Virtual Knowledge Self-Assessment Group Study

February 21, 2021
5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. (approximately)
Topic: Palliative Care

Registration has closed. Please contact Caitlin Laudeman for availability.

Due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, and keeping members’ safety in mind, the in-person group study American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Knowledge Self-Assessment, typically held in conjunction with the Family Medicine Workshop, will be held virtually in 2021!

This innovative program will use a robust web-based system (Cisco WebEx Training) to bring together family physician learners from across Ohio, along with a family physician moderator and expert content leader on the topic of palliative care. Participate virtually from a location of your choosing!

Registration will be limited to 150 registrants and is open to Ohio Academy of Family Physicians (OAFP) members, non-Ohio American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) members, and residents.

Registration Fees

  • OAFP members: $85
  • Non-Ohio AAFP members: $115
  • Residents: $55.

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.

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.

Program Faculty

The palliative care virtual KSA will be led by two family physicians!

Our moderator, Melissa Jefferis, MD, is a family physician in Columbus, OH. She has served as the OAFP virtual KSA moderator since 2011. She will lead the group through the 60-question assessment, offering tips and insight along the way.



Donald Mack, MD, will serve as our content expert. Board certified in geriatric medicine and hospice and palliative medicine, Dr. Mack is a family physician at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus. He specializes in geriatrics and the care of older patients, specifically patients needing long-term and end of life care. He also works with patients to provide pain management, nursing home care, and palliative medicine services.


Full registration fees will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received by Caitlin Laudeman in writing by Monday, February 15. Any cancellations received after this date will not be refunded.


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.

Additional KSAs in 2021

The OAFP, in partnership with other chapters of the AAFP, will host two additional virtual KSA group study sessions in the fall of 2021. Dates and topics are to be determined. Check back in spring 2021 for more information.


Please contact Director of Foundation & Strategic Programs Kaitlin McGuffie or call 800.742.7327 with questions or for more information.