New Self-Assessment (SA) Activities

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NEW SELF-ASSESSMENT (SA) ACTIVITIES

The American Board of Dermatology is pleased to offer expanded options for diplomates to obtain self-assessment (SA) credits for Maintenance of Certification (MOC). Although the traditional methods of obtaining this credit remain available, our expanded offerings provide additional flexibility to meet the needs and interests of our diplomates. These will be made available in the near future, as well as retroactively for qualifying courses in which many diplomates have already participated.

 Activities for Which SA Credit Will Now Be Provided

1. Journal-Based Self-Assessment
Clinically relevant multiple-choice questions are presented in peer-reviewed journals, followed by an evidence-based discussion about the answers. Question results are self-graded by the reader.

Credit: 1 SA credit per question

2. Live Sessions Integrating Audience Response System (ARS) Questions
ARS questions ask audience members clinically relevant knowledge or practice-related questions, individuals answer using an ARS transponder, and the resulting spread of answers by the entire audience is provided for all participants to see. The answers are then discussed in an evidence-based fashion.

Credit: 10 SA credits for every hour of activity performed, or 1 credit per question, whichever is greater

3. Live Simulation Sessions 
These can be kinesthetic simulations (suture labs, nail procedure labs, flap labs, cosmetic injection labs, etc) or communication simulations (simulated patient interactions).  To qualify, the sessions must involve hands-on by participants and include individualized performance feedback provided by experts in the subject matter. 

Credit: 10 SA credits for every hour of activity performed, or 1 credit per question, whichever is greater

4. Baseline or Re-Measurement Steps of Any MOC-Approved Practice Improvement (PI) Activity

A diplomate completing a Practice Improvement (PI) activity will now simultaneously obtain SA credit for all chart reviews or other measurement steps performed.

Credit: 25 SA credits, in addition to the PI credit, for every baseline measurement or re-measurement that is performed.

5. Live Sessions Integrating Dermatopathology Slide Self-Assessment
A diplomate looks at unknown path slides, makes a diagnosis, and then listens to experts discuss both the correct and incorrect answers. This adheres to the attempt-and-then-receive-feedback-to-improve model of SA in a live venue without requiring ARS equipment.

Credit: 10 SA credits for every hour of activity performed, or 1 credit per question, whichever is greater

6. Traditional Self-Assessment Authorship and Editing
Individuals who author, edit and peer-review MOC SA questions will obtain SA credit to the same extent as those answering the questions. Participation in the peer-review process is required to qualify.

Credit: 10 SA credits for every hour of activity performed, or 1 credit per question, whichever is greater

NOTE: Please refer to our MOC FAQs for additional details about the periodic self-assessment requirement. 

Expanded options for SA credit.

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