Managed care accreditation available

The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) have developed a joint accreditation program for pharmacy residencies specific to managed care settings.

The program offers managed care organizations residency standards and learning objectives for post-graduate training, which both organizations say is needed to expand the total number of residencies available to pharmacy students. Last year, nearly 800 students applied for the 612 clinical pharmacy residencies largely available only in nonprofit or university hospitals, according to ASHP.

By establishing a separate managed care program, the organizations hope to make the total number of clinical residencies outnumber pharmacy school graduates to make sure the clinical focus of the profession continues to grow. The program is being conducted within ASHP’s Commission on Credentialing.

[For more information, contact ASHP’s Ellen Wilcox at (301) 657-3000, ext. 1224, or AMCP’s Marlene Bloom at (703) 683-8416, ext. 302. Over views of the program are available on each organization’s Web site: ashp.org and amcp.org.]