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How to Prepare for the CGP Examination
The Certified Geriatric Pharmacist examination is a test of knowledge, skills, and abilities related to geriatric pharmacy practice. The CCGP Candidate Handbook contains a content outline for the CGP examination, which provides an overview of the topics or subjects that are included on the examination.
CCGP has not endorsed or approved any programs or resources that are marketed or intended to prepare pharmacists to take the CGP examination. Information about these programs is provided below, only for the convenience of candidates who may be interested. Candidates are free to choose how to prepare for the CGP examination.
CCGP Self-Assessment Examination
CCGP has a Self-Assessment Examination available for purchase, both in online and paper formats. The SAE contains 150 questions and is similar in length and format to the actual Certified Geriatric Pharmacist examination.
ASCP Online Review Course
The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists offers an online review course in geriatric pharmacy practice. This course provides continuing education credit. A package of introductory courses is available for purchase. ASCP also released the third edition of the Geriatric Pharmacy Curriculum Guide in 2015.
Live Review Courses
UCLA conducts an annual Intensive Course in Geriatric Medicine and Pharmacy and Board Review. Sessions are accredited for both pharmacists and physicians. The 2016 program will be offered September 7-10, 2016 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.
The Ontario Pharmacists Association offers a CCCEP accredited professional development program: Medication Therapy Management for Older Adults - CGP Preparation Course. This four-day program is scheduled to be offered in the Fall of 2016 during September and October, with Part I on September 24 - 25, and Part II on October 22 - 23. Click here for further details and to register.
The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists is offering a 16-hour two-day live geriatric review course December 3-4, 2016 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, immediately prior to the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting.
The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists periodically offers a live "boot camp" preparatory course. When the next program is planned, details will be posted.
Population Specific Activities and Statistics
CCGP is frequently asked about resources to learn about preparing for the Domain III of the Certified Geriatric Pharmacist examination, dealing with Population Specific Activities. This includes interpreting journal articles, biostatistics, and research. These resources may be helpful.
DiCenzo R. Clinical Pharmacist's Guide to Biostatistics and Literature Evaluation. 2015. American College of Clinical Pharmacy.
McCormack, James. How to Critically Appraise a Randomized-Controlled Trial in 10 minutes. Free download from iTunes. 2012, 17 pages.
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions about the CGP examination.
Key Resources for Pharmacists
While not specific to geriatrics, the resources below have general applicability to pharmacy practice and are basic resources for pharmacists.
The Joint Commission of Pharmacy Practitioners released the Pharmacists' Patient Care Process in May 2014, which provides the standardized framework for patient care for pharmacists regardless of practice setting. Every practicing pharmacist should become familiar with this six-page document and begin applying the principles in patient care. The American Pharmacists Association has released a book, How to Implement the Pharmacists' Patient Care Process. The book includes six sample case studies set in different patient care settings to enable the pharmacist to practice applying the patient care process.
While some pharmacists may have had the benefit of a class in communication skills in pharmacy school, not everyone was so fortunate. Yet effective communication skills are a critical part of success in clinical practice, especially with geriatric patients. Communication Skills for Pharmacists is an excellent overview of this subject for the practicing pharmacist, including such topics as conflict management, helping patients with change, cultural competence, communicating with patients who have literacy limitations, and other practical issues.
CCGP Key Resources in Geriatric Pharmacotherapy
CCGP has created a resource page with a listing of key resources in geriatric pharmacotherapy. This page is a good place to start to learn some basics of medication use in older adults. This listing of resources addresses topics including multimorbidity, potentially inappropriate medications (e.g. Beers criteria), geriatric syndromes, and a list of pertinent clinical practice guidelines.