PHILIPPINE FPGEE SHARING INFORMATION AND COMMENTS

Hey Everyone! I have shared my story when I passed the test back in Jan this yr.
https://abbyandwin.net/blog/2008/01/20/wooohooo-i-passed-the-fpgee/

I noticed that in most forums they really discouraged forming a group base on race, as reasonable as it is, sometimes we would still want to talk specifically to somebody who we can relate to. I am dedicating this page for those who will be taking their Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Exam who are Filipino and who would want to share their experience or perhaps for those who may have some inquiries. Feel free to help anybody or blog about your experience. My goal here is not to discriminate rather than to support those who are having difficulty getting information. Hopefully I can help in my own little way as well as those who will be blogging and visiting this site.

I have shared my experience to this site since I myself took the FPGEE too last Dec 2007. We have a group in LA (all Filipino) that help each other to make the review easier. Its not a formal review with a guideline of what to discuss per week but nevertheless it has been most helpful. There are some who made a comment already after I posted my experience back in January, but really the reason why I had that post is chiefly to share how I am feeling at that time I got the result. But now, I am opening this to help our kababayans who will be on the same process. I am studying now for my TOEFL, hopefully everything will turn out good so I can start my internship already here in CA.

Some Books I suggest you read before taking the test: 1. Comprehensive Pharmacy Review by Leon Shargel- this is a great book but I think it is not enough to use alone for the FPGEE, as the title says this is a review so there may be some topic in which you have to browse to the basics again. But if everything is still fresh on your mind then it would be easier to study this. In my case, I graduated 10 years ago so, there are things that I forgot already that didn’t stop me from my goal of being a pharmacist. So I supplemented other materials for the test. 2. Manan Shroff- I bought the whole set 5 books and cds. I will say that it is a good supplement but start with other material first since there is quite a number of errors in this book. Thus, if you have prepared well already you will be familiar with those irregularities. Generally, there is still a lot you can learn from this book. I know somebody who passed the test, she took a risk and just used this material. The main purpose of her taking the test is just to familiarize herself. Risky but she made it. I wouldn’t suggest it though. It is still better to be prepared in a battle. The Pharmacy Management and Pharmacoeconomics are really important as well for the afternoon part of the test. 3. Dr Dutta Pharmacy review I have never used this, but I have heard good reviews about this because it follows the FPGEE blueprint. So if anybody has used this please share what you think of the book.

I am a person who use book as my security blanket, thats why if I feel what I know is not sufficient enough I borrow books from the library. 10 years of not dealing with the basic pharmacy subjects is a long time, although I am a doctor our study is more on diagnosis and management, in contrast to making a drug work to be used for the diagnosis and treatment. I borrowed several books from the library like Easy Way books of different subject matters, Organic Chemistry, Anatomy, Physiology, and I also got an Immunology book. I bought a separate book for General Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Calculations. I am not saying this step is the right step to partake to be successful in the exam since everyone of us has a different study pattern and habits. I just want everyone to know that even if I am a doctor I still went through the same process as most of the test taker has gone through, back from scratch since I was not expose to the work field of a pharmacist. More or less if you are able to answer the 1000 question and answer from Manan Shroff(80%), it gives you an idea on how far you have gone to your study. Just don’t take the basic subjects for granted cause even if it doesn’t have the same bearing as the major subject has like those of the Phar Cal or Phar Chemistry, everything counts since we don’t know which questions are just being used for evaluation for the next exam.

Good Luck to Everyone who is Taking the test this June 28th!

111 thoughts on “PHILIPPINE FPGEE SHARING INFORMATION AND COMMENTS

  1. Hi Abby,I am a BS – Pharmacy graduate, Cebu Doctor’s University in the Philippines, i finished from 2006 – 2010, plus I passed the PRC pharmacy licensure exam. I am currently working in King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center., I know that I need to add a one year extra in order for me to take FPGEE, I just want to know what is your best advice…Thanks…

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    • Hi, Bibo hoe you read I made a certain comment in bold since this is the same concern of those who graduate after 2004. Kindly browse on this thread. Thanks

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  2. Hi Abby, I am also an MD Pharmacist, I graduated 1995 as pharma & licensed the same year. While in practice I also enrolled in nursing & luckily passed California BON. Now I am waiting for my immigrant petition as a nurse & my employer said in 2 years time my priority date will be current. Right now I am also considering another option that when I get there I also want to practice pharmacy coz I know how hard it is working there all my life as a nurse.Sorry it’s a bit confusing since I’m into so many routes. But before going there I would like to review FPGEE. Hope you can help me prioritize what to review first and if you know a good review center where I can enroll. Thanks and God bless!

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    • Hi there! In my opinion, it is best to focus on your weak areas. As for me this were the basic: pharmocology, phar cal, organic chem,etc. The drugs and disease will be easier since you are practicing in the medical field as well. I know they say Morris Cody is a good review center but it is expensive. It was $800 I think 5 years ago so I am not sure if they raise their price. Good luck.

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  3. Hi Ms Abby. Thank you very much for your reply & also for your help. You have put such a wonderful site ! Your blogs are very interesting . I know you are a busy person but still you find time to reply questions. Thanks again for your suggestions! God bless & good health to you & your family!Take care!

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  4. HiDid you do 4 year degree in pharmacy or 5 year degree in pharmacy from Philippines. Can you please provide me more info. I wonder if there is a way to do 5th year pharmacy degree for an internaltional student.Thanks,Satish A

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    • I have a 4 yr degree. I made the post bold for those topics related to school in Philippines where you can study and complete the course so you can seat in for the test. Please browse to our blog, this is a common question for me so I made sure to highlight these post to help out people in the same predicament. Thanks

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  5. hi im graduated in 2006 and im in usa now i want to take fpgee and my bachelor is 4 years and icant come to philipin to study clinal pharmacy one year what i have to pleas help me?

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  6. hi abby, i only have ung CPR by shargel. shroff has a lot of volumes. pagnagtitipid ba, ano ung dapat bilhin dun? thanks. pre-med ko din ung pharmacy. tagal na… galing mo namn , you made it

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  7. hi there ! I’m an immigrant here in California and want to pursue a Pharmacy career. Graduated BS pharmacy back in 1995 Frankly , I don’t know where to start , i already sent my credentials to ECE for evaluations last week ( Nov 10 2012) . Is it advisable to send my FPGEC application as well schedule my TOEFL ibt exam.Your inputs are very much appreciated.many thanks …mae

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  8. Hi! I would like to know how deep you should know your medicinal chemistry for the exam. For example, do you have to know and be able to recognize the pharmacophores? Thank you so much!

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    • It has been awhile since I took the test but I did touch on that topic but just so to be familiar and not to the point of knowing it by heart.

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  9. Good day Ms. Abby!I just passed the board last June 2013. And i’m planning to take the FPGEE exam. Can I take it Maam eventhough i just graduated from a BS pharmacy degree? What are the requirements in order to take the exam?Thanks so much and God bless you more po!

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  10. are there any school here in US that provides 1 year of BS pharm for those who just graduated with 4 year course? thank you and im hoping for your kind reply..

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  11. I have up to date reviewers for fpgee. Just pAssed last Nov 2013. Six bks by Manan Shroff and Cds. Willing to sell for less than orig price of course. pazmor56@gmail.com Pacita McGregor 110 Risley ave Mt Carmel Il I graduated fr UIC Davao City

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    • @pacita, though we don’t usually allow this type of post on our blog, it could help someone. this blog has no relations to this posts nor the outcome of any transactions 🙂

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  12. Hello. Been reading a lot in this blog and i got a lot of help from my unanswered questions. I will be taking up Clin pharmacy at UIC davao and i hope i’d be able to meet their required grade at the end of the semester which is not below 85%. I just have a question.. I know the board of Pharmacy in the US accredits Univ. Of immaculate conception. I am just worried coz my previous school which is just new in offering bs pharmacy course and it’s not like those other universities that are really known and they have good reputation already. Would it be a problem when the time comes that i’m gonna have my papers evaluated for fpgee? Are they gonna accredit my school? I hope it will not be a problem coz anyway i am a licensed pharmacist.. i hope someone can enlighten me.. thanks much!

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