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CCGP Adds ASHP as Professional Development Provider
Since the end of 2009, the number of Certified Geriatric Pharmacists has nearly doubled, rising from 1,523 to over 2,800 today. At the same time, the practice settings of CGPs have shifted and become more diverse. In 2005, nearly half (46%) of CGPs were located in the long-term care setting. Today, the hospital setting has become the largest practice setting with 32% of CGPs. Long-term care is the second largest with 28%.
Hospital pharmacists represent about 40% of candidates who take the Certified Geriatric Pharmacist examination at present. With the aging demographics of hospital patients and changes in Medicare hospital reimbursement policies, the need for geriatric pharmacists in the hospital setting is increasing and will continue to grow in the future. See details on the CCGP hospital pharmacist web page.
With the growth in numbers of Certified Geriatric Pharmacists and the interest in the credential among hospital pharmacists, the CCGP Board of Commissioners voted to add ASHP as a second professional development provider for CCGP. The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists will continue to serve as a professional development provider. ASHP represents pharmacists in acute and ambulatory settings and has experience as a professional development provider for several other board certification programs.
The CCGP Board believes that this change will help serve the needs of hospital-based Certified Geriatric Pharmacists and help to improve the visibility of the CGP credential among hospital pharmacists.
A news release about this development is available at this link.
Promoting Excellence in Geriatric Health Care through Education and Certification