Become a Board Certified Medical Affairs Specialist™

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About BCMAS™

The Board Certified Medical Affairs Specialist (BCMAS™) program is arguably one of the best paths you can choose to enter the MSL/medical affairs industry or to elevate your existing career as an MSL.

This comprehensive, 20-module, self-paced, online program establishes a minimum level of core competencies crucial for success as a medical affairs professional. With BCMAS™ certification, you demonstrate that you’ve mastered the highest standard of knowledge through intensive study, self-assessment, and evaluation.

Program Curriculum

  1. Life Sciences Understanding

    Covers traditional pharma, medical devices, and diagnostics as well as newer areas such as artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain technology

  2. Regulatory & Compliance

    Focuses on ethical and compliance issues relevant to any medical affairs professional

  3. Core Technical Competencies

    Provides a comprehensive understanding of pharmacoeconomics, clinical trial design, evidence-based medicine, drug development, REMS, and pharmacovigilance

  4. Process

    Centers on important functional areas within medical affairs, such as compliant publication practices, advisory board, CME, investigator sponsored research, and post-marketing studies

  5. Soft Skills

    Provides basic presentation and communication skills essential for any effective medical affairs professional

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Program Structure

Each of the 20 BCMAS™ modules includes:

  1. Pre-Quiz (Optional)

    Establishes your existing knowledge of the specific module's content

  2. Module Content

    Consists of multiple sections that vary from module to module

  3. Post-Quiz

    Determines how well you’ve absorbed and retained the module content

Time needed to complete

It's a self-paced program, and you have six months to complete the board certification. On average, most learners complete the program within 2-3 months (approximately 40 hours).

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Align the direction and goals of a medical affairs organization by better understanding the cross-functional areas that relate to medical affairs

    These areas include regulatory affairs, clinical development, marketing, compliance, and drug development

  • Understand health economics outcomes research as it relates to medical affairs

  • Learn about clinical-trial design and evidence-based medicine

  • Become an expert at interpreting medical literature

  • Broaden your knowledge in diagnostics and medical devices

  • Understand publication planning and regulations

What does the BCMAS include?

  • 20 Premier Learning Modules (updated quarterly)
  • Practical Case Studies
  • Downloadable Resources
  • Comprehensive Industry Glossary
  • Knowledge Checks
  • 200 Question Practice Test Bank
  • Final Board Examination
  • 24/7 Dedicated Live Support
The BCMAS Curriculum Covers Key Areas of Medical Affairs
  • Pharmaceutical industry overview
  • Digital technology in medical affairs
  • Machine learning
  • Artificial intelligence in medical affairs
  • Medical device industry
  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Clinical trials design
  • Presentation and communication skills
  • Grant and investigator-initiated study funding and process
  • Publication practices
  • Drug development practices
  • Overview of medical information
  • Medical science liaisons and field-based medical teams
  • Diagnostics industry
  • Rules governing interactions with healthcare professionals
  • Health economics outcomes research (HEOR)
  • Executive leadership skills
  • Regulatory affairs
  • Compliance
  • Abstract and medical writing
  • Advisory boards
  • Post marketing studies
  • Risk evaluation and mitigation strategies (REMS)
  • Medication safety and pharmacovigilance