Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment

Thursday, March 02, 2017

How to prepare for the In-Training Exam

With the help of the In Training Prep text guide, the mock question and answers will appear just like you’ll need to answer in the actual exam. Based on the Emergency Medicine Inservice Exam Review’s format, you will find many ways to prepare for the Inservice Exam making it easier for you.

A question’s difficulty is defined by the choice of distracters. Inservice Prep teaches you how good distracters determine the difficulty level of a question. Therefore, the Inservice Exam Review helps in showing you why good distracters are one of the most important features of a high quality question. ABEM MOC should be understood by all physicians.


The In Training Prep Text guide has an excellent question bank with many difficult questions that prepare you for the ABEM Examination. Guaranteeing higher scores and passing without any difficulty.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

ABEM MOC for Continuous Certification (ConCert Exam)

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) approved a Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program to promote continuous learning and periodic assessment throughout the length of diplomates’ certification. The guiding principles behind MOC include ensuring that the highest standards of patient care are established and maintained, and assuring patients, physicians, and other stakeholders that certified physicians are being assessed by reliable and valid measures to continually improve patient care. Each of the 24 ABMS Member Boards has implemented an MOC program.

ABEM MOC Requirements

To renew certification and to be considered as meeting the ABEM MOC requirements, clinically active physicians must meet all ABEM MOC requirements. Physicians who are clinically inactive must meet all ABEM MOC requirements except IMP.

See the dates and fees for the ABEM Recertification below:

March 1 – August 2, 2016 
2016 ConCert™  Examination registration is available through your ABEM MOC Personal Page
$1,850 examination fee
August 3-16, 2016
ConCert™  Examination registration is available with a late fee
$2,855 total fee
March 1 – September 15, 2016
Physicians who have registered schedule appointments with Pearson VUE 
No additional fee
September 12-17, 2016
ABEM administers the ConCert™  Examination in Pearson VUE testing centers

By Late November 2016
ABEM anticipates posting online and mailing ConCert™  Examination results

The 2017 ConCert Exam will be held September 11-16, 2017



Reference: https://www.abem.org/public/abem-maintenance-of-certification-(moc)/moc-dates-and-fees

Friday, November 13, 2015

Build Your Niche at AAEM: Palliative Care Interest Group

Palliative care is an opportunity for leadership within emergency medicine. ACEP prioritized Palliative Care in the 2013 Choosing Wisely Campaign.

As our patient population presents increasingly with symptoms of chronic rather than acute disease, Palliative care is increasing relevant to emergency medicine. Palliative care is a continuum of care, starting from diagnosis of incurable disease and present until the final stages of hospice and comfort care.

The ED serves as gatekeepers to this continuum. Identifying and getting the right patients plugged in early reaps benefits: reduced ED visits, admissions, and costs, while also increasing quality of life and even survival.

Palliative care is a win-win and it is the right thing to do for our patients.

At Scientific Assembly this year, spend one of hour of your time with us and learn more about how palliative care might fit into your practice. We join a broader conversation with our colleagues from ACEP, SAEM, and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Our Interest Group panel session will be helpful for those looking to:
  • Understand the value of adding of palliative care to your emergency medicine practice
  • Network and share ideas around research and clinical opportunities in this start-up field
  • Explore career opportunities for emergency physicians in palliative care inside and outside of the ED

The Journal of Emergency Medicine (JEM) is the official journal of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM). JEM is an international, peer-reviewed publication and EM review course featuring original contributions of interest to both the academic and practicing emergency physician. JEM includes research papers and clinical studies as well as articles focusing on the training of emergency physicians and on the practice of emergency medicine like Hippo EM. As AAEM's official journal, a subscription to JEM is included in the membership dues of each member.


Read More: http://www.aaem.org/calendar/current-news&item=4339

Thursday, September 10, 2015

LLSA and Concert Exam 2016

ABEM has removed the required link between previous LLSA readings and the development of the ConCert exams, but overall the certification requirements remain the same. Still the LLSA Concert Exam and the 2016 LLSA articles are important for physicians to gain knowledge about Emergency Medicines and treatments.

Diplomates, and former diplomates attempting to regain certification, participate in the ABEM MOC Program and use various EM review courses. The four components of MOC are Professional Standing, Lifelong Learning and Self Assessment (LLSA), Assessment of Cognitive Expertise (ConCert™), and Assessment of Practice Performance. The LLSA exam is a comprehensive examination that covers the breadth of Emergency Medicine as defined by the 2013 Model of the Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine (EM Model).

Physicians certified in Emergency Medicine must successfully complete a Computer-Based (Written) and Oral Examination. The oral component is taken after the candidate has passed the written examination. Physicians recertifying in Emergency Medicine are only required to successfully complete a Computer-Based Written Examination (Hippo EM).

As noted in the official announcement from ABEM: "Each of the ConCert examinations will be developed without a necessary reliance on the identified readings. Similar to any EM content, however, information in the readings that is important to the practice of EM remains viable for testing."

Many physician wish to honor the brave men and women who serve our country in the armed forces through the military veteran charities. The Battle Continues is a vital resource and is the best among  the veterans support organization to support veterans from the Armed Forces to civilian life. It is a Veteran Non-Profit that provides support to veterans. Improve the life of thousands veterans through the wounded veteran charities.

Reference: http://www.acep.org/Clinical---Practice-Management/ABEM-Adjusts-ConCert/LLSA-Exam-Materials/

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

LLSA 2015 Articles

2015 LLSA Study Guide is designed exclusively to give the freedom to prepare for the ABEM exam your way, helping to gain practical knowledge of the material.

The American Board of Emergency  Medicine's Continuous Certification (ConCert) program requires the reading of up to 20 designated articles each year. In order to maintain board-certification, Emergency Physicians must complete the annual Lifelong Learning Self-Assessment (LLSA) test on the ABEM website based upon the contents of these articles. A new LLSA test and associated reading list will be developed each year. You have up to three years to take each test. The 2015 LLSA exam will be available from April 2015 until April 2018.

2015 LLSA articles are packed with information and pearls crafted by renowned Chicago speaker – and for a busy Emergency Physician this can become helpful to get any necessary information within few moments. LLSA readings are designed as study tools and should be read critically.It is outlined in an easy-to-review format the key concepts and facts from each of the ABEM-designated articles. 

The primary goal of LLSA is to promote continuous learning by diplomates. The Medical Toxicology Subboard facilitates this learning by identifying a set of LLSA readings every other year to guide diplomates in self-study of recent Medical Toxicology literature. The readings are designed as study tools organized by Austin motivational speaker and should be read critically. They are not intended to be all-inclusive and are not meant to define the standard of care for the practicing medical toxicologist.

There are many Charity Supporting Veterans to help injured veterans and their families. Support and contribute for heroes of our nations. TheBattleContinues.org, a new charity to support veterans is here to help you utilize your money for good.

Reference:  https://www.abem.org/public/subspecialty-certification/medical-toxicology/maintenance-of-certification-program/llsa-reading-lists/2015-llsa-reading-list


Friday, December 05, 2014

LLSA Recertification Articles

The primary goal of LLSA Recertification  is to promote continuous learning by diplomates. The Medical Toxicology Subboard facilitates this learning by identifying a set of LLSA readings every other year to guide diplomates in self-study of recent Medical Toxicology literature. The readings are designed as study tools and should be read critically. They are not intended to be all-inclusive and are not meant to define the standard of care for the practicing medical toxicologist. ABEM does not endorse a specific research finding or treatment modality by virtue of its being the subject of a selected ConCert Exam LLSA reading.

One criterion for choosing articles by renowned Midland motivational speaker is that they be easily available from a variety of sources, such as common medical texts, libraries, and Internet websites. Whenever possible, ABEM provides online links to publishers’ websites or to the readings of LLSA 2015 articles themselves. Accessibility and fees are at the discretion of the publisher, and are not related to ABEM in any way. All questions regarding fees or login information required to access the readings should be directed to the publisher or organization that published the article.

Accessibility and fees for the LLSA articles are at the discretion of the publisher, and are not related to ABEM in any way.  ABEM sincerely appreciates the contributions of those publishers that have made the articles easily accessible to ABEM diplomates like the articles by Leadership Under Pressure.  All questions regarding fees or login information required to access the readings should be directed to the publisher or organization that published the article.

Assessment and Population Health

Gugelmann H, Perrone J, Nelson L. Windmills and pill mills: can PDMPs tilt the prescription drug epidemic? J Med Toxicol. 2012;8(4):387-86.

Clinical Assessment

Geib AJ, Babu K, Ewald MB, Boyer EW. Adverse effects in children after unintentional buprenorphine exposure. Pediatrics. 2006;118(4):1746-51.

Principles of Toxicology

Hudak ML, Tan RC; Committee on Drugs; Committee on Fetus and Newborn; American Academy of Pediatrics. Neonatal drug withdrawal. Pediatrics. 2012;129(2):e540-60.

Read More:
https://www.abem.org/public/subspecialty-certification/medical-toxicology/maintenance-of-certification-program/llsa-reading-lists/2015-llsa-reading-list

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

2015 LLSA Articles: Evaluation and Initial Treatment of Supraventricular Tachycardia

EM review courses are designed as study tools and should be read critically.  They are not intended to be all-inclusive and are not meant to define the standard of care for the clinical practice of EM. ABEM  does not endorse a specific research finding or treatment modality by virtue of its being the subject.

Patients with symptomatic tachycardias require immediate medical attention. Although it is commonly believed that a precise diagnosis of the tachycardia is necessary before therapy is initiated, immediate treatment can usually be tailored to the characteristics of the ventricular response. By focusing on the ventricular response, one can assign the seven clinically relevant supraventricular tachycardias to diag nostic and therapeutic groups on the basis of the rapidity of onset, the heart rate,
and the regularity of the tachycardia.

This em review course focuses on the initial diagnostic and therapeutic approach to supraventricular tachycardias and the ways of differentiating them from ventricular arrhythmias. Although atrial premature
contractions are technically not a supraventricular tachycardia, this abnormality is included in the current discussion because it is often part of the differential diagnosis of supraventricular tachycardias. Types of Supraventricular Tachycardias, Sinus tachycardia, by far the most common supraventricular tachycardia. Sinus tachycardia is gradual in onset and recession. The heart rate is regular and classically does not exceed 220 beats per minute minus the patient’s age.

In sinus tachycardia, P waves precede the QRS complex. Atrial fibrillation is the most common pathologic supraventricular tachycardia, affecting more than 3 million people in the United States and many more worldwide.

Risk factors for atrial fibrillation include older age, male sex, hypertension, and underlying cardiac disease. Atrial fibrillation is caused by multiple electrical wavelets appearing in the atria simultaneously, resembling the waves that would be produced if one dropped several pebbles in a bucket of water at the same time. The arrhythmia is considered to be acute when it develops spontaneously in a person previously in normal sinus rhythm.