Find out what new and improved education resources are available from the College.
It's no secret that physicians must earn a large number of CME credits each year as well as a variety of self-assessment module (SAM) credits. And for radiologists, who are among those who must earn the most of these credits, learning (and earning) opportunities come from myriad sources ranging from fly-to and sit-down conferences and lectures to on-demand webinars, workbooks, and websites.
As imagers scramble to meet their CME and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements, not to mention further their knowledge and review and renew their skillsets, the ACR is looking to better meet their needs and is constantly pushing the envelope with its e-learning programs, which offer members the opportunity to earn more than 100 free AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ each year.
"Today radiologists are using electronic media to learn and to research current trends and techniques in radiology," explains John S. Pellerito, MD, FACR, chair of the ACR's e-Learning Subcommittee under the Comission on Education's Committee on Enduring Materials. "There is certainly a trend away from using books and paper because electronic media is readily available and info can be found online. So it is very important for our members to have current information online that can aid them in their practice," he says.
To meet the educational needs of the College's members, the subcommittee is currently embarking on a renovation of its online offerings and is introducing a variety of new and improved educational resources. Here's a sneak peek at some of these products:
Highlights and Hot Topics
Did you miss an ACR educational seminar or meeting? Would you like to earn CME credit while learning from renowned experts in your subspecialty? Well, now you can virtually experience education from experts in their field. The Education Department is working with the chairs of ACR's many educational lectures and meetings to select and present the highlights and hot topics from the meetings in an online, interactive format. Experts in a particular subspecialty narrate cases with accompanying images, and learners have the opportunity to answer interactive questions throughout the lecture to obtain both AMA PRA Category 1 Credits and Category A Credits. These interactive lectures can be accessed at http://www.acr.org/Education/e-Learning/HHT and are compatible with mobile devices. The product launched with lectures from experts in nuclear imaging and breast imaging presentations as the first subspecialites covered. The following presentations are now available:
• 2012 Update on Clinical Applications of PET/CT
Marc A. Seltzer, MD
• PET/CT for Head and Neck Cancers Part I – The Medical Oncologist's Perspective
Thomas H. Davis, MD, FACP
• PET/CT for Head and Neck Cancers Part II – The Surgeon's Perspective
Benoit J. Gosselin, MD, FRCSC, FACS
• Melanoma Imaging and Update on Clinical Advances
Marc S. Ernstoff, MD
• Optimizing Radiation Dose Without Compromising Image Quality
Alan Siegel, MD, MS
• Use of BI-RADs for Mammography
Edward A. Sickles, MD, FACR
• Issues in MR, Ultrasound, and Stereo Core Biopsy and Evaluation of Calcifications
Stamatia V. Destounis, MD, FACR
• Radiologic Histologic Correlation Challenging Cases: Multimodality
Lawrence W. Bassett, MD, FACR
• Evaluation of Masses and Asymmetries
Valerie P. Jackson, MD, FACR
Other presentations including those on radiation oncology and MR, will be released later in 2013. To view a brief introductory presentation, visit www.acr.org/hht.
Case in Point
Thousands of individuals receive the Case in Point daily email notifications and log in to test themselves on the case of the day. The activity is quick, on-demand, and free for ACR members, and it helps physicians keep up with the growing demands for CME credit. In 2012, 65.25 credits were made available for free. For more information or to subscribe to Case in Point, visit http://3s.acr.org/cip. Also, watch the ACR Bulletin for stories behind some of the most popular cases. (See "CIP Case of the Month," on page 19 of the January issue of the Bulletin, http://bit.ly/BulletinJanCaseinPoint.)
See what exciting new e-learning activities are coming down the pipeline.
SAM Marketplace. The e-Learning Subcommittee has developed the SAM Marketplace, an online repository of activities designed to help physicians meet their need for SAM credits. Featured activities will include online, interactive, case-based modules that will provide SAM credits across the 11 specialty areas designated by the ABR. (For more information about the ABR's new policies regarding SAM credits, visit www.theabr.org.)
Radiology Knowledge Assessment Test (RADKAT), Version 2. This free, online self-assessment resource is now entering its second phase. When it's completed this year RADKAT will offer at least 53 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits spanning 11 subspecialties. Lynn S. Broderick, MD, FACR, who heads the project, has spearheaded efforts to expand and update the test, including making it available to non-ACR members for a nominal fee.
Mammography Case Review (MCR). The next installment of the MCR will be released along with the new Breast Imaging-Reporting and Data System (BIRADS) Atlas. This review is designed to help breast imagers improve on their interpretation skills while earning AMA PRA Category 1 Credits in all modalities except tomosynthesis. Features include high-resolution image quality, zoom and pan capabilities for viewing images, and the ability to identify the location of abnormal findings with the simple click of a mouse button. In addition, the new review will also qualify individuals for SAM and Practice Quality Improvement credits.
Pediatric Dose Index Registry E-Learning Module. According to Marilyn J. Goske, MD, who helped develop the module, "The ACR Dose Index Registry (DIR) provides a quality improvement tool for facilities to assess their local CT practice relative to other facilities nationally. This module was designed to provide medical professionals who perform CT scans in children and who participate in the DIR, practical information on how to maximize the use of data provided by the DIR. The module also provides information on quality improvement as it relates to pediatric radiology, discusses new radiation dose estimates, diagnostic references levels and the DIR report format and how to interpret it. Additonal information about practical steps to optimize radiation dose for children and radiation risk are also reviewed in the one-hour module." The module is divided into five sections in a highly interactive format, enabling individuals to move through sections at their own pace as well as answer questions placed throughout the module. Participants can earn up to 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.
ACR Learning File
The College's newly revamped learning tool gives learners a more robust platform and access to radiologic-pathologic correlation.
The ACR Learning File® has long been in a category all its own as an educational resource. It not only helps residents and others who wish to assess and enhance their interpretation skills across modalities and subspecialties, but also practicing physicians seeking to find out more about a particular malady. Now equipped with a new online case retrieval and display platform, users can research and quiz themselves on thousands of cases across 12 subspecialties.
"There has been an effort by the education commission to bring ACR Learning File to the current state of radiology and make it immediately available to our members," explains John S. Pellerito, MD, FACR, chair of ACR's e-Learning subcommittee under the Commission on Education's Committee on Enduring Materials. Included in that effort is the recent integration of radiologic-pathologic correlation cases submitted by residents during the American Institute for Radiologic Pathology's (AIRP's) four-week course.
"I am very excited about the AIRP cases expanding to ACR Learning File," says Rachel B. Lewis, MD, the section head of the gastrointestinal radiology for the AIRP and senior editor of the AIRP editorial review board as well as a member of the e-learning subcommittee. "AIRP cases on ACR Laerning File will bring radiologic-pathologic correlation education into a format in which residents can learn in a much more self-directed manner. They can focus on topics they are interested in anytime they want and move at their own pace."
Lewis also states, "I believe that ACR Learning File represents an initial step for AIRP into radiologic-pathologic correlation education being more accessible, interactive, and part of continued learning throughout a radiologist's career."
For more information about the ACR Learning File, visit www.acr.org/learningfile.
By Brett Hansen