- Self-Assessment and Lifelong Learning
- Cognitive Expertise
- Performance Improvement.
The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians offers the following programming towards your ABFM certification requirements:
Knowledge Self-Assessments (KSA)
- Live KSAs (held in conjunction with the Family Medicine Workshop each January; the Family Medicine Celebration (annual meeting) each August; and at the CME Roadshow & KSA in March in Canton and in September in Findlay)
- Virtual KSAs (held each fall).
Colorectal Cancer Screening Improvement Team Training Day
This training, once fully completed, will qualify for an ABFM performance improvement activity.
Due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic, this in-person team training that was scheduled for April 4 has been posponed. We are hopeful that we will be able to deliver this valuable program to you in the future. We are looking to either reschedule, or, possibly reframe our curriculum to fit a virtual format. Unfortunately, specific details are still to be determined. We appreciate your continued patience as we finalize our plans with speakers, the Ohio Department of Health, and other critical partners.
This unique, two-part program is the perfect opportunity to take part in a quality improvement (QI) project to increase colorectal cancer screening (CRC) rates in your practice. Fifteen (15) practice team will meet outside their normal office settings to hear from expert speakers on best practices in screening protocols, up-to-date guidelines, and the importance of QI in patient care and population health as a whole. Participants will use an online module to measure their team engagement, benchmark patient data, select an intervention for care delivery, and will remeasure outcome data after a six-month change period.
To learn more and secure a spot, visit the training’s web page.
The AAFP and the OAFP continue to represent the needs of our family physician members as we work alongside the ABFM to improve processes and communication. In the fall of 2018, we were pleased to share that after diligently collecting and listening to member feedback, accepting the AAFP’s rigorous report recommending needed improvements for continuing certification, the ABFM is making changes. Read “ABFM Announces New Leadership, Programs, and Solutions to Help Alleviate Administrative Burdens” from the winter 2018 issue of The Ohio Family Physician to learn more and read on for additional information on new ABFM initiatives.
**New** Alternatives for Performance Improvement Activity Credit (formerly Part IV)
Self-Directed Performance Improvement Activity
Continued improvement in clinical practice is a critical hallmark of the commitment family physicians make to ensure they are providing the highest quality care to patients.
Did you know that physicians can claim performance improvement (PI) credit for quality improvement (QI) activities that they are already doing in their daily work? It’s called the Self-Directed Performance Improvement Pathway and it’s a terrific way for physician practices of all types and sizes, even the most non-traditional, to capture credit for meaningful change that’s already occurring in practice.
The Self-Directed Performance Improvement Project pathway is now available through your ABFM Physician Portfolio and it allows practices with 1-10 physicians to report customized improvement projects specific to their practice environment, regardless of the scope of care they deliver.
This pathway does not require a physician to be in a practice that has a consistent patient population or a broad scope of care. In fact, the benefit of this pathway is that it can be custom tailored to fit any practice type. The activity just needs to be focused on improving some aspect of your practice.
- Access to care
- Child and adolescent health
- Community health
- Decision support
- Emergency medicine
- Geriatric medicine
- Health literacy
- Laboratory testing/imaging studies
- Maternity care
- Mental health
- Patient adherence
- Patient education
- Patient engagement
- Patient safety
- Preventive care
- Sports medicine
- You may report a project you conducted alone or participated in within a single practice group, an Accountable Care Organization, or other larger group practices.
- You can use this pathway whether you see patients in a continuity setting, or if you are providing non-continuity episodic care (e.g., hospitalist, telemedicine, locums, urgent care, emergency department, etc.).
- If you have already done a project, or are currently doing a PI activity in your practice, the process requires simply completing a short, online form available in your ABFM Physician Portfolio describing the activity. Estimated completion time of the form is 15 minutes if you have all the information at hand.
- If you have not yet started, but are planning, a PI activity, please reference the sample application. This will tell you exactly what steps you will need to take to help ensure your project is eligible for approval by the ABFM before beginning.
- The individual pathway is for reporting of activities for 1-10 physicians. The ABFM will walk you through the steps to report credit for multiple physicians using a group code. The initial application is estimated to take 15 minutes to complete. Those subsequent physicians claiming credit using the group code should take approximately 5 minutes to complete.
- Your annual certification fee covers the cost of this activity.
- ABFM review and approval takes approximately 1 week.
Organizational Performance Improvement Pathway
Similar to the Self-Directed Performance Improvement Activity, the ABFM has also created the Organizational Performance Improvement Pathway to allow groups of more than 10 physicians a way to track, report, and claim credit together for their customized, ongoing QI initiatives, regardless of the scope of care they deliver.
- Organizations, or groups of more than 10 family physicians, may apply for approval for organizational PI activities that will provide certification credit for anyone who is meaningfully participating in the effort.
- These projects may be ongoing, and project teams may participate at different times.
- A designated contact for the organization is responsible for tracking and reporting participation to the ABFM. The person reporting the data can be a non-physician team member or practice designee.
- The organizational pathway only costs $100 per approved PI project, regardless of the number of physicians receiving credit.
- For the self-directed pathway for 1-10 physicians, log in to your ABFM Physician Portfolio, select “Access Performance Improvement Activities” from the main screen, and choose “Self-Directed Performance Improvement Project: Clinical Systems.”
- For the Organizational option, visit the ABFM website for more information on how to submit group projects.
In the fall 2019, the ABFM launched its PI Locator tool to allows diplomates to enter and save personal preferences like the type of practice, areas of practice interest, and awards. The PI Locator will then select the most relevant activities to the preferences you set making it easier to choose an activity the is right for you and your practice. Log into your Physician Portfolio to check out the PI Locator today!
Continuous Knowledge Self-Assessment (CKSA)
ABFM’s continuous Knowledge Self-Assessment (CKSA) can help you continuously identify your personal strengths and weaknesses in medical knowledge and clinical decision-making within the framework of broad-spectrum family medicine. This is accomplished by completing 25 questions per quarter, delivered through your ABFM Physician Portfolio. Completing these can be done throughout the quarter in a manner that best suits your needs and schedule, whenever and wherever it is convenient for you.
There is no passing or failing for this activity. After each question you will be given the correct answer, a critique that explains why other options were incorrect, a set of references and the option to comment on the question. This information allows you to focus subsequent CME in those areas.
CKSA questions are similar in format to those seen on the certification examination. Once you have completed 100 questions over four quarters, you will receive a performance report that will estimate your probability of passing the certification examination, along with your likely score.
After successful completion of each quarter, you will earn 2.5 certification points and 2.5 CME credits. If you participate in four quarters of CKSA you will earn 10 certification points, satisfying your minimum KSA requirement for that stage.
For more information, visit the ABFM website.
Family Medicine Certification Longitudinal Assessment (FMCLA)
In January 2019, the ABFM launched a pilot program to assess the value and feasibility of a longitudinal assessment option to the 10-year secure examination. This approach to assessment of cognitive expertise is more aligned with adult learning principles, promoting more enduring learning, retention and transfer of knowledge than infrequent, episodic examinations.
The FMCLA pilot evaluation will be conducted over several years in order to collect enough feedback and data to evaluate the quality, effectiveness, and acceptability to the program. Participant feedback is sought and reviewed at multiple steps along the way.This information will be used in continuous improvement of the process.
In 2019, the pilot was initially limited to Diplomates whose current certification was due to end December 31, 2019. Thanks to a successful initial year, family physicians who are currently certified and have their 10-year examination requirement due before Thursday, December 31, 2020, now have the option to participate in the FMCLA in 2020.
Pilot participants will answer up to 25 questions online quarterly in lieu of the one-day exam. You may answer questions at anytime and may use clinical references during the assessment. To satisfy your exam requirements, you will need to answer 300 questions over a four-year period and achieve a passing score.
For more information and to check your eligibility, visit the ABFM website.
- Meeting ABFM’s Performance Improvement Requirement By December 31 (Weekly Family Medicine Update, November 19, 2019)
- Physicians Engaged in CPC+ Can Receive ABFM Performance Improvement Credit – Here’s How! (Weekly Family Medicine Update, November 5, 2019)
- BFM Introduces the New Performance Improvement Locator Tool (Weekly Family Medicine Update, September 17, 2019)
- ABFM Certification Pilot Proves Worthy Alternative (AAFP News, July 24, 2019)
- Family Medicine Certification Longitudinal Assessment Pilot Continues (Weekly Family Medicine Update, July 16, 2019)
- ABFM Announces New Leadership, Programs, and Solutions (Weekly Family Medicine Update, January 3, 2019)