Dick R. Gourley. The APhA Complete Review for the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination. Washington DC:American Pharmacists Association; 2010. 612 pages, $150 (softcover). ISBN 978-1-58212-143-7.
The APhA Complete Review for the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination is designed to be a comprehensive review of basic pharmacy education to help prepare the reader for the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination (FPGEE). Passage of the FPGEE, along with the passage of the Test of English as Foreign Language Internet Based Test (TOEFL iBT) is required for graduates of pharmacy schools outside the United States in order to gain licensure.1 The FPGEE covers 4 subject areas, including biomedical sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, social/behavioral/administrative sciences, and clinical sciences.1 After successful completion of these 2 examinations, the graduates must also pass the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX), and the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE).1 The APhA Complete Review for the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination provides a summary review of basic sciences and pharmaceutical sciences in order to prepare for the FPGEE. This study guide summarizes material and is not intended to be an all-encompassing review of the topics presented. Instead, it uses a condensed format, enabling the reader to efficiently review the material.
The textbook is divided into 5 different study areas: basic biomedical sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, social, behavioral, and administrative sciences, clinical sciences, and appendices. This text also features an introduction to the FPGEE, as well as study tips. The book contains 34 chapters and 612 pages. Each chapter has a comprehensive review of the designated material, a concise listing of key points, and self-study questions with answers. Each chapter has a different number of sections in which the material is grouped, with each section having 20 multiple-choice self-study questions. The basic biomedical sciences portion covers anatomy and physiology, pathology and pathophysiology, microbiology, and immunology. This portion also features biochemistry,molecular biology and genetics, and biostatistics. The pharmaceutical sciences content area contains a review of medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, pharmacognosy, toxicology, bioanalysis.This content area also includes pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacogenetics, and a review of extemporaneous compounding, alongwith parenteral and enteral products. The social, behavioral, and administrative pharmacy sciences review provides study material on health care delivery systems, economics and pharmacoeconomics, pharmacoepidemiology, ethics, professional communication, and social and behavioral aspects of practice.The clinical sciences section of this text contains a review of pharmacy practice and pharmacist-provided care,medication and distribution systems, and practice guidelines and clinical trials. This portion also includes pharmacotherapy and pharmaceutical care, special populations, drug information, and medication safety.
The appendices feature tablets and lists regarding normal laboratory values, drugs for specific disease states, top 200 drugs and top 200 over-the-counter (nonprescription) products, as well as lists of drugs excreted in breast milk, drugs that cause photosensitivity, and drugs that should not be crushed. The appendices also contain use-in pregnancy ratings, and sugar-free and alcohol- free products, as well as a listing of common drug interactions.
As a whole, this book is easy to read and user-friendly. Notably, this text does not include an index, which may have proved helpful to those wishing to look up a specific topic or term. This book is also a satisfactory representation of a US college or school of pharmacy's curriculum. It can clearly be an aid to anyone preparing for the FPGEE.However, because of its comprehensive nature and the inclusion of convenient, concise appendices, it also may be valuable to those preparing for theNAPLEX, or serve as a reference tool for practicing pharmacists. The text's in-depth social, behavioral, and administrative pharmacy sciences section may prove to be exceptionally helpful to those preparing for the FPGEE as it is thorough and comprehensive coverage of what is typically the most difficult for graduates of foreign pharmacy schools to master1
1. Alkhateeb FM, Clauson KA, Latif DA, Al-Rousan RM. Global Education Implications of the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination. Am J Pharm Educ. 2010;74(5):87.
Reviewed By: Fadi M. Alkhateeb, PhD, MBA, BSPharm, and Jennifer Snell, PharmD
University of Charleston, Charleston, West Virginia
Corresponding Author: Fadi M. Alkhateeb, University of
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