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ASHP to Offer Online Version of Popular Oncology Review Course

Preparing for the upcoming Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties' (BPS's) certification examination in oncology pharmacy is now more convenient, thanks to the newly released online version of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) popular oncology review course. The course, which is expected to launch in mid-September on the Society's Web site (, is the first Internet-based review for a BPS exam.

The review course will provide users with a concentrated update on the disease states and therapies, regulatory issues, pharmacology, and statistics relating to oncology pharmacy. Web participants will hear an audio presentation and view accompanying slides for up to 19 course modules. After viewing the presentation, pharmacists can submit CE tests to ASHP for scoring. When the program is fully implemented, users will be able to complete tests online and receive their grade and certificate immediately. 

"We hope to expand pharmacists' access to the advanced-level continuing education provided by this course by tapping into the technology provided by the Internet," said ASHP President Mick L. Hunt, M.S., FASHP, adding that more than 1,000 pharmacists have taken ASHP's "live" version of the oncology review course since it was first offered in 1998. "The online course will allow more practitioners to take advantage of the course materials and provide them with the flexibility to set their own pace for their exam preparation." 

Funded through an educational grant from Aventis Pharmaceuticals, the online course was developed with the assistance of ASHP's Section of Clinical Specialists. Course material will remain on the Web site until July 2001 and will be updated to include information on new drug agents and treatment options. 

Users can purchase either individual modules or the complete course. The fee for access to individual modules is $30 for members and $37.50 for nonmembers. The complete course is available for $295 for ASHP members and $375 for nonmembers. All prices include course handouts, which will be mailed to Web participants after they register. Access to the individual modules is available for five weeks, while purchasers of the full course will have access to the materials for six months. 

ASHP is the 30,000-member national professional association that represents pharmacists who practice in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities, home care, and other components of health care systems. ASHP, which has a long and distinguished history of medication-error prevention efforts, believes that the mission of pharmacists is to help people make the best use of medicines. Assisting pharmacists in fulfilling this mission is ASHP's primary objective. The Society has extensive publishing and educational programs designed to help members improve their delivery of pharmaceutical care, and it is the national accrediting organization for pharmacy residency and pharmacy technician training programs.