Dr. Ramia Earns Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy

Elsy Ramia, Pharm.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, earned certification as Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) in November 2014. She is amongst several other clinical faculty of the pharmacy practice department at the LAU School of Pharmacy to become Board certified. Dr. Ramia is a graduate of the LAU School of Pharmacy. She has been Clinical Assistant Professor since 2013.

What courses do you currently teach?

  • Drug Information and Literature Evaluation; Dispensing Lab; Immunizations; and Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs).

How did you prepare for the Board certification exam?

  • Since joining the LAU School of Pharmacy, I have been committed to continuous personal and professional development. Board certification is a significant differentiator of advanced skills and abilities. The demanding exam process requires concentrated study. Therefore, in preparation for the exam, I attended the ACCP Updates in Therapeutics Preparatory Review Course and thoroughly reviewed the exam content outline by BPS.

What does Board certification mean to you and what added value such credentials provide?

  • Board certification signals an advanced level of excellence in pharmacy practice. Such credentials help to improve the quality of pharmacy students’ education and patient care delivery. These are aligned with the school’s and department’s missions and goals for commitment to excellence in pharmacy education and quality patient care. Furthermore, being Board certified provides personal satisfaction and supports career advancement.

Pharmacy Board certifications are administered by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties, an autonomous division of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).