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dingbat  Examination Information

Next Testing Period: July 1, thru 31, 2017.
(July 4, 2017 is a Holiday).

We will be using an online format which may permit you to sit the exam at a site near you. We now have sites throughout the USA and Canada where you can sit the examinations.

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Suggested Preparation: Reading and Reviewing Materials for Examination Candidates

A review of a general text of clinical pharmacology and therapeutics would be appropriate. No one single text is absolutely recommended since the examination for physicians and non-physicians covers a broad spectrum of clinical pharmacology and related therapeutics. Examples of suitable text would be:

Basic and Clinical Pharmacology: Editor B. G. Katzung; Publ. Appleton and Lange.

Principles of Clinical Pharmacology: Third Edition: Arthur J. Atkinson, Jr., Shiew-Mei Huang, Juan J.L. Lertora, Sanford P. Markey eds. Copyright 2012 Elsevier.
Atkinson, Daniels, Dedrick, Grudsinskasand Markey eds. Academic Press, 2001.

Melmon and Morrelli's Clinical Pharmacology, fourth edition, Editors: S. George Carruthers, Brian B. Hoffman, Kenneth L. Melmon, and David W. Nierenberg; published by McGraw-Hill, Medical Publishing Division, copyright 2000. (ISBN 0-07-105406-5)

Mant TGK, Lewis LD, Ferro A, Ritter JM. Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics: Questions for Self Assessment (Paperback), 256 pages; published by Hodder Arnold; third Edition (25 April 2008) Language English. (ISBN-10: 0340947438 & ISBN-13: 978-0340947432).

Reading of the current journals of Clinical Pharmacology is also recommended.

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Information from Previous Examinations

Approximate % of questions devoted to main topic areas:

AM Exam
% of Questions
General Principles
10
Biostatistics
5
Pharmacokinetics
10
Pharmacodynamics
5
Pharmacogenetics
5
Drugs in organ failure
10
Drugs in the elderly
10
Drugs in pregnancy
5
Adverse drug reactions
5
Drug interactions
5
Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
5
Toxicology
10
Systematic Clin Pharm
10
Other
5

 
CP PM Exam (Case Based)
% of Questions
General Principles
10
System Pharmacology
   Cardiovascular
10
   Respiratory
10
   GI Tract
10
   Neurological
10
   Renal
10
   Hepatic
10
   Musculoskeletal
10
   Endocrine
10
   Anesthesia
3
   Pediatric
5
   Other
2

 
AP PM Exam
% of Questions
Biostatistics & Regulatory
10
Clinical Trial Design
5
Comparative pharmacology
5
Advanced General Principles
15
Advanced Pharmacokinetics
10
Advanced Pharmacodynamics
10
Advanced Metabolism
10
Advanced Receptors
5
Pharmacogenetics
10
Bioanalytical Assays
5
Drug Interactions
10
ADRs
5

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EXAMINATION ADMINISTRATION

The ABCP Certifying Examinations are administered during an established four-week testing period on a daily basis, Monday through Saturday, excluding holidays, at computer-based testing facilities managed by PSI. PSI has several hundred testing sites in the United States, as well as Canada.

Scheduling is done on a first-come, first-serve basis. To find a testing center near you visit: www.ptcny.com/cbt/sites.htm or call PSI at (800) 211-2754. Please note: Hours and days of availability vary at different centers. You will not be able to schedule your examination appointment until you have received an Eligibility Notice from PTC.

ONLINE TESTING SOFTWARE DEMO
A Testing Software Demo can be viewed online by visiting http://www.ptcny.com/cbt/demo.htm. This online Testing Software Demo can give you an idea about the features of the testing software.

SCHEDULING YOUR EXAMINATION APPOINTMENT
Once your Application has been received and processed, your eligibility will be verified. Within 4 weeks prior to the first day of the testing window, you will be mailed an Eligibility Notice. The Eligibility Notice plus current government-issued photo identification must be presented in order to gain admission to the testing center. A candidate not receiving an Eligibility Notice or other correspondence at least three weeks before the beginning of the four-week testing period should contact the Professional Testing Corporation by telephone at (212) 356-0660 with their fax number. The Eligibility Notice will indicate where to call to schedule your examination appointment as well as the dates in which testing is available.

Appointment times are first-come, first-serve, so schedule your appointment as soon as you receive your Eligibility Notice in order to maximize your chance of testing at your preferred location and on your preferred date.

It is highly recommended that each candidate becomes familiar with the testing site.

CHANGING YOUR EXAMINATION APPOINTMENT
If you need to cancel your examination appointment or reschedule to a different date within the four-week testing period you must contact PSI at (800) 211-2754 no later than noon, Eastern Standard Time, of the second business day PRIOR to your scheduled appointment. If you fail to arrive for your appointment or cancel without giving the required notice, you will forfeit your testing fee.

RULES FOR THE EXAMINATION
1.   Electronic devices including but not limited to, cell phones, pagers, palm pilots, Blackberries, Bluetooth type devices, voice recording devices, cameras, and MP3 players (IPOD, I-Touch, etc.) cannot be used during the examination.

2.   No books or reference materials may be taken into the examination room.

3.   Simple, nonprogrammable calculators are permitted with the exception of calculators as part of cellular phones, blackberries, etc.  A calculator is also available on screen if needed.

4.   No questions concerning content of the examination may be asked during the testing period.  The candidate should read carefully the directions that are provided on screen at the beginning of the examination session.

Violation of any of the rules listed above may lead to forfeiture of fees, dismissal from testing room, and cancellation of your test scores.

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Admission of Candidates to the Examination: Upon receipt of an applicant's completed application and fee, the credentials will be evaluated. At its discretion the Board will admit the applicant to the examination; or, if the applicant's background is found to be deficient, the Board will suggest training and/or clinical pharmacology experience. An accepted applicant (candidate) will be notified as soon as possible following the application deadline regarding his/her eligibility and assignment to an examination center. Candidates will be admitted to the examination upon presentation of appropriate picture ID.

Scoring the Examination: In this type of examination no candidate is expected to know the correct answer to every question. Even if the candidate is not familiar with all aspects of a particular question, he/she should answer all questions since there is no additional penalty for a wrong answer. Double answers and blank answers are treated as incorrect answers.

Reporting of Scores: Candidates will receive score reports with normative data, by mail, approximately three months after the examination date. The mailing address listed in item #3 of the application will be used.

Integrity of Scores: If, as evidenced by observation or statistical analysis of answer sheets, giving or obtaining unauthorized information or aid has occurred, a candidate's scores will be invalidated and other appropriate action will be taken.

All candidates for these examinations must acknowledge that they are aware of these regulations for maintaining the integrity of individual scores by signing the statement included in the examination book.

 

Next Testing Period: July 1, thru 31, 2017.
(July 4, 2017 is a Holiday).

We will be using an online format which may permit you to sit the exam at a site near you. We now have sites throughout the USA and Canada where you can sit the examinations.


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