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Informational Video on Upcoming ABFM Changes

As was recently announced the ABFM will be launching a pilot program that will assess the value and feasibility of a longitudinal assessment option to the 10-year high-stakes reaccreditation examination. The Family Medicine Certification Longitudinal Assessment (FMCLA) will offer 25 questions answered quarterly online in lieu of the one-day exam. On December 10, AAFP Senior Vice President of Education Clif Knight, MD, FAAFP and ABFM Senior Vice President Elizabeth Baxley, MD hosted a live webinar to discuss the longitudinal assessment and answer AAFP member questions. The recorded webinar is available here.

The AAFP has also published additional information on the pilot including a self-check and preparation tools.

Changes coming from the ABFM

In January 2019, the ABFM will be launching a pilot program that will assess the value and feasibility of a longitudinal assessment option to the 10-year high-stakes reaccreditation examination.

It’s a beautiful, Saturday afternoon, and 30 of your peers have gathered in a single-window, hotel conference room to complete an American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Knowledge Self-Assessment (KSA).

While some value this exercise, many feel that this process, as well as others required by the ABFM for board certification, is just another hoop to jump through for busy family physicians that adds little to no value when it pertains to meaningful, life-long learning, and improved patient care. The stress felt through the systematic testing of knowledge and professional mastery, in the name of maintenance of certification, is as burnout inducing to some as prior authorizations, electronic health record (EHR) documentation, and other administrative burdens. 

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KSA SESSIONS

The Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians offers Knowledge Self-Assessment (KSA) sessions as a benefit to our members. KSA's are offered both live and virtually. 

Knowledge Self Assessment (KSA)

The Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians, is excited to announce a live, American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM)- endorsed Maintenance of Certification Knowledge Self-Assessment (KSA) group study focused on a new topic in 2019. This program is limited to the first 30 MassAFP members who register.

Knowledge Self Assessment (KSA)
Location: Royal Sonesta Boston
Topic: Heart Failure
Moderated by: TBD
Saturday March 23, 2019
1:00 - 5:00 pm

The session is open to the first 30 registrants. Spots are reserved in the order that payment is received.
Cost: There is a group session fee of $125 for MassAFP members, $95 Resident member, and $250 for non-members.
Additional ABFM activity fees apply.

Additional Details:

At the session attendees will work together to complete the Knowledge Self-Assessment of the topic content area. Upon passing the assessment you will receive 10 ABFM Certification Points and 8 CME Credits.

  • Attendees will discuss and complete the 60 questions that make up the Knowledge-Self Assessment
  • The MassAFP will report answers from the group session directly to the ABFM on your behalf
    • The Clinical Self-Assessment is now optional and may be completed on your own for an additional 5 ABFM Certification Points and 4 CME Credits. (This was previously required under the old SAM format.)

Registration Information

Registration is limited to the first 30 participants, in the order that payment is received. Please be sure to make your online payment as soon as you complete the registration form.

The Knowledge Self-Assessment (KSA) and the Clinical Self-Assessment (CSA) have 3-year repeat limits. Before registering for any KSA or CSA please check with the ABFM to see which topics you have completed in the past three years. Visit the MC-FP section of the ABFM website for more information or call (877) 223-7437.

If this is your first step in the Family Medicine Certification process, please be sure to contact the ABFM (877-223-7437) and obtain your ABFM ID. If you do not recall your password, please use the "Help! I forgot my password and/or username" link on the ABFM website to reset your password. If you have any questions about how many Family Medicine Certification activities are required for you at this time and/or when you need to complete them, the ABFM can assist you. In addition to the MassAFP fee to participate in the group session, the ABFM charges an annual certification process fee.

If you have questions regarding this session, please contact us at (888) 871-9181.

Cancellation:

The MassAFP must receive notice of cancellation in writing no later than 4 weeks before the start of the program. Requests for full cancellations will be refunded less a $50 administrative fee.

CANCELLATION POLICY

The MassAFP must receive notice of cancellation no later than 21 days prior to first day of the course. Requests for full cancellations will be refunded less a $50 administrative fee. Cancellations or no-shows after this date are not eligible for a refund.

Please allow up to four weeks for delivery of refund. Fees will be refunded the same way they were paid to the MassAFP. This policy covers registration and ticketed events.

The MassAFP is not responsible for monies registrants may have spent on penalty or non-refundable airline or train tickets or hotel deposits in the event this course is canceled or sold out. Before purchasing your airline or train ticket make sure that you have received your registration and hotel confirmation. If a program is canceled by the MassAFP, every effort will be made to notify registrants at least 30 days prior to the first day of the course and registration fees will be refunded in full.

You may notify the MassAFP of cancellations by:

Email information@massafp.org
Fax: 262.242.1862
Mail: MassAFP, 210 Green Bay Road, Thiensville WI 53092

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