Recertification Preparation and Update Course

Friday, October 11, 20135:00 pm – 9:30 pm Ballroom 6D

Course Co-Directors:
Neena S. Abraham, MD, MSCE, FACG, and Brooks D. Cash, MD, FACG

Course Faculty:
Stephen C. Hauser, MD, FACG
J. David Horwhat, MD, FACG
Brennan M. R. Spiegel, MD, MSHS, FACG

Course Description:
The challenges of quality patient care and optimal patient outcomes seem to increase exponentially from year to year through a combination of increased demand and burgeoning information/treatment options relating to disease guidelines, disease management recommendations, and introduction of new pharmacotherapeutic agents and devices. The clinical gastroenterologist needs to build on his or her educational foundation regarding GI anatomy and disease states that lead to their board certification and recertification while distilling the essence of new information and integrating it into their day-to-day practice. The requirement for recertification has posed an educational challenge for board certified gastroenterologists who are trying to balance the management of their practice with their educational needs. The primary purpose of the ACG Recertification Course is to facilitate completion of an ABIM approved medical knowledge module, developed by ACG.

Using a new ACG module approved for self-evaluation of medical knowledge credit toward ABIM Maintenance of Certification (MOC), faculty will answer and discuss all 60 questions covering key areas of gastroenterology; audience participation is encouraged. The cases and questions will be presented and the answer options will be described. Course attendees will utilize an audience response system to choose which option they believe to be the correct answer, and these anonymous responses will be shown. The faculty member will then identify the correct answer, provide the basis for the selection and explain why the other options were incorrect. Participants will be able to complete their answer sheets for this module during the session.

A boxed dinner will be provided to all registered attendees.

Program Objectives:
Upon completion of this program attendees will:

The American College of Gastroenterology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American College of Gastroenterology designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Attendee Requirements:
Registrants are required to purchase ACG’s Self-Assessment Program for Maintenance of Certification – 6th edition (2013) ($60 for ACG members; $80 for non-members). Participants will be contacted no later than October 1 regarding how to purchase the required module. Attendees enrolled in the ABIM’s MOC program who successfully complete this 60-question ACG module with a minimum passing score of 70% will be awarded 20 self-evaluation of medical knowledge points by ABIM. Participants must be enrolled in ABIM’s Maintenance of Certification program to receive MOC credit for completion of this module.

Attendees will be provided a copy of the module questions for note-taking purposes. All additional educational materials for the program are provided through the online module — detailed written explanations, linked references, and videos of expert discussions and slides from the course.

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Changes to the ABIM MOC program are coming in early 2014
that affect your points for this module.

Yes! Attendance at the 2013 ACG Recertification Course and completion of the College's module CAN count toward the new "Meeting MOC Requirements" reporting beginning in 2014. Here's how:

Does your certificate expire in 2014 or beyond?

  1. Take part in the ACG Recertification Course on Friday, October 11, in San Diego and work through all 60 questions of the module with expert faculty.
  2. Record your answers in the online module where they are saved for you, but do NOT submit your results to ABIM at this time.
  3. After the changes to MOC take effect in early 2014, ACG will contact you with a reminder to re-enter the online module and submit your results for MOC points. Until this time, do NOT submit your results, as points earned in 2013 will not apply towards "Meeting MOC Requirements" in 2014.  Only MOC activities submitted for MOC points in 2014 and beyond will count toward the new "Meeting MOC Requirements" reporting.

Does your certificate expire in 2013?

  1. Take part in the ACG Recertification Course on Friday, October 11, in San Diego and work through all 60 questions of the module with expert faculty.
  2. Following the course, use the link within the online module to transmit results for this module to ABIM in advance of December 31, 2013.
If you have questions about your MOC status or do not understand when you should submit your results for this module, please contact ABIM by phone at 1-800-441-ABIM or e-mail prior to submitting. ACG is not responsible for misapplied MOC points. MOC points can be applied one time only and cannot be altered once awarded.