Become a Board Certified Medical Affairs Specialist™

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Program Overview

The Board Certified Medical Affairs Specialist (BCMAS™) program is a comprehensive, 20-module, self-paced, online program designed to foster the professional development of Medical Affairs professionals. ACMA Board Certification demonstrates that professionals have met rigorous standards through intensive study, self-assessment and evaluation.

The BCMAS™ certification is the most comprehensive training program in the world. Achieving the BCMAS™ demonstrates the highest standards of knowledge, and excellence in the Medical Affairs profession.

It also sets the stage for continual professional development through values centered on lifelong learning. The curriculum serves to provide intermediate level material which is meant to establish a minimum level of core competencies we believe are important for all Medical Affairs professionals.

Program Curriculum

  1. Life Sciences Understanding: The curriculum covers traditional pharma, medical devices, and diagnostics as well as newer areas such as artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain technology.
  2. Regulatory & Compliance: A key focus on ethical and compliance issues relevant to any Medical Affairs professional.
  3. Core Technical Competencies: The program ensures a comprehensive understanding of pharmacoeconomics, clinical trial design, evidence-based medicine, drug development, REMS, and pharmacovigilance.
  4. Process: The curriculum covers important functional areas within Medical Affairs such as compliant publication practices, advisory board, CME, investigator sponsored research and post-marketing studies.
  5. Soft Skills: The program covers basic presentation and communication skills essential for any effective Medical Affairs professional.

Program Goals

  • Provide a solid foundation within various areas in Medical Affairs to increase the chance of success.
  • Offer the most comprehensive training to allow Medical Affairs professionals the opportunity to work within a variety of areas within the pharmaceutical industry.

Program Format

The BCMAS™ program is online and self-paced. Individuals are given access to all program materials for six months.

The program consists of twenty modules. Each module contains a pre-quiz, post-quiz, learning objectives, module chapters, and a module summary. The pre and post-quizzes are meant as progress indicators. The program also includes case studies, a question bank, and a glossary of terms.

Time needed to complete: It's a self paced program, but on average most learners complete the program within 2-3 months (approximately 40 hours)

* Learners have 6 months to complete the Board Certification

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 such as 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, evidence-based medicine, and become an expert at interpreting medical literature.
  • Broaden your knowledge in diagnostics and medical devices as well as better understanding 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
  • Diagnostics Industry
  • Rules Governing Interactions with Healthcare Professionals
  • Health Economics Outcomes Research (HEOR)
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Clinical Trials Design
  • Presentation and Communication Skills
  • Grant and Investigator-Initiated Study Funding and Process
  • Executive Leadership Skills
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Compliance
  • Abstract and Medical Writing
  • Publication Practices
  • Drug Development Practices
  • Overview of Medical Information
  • Medical Science Liaisons and Field-Based Medical Teams
  • Advisory Boards
  • Post Marketing Studies
  • Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS)
  • Medication Safety and Pharmacovigilance