The ABO is introducing a Quarterly Questions Pilot Program to evaluate the effectiveness of using an alternative method for assessing the knowledge of practicing ophthalmologists. The proposed approach is a shorter, more frequent assessment model through which physicians answer questions via computer, tablet, or mobile device and a pass/fail decision is made based on their performance over time. If the pilot is successful, the new program may replace the DOCK Examination.
The Quarterly Questions Pilot Program focuses on: 1.) fundamental knowledge needed in the everyday practice of ophthalmology (40 questions); and 2.) the application of knowledge from up to five self-selected journal articles from a list of 15 options (10 questions). The 40 fundamental knowledge questions, based on the things ophthalmologists see and do every day, should not require preparation in advance. However, a content outline for these questions is available. The journal portion will require reading five articles from a list of 15 options. The articles will be available at the beginning of 2017 and the 10 article-based questions will be delivered in Q4 (October).
In summary, Quarterly Questions will ask participants to:
- Answer a total of 50 questions over the course of 2017. Questions will be delivered in batches on a quarterly basis beginning in April 2017.
- Answer each question, without the use of outside resources, within 1 minute. Questions can be answered one at a time, in small batches, or all in one sitting, provided all questions are answered by December 31.
- Indicate their level of confidence in each answer and rate the degree of relevance each question has to their practice. This information helps to improve the program, but does not impact scoring.
- Review instant feedback on question-by-question performance. Performance feedback will contain the rationale and references for each question along with suggested learning resources relevant to the content.
- Participate in short, quarterly surveys designed to improve the pilot program and platform experience.
Registration is not necessary. To access the pilot's journal article selection page, log into your Status Page. Access to questions will become available in April 2017.
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