Spring 2019  · Volume 12, Issue 1
From the Editor
by J. Anthony Seibert, PhD, Editor, The BEAM

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In this edition of The BEAM, a major focus is on Online Longitudinal Assessment (OLA) introduced in January, 2019, for diagnostic radiology (DR) and DR subspecialty diplomates participating in Maintenance of Certification (MOC). This is the alternative to meet the Part 3 cognitive MOC requirements in lieu of a proctored sit-down examination required every five years. Other disciplines (interventional radiology, medical physics, and radiation oncology) will begin OLA in January, 2020.

OLA combines formative and summative assessment of cognitive performance through the opportunity for diplomates to participate in interactions online, simply by answering questions of walking-around knowledge. Details of the OLA program, including the built-in flexibility for diplomates to arrange how and when questions are answered, are explained. Preliminary results from participation over the past two months are extremely encouraging, and analysis is ongoing to optimize the process as the program continues. OLA feedback webinars are available this month ( April 22 at 7 p.m. Eastern and April 30 at noon Eastern) and beyond to assist in answering your questions about the process, as described in this issue.

At the 2018 RSNA meeting, ABR board officers Dr. Brent Wagner (president), Dr. Vincent Mathews (president-elect), and Dr. Robert Barr (secretary-treasurer) presented on behalf of the ABR, describing efforts for enhanced transparency and communication to our diplomates, and introducing the new OLA process. Talks were titled "Board Certification: Where Professional Self-Regulation Meets the Public Trust" by Dr. Wagner; "Online Longitudinal Assessment is Almost Here! What Will It Mean for You?" by Dr. Mathews; and "Things You Always Wanted to Know About ABR Finances" by Dr. Barr. In addition to these formal presentations, there were two Discovery Theater interactive sessions titled "ABR Online Longitudinal Assessment (OLA): A Better Way to Assess Your Knowledge." All members of the board are volunteers who, on behalf of all diplomates, donate their time and efforts to the ABR in the spirit of maintaining self-regulation, streamlining processes to be less burdensome, providing financial transparency, and ensuring stable and efficient operations so that patients ultimately benefit. This is articulated in the ABR Mission Statement, "To certify that our diplomates demonstrate the requisite knowledge, skill, and understanding of their disciplines to the benefit of patients." I was very struck by lifetime ABR certificate holder and private-practice radiologist Dr. Barr's introduction to his presentation. He spoke about some of his experiences and thoughts on the value of continuous certification through the ABR-a topic for an upcoming edition of The BEAM.

I would like to take the opportunity to announce and welcome Rodney Campbell as the ABR's incoming manager of communications and marketing who, last November, replaced long-term staff member and recent retiree Donna Breckenridge. He has 20 years of experience in communications and marketing and brings a fresh perspective to the ABR. On the ABR website, we have initiated a weekly blog (usually refreshed on Tuesdays) featuring links posted on Twitter and Facebook. We would like to include as many voices as we can and invite all diplomates to contribute to the process. Please check out the blog section  and contact Rodney at rcampbell@theabr.org if you would like to submit an entry. Finally, the ABR annual report is scheduled to be published in May, with a recap of the past year's accomplishments and future directions of the American Board of Radiology.

Thanks for reading this edition of The BEAM.
New Blog Keeps Diplomates Updated on Latest ABR News
by Rodney Campbell, ABR Communications & Marketing Manager
 
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Visiting our home page recently became a little more informative.

We started a blog in January that includes posts written by diplomates and staff. Topics have included exam registration deadlines, ways to meet PQI requirements and how to get the best results from OLA. Blogs are posted once a week, usually on Tuesdays.

DR and DR subspecialty diplomates participating in OLA see the two most recent blogs in the Monday morning email they receive from us. We also keep diplomates updated on the latest news via our Twitter and Facebook pages.

Diplomates interested in contributing ideas or content for the blog may contact Rodney Campbell at rcampbell@theabr.org or (520) 750-2729.
OLA Off to Quick Start with DR Diplomates, Subspecialists


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Fewer than three months into Online Longitudinal Assessment (OLA), diagnostic radiology (DR) specialists and subspecialists have already answered more than a quarter of a million questions.

OLA, the new way to satisfy Part 3 of MOC, has been used by the majority of DR and subspecialty diplomates. Those physicians are receiving two questions a week by email with a requirement of answering 52 per year. Some are tackling both questions each week while others are bundling them and answering as many as eight each  month. The system retains up to eight at a time.

Diplomates can use OLA anywhere they have a good internet connection. We recommend using a desktop computer or tablet for best results. The latest that diplomates can start using OLA and still answer the required number of questions is Aug. 3 .

More than 1,500 diplomates participated in OLA's development. Some created content and others tested the application, including ease of use and efficiency of creating practice profiles, dashboards, progress graphs, practice questions, and tutorials.

After a prelaunch period this fall, OLA starts in January 2020 for interventional radiology, medical physics, and radiation oncology.

Anyone with questions about OLA is invited to participate in one of two webinars being offered next month. Drs. Brent Wagner and Vincent Mathews, both members of our board of governors, will be hosting the events. Click here to sign up.
ABR Annual Report Coming in May 
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Another busy year in the radiology certification field will be chronicled when we release our 2018 annual report next month.

Among other items, the report will include updates on accomplishments by our diagnostic radiology, interventional radiology, medical physics, and radiation oncology volunteer committees, along with news about our OLA system, and certification and exam statistics. This year, we're adding a financials section that includes an overview of revenues and expenses.

The report will be posted on our website when it's completed. We will notify diplomates through email and social media when it becomes available.

Our 2017 annual report, published last year, can be found here.
Have Your Questions Answered During OLA Webinars This Month
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Most diagnostic radiology and DR subspecialty diplomates involved in Maintenance of Certification (MOC) are regularly participating in our Online Longitudinal Assessment (OLA). OLA, the new way to satisfy Part 3 of MOC, began in early January.

Many diplomate questions about the system are addressed on our OLA page. Furthering our commitment to diplomate service, ABR President Dr. Brent Wagner and President-elect Dr. Vince Mathews are hosting OLA webinars on April 22 at 7 p.m. Eastern and April 30 at noon Eastern. These informative sessions will give diagnostic radiologists the chance to hear how OLA is progressing and to ask questions. Signing up is easy; just visit here to choose a session.

Space for the webinars is limited. If demand is high, we will add more in the near future.

OLA begins next January for interventional radiology, medical physics, and radiation oncology diplomates. A practice period will be held in the fall; diplomates will receive notice when the prelaunch date is set. Webinars will be held in the weeks prior to kickoff to give diplomates in those specialties the chance to learn more about OLA.
Staying in Touch with Important Information from the ABR
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Personal Certification Advisor Cindy Gresham is a member of the ABR's Certification Services Department team.
 
In 2015, in response to concerns raised in an online survey of our candidates and diplomates, the ABR established a Candidate and Diplomate Service Center in order to deliver more timely responses to questions and comments. The staff members of our Certification Services Department (CSD), as it is now known, are dedicated to the ABR's Staff Operating Vision: "To become trusted advisors for our candidates and diplomates by providing first-class service, simple and intuitive processes, and relationship-based support."

The ABR keeps candidates and diplomates current on important news and updates via two methods. For large distributions such as our triannual e-newsletter, The BEAM, and our periodic Volunteer Bulletin, we use Constant Contact, the popular email marketing software that provides us with many useful statistics, such as the total number of emails sent, opened, not opened, clicked on, bounced, or when someone has unsubscribed. This is especially helpful for keeping track of important notifications we send, such as attestation and exam registration deadlines, updates on OLA, etc. Signing up is easy: just visit www.theabr.org and subscribe to "Get the Newsletter" at the bottom of the page. 
Volunteer Spotlight
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Emily L. Sedgwick, MD , loves to travel with her family, especially to locations where they can hike.

The Sedgwick family in Iceland

Dr. Sedgwick is grateful for the variety of challenges and learning opportunities she encounters each day within her specialty, and that's also why she likes the new Online Longitudinal Assessment (OLA).
 
"OLA supports ongoing, daily learning which is in line with the work of a radiologist, rather than focused learning for a brief period for the purposes of a test," said Dr. Sedgwick, a diagnostic radiologist from Houston.
 
She has been an ABR volunteer since 2010, beginning as an oral board examiner. She became a member, then chair, of the Core Exam Breast Committee. Dr. Sedgwick enjoys volunteering and the impact such work has on radiology.
 
"There are many reasons - ensuring that patients receive safe and quality healthcare, giving back to an organization that provided me with a fulfilling career, and interacting with the brilliant and generous ABR team (both staff and volunteers)," she said. "I didn't anticipate the great career mentoring I would receive from the other physicians, which has been tremendously helpful to me."
 
Dr. Sedgwick is most proud of the fact that she was recognized as the 2018 Press Ganey's Physician of the Year for the creation of a same-day breast biopsy program. "In our program," she said, "women undergo screening mammography, any additional imaging, and core needle biopsy on the same day, and we call the patients with the biopsy results the next day. Patients, referring clinicians, and our radiologists love it! It was meaningful for a radiologist to receive such an award because it recognized a radiologist's role in the care of patients. As radiologists, we provide a critical role in the care of the patient, but it is often behind the scenes."
Announcements
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ABR President-elect Vincent P. Mathews, MD, Among Five New Community Leaders on Medical College of Wisconsin Board


In December 2018, the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) board welcomed five new trustees, including ABR President-elect  Vincent P. Mathews, MD.
 
The MCW Board of Trustees provides strategic direction to support the institution's four core missions: patient care, education, research, and community engagement. The elected members of the board are business executives, philanthropists, and distinguished community leaders who pool their wealth of knowledge and experience to advance these missions to enhance the health and vitality of the community.
 
Dr. Mathews is the James E. Youker Endowed Chair in Radiology and tenured professor in the MCW Department of Radiology. He joined MCW in 2014, and his research focuses on the fields of functional magnetic resonance imaging of the brain and brain functioning in adolescents.
 
He is also a member of the Radiological Society of North America, American Society of Neuroradiology, American Society of Pediatric Neuroradiology, American Society of Spine Radiology, American Medical Association and the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Evansville (Indiana) and medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine.
 

Former ABR Trustee and Governor Duane G. Mezwa, MD, Appointed Interim Dean of the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

On Feb. 18, longtime former ABR Trustee and Governor Duane Mezwa, MD, was appointed as interim dean of Michigan's Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (OUWB). The dean also serves as the chief academic officer of OUWB for William Beaumont Hospital.
 
Dr. Mezwa is a 40-year employee of Beaumont Health, most recently serving as health system chair and physician executive for diagnostic radiology (DR) and molecular imaging (MI). He also has been serving as chair of the department of DR and MI forOUWB.
 
As a researcher, Dr. Mezwa has authored many published articles and contributed chapters to several medical textbooks throughout his career. He has also presented at medical conferences throughout the nation and has been invited to speak as a visiting professor at nearly 60 locations nationwide.
 
Dr. Mezwa has also been involved in organizations within his area of medical specialization. He has served as president of the Association of Program Directors in Radiology and was president of the Michigan Radiological Society, a chapter of the American College of Radiology. He was vice chair of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Radiology Residency Review Committee.
He has been recognized numerous times for his contribution to the science and practice of radiology.
 
Congratulations, Drs. Mathews and Mezwa!
List of Society Attendance
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T
he ABR sponsors a booth at numerous society meetings throughout the year. Printed materials are available, and ABR representatives are in attendance to answer your questions. To see a list of society meetings at which the ABR plans to have a booth in 2019, please click here.

Thank you. . .

 

for reading this issue of The BEAM. If you have any comments, suggestions, or questions, please email information@theabr.org.

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