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DYC Pharmacy Professor Earns Certified Geriatric Distinction

DYC Pharmacy Professor Earns Certified Geriatric Distinction

Buffalo, New York – March 17, 2016 – Dr. Kirsten H. Butterfoss, PharmD, CGP, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy, successfully completed the national board examination given by the Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy to become a Certified Geriatric Pharmacist.

“Board certification is a way to demonstrate knowledge and expertise in geriatric pharmacy practice,” said Dr. Christopher J. Jadoch, assistant dean of faculty and student affair in announcing her accomplishment. “It shows that the certified pharmacist has special expertise that is beyond that of a licensed pharmacist.”

The Commission, based in Virginia, offers a voluntary certification program for pharmacists with a focus on geriatric pharmacy practice. To become certified, eligible pharmacist must pass a written examination on geriatric pharmacy practice and principles of geriatric drug therapy.

A pharmacist who passes the examination is designated as a Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (CGP). There are only approximately 2000 pharmacists who have achieved this certification according to the Commission.

“As the clinical role of pharmacists continues to expand, with the growth of Medication Therapy Management and other services, employers and payers are increasingly seeking pharmacists who have demonstrated clinical competence beyond the basic requirement of a pharmacist license,” Jadoch said.

“With aging of the population, expertise in geriatrics will be valued even more in coming years.”

Dr. Butterfoss is a cum laude graduate of the University of Delaware and earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University at Buffalo.

She joined D’Youville in 2011 and is a member of the Network in Aging of Western New York, the Coalition of Agencies Service to the Elderly and the Kappa Psi Professional Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc.