Virtual Knowledge Self-Assessment Group Study

October 13, 2024
Topic: Asthma
Registration will open in mid-August
December 8, 2024
Topic: Musculoskeletal
Registration will open in early October

Each fall, the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians, in partnership with other chapters of the American Academy of Family Physicians, hosts two virtual American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM)-endorsed Family Medicine Certification Knowledge Self-Assessment (KSA) group study activities, each with a different topic.

For each date, registration will be limited to the first 45 registrants, and registrants after the first 45 will be placed on a waiting list. Overall virtual KSA attendance will not exceed 175 participants.

This innovative program will use a robust web-based system (Cisco WebEx Training) that will allow family physician learners from across the country the opportunity to complete the KSA while engaging their peers and an expert content leader from a location of their choosing.

Although live KSA group studies are a popular way of completing the required Family Medicine Certification activity, this program is innovative in developing a virtual learning session and delivering it nationwide to a large group of physician learners at the same time. This cutting-edge program will bring the issues of the selected topics directly to the physician’s home or office with guidance from a peer expert and the knowledge sharing that occurs when completing a KSA with fellow family physicians.

How the Virtual KSA Works

In order to provide an ABFM-endorsed KSA group study session, the ABFM requires the use of a robust webinar system that provides physicians with the ability to fully contribute and be monitored for participation. The webinar system allows participants to pose questions to the speaker, take part in question and answer polls, and chat with fellow KSA participants. The ABFM also requires that the program administrators embed “code words” into the webinar slides to ensure that participants are paying attention throughout the duration of the program. You will be asked to capture these code words on an evaluation tool that will be sent to you in advance.

The most important function of the webinar is the polling process which helps to determine group consensus on what answer should be submitted on the ABFM’s answer sheet. Instructions on this important process will be detailed prior to the start of the program with plenty of time for participants to test the system.

In a nutshell, questions will be displayed, read verbally by the moderator, and then opened for participants to respond. Next, poll results will be displayed and discussed with guidance from the expert speaker. If consensus on an assessment answer is not clear, a re-poll may be necessary. The OAFP staff will be working in the background to collect group answers on the approved ABFM answer sheet. Finally, the answer sheet will be submitted as a group to the ABFM and individuals will be credited for completion of the KSA once event evaluations are received within 72 hours.


Completion of a KSA provides participants with 10 certification points towards their ABFM certification requirement. In addition, these activities are reviewed and approved for up to 8 live Prescribed continuing medical education credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association (AMA) as equivalent to AMA Physician’s Recognition Award (PRA) Category 1 credit(s)™ toward the AMA PRA. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.


For more information, please contact Deputy Executive Vice President Kaitlin McGuffie.