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AAPM Online Learning Support of New ABR MOC Requirements

C Bloch

C Bloch1*, J Ogburn2 , M Woodward2 , (1) University of Washington, Seattle, WA, (2) AAPM, College Park, MD


MO-F-19A-3 Monday 2:45PM - 3:45PM Room: 19A

In 2002 the American Board of Radiology (ABR) discontinued issuing lifetime board certification. After that time diplomates received a time-limited certificate and must participate in the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program in order to maintain their certification. Initially certificates were issued with a 10 year expiration period and the MOC had requirements to be met over that 10 year period. The goal was to demonstrate continuous maintenance of clinical competency, however some diplomates were attempting to fulfill most or all of the requirements near the end of the 10 year period. This failed to meet the continuous aspect of the goal and so the ABR changed to a sliding 3-year window. This was done to recognize that not every year would be the same, but that diplomates should be able to maintain a reasonable average over any 3 year period.

A second significant change occurred in 2013. The initial requirements included 20 self-assessment modules (SAMs) over the original 10 year term. SAMs are a special type of continuing education (CE) credit that were an addition to the 250 standard CE credits required over the 10 year period. In 2013, however, the new requirement is 75 CE credits over the previous 3 years, of which 25 must include self-assessment. Effectively this raised the self-assessment requirement from 20 in 10 years to 25 in 3 years.

Previously SAMs were an interactive presentation available in limited quantities at live meetings. However, the new requirement is not for SAMs but CE-SA which includes SAMs, but also includes the online quizzes provided at the AAPM online learning center. All credits earned at the AAPM online learning center fulfill the ABR SA requirement.

This talk will be an interactive demonstration of the AAPM online learning center along with a discussion of the MOC requirements.

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