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As I was going through the Board Certification in Medical Affairs program, I received a lot of inquiries from other physicians. One of the most common questions I received was, what happens to people who have taken the course. Where are they now, after having taken the course? I was curious myself, so I went onto LinkedIn and typed in "BCMAS" and "Board Certified in Medical Affairs". Then I reached out to individuals on LinkedIn...
Hi everyone, starting this week and every following week (until we run out of questions), I will be asking my friend Kent McMackin, President of Physician Leaders for Today, a question that I've been asked by physicians thinking about transitioning out of clinical medicine. I know Kent is the best to answer this question, and every question I've come upon, because he is unbiased, is not affiliated with a particular pathway or company,...
I admit, I've gotten pretty busy. Spring time is the busiest time of the year for me, in terms of work flow and conferences. So I've been slacking, but luckily for me, it's easy to pick up in the program where I've left off. Time to prep for the board exam! Here's some basic information on the exam in general: The board examination will be proctored by ProctorU, a company that utilizes your webcam with their program to...
Onto the second half of the modules. After the first half of the program, I felt a little bit overwhelmed with the materials, but usually my style of studying, is I like to go through all the materials, get a good idea of my landscape and then do review questions and go over the modules again through each question.  Honestly, I learned so much from the just first half of the program, but it was a lot of technical, nitty gritty...
I am halfway done with the program modules! Here's a breakdown of each module, each one containing between 2-14 mini-module lessons. Initially, I was planning to do a blog post for each module, but after module 1 blog post, I realized I didn't want to bore anyone with details of a training, so I'm doing reviews after major progress in the program and will be keeping the descriptions pretty brief. Feel free to ask me any specific...
Tonight, I went ahead and began my first module of the training. As an overview, there are a total of 20 modules and each module contains mini-modules. This first module contained 17 mini modules inside it.  The module was an overview of the pharmaceutical industry and process, including details on the pharmaceutical industry history, drug development phases, etc.  There are many diagrams and photos to help consolidate the...
While I am currently in a clinical role, I have been focusing on improving my skill set so I can one day make the transition to non-clinical roles, if I were to desire to. Pharma has always been something in the back of my mind, so after extensive research into how to break into this industry, I decided to enroll in the Board Certification in Medical Affairs Specialist program (BCMAS). Three years, before starting my current role as a...