Questions about Questions of the Week 2017: QOW Equals MOC and CME

Written by Stuart Silverstein on Wednesday, 11 January 2017. Posted in Maintenance of Certification (MOC), Pediatric recertification

The year 2017 is barely more than a week old! Belated Happy New Year to everyone!

In case you missed it, 2017 promises to be full of exciting surprises, unusual Tweets and mercurial changes. In addition Donald J. Trump as president is bound to be interesting as well.

In a previous blog we discussed the Question of the Week as one of the easier ways to fulfill the Part 2 Pediatric MOC Credit.

Late December, I got the following email from the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP). 

This represents additional changes to a constantly shifting and confusing process.

Apparently the Question of the week is the ABP’s most popular Part 2 activity. Yay! Starting 2017 (the future is now here), there are several “enhancements”

While the enhancements were being configured, in early December, access to the QOW was disabled.  I have to admit I had no idea since I am not in a rush to complete this requirement.

After receiving this letter I learned the following:

Wow NOW CME MOC QOW[1]

Most of it is good news! When you complete the QOW, in addition to MOC credit you will also receive CME credit. Double dipping has never been better.

Less is More !

In the Pre -2017 era, you needed to successfully complete 25 Questions of the Week to get your 10 MOC credits. In the Post-2017, era you only need to complete 20 QOW to receive your 10 credits (and CME Credits as well)

More Underwhelming Changes

Additional information in this announcement included:

Medical Pearls: are available at the end of each questions

QOW Archiving: QOWs that have been on the shelf longer than 3 years will still be available. However you won’t be able to get MOC or CME credit for these oldies on the shelf.

References Hyperlinked: If a particular topic interests you, the references can be accessed through hyperlinks embedded in the QOW

These enhancements are interesting and nice but really not important for those of you looking for a quick and painless way to get your Part 2 credits.

Once you have fulfilled your Part 2 requirement this will, of course, be a useful resource and learn more about topics of interest and relevance to your practice.

More Questions were raised by the QOW Enhancements:

How many hours of CME credit will I receive for each set of 20  questions answered successfully? 

The letter also stated that I will receive 2 points for the QOW’s I already answered in 2016. 

Will I received CME credit for these 2 points earned in 2016?

Here is a snapshot of my current profile. I currently have 22 points toward my Part 2 requirement of 40 Points.

Once I continue this process, I will have the answers to this question and will be sharing this in a future blog! 

 

 

 

 

 

 



[1] Yes this is a play on the How Now Brown Cow elocution teaching exercise from the days of yore.

About the Author

Stuart Silverstein

Stuart Silverstein

Founded by Stu Silverstein, MD, in addition to being a Board Certified Pediatrician, Dr. Silverstein is anything but“Certified Bored”!

During and following his residency training San Francisco, Dr. Stu Silverstein was a critically acclaimed Standup Comedian, booked regularly at popular clubs in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he shared the stage with nationally known comedians including Dave Feldman (Staff writer for Dennis Miller), Rob Shneider , as well as Robin Williams at the famed Holy City Zoo. During that time he was featured in dozens of local and national newspapers and magazine articles. He appeared on local and nationally televised shows culminating in a feature story on World News Tonight,.

Peter Jennings said, “In the latter part of the Century, Sir William Osler was one of the very first to recognize the importance of bedside manner, including the healing power of humor. I suspect he would approve of Dr. Stu Silverstein.”

Requests to give humorous presentations at Medical Society Meetings and Conferences across the country came in. Dr. Silverstein has been giving his “Humor in Medicine??? You Must Be Joking!” presentation as requests continue to pour in this day.

The “Laughing Your Way to Passing the Pediatric Boards”® , is the culmination of Dr. Silverstein’s mission to combine his well honed Standup Comedy skills with making board preparation more enjoyable and less of a chore.

Dr. Silverstein has been on faculty with the Osler Institute Board Review Course as well as the UCLA Pediatric Board Review course. Currently, Dr. Silverstein is concentrating on future study aids and new materials to help you, our medical students, prepare for your board exams.

Dr. Silverstein conceived and founded Firefly After Hours Pediatrics in Stamford, CT, where is currently serves as Medical Director. Dr. Silverstein is an Assitant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at the New York Medical College when he isn’t writing study guides for Medhumor Medical Publications and assisting fellow physicians and medical student in pursuing their preparation for exams while enjoying the process.

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