FPHM Toolkit: Medical Knowledge Modules
How well do you know quality improvement (QI) and patient safety? Are you ready to prove it?
A new online assessment tool developed by SHM and approved by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) lets hospitalists put their knowledge to the test—and earn CME and MOC credits at the same time.
SHM’s Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Medical Knowledge Module, now available at www.hospitalmedicine.org, is a 25-question, multiple-choice test that assesses knowledge of topics that increasingly are assigned to hospitalists. The test is geared toward the general hospitalist and not intended exclusively for hospitalists who focus on QI issues, according to Danielle Scheurer, MD, SFHM, physician advisor to SHM and one of the test’s authors. In fact, the content applies to care providers in a hospital-based system, she says.
In addition to assessing the test-taker’s knowledge, the interactive test also educates. Correct answers are followed up with a rationale explaining the answer. If the test-taker chooses an incorrect answer, they are invited to try again; if the second try is also incorrect, the correct answer is highlighted and explained.
The module was developed as an “open book” test, so test-takers are encouraged to use any QI or patient-safety educational resources to verify their answers before submitting them. “The questions in the Medical Knowledge Module were extensively vetted for content and pilot tested for difficulty,” Dr. Scheurer says. “Each question includes a comprehensive discussion of the rationale for the correct and incorrect answers and accompanying references for more information.”
The Medical Knowledge Module costs $65 for SHM members and $100 for nonmembers.
Hospitalists receiving a score of 76% or higher are eligible for MOC credit from ABIM and three AMA PRA Category 1 credits, as designated by Blackwell Futura Media Services.
This is the first in a series of Medical Knowledge Modules. The next is scheduled to be available by midsummer.—BS