PPA News

Posted by: Matthew Helms on Jun 24, 2015

A Special Announcement

The Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group, the most experienced and trusted leader in pediatric pharmacy education, has been awarded a seven (7) year Professional Development Program (PDP) Provider contract by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS). The contract will begin January 1, 2016. Click here for full Press Release from BPS.

Key Points

  • 100 hours required over 7 years
  • Tailored curricular tracks based on your clinical practice and/or interest
  • The best, most experienced, and respected Faculty and Content Experts
  • The first BCPPS Recertification hours will be offered at the 2016 Annual Meeting
  • Expansion of our clinically focused educational blocks
  • A one-stop shop. Prepare for the exam and stay for your recertification
  • Save! No need to go to “extra” meetings or conferences to receive recertification credit!


The PPAG-sponsored BCPPS Recertification Program will allow you to earn recertification credit most relevant to your clinical practice or interest. Branded as the “PPAG-U Recertification Program,” the program is designed in a multi-faceted approach that allows the participant to utilize both live and home study formats over the seven-year recertification period to maintain high-level professional competence and develop additional skills. 

Additionally, the intent of the program design is to allow numerous exposure options for each domain during the seven-year recertification cycle to allow expansion of the participants’ knowledge base while providing up-to-date patient care and management education.

The Specialty Blocks that you’ve grown accustomed to at PPAG will continue to be offered. But now, you’ll be able to earn Recertification credit along with your CE credit. When promoting any of the recertification opportunities in the program, a clear statement will be made regarding recertification credit, clinical focus, and intended audiences.  Identification of covered domains and knowledge points of contemporary Pediatric Pharmacy practice will also be noted for each offered program. Look for the PPAG-U Recertification Logo during events! 

Our recertification program will require 100 hours of approved recertification credit over 7 years. Within that 7-year recertification cycle, we will offer ample opportunities for members to maintain BCPPS certification through various modalities.

To learn more about the PPAG University Recertification Program, CLICK HERE

Program Chairs

The Chairs of Board Recertification and Program Development are Hanna Phan, PharmD, BCPS and Timothy J. Todd, PharmD, FPPAG. With their expertise, they will be leading subcommittees in new content development, post program evaluation and analysis, and reporting and monitoring to BPS and the specialty council. Jennifer Chow, PharmD, PPAG Director of Professional Development, is our Program Coordinator. 

Dr. Phan is an Assistant Professor in Pharmacy Practice and Science at the College of Pharmacy and in the Department of Pediatrics at the College of Medicine at the University of Arizona. She also established the ASHP-Accredited, Post-Graduate Year 2 (PGY-2) Pediatric Pharmacy Residency at Banner University Medical Center, Diamond Children’s Center.  Dr. Phan earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Michigan, and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Pharmacotherapy at The Ohio State University.  As a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine, Dr. Phan provides direct patient care as part of the inpatient pediatric pulmonary team at Banner University Medical Center-Diamond Children’s Center and through interdisciplinary clinics for cystic fibrosis, asthma, and autodigestive disorders, as part of the UA Pediatric Pulmonary Center.  She has given national/international lectures and authored various peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters in the area of pediatric pharmacotherapy. Dr. Phan is also a contributing editor for the pediatric casebook, Pediatric Pharmacotherapy Self-Assessment.  Her current research interests include pediatric medication safety, patient-family education and therapy adherence, impact of body weight on medication use in children, and the role of pharmacists in the care of children with cystic fibrosis and asthma. Dr. Phan has worked with PPAG in building our student programs, served as a Chair of the Research Committee and now serves as PPAG board member.  

Dr. Todd is a Pediatric Clinical Pharmacy Specialist and Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice. He earned her Bachelor of Pharmacy and Doctorate of Pharmacy degrees from Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy in Downers Grove, IL.  He completed a specialty residency in pediatric pharmacotherapy at The Children’s Hospital at Denver (now Colorado Children’s Hospital).  After completing his residency, Tim joined the faculty at Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy and as part of that position maintained a pediatric clinical practice site at partner institutions in the Chicago metropolitan area. He has worked in General Pediatrics Units (including Hematology/Oncology patients) and in Pediatric Intensive Care Units. He has given national/international lectures on pediatric clinical care and education topics, has authored various peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters in the area of pediatric pharmacotherapy, and was co-senior editor of a pediatric pharmacy focused book, Advanced Pediatric Therapeutics.  Dr. Todd has worked extensively with PPAG in educational program development/offerings and has served as Vice-President/Chair of the Education Committee in the past.  Additionally, he served as a member of the Board of Directors for PPAG from 2009-2013.  

Dr. Chow has been a Pediatric Clinical Pharmacy Specialist. She earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in Memphis. She completed a residency in pediatric pharmacotherapy at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy.  After completing her residency, Jennifer was the General Pediatrics Clinical Specialist for the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters in Norfolk, VA. She worked in General Pediatrics and also in subspecialties areas of Neurology, Nephrology/Renal Transplant, GI/Nutrition, Pulmonology, Allergy/Immunology, Endocrinology, and Infectious Disease. She helped develop and was the director of the first pharmacist-run RSV Prevention Clinic. Jennifer also has plans to further her professional development career by obtaining a post graduate certification as a credentialing specialist.   


“We are extremely excited to be awarded a PDP Provider contract by BPS. This is an important step for PPAG, and the outcome of a vision laid out many years ago. I would like to thank Timothy Todd, Hanna Phan, Jennifer Chow, and Matt Helms for putting together an amazing PDP Program application,” said Jared Cash, PharmD, President of PPAG, “This BPS designation positions PPAG to continue its dramatic growth. We will continue to offer the most relevant programs to pediatric pharmacists.”

"With over 500 attendees at our Exam Review conference, with about 400 eligible to take the BCPPS exam, and with the quality of our faculty and content experts, PPAG is already established as the leader in BCPPS exam preparation and Recertification," said Matt Helms, Executive Director of PPAG. "We know that our members and potential members will continue to support PPAG with their attendance at our educational programs, contributions as experts to our educational content, and aggressive advocacy for pediatric pharmacy specialists. This is our mission and our passion! We exist because of the folks that believe in us. Your support will guarantee that you will have an autonomous and independent organization dedicated to your interests as pediatric pharmacists!"