Yearn to Learn
What can ACR membership do for your continuing medical education?
Approximately a year and a half ago, the ACR Commission on Education (COE) underwent a major restructuring to more efficiently meet the educational needs of ACR members. The COE is composed of eight members, who oversee 148 physician volunteers serving on 18 committees and subcommittees.
The COE's new mission is to provide innovative educational activities to a wide range of individuals, including radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists, nuclear medicine physicians, residents in training, and medical students. These activities can help position physicians at the forefront of patient care, address professional practice gaps, maintain certification, and fulfill requirements for ongoing physician practice evaluation.
This past year, the COE undertook a major overhaul of the College's online educational offerings. We wanted learners to be engaged in efficiently delivered programs on timely topics. Because radiologists are busier than ever and must meet the various continuing medical education requirements of maintenance of certification, modality accreditation, and licensure, the learning environment must be tailored to individual needs. For more information about some of these educational products, visit www.acr.org/education.
Free CME for ACR Members
The ACR offers its members access to several exclusive education benefits. Through three e-Learning activities, ACR makes available to members hundreds of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ online. These are regularly updated activities that cover all major subspecialty areas and most modalities free of charge.
Case in Point. The ACR Case in Point program is among ACR's most popular e-learning activities. New cases selected for Case in Point go through a rigorous editorial process before they are posted on the website and sent out via e-mail every Monday through Friday. The cases engage radiologists and residents in new topics that span all major radiology subspecialties. Eligible learners can earn 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ per case for up to five new cases per week. While the case material is available to anyone for free, only ACR members can claim the credit at no cost. Credit is available for all cases posted since July 1, 2011. Visit http://3s.acr.org/CIP for more information.
Journal of the American College of Radiology. Published every month, the JACR® includes one article that provides CME credits free of charge for members and for $28 per credit for non-members. Each CME article encourages readers to think critically about issues in radiology and the broader field of medicine; provides insight into practice- and management-improvement techniques; and encourages radiologist participation in practice-management, organizational, and policy-related activities. Credit is available for articles posted in the last three years. For more information, visit www.jacr.org.
The ACR Radiology Knowledge Assessment Test (RADKAT™). RADKAT is a self-assessment product that allows members to test their skills in 11 subspecialty areas with instant feedback, immediate scoring, and complete, in-depth rationales. RADKAT is a no-charge, members-only product with AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.
Military Discounts. In addition to offering these products for free, the ACR provides exclusive discounts on other CME-related activities to members who are active duty military or serve as physicians at VA hospitals. Many of these educational amenities carry AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Learn more at www.acr.org/Education/e-Learning/Military-Discount.
The ACR is also expanding its educational offerings to include such online tools as the Highlights and Hot Topics, Online and On-demand, and the expanded ACR Learning File. The Online and On-demand tool blends recent lectures with self-assessment sections designed to challenge learners while allowing them to move at their own pace. The recently updated ACR Learning File Online features an online interface that is more user-friendly, robust search features, and intelligent navigation. In addition, the Learning File Online will soon include some of the best radiologic-pathology cases from the American Institute for Radiologic Pathology.
By Cheri L. Canon, MD, FACR
Chair, Commission on Education