Wednesday, January 07, 2009JOHNSON CITY – Dr. Emily Flores, an assistant professor of Pharmacy Practice at East Tennessee State University’s Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, has earned designation as a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist.
Flores gained the certification after passing a rigorous exam administered by the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties (BPS). Only 72 percent of the pharmacists who took the exam passed.
Nationally, between two and three percent of pharmacists hold BPS certification.
According to BPS, pharmacotherapy is an area of pharmacy practice that is responsible for ensuring the safe, appropriate, and economical use of drugs in primary care. The certification recognizes Flores’ expertise in working as a member of a multidisciplinary team in both inpatient and outpatient settings advising health care providers on appropriate pharmaceutical treatment approaches.
Flores, who joined the ETSU faculty in 2008, received her Pharm.D. degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. She completed residencies in pharmacy practice at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville and in ambulatory care at the University of Texas at Austin.
She is in the process of establishing a practice with ETSU Family Medicine Associates of Johnson City, which is located adjacent to the main campus.