Biostatistics Review for Board of Pharmacy Specialty Exams

This review will cover the most common concepts you will likely see on any of the BPS exams:

✓ Immediate Access to our Biostatistics Online Lecture Center
        - 5 hours of lectures broken up into 6 separate lectures
        - Access to each lecture for two - 24 hour periods of time

✓ Your Own Spiral Bound Biostatistics Review Course Notebook
        - Contains all of the lecture slides for each online biostatistics lecture
        - A great reference tool that you can use throughout your career

Note: If you already have access to one of the BCPS, BCACP, BCOP or BCPP Online Review Courses you already have access to this.

Faculty & Topics: 

Faculty:  Anthony J. Busti, MD, PharmD, FNLA, FAHA

Many people have failed these exams due to missing biostatistics questions - do not compromise this last step before taking your board certification.  Dr. Busti has been teaching this subject for over 10 years and is known for making sense of this sometimes-difficult subject.


Lecture 1:  Hypothesis Testing & Essentials of Study Design

  • Hypothesis Testing: Null vs. Alternative Hypothesis
  • Understanding Type 1 & 2 Errors
  • Study Design:  Descriptive & Explanatory (Case-Controlled, Cohort Studies, Cross-Over Studies, Clinical Trial)
  • CONSORT Statement
  • Types of Bias and Application to Literature Evaluation
  • Internal and External Validity

Lecture 2:  Biostatistics Part 1

  • Measures of Central Tendency (Mode, Median, Mean)
  • Measures of Variability or Dispersion (Ranges, Interquartile Range, Standard Deviation, Standard Error of the Mean)
  • How to Differentiate Parametric vs. Nonparametric Statistical Tests
  • Types of Data: Nominal, Ordinal, Continuous
  • How to Pick the Right Statistical Test Based on Study Design

Lecture 3:  Biostatistics Part 2

  • Understanding Power
  • Alpha values
  • How to Interpret P-values
  • How to interpret 95% Confidence Intervals
  • How to Calculate and Appropriately Interpret Relative Risk, Absolute Risk Reduction, Number Needed to Treat, Odds Ratios
  • How to Interpret Correlations, Coefficient of Variations, and Regression Analysis

Lecture 4: Properties & Evaluation of Diagnostic Tests

  • How to calculate and Appropriately Interpret Sensitivity and Specificity
  • How to Calculate and Appropriately Interpret Positive and Negative Predictive Values
  • Differentiating Accuracy vs. Precision
  • Differentiating Incidence and Prevalence
  • Understanding Receiver Operator Characteristic
  • How to Calculate and Interpret Likelihood Ratios

Lecture 5:  Systematic Reviews & Meta Analysis

  • Differentiating a Systematic Review from a Meta-Analysis
  • The Advantages and Disadvantages of a Meta-Analysis
  • Assessment Tools for the Quality of Trials Used in a Meta-Analysis
  • Publication Bias and How to Interpret Inverted Funnel Plots
  • PRISMA Statement for Publishing Systematic Reviews

Lecture 6: Essentials of Pharmacoeconomics

  • Types of Costs (Direct vs Indirect vs Intangible)
  • Cost Minimization Analysis
  • Cost-Effectiveness Analysis
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Cost-Utility Analysis
  • Steps Involved in a Pharmacoeconomic Analysis

How to Register:

Click on the Register Now button below and then complete the following steps:

     Step 1:  Select Licensed Clinician
     Step 2:  Select Online Lecture Center Only
     Step 3:  Select Biostatistics Review Lectures for BPS Exams
     Step 4:  Choose the duration of access you want to the Biostatistics Online Lecture Center, and then continue on with the checkout as normal. 

Once you purchase access your lecture notebook will be sent out within 1 business day.  While you have immediate access to the online lectures you may want to wait until you receive your notebook in the mail so that you have the slides to make notes on.

  • Note: If you would also like access to the Q-Bank questions then please select the Biostatistics Online Review Course which includes access to the above lectures, course notebook, and access to the Biostatistics Q-Bank system.  To learn more about the Biostatistics Online Review Course click here
  • Note: If you already have access to the BCPS, BCACP, BCOP, or BCPP Online Review Courses you already have access to the above Biostatistics Lectures and Biostatistics Q-Bank questions.