Association for Molecular Pathology

Newsletter

February 2011, Volume 17, Number 1

 

Increased Flexibility in the ASIP Journal CME/SAM Programs in 2011

By Mark, E. Sobel, MD, PhD

The transition to Elsevier publishing has provided ASIP with the opportunity to revise and improve its Journal CME programs for participating readers of AJP and JMD; the improvements in the Journal CME programs are outlined below. The three major changes that we have introduced this year are that (1) although the Journal CME program is accredited as an annual program, it is now possible to receive credit for successfully completing an exam for each individual issue; and (2) the online examinations will be housed on a different website that will provide CME certificates upon successful completion of each bimonthly examination.

What is the JMD CME Program? The ASIP 2011 JMD CME Program in Molecular Diagnostics is an ACCME-accredited annual program consisting of a series of 50 questions based on selected articles in the 2011 issues (Volume 13) of The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics. FASEB serves as the accredited provider and ASIP is the co-sponsor. To participate in the program, you must first subscribe and then follow the instructions sent to you by the ASIP Education Office to register on the Journal CME website to gain access to the exam questions.

What is the cost of the JMD CME Program? AMP (and ASIP) members will continue to be offered a discounted subscription price of $150. Nonmembers will pay $225 for the annual program.

Is the JMD CME Program recognized by the American Board of Pathology (ABP) for SAM credit? Yes. The JMD CME Program is eligible for up to 50 SAM credits. The ASIP is a Cooperating Society of the ABP and provides electronic verification of CME and SAM credits to the Board for its participating Diplomates.

What is SAM? SAM refers to a Self Assessment Module for online learning in an ACCME-accredited CME program. Successful completion of an online exam is an essential requirement for receiving SAM credit. More information about SAMs is available on the ABP website at www.abpath.org.

What is new about the JMD CME programs in 2011? In the first five years of the journal CME program, it was necessary to correctly answer 75% of the annual questions to receive any CME credit. The most important change in the Journal CME program this year is that now credit can be achieved for each issue of the journal by correctly answering 75% of the questions for a particular issue of the journal. Therefore, it is possible to receive CME credit for some but not all of the issues in the annual program, making the program more flexible.

How can I participate in the JMD CME Program in Molecular Diagnostics? First you must subscribe to the annual Journal CME Program. You may subscribe online or you may download a Journal CME Subscription Form (www.asip.org/CME/journalCME.htm) and mail or fax the form and your CME subscription fee to the ASIP CME Office. Subscription forms are also available from the ASIP CME Office, 9650 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20814-3993; Tel: 301-634-7130; email JournalCME@asip.org. The JMD CME Subscription Fee is $150 for ASIP and AMP members and $225 for nonmembers. After your CME subscription has been processed by the ASIP CME Office, you will receive information about how to register for accessing the CME exams on the journal website http://jmd.amjpathol.org. Please allow 5 days for ASIP to process your Journal CME Subscription, and 5 days for Elsevier to process your registration information before attempting to access the journal CME exams. CME credits will be earned by successfully completing CME exams that will test your knowledge of reading selected articles in an issue of the Journal.

I am subscribed to the ASIP 2011 AJP CME Program in Pathogenesis. Am I also subscribed in the ASIP 2011 JMD CME Program in Molecular Diagnostics? No. The AJP CME Program in Pathogenesis and the JMD CME Program in Molecular Diagnostics are separate programs and require separate subscriptions. However, if you are subscribed to both ASIP Journal CME programs, your User ID and password will be the same on the examination site.

How many CME credits will I earn for the JMD CME Program?
The JMD CME Program in Molecular Diagnostics is an annual programs consisting of a series of 50 questions based on selected articles in the 2011 issues of JMD. Bimonthly exams, consisting of up to 6 - 10 JMD questions that are based on selected articles appearing in each issue of the Journal, will be available online on the Journal website for registered participants. To receive CME credit for this journal-based CME activity, participants must achieve a score of at least 75% on an issue-based exam and complete a Post-Test Evaluation. All exams must be completed by December 31, 2011 to receive CME credit.
Credits Earned for Achieving a Score of 75%

 

Credits Earned for Achieving a Score of 75%

Monthly Issue JMD CME
January 10
March 8
May 8
July 8
September 8
November 8

 

How do I access the CME exams for each issue of the Journal? Log in to the Journal website at http://jmd.amjpathol.org for JMD and use the User ID and password provided by the ASIP CME Office. If you wish to study the questions before going online, you can access a PDF of each monthly exam on the Societies' CME website at http://www.asip.org/CME/JournalCME.htm.

How many chances do I have to successfully complete a CME exam? After you submit your answers for a CME exam, you will immediately receive feedback. If you answered a question incorrectly, you will have ONE more chance to answer the question correctly. After you finally submit your answers, you will receive the correct answers to the exam and an explanation.

What happens if I do not receive a score of at least 75% on a CME exam? If you do not receive a score of at least 75% on an issued-based exam you will not receive any CME credits for that exam. However, you will be eligible to take the other exams in the annual program and receive credit for them if you complete them successfully.

How do I earn CME credits in the annual program? You will receive credit for each bimonthly CME exam that you complete successfully. If you successfully complete all exams in the annual program, you will achieve the maximum of 50 CME credits. If you only successfully complete one exam, you will receive CME credit for only that exam. After you have successfully completed an exam, a CME certificate will be available to you electronically.

Do I have to successfully complete all of the issue-based CME exams to receive CME credits in the annual program? No. You do not have to take or successfully complete all the exams in order to participate in the JMD CME Program in Molecular Diagnostics. However, you will only earn CME credits for those exams that you successfully complete.

How do I submit my answers to the CME exams? To receive CME credit, you must submit your answers online through the Journal CME page or http://jmd.amjpathol.org. However, if you wish to study the questions before going online, you can access a PDF of each exam on the ASIP Journal CME website at http://www.asip.org/CME/JournalCME.htm.

Can I receive SAM credit? Yes. The ASIP 2011 JMD CME Program in Molecular Diagnostics is approved by the American Board of Pathology for up to 50 SAM credits. After successfully completing an issue-based CME exam, participants may separately apply for SAM credit by completing a SAM application online on the ASIP Journal CME website (http://www.asip.org/CME/JournalCME.htm). All SAM applications must be completed by December 31, 2011 for participants to receive SAM credit. You may apply for bimonthly SAM credit or you may apply for SAM credits for more than one journal issue at a time. Please note that the Journal CME website is not able to provide SAM certificates. You must request them from the ASIP CME Office. There is no extra charge for SAM certificates.

What if I misplace my CME or SAM certificate(s)? Contact the ASIP CME Office at JournalCME@asip.org or call 301-634-7130 to request replacement CME and SAM certificates. The ASIP CME Office archives your CME information for at least seven years. In addition, the FASEB CME Office (fasebcme@faseb.org, 301-634-7010) can provide replacement CME certificates. Please note that the FASEB CME Office is not able to provide SAM certificates; only the ASIP CME Office is able to provide SAM certificates.