Frequently Asked Questions

Who can take part in the Master Psychopharmacology Program and what does it cost?

All NEI Members can take part in the program at no cost.

How will I know what to study?

The Master Psychopharmacology Program includes 10 self-assessments that help you identify the topics in which you would benefit from further study. In addition, at the end of each self-assessment you will be provided with a personalized list of Recommended Resources to study based on your self-assessment results. The comprehensive list of topics that are covered in the Master Psychopharmacology Program, and which are included on the final exam, is provided in the Course Study Guides.

What are the program requirements?

Candidates must complete the 10 self-assessments, complete 24 brief learning activities, and pass the final exam. A final exam score of 75% or higher is required to become an NEI Master Psychopharmacologist. A score of 90% or higher qualifies for the designation of NEI Master Psychopharmacologist with Distinction.

How long do I have to complete the program requirements?

Each edition of the Master Psychopharmacology Program is valid for 3 years. All requirements, including passing the final exam, must be completed while that edition is still valid. To be eligible for the final exam, all 10 self-assessments and 24 learning activities must be completed. You can track your progress by visiting the Progress Summary page.

How are the self-assessments structured?

The 10 self-assessments each cover a single therapeutic area and consist of multiple-choice questions (tactics recommended by the National Board of Medical Examiners). After each question, you receive an explanation of the answer choices and a comparison to other candidates' answers. Based on your results, you are provided with a personalized list of topics to study and Recommended Resources to facilitate your preparation for the final exam.

What are the learning activities?

Learning activities—formatted as articles, case studies, short videos, and animations—give you an opportunity to learn interactively. Two new learning activities are released each month. You must complete 24 learning activities as part of the program.

Do the self-assessments and learning activities offer CME credit?

Yes, excluding articles. The self-assessments offer certificates of CME credit per individual therapeutic area. NOTE: the 10 self-assessments are considered a single activity and credits earned must be totaled and submitted as such to other organizations. The learning activities (excluding articles) offer CME credit per individual activity.

How long is the final exam, and what does it cover?

The final exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions and covers the recommended materials for each topic. Once you open the final exam, you have 48 consecutive hours to complete it. You do not have to complete all 100 questions in one sitting. You can stop and come back to the final exam at any time during the 48 hours. NOTE: when you return to the exam after exiting it, you will not be able to return to a question that has been skipped or already had an answer selected—you will return to the next question after your highest answered question (i.e. if you skip ahead to question 60 and then exit, when you return you will start at question 61 and will only be able to move forward from there).

What if I don't pass the final exam on my first attempt?

If you do not receive a passing score (75% or higher), you may retake the final exam an unlimited number of times. To prepare for future attempts, refer to the course study guides and your personalized self-assessment feedback.

What will I receive for completing the program?

Candidates who pass the final exam will receive a professional certificate signifying their status as an NEI Master Psychopharmacologist.

Does this program lead to advanced certification?

The Master Psychopharmacology Program certificate is intended as recognition for study in psychopharmacology that goes beyond keeping CME up to date. Program completion shows serious interest and investment in the field. It is not a formal subspecialty board-recognized by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and thus would not have the same level of professional recognition.

Will this program help me in Board Recertification?

The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) has reviewed NEI's "Master Psychopharmacology Program Self-Assessments, 2018-2020 Edition" and has approved this program as part of a comprehensive lifelong learning and self-assessment program, which is mandated by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) as a necessary component of maintenance of certification. In addition, self-assessment and final exam questions are written with tactics employed by the National Board of Medical Examiners. The program includes the latest information on psychopharmacology and can be a valuable resource in studying for recertification.