On the Grid
Check out some of the new and updated eLearning resources available from the College.
Earning Maintenance of Certification credits can be a daunting task for any physician, and radiologists are no exception. Whether you collect credits by flying in for a conference, attending webinars, or reviewing online cases, the process can be lengthy.
“The ACR recognizes that radiologists are busier than ever; that is why it’s important that we provide radiologists with upto-date resources right at their fingertips,” says John S. Pellerito, MD, FACR, chair of ACR Education Committee on Enduring Materials. With the help of hundreds of expert volunteers, the various commissions and committees at the College work hard to create a variety of resources on as many educational platforms as possible.
Here is a look at just a few of the innovations coming down the pipeline.
Case in Point
Member benefit (free!)
Examining a daily case is a much more productive morning activity than reading the back of your cereal box. And it is just as easy to accomplish; members can receive Case in Point every Monday through Friday in their inboxes, thanks to the efforts of the Case in Point Committee. Case in Point covers a wide spectrum, featuring rare conditions or rare presentations of common disorders as well as more commonly seen cases.
Kitt Shaffer, MD, PhD, FACR, editorin-chief of Case in Point, notes that the accessibility of cases the program offers makes it one of the leading tools in the eLearning kit. “Case in Point provides our users with a painless way to integrate learning into a typical busy day of practice and to earn CME and SA-CME in short blocks while doing so,” she says. “In the future, we hope to integrate new question formats using natural language processing to provide a more realistic testing format that emulates daily practice.”
In addition to the cases in their inbox, members can also go to http://3s.acr.org/CIP/ to gain access to three years’ worth of cases (up to 195 credits).
ACR RADAR™ – Radiology Assessment and Review
Mobile compatible; new
Radiologists, residents, and fellows looking to gauge their knowledge and competency across radiology subspecialty areas should check out the College’s newest eLearning activity, RADAR™. This interactive self-assessment program allows learners to assess their knowledge base across the radiology subspecialty
spectrum and to focus their ongoing learning. Learners can view their own scores as well as their peer benchmarks. RADAR also provides participants with the opportunity to earn up to 88 credits (8 credits per assessment panel).
The program features 11 subspecialty panels, each consisting of 50+ questions with instant expert feedback, images, and references for further study:
• Nuclear Radiology
RADAR is a brand new program and is now available. For more information and to purchase one or more RADAR panels for use on the web or to download the free RADAR app for use on your iPad or Android device, please visit www.acr.org/radar.
ACR Learning File®
Residents and seasoned radiologists seeking training should check out the ACR Learning File®, which has long been a resource for ACR members. It aids specialists in any stage of their careers who wish to assess and enhance their interpretation skills, as well as those imagers seeking to find out more about a particular subject. The Learning File contains over 3,000 peer-reviewed cases for imagers to challenge themselves with a training mode that initially hides the diagnosis to test diagnostic skills and quizzes on cases.
ACR is working on building a new platform for the Learning File program. This new platform will enable mobile compatibility and accessibility across mobile and web platforms. The ELearning Committee is working to update and add new content to the program. The Learning File will soon have new content devoted to breast and cardiac imaging as well as radiologic pathology cases from the American Institute for Radiologic Pathology. With the inclusion of such varied cases, users can learn at their own pace. And participants will now be able to sort and view selected cases by level of difficulty. For more information on the Learning File, visit www.acr.org/learningfile.
Would you like to be published? The ACR Learning File® is looking for more cases to feature in its program. Visit http://bit.ly/LFSubmit to submit your case.
Mammography Case Review – Coming Soon
Mammography is a dynamic field, requiring specialists to consistently make sure they are up-to-date in training and interpretation techniques. Created by the Mammography Case Review Subcommittee, Mammography Case Review (MCR) helps breast imagers improve their reading and interpretation skills while earning AMA PRA Category 1 credits™ and SA-CME. The newest installment of MCR features 31 cases that include digital mammography, breast ultrasound, breast MRI, and criteria from the recently released fifth edition of the BI-RADS® Atlas. MCR features immediate, interactive anomaly detection sequences and interactive questions. Learners also receive instant feedback on their results, scores, and peer benchmarks.
MCR will be released soon and available on the web and as an app (for both Apple and Android devices). The program will automatically bookmark across platforms so learners can seamlessly move across devices. “It’s exciting to see that transformation,” says Pellerito. “Now users will be able to access the product at the point of care.” To check out MCR, visit www.acr.org/mcr.
Radiologists seeking qualification for MOC often look to Continuous Professional Improvement (CPI) modules. Brought to members by ACR Press, the program includes both e-books and print modules.
The newest modules, called CPI Splice, combine cases from modules across the CPI program and consist of 25 online image-based questions from a variety of specializations selected by editors Harris L. Cohen, MD, FACR, Diego R. Martin, MD, PhD, and Elliot K. Fishman, MD, FACR. Learners can access modules such as MRI, CT, ultrasound, and now breast imaging, which includes breast ultrasound, breast MRI, and stereotactic-guided biopsy.
For more information and to order CPI Splice modules, visit www.acr.org/cpisplice.
Image Wisely® Radiation Safety Case
Exposure to radiation dose is always a concern among patients and physicians. It’s a delicate balancing act of making sure patients receive needed imaging while ensuring that they are not exposed to harm along the way. The Image Wisely® program was created to address those concerns and offer information and resources to radiologists, medical physicists, technologists, and patients. One of the newest resources from Image Wisely is the Radiation Safety Case. Each case offers short lessons on radiation safety topics and allows learners from the entire imaging team to gain CME credit. Radiologists, technologists, and medical physicists can all earn credit once they view the lesson and complete a post-instruction quiz. Over 1,000 members have claimed credit with the first two cases. As of April 2014, the Image Wisely committees have released a brand new case. To access the safety cases, visit www.imagewisely.org/Case.
JACR® CME Articles
Member benefit (free!); mobile compatible
Since its inception, the JACR® has provided a platform to discuss professional and practice management issues in radiology. Produced by Editor-in-Chief Bruce J. Hillman, MD, FACR, and ACR Press, it is the only peerreviewed journal that turns its primary focus to those fields. The JACR offers online CME credit for specific articles. And a new JACR app allows members to access the journal on their mobile devices. Check out three recent CME articles:
June: “Bundled Payment”
Suresh K. Mukherji, MD, MBA, Thomas Fockler, DHA, MBA
July: “Improving Diversity, Inclusion, and Representation in Radiology and Radiation Oncology—Part One: Why These Matter”
Johnson B. Lightfoote, MD, MBA, et al.
August: “Improving Diversity, Inclusion, and Representation in Radiology and Radiation Oncology—Part Two: Challenges, Barriers, and Recommendations”
Johnson B. Lightfoote, MD, MBA, et al.
The JACR® iPad app is now available! To log in, use your acr.org username and password. To download the app, visit http://bit.ly/JACRApp.
Child-Sizing CT Dose
Member benefit (free!); mobile compatible
As health care shifts toward value, dose monitoring is imperative. The eLearning Committee’s Child-Sizing CT Dose module can help. This program was designed for the entire imaging team — radiologists, residents, technologists, and medical physicists. The online, interactive eLearning program closely examines the relationship between image quality and dose and teaches radiologists the best methods for optimizing radiation exposure. The module also helps specialists learn leadership skills, such as those needed to advocate for quality improvement, and ways to educate patients and health care teams on proper radiation dose. Visit http://bit.ly/ChildSizeCT for more information.
By Meghan Edwards