a psychiatric or neurologic clinical specialist.
  • The attributes considered most valuable when hiring new employees included a PGY2 psychiatric pharmacy residency and the Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist (BCPP) credentials or plans to obtain the BCPP.
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