Drs. Genevieve (Ness) Engle and Kate (Claussen) Cook in Belmont’s College of Pharmacy earned Board Certification in Medical Affairs (BCMAS) through the Accreditation Council for Medical Affairs (ACMA). The ACMA’s mission is to raise the bar for pharma industry professionals with a particular focus on Medical Affairs and Medical Science Liaisons.
Dr. Cook’s role is HealthTrust Clinical Information Director within the Belmont University College of Pharmacy and HealthTrust. Dr. Engle serves as the Director of the Christy Houston Foundation Drug Information Center and Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Sciences within the College of Pharmacy.
The BCMAS training program consists of 23 modules as a self-paced, e-learning platform totaling more than 40 hours of activities. Upon completion of the content, candidates must pass a 100-question certification exam. The objectives of the program include:
- “Align the direction and goals of a Medical Affairs organization by better understanding the cross-functional areas that relate to Medical Affairs. These areas include regulatory affairs, clinical development, marketing, compliance and drug development
- Understand health economics outcomes research (HEOR) as it relates to Medical Affairs
- Learn about clinical trial design and evidence-based medicine (EBM)
- Become an expert at interpreting medical literature
- Broaden your knowledge in diagnostics and medical devices
- Understand publication planning and regulations.”
The expertise gained from this prestigious specialized training will serve Cook and Engle well as they continue to engage with the Belmont University College of Pharmacy students, faculty and staff in advancing the strategic priorities of the college and advancing pharmacy practice.