Board Certified Medical Affairs Specialist Program Accreditation Council for Medical Affairs

Independent Board Credentialing in Medical Affairs


Joanne Lock PharmD, BCMAS

John Smith PhD, BCMAS

Michael Thompson MD, MBA, BCMAS

BCMAS Program Overview

The BCMAS Program is self-paced and completely online. Applications are accepted year round. On average, the BCMAS program takes approximately 6-8 weeks to complete. There is a board examination, which you will be required to pass to be eligible to use the board credentials in your professional title. Each module contains an overview, case studies, knowledge check questions, and a glossary to help guide you through each topic.

Become Board Certified in Medical Affairs

The BCMAS designation provides a competitive advantage

  • Demonstrate your desire and ambition to pursue the highest level of accreditation within medical affairs
  • Establish your long term commitment to the highest standards of excellence in your field
  • Expand your career options and increase your opportunities in the pharmaceutical and health care sector.

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for the BCMAS program you must:

  • Hold an MD, DO, PhD (life or physical sciences), or PharmD from an accredited institution.

  • Be successfully matriculated in a doctoral level program (MD, DO, PhD, PharmD) within an accredited institution.

  • Foreign Medical Graduates are eligible.

The Credentialing Committee will make the final determination on your eligibility.

Topics Covered

  1. Pharmaceutical Industry Overview
  2. Medical Devices Industry Overview
  3. Diagnostics Overview
  4. Rules governing Interactions with Health Care Providers (HCPs)
  5. Health Economics Outcomes Research (HEOR)
  6. Evidence Based Medicine (EBM)
  7. Clinical Trial Designs
  8. Presentation/Communication Skills
  9. Regulatory Affairs
  10. Overview of Compliance
  11. Abstract/Medical Writing
  12. Publication Practices
  13. Drug Development & Life cycle Management
  14. Overview of Medical Information
  15. Medical Science Liaisons & Field Based Medical Teams
  16. Grant & Investigator Initiated Study (IIS) Funding & Process
  17. Advisory Boards
  18. Phase IV/post-marketing studies overview
  19. REMS
  20. Pharmacovigilance