Extreme Makeover

AAFP Redesigns Family Medicine Board Review Products

October 06, 2014 10:53 am Chris Crawford

If your American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) examination is coming up, you might consider using the all-new AAFP board review products to assist in your studies.

Last fall, the AAFP Continuing Medical Education (CME) Division assembled a faculty panel to review and redesign the AAFP Family Medicine Board Review Express live course and the AAFP Family Medicine Board Review Self-Study Package. These products will be demonstrated at this year's AAFP Assembly, and event-only discounts will be offered on purchases.

Content Review and Revision

The AAFP convened the Board Review Faculty Summit Oct. 26-27, 2013, inviting all faculty who had been working on the board review products to review and revise content based on prevailing environmental and learner-based factors, said Gary Bird, Ph.D., CME learning strategist.

According to David Weismiller, M.D., of Greenville, N.C., course faculty chair for the review, every faculty panel member attended the two-day summit, and participants were actively engaged in reviewing all course content and objectives.

Story highlights
  • The AAFP convened the Board Review Faculty Summit Oct. 26-27, 2013, inviting the full faculty who had been working on the board review products to revise their content.
  • The new educational features of the AAFP Family Medicine Board Review Express live course cover the content required by the American Board of Family Medicine's board examination blueprint.
  • This summer, the AAFP launched the ninth edition of the AAFP Family Medicine Board Review Self-Study Package, featuring multiple package configurations.

"We carefully examined all participant evaluations of several years," he told AAFP News. "Our goal was to use the course evaluation data to explore course content and sequencing. We also wanted to assure there was not significant redundancy and that we were not missing specific content areas important in the practice of family medicine."

As a result of the summit, course structure was streamlined, new topics were introduced, objectives for presentations were clarified, and increased time (content) within the program was devoted to a number of subject areas, including respiratory, renal and dermatology, Weismiller said. The modified content was first introduced at this year's live course in March, which was also recorded and placed in the new Board Review Self-Study Package just five months after the meeting.

Board Review Express Live Course

Terry Thompson, CME product strategist, said the AAFP Family Medicine Board Review Express live events have been very well attended. The Chicago course in September was sold out, in fact, and the live event scheduled for Oct. 8-11 in Hershey, Pa., is nearly sold out, as well.

Five live courses are scheduled for 2015; a $200 early registration discount is being offered for each. Dates, locations and early registration cutoffs are as follows:

Bird said the new educational features of the Board Review Express live course cover the content required by the ABFM board examination blueprint. During the review and revision of the live course, faculty

  • determined the course focus based on the ABFM exam blueprint;
  • considered all updates to the evidence-based guidelines that are required learning for the board exam;
  • considered in-aggregate pre- and post-test data from the board review product suite that demonstrated learner strengths and weaknesses in understanding the content;
  • combined, eliminated or expanded on presentations as necessary to reduce repetition and consolidate content;
  • incorporated feedback from learners based on their learning needs;
  • considered the style and structure of the ABFM's in-training exam and its impact on the board exam; and
  • considered anecdotal evidence about course content and relevance to exam questions.

Additionally, faculty review and revise course content for every Board Review Express live course event to include any relevant updates before the content is presented to ensure participants have the latest information, Thompson said.

Board Review Self-Study Package

This summer, the AAFP launched the ninth edition of the AAFP Family Medicine Board Review Self-Study Package, said Belinda Riney, marketing strategist. Multiple package configurations ensure that board prep materials are delivered in a way that is most convenient for family physicians. They are

  • online streaming to desktops, laptops, tablets and/or smartphones;
  • flash drive or DVDs with interactive split-screen visual presentations;
  • CDs with audio presentations; and
  • printed and/or printable full-color syllabus with all of the course slides.

To maximize self-study learners' learning experience, the following features were updated for the new package:

  • all-new recordings of the presentations with improved video and audio quality;
  • redesigned Question Pause functionality that allows learners to view the presentation as they would in a live environment, with periodic questions and benchmarking of their answers with those of their live presentation colleagues;
  • periodic live webinars that act as drill-down sessions to address areas of particular need;
  • an online learning community specific to board review preparation where learners can ask board review-related questions of board review faculty and their peers;
  • an online page that periodically updates the materials in the recorded presentation and printed syllabus so the learner has the most up-to-date information before taking the exam; and
  • a knowledge retention post-test -- complete with immediate remedial educational feedback -- that invites those who have completed sessions in the self-study package to come back into the system and retake the test.

Deals at Assembly

According to Riney, product demonstrations of the redesigned Board Review Self-Study Package will be conducted at this year's AAFP Assembly, Oct. 21-25 in Washington, in the AAFP Exhibit & Marketplace in Booth 1534 and in the North Building Corridor.

"In addition, we will have the Board Review Self-Study Package, eight other topic-specific clinical packages and other forms of CME relevant to family physicians at these two locations for sale," she said. "Attendees will receive $50 off the Board Review Self-Study Package when they purchase at Assembly. If attendees purchase the Board Review Self-Study Package and two additional CME products, they will receive an additional 10 percent off."


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