Why should a pharmacist be board certified in geriatrics?
Medication therapy management (MTM) has become an important part of pharmacy practice in a variety of settings. Evaluation of medication regimens in older adults, however, requires knowledge of more than just individual medications and diseases. In older adults, MTM must be tailored to the patient’s individual circumstances, including co-morbidities, goals of care, preferences, and ability to adhere to medications.
Drug therapy in older adults involves unique considerations, such as:
The purpose of the Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (CGP) credential is to identify and recognize those pharmacists who have expertise and knowledge of drug therapy principles for older adults. For this reason, the CGP credential is ideal for pharmacists who provide MTM services to older adults.
Benefits of Certified Geriatric Pharmacist Credential
A 2015 survey of Certified Geriatric Pharmacists inquired about benefits or advantages received by pharmacists with the CGP credential. Survey respondents reported a number of benefits, including:
To be eligible for the certification examination in Geriatric Pharmacy Practice, an applicant must currently be a licensed pharmacist and must have a minimum of two years of experience as a licensed pharmacist. Applications must be accompanied by a photocopy of current pharmacist registration certificate/license and a check, money order, or credit card payment.
More information is available for pharmacists interested in taking the CGP examination here.
Information is available for pharmacy students here.
Resources for Pharmacists
Information and Resources for Hospital Pharmacists
Information and Resources for Long-Term Care Pharmacists
Certified Geriatric Pharmacists in Australia
Information about the Certified Geriatric Pharmacist examination.