Tips for Incorporating Self-Assessment CME Into an In-Person Meeting

Many constituent organizations (COs) are looking for ways to help their members meet NCCPA’s self-assessment (SA) certification maintenance requirements while keeping attendees fully engaged during their annual meeting.

An important ingredient for SA is a set of high-quality assessment questions that include detailed rationales to augment the learning outcomes. However, writing qualitative assessment questions is a technical skill that requires specific training and expertise.

The American Association of Surgical Physician Assistants (AASPA), a recognized specialty organization of AAPA, has created a way to do both by developing two SA workshops. One workshop is focused on critical care, while the other will have a specialty focus.

“Given the uncertainty of what the new self-assessment hours require, we wanted to make it as painless as possible for our constituents to acquire what they need,” AASPA President Catherine Gaines said. “We believe our two self-assessment workshops at our CME meeting [Oct. 23-26, 2014] will do just that.”

To prepare for their first SA CME workshop, AASPA turned to a number of its PA educator members to develop case-based questions. During the sessions, moderators will lead a group discussion of each question while periodically conducting SA activities. Such activities allow attendees to individually gauge their current knowledge of the subject matter.

While not strictly necessary, the use of an audience polling system can be very helpful for engaging the group and immediately viewing aggregated attendee responses.

While SA CME can also be conducted online, many learners prefer the social-learning environment received via an in-person conference.

SA CME should not be confused with pre- and post-test requirements generally required by commercial funders of CME. Additionally, SA CME activities should not be confused with postsession evaluations designed to assess if the speaker met the previously identified objectives of the session. Postsession evaluations are a requirement of AAPA for all Category 1 CME hours.

In order to include SA sessions as part of an in-person meeting, you must submit a separate Application for AAPA Category 1 Self-Assessment Credits. The Self-Assessment toolkit provides additional information on designing a live Self-Assessment activity.

An attendee may not log SA CME hours as both SA and other Category 1 CME.

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