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Committee on Education Update

February 2017
Carol A. Langford, MD, MHS, Chair

The Committee on Education (COE) met recently to discuss ongoing initiatives, introduce new projects, and review current educational offerings.

The ACR will be holding a number of scientific meetings in 2017. In addition to the recent Winter Rheumatology Symposium, these meetings will include the State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium (April 28–30), the Pediatric Rheumatology Symposium (May 12–15), and the ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting (November 3–8, to be held in San Diego, CA). At the COE meeting, the Annual Meeting Planning Committee reviewed the agenda and schedule for the 2017 meeting. The entire program looks great, including many innovations, and will be released in May. In order to assist attendees in how to plan their time at the Annual Meeting, changes to the printed program book will be introduced to make the booklet more user friendly. We will also continue to enhance the app as it becomes participants’ preferred tool to navigate the Annual Meeting.

ACR President Sharad Lakhanpal, MBBS, MD, and I are thrilled to announce that Anthony S. Fauci, MD, Director of NIAID, will deliver the opening lecture on November 4 during the 2017 Annual Meeting. Dr. Fauci is well recognized within the rheumatology community for his contributions to vasculitis and immunology, and he is an ACR Master. He is known throughout the world as a leader on the impact of established and emerging infectious pathogens on global health. Dr. Fauci is a dynamic and insightful speaker and will provide a lecture on Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases: From AIDS to Zika.

The current status and plans for ACR online education were also reviewed by the COE. The introduction of the learning management system (LMS) has been a major advance for ACR education. The LMS has recently gained increased functionality with the integration of the membership database with the ACR website (regarding educational activities), and new CME claiming and transcript features. This new functionality will allow those who claim CME to have a consistent experience when claiming CME credits. We are also excited to announce that SessionSelect will be moving to a new platform prior to the 2017 Annual Meeting, and additional details will be shared over the summer.

The COE remains active in supporting rheumatologists regarding changes occurring in the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) maintenance of certification (MOC) program. Based on feedback from ACR members, it is the ACR's position that a secure, closed-book, high-stakes examination is not appropriate for the purpose of MOC and should be eliminated. The ACR advocated for the ABIM to approve open-book access, develop unobtrusive security proctor features for assessments completed at home, introduce modular content options, offer immediate remediation, and provide detailed feedback reports and transparent pricing with the new assessment. While we understand the ABIM MOC program is evolving, we are disappointed that the modifications ABIM is releasing in 2018 do not offer more substantive changes to support rheumatologists in their commitment to lifelong learning and the needs of the patient.

In response to the most recent ABIM modifications, an ACR MOC Taskforce has been formed and is charged with evaluating the ACR’s options. This taskforce in conjunction with the COE will be reaching out to ACR members for additional feedback on MOC in the upcoming months. During this period of transition, the COE will continue to develop MOC activities to support ACR members in meeting existing ABIM MOC requirements. To review the ACR’s MOC activities, visit Understanding MOC.


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