As a forward-thinking Board, we are continuously exploring the directions in which technology, education, and medicine are heading to consider how changes in these domains will impact board certification.
Last month, we hosted a two-day Innovation Summit to envision the roles that artificial intelligence (AI), adaptive learning, and other emerging technologies should play in continuing certification to help physicians demonstrate their proficiencies and provide better patient care.
Our Board brought together thought leaders who talked about how AI is changing education, supporting patient engagement and contributing to the evolution of medical practice. We discussed how informal social networks are promoting knowledge sharing. Summit attendees were counseled that successfully evolving continuing certification will require agility, offerings across multiple modalities, and embedding assessment and learning opportunities into the workplace.
We know that physicians are lifelong learners. Our patients and profession depend on it. Our MOCA 3.0 Users’ Group, the volunteer diplomates who are guiding our work to evolve MOCA, has told us continuing certification must meet diplomates where they are, making it seamless for them to engage in the program.
So, what does what we heard at the Summit and from our diplomates mean for the future of our continuing certification program?
We left the Summit excited to explore this question. We quickly shared the meeting’s key themes with the full Users’ Group. They affirmed the recommendations of our Summit discussants, who told us that continuing certification content must be immediately applicable, come in small “snackable” packaging and help promote knowledge building that distinguishes our diplomates as board-certified physicians.
Can We Train Physicians Completely Online? Not Yet, But Maybe Sooner Than You Think,” Rishi Desai, M.D., M.P.H., Chief Medical Officer, Osmosis | 2019 Innovation Summit
At our April Board of Directors meeting, we reflected on all that we heard and considered what we can do to advance excellence in the practice of anesthesiology. We explored how we could evolve our longitudinal assessment to allow diplomates to choose their own adventure using adaptive- and micro-learning. We thought about how that might look. For instance, what if we could simulate a trip to the cath lab that would walk a diplomate through an evolving scenario to prepare him or her for the anesthetic management of a future complex cardiac case?
Such innovations could address diplomates’ desire to direct their learning and maximize their assessment opportunities. MOCA Minute might evolve beyond multiple-choice, single-best-answer questions to include video demonstrations, diplomate-directed cases, and short-answer responses.
These are some of many ideas that we shall explore this year as we continue to conceptualize the components of MOCA 3.0. We are also evaluating how we can work with other organizations to facilitate diplomates’ review of their own cases in registries to guide learning and improve future outcomes.
Furthermore, we’re investigating how we can use technology to collect physician learning without requiring diplomates to input data through the portal.
Considering our finite resources and the ever-evolving nature of technology, we want to ensure we are good stewards of our diplomates’ dollars. We’re working with learning experts to understand the most effective approaches to adult learning and knowledge retention. And we’re asking the collective diplomate corps to share with us the tools they are currently using to learn. To the extent that we can, we will sync these two to continue adding greater value for our diplomates.
Let us know what technology you use to augment your learning and what innovative solutions you think we should consider as we evolve our continuing certification program.
About the Author
Dr. Keegan is a professor of anesthesiology and full-time clinician, who works as a consultant anesthesiologist and intensivist in the operating rooms and intensive care units at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He is a director of the ABA and serves on the Research, Assessments, In-Training Examination, Standardized Oral Examination and Critical Care Medicine Examination Committees.