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2019 Geriatric Pharmacy Specialty Recertification Literature Study: Module 1A-C

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Series Overview

The Literature Study Module provides immediate access to peer-selected, contemporary articles that are relevant to specialty practice. After learners read and analyze the articles and view the online presentation, they must successfully complete an online assessment to earn recertification credit.

Program Content

The Literature Study Module is intended for board certified pharmacists in need of recertification credit and is designed based on the content outline developed by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS). This module consists of 3 online home study activities (see table below). Each activity is designed to assess the learners’ ability to analyze and apply peer-selected contemporary articles to practice.

Module 1A – Immunizations in the Elderly: This module focuses on cost-effectiveness, efficacy, and choices of immunizations in the elderly while also reviewing the estimated effect of vaccinations on morbidity and mortality in this population.

Module 1B – Iron Deficiency Anemia in Heart Failure: This module focuses on the treatment of iron deficiency anemia in elderly heart failure patients and the process of screening as a means to enhance their quality of life. Information and guidance on how to perform and assess preventative screenings in the geriatric population will also be presented.

Module 1C – Osteoporosis: This module focuses on the assessment of and appropriate therapy for osteoporosis in the elderly. When to initiate, monitor, and discontinue therapy will also be presented.

Learners will be required to review the content and complete the associated online assessments. The learner must be able to correctly answer the questions based upon their interpretation of the content, as well as “baseline specialty specific knowledge and/or easily retrievable information.” For purposes of this Literature Study, “baseline specialty specific knowledge and/or easily retrievable information” is defined as product labeling and well-established standards of practice in the specialty practice.

These activities are part of the ASHP and ACCP professional development program for BCGPS recertification approved by the BPS.


Amie Blaszczyk, Pharm.D., BCGP, BCPS, FASCP*
Associate Professor & Division Head - Geriatrics
Texas Tech University HSC School of Pharmacy
Research & Education Clinical Pharmacist
Advanced Healthcare Solutions, LLC
Dallas, Texas

Dana Carroll, Pharm.D., BCGP, BCPS, CDE*
Clinical Professor
Auburn University
Adjunct Professor
University of Alabama Family Medicine
Northport, Alabama

Liza Claus, Pharm.D., BCACP
Assistant Professor
Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Family Medicine
University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Aurora, Colorado

Danielle Fixen, Pharm.D., BCGP, BCPS
Assistant Professor
Department of Clinical Pharmacy
University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Denver, Colorado

Maria Shin, Pharm.D., BCGP, BCPS*
Assistant Professor
Sullivan University College of Pharmacy
Louisville, Kentucky

Dennis Williams, Pharm.D., BCPS, AE-C
Vice Chair for Professional Education and Practice
Department of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

* Content Matter Experts

Target Audience

These Literature Studies are designed to help board-certified pharmacists who are seeking recertification credit hours to maintain their Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS).

Learning Objectives
Continuing Pharmacy Education Credit


ACPE The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and American College of Clinical Pharmacy are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as providers of continuing pharmacy education.


Learning Activity ACPE Number Credit Hours
Geriatric Pharmacy Literature Study Module 1A: Immunizations in the Elderly 0204-9999-19-950-H06-P 5
Geriatric Pharmacy Literature Study Module 1B: Anemia in Heart Failure 0204-9999-19-951-H01-P 5
Geriatric Pharmacy Literature Study Module 1C: Osteoporosis 0204-9999-19-952-H01-P 5

To earn continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit and to receive your continuing pharmacy education statement of credit for this activity, participants must successfully complete a Web-based posttest by April 17, 2022.


BCGP Credit
Recertification Credit


Board certified pharmacists are eligible to receive up to 15 hours of recertification credit for completing this module. To earn recertification credit, learners must review the activity content and successfully complete the online assessments by October 15, 2019. Only completed assessments will be eligible for credit; no partial or incomplete assessments will be processed. You are allowed only one attempt to successfully complete this assessment.

Technical Requirements

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