David B Swanson & Kathleen Z Holtzman, American Board of Medical Specialties, U.S.

Workshop description

The majority of the 24 member Boards in the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) are introducing longitudinal assessment programs (LAPS) as part of the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) programs required of their practicing diplomates. Incorporating principles of test-enhanced learning (spaced repetition and rehearsal practice) and advances in internet-based assessment (including delivery on mobile devices), the LAPs are designed to make MOC more relevant, effective, and enjoyable. Like progress tests used in undergraduate medical education and in-training examinations in postgraduate education, LAPs use a system of more frequent, lower-stakes assessments. Program design draws on principles of programmatic assessment to assist diplomates prospectively in learning and retaining practice-relevant information, providing immediate feedback on performance and identifying areas of strength and weakness by aggregating results over time. The workshop begins with an overview of LAP design and a brief review of the principles of test-enhanced learning on which LAPs are based. Participants will then work in small groups to design a LAP program for a specialty,

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