About the Board Certified Medical Affairs
Specialist (BCMAS) Program

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BCMAS Program Overview

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Work anytime & anywhere. Online and self-paced, the BCMAS program is made for busy professionals.

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The most comprehensive curriculum for medical affairs professionals in the world. Become a specialist today.

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IACET/ANSI Accredited Board Certification Program. Recognized around the world as the standard for medical affairs training.

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Dedicated Live Support for content and technical related questions.

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Over 20 e-learning modules to help successfully prepare you pass the BCMAS board exam.

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Fresh & Clean Interface. Simple to use and straightforward.

The Accreditation Council for Medical Affairs Credible. Trustworthy. Accredited.

Eligibility Criteria

Who can enroll?

To be eligible for the BCMAS program you must meet ONE of the following criteria:

  • Hold an MD/MBBS/DO, PharmD/BPharm, DNP, or PhD from an accredited institution*
  • OR
  • Have >2 years relevant industry experience (includes pharmaceutical, diagnostics, medical devices and/or medical education agency experience).

*Note: Each applicant will be considered based on their professional, clinical, and educational background.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Align the basic 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.

Program Content: Topics Covered

Topics Covered

  • Pharmaceutical Industry Overview
  • 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
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Compliance
  • Abstract and Medical Writing
  • Publication Practices
  • Drug Development Practices
  • Overview of Medical Information
  • Medical Science Liaisons and Field-Based Medical Teams
  • Grant and Investigator-Initiated Study Funding and Process
  • Advisory Boards
  • Post Marketing Studies
  • Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS)
  • Medication Safety and Pharmacovigilance

Program Cost

About the Board Exam

Maintenence of Certifcation

The BCMAS Program must be renewed every 5 years. Renewal can be done either:
  1. Retaking the board exam and passing OR
  2. Completing 20 hours of continuing education approved by the ACMA.

BCMAS Benefits

*in association with ScientiaCME

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Customized MSL Training Programs and Topics

The ACMA offers customized training and professional development for MSL teams. Our training programs can be customized to meet your company’s specific needs (disease state, clinical, and soft skills training). Our MSL professional development and training solutions are based on real-world experience from professionals with world class MSL experience.

  • Successfully building an MSL team in preparation for launch
  • Effectively working with cross-functional teams (i.e. sales, marketing etc)
  • Building effective long term value-added ethical KOL relationships
  • Emotional Intelligence for MSLs
  • Pre and post KOL visit strategy and creating objectives for each visit
  • Developing a Specific Strategy and plan for each KOL
  • Insight gathering and Competitive Intelligence
  • Maximizing MSL performance
  • Investigator led research (IITs ISTs etc.) communication strategy
  • Developing and utilizing MSL KPI’s and Metrics
  • Conference planning and strategy
  • Effectively managing Advisory Boards
  • Advanced presentation and communication skills

Our Most popular MSL Training & Professional Development Programs

Presentation & Communication Skills (Live Training)

This training provides both newly hired and experienced MSLs the skills necessary to be successful and topics covered include:

  • Effective presentation & communication skills
  • Personalized 1×1 in-depth MSL presentation skills training
  • Professionally presenting scientific & clinical data
  • Verbal & Non-Verbal Communication Skills Training

MSL Diversity & Inclusion Within the Life Sciences

The MSL profession brings together individuals from a truly heterogeneous background. One of the unique aspects of this training is the ability for you to receive multiple tools to help you understand the changing landscape when working with different internal and external stakeholders. Topics covered in this training include:

  • Cultural Competencies
  • Ensuring a culture of inclusion for everyone
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Emotional Intelligence 101 for MSLs

This training will provide unique insights and skills to maximize MSL performance by covering basic concepts of emotional intelligence and how to use these to effectively build relationships. Topics covered in this training include:

  • EQ vs IQ and predicting success
  • Building effective KOL relationships
  • Learning how to use emotional intelligence to improve your effectiveness

Featured Content

  • Health Economics Outcomes Research
  • US & ex-US Regulatory Affairs Landscape
  • Clinical Trial Design & Evidence Based Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Comparative View of the Mechanism of Action of Drugs for every organ system
  • Medical Terminology
  • Presentation & Communications Strategies for MSLs
  • Creating a Target Product Profile
  • Pharmacovigilance
  • REMS
  • Professional Ethics Related to Interactions with HCPs
  • Anatomical & Physiological Effects of Drugs
  • Various Therapeutic Areas Covered
  • Prescription Drug Fraud & Abuse
  • Clinical Trial Statistics
  • Clinical Development Expert Training
  • Understanding Diagnostics
  • Compliance for pharma, device & diagnostics
  • Publications Practices
  • Effective Advisory Boards for Medical Affairs
  • Medication Safety
  • REMS
  • MSLs & Field Based Teams
  • Phase IV/Post-Marketing Studies
  • Medical Information
  • Medical Terminology
  • Professional Ethics & Opioid Use
  • Hepatology
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Endocrinology
  • Rare Diseases Overview
  • Biologics
  • Medical Devices
  • Diabetes
  • Ophthalmology
  • Gastroenterology