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Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2012 Aug;136(8):851-3. doi: 10.5858/arpa.2012-0234-ED.

Life-long learning and self-assessment.

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Department of Pathology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5054, USA.


New Frontiers in Pathology is a unique educational event intended to meet the ongoing educational needs of practicing pathologists. Continuous medical education (CME) is required for maintenance of licensure by virtually all state licensing bodies. Satisfying CME requirements hinges on earning a minimum number of American Medical Association Physician Recognition Award category 1 credits through various activities, including courses like New Frontiers in Pathology that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Self-assessment modules (SAMs) are a key component of the American Board of Pathology expectations for maintenance of board certification. Beginning in 2006, the American Board of Pathology granted only time-limited certificates as part of an American Board of Medical Specialties-wide process for maintenance of board certification. Maintenance of board certification has requirements in 4 categories: professional standing, life-long learning and self-assessment, cognitive expertise, and evaluation of performance in practice. Life-long learning and self-assessment includes not only the traditional elements of CME but also the SAMs that are defined as educational products comprising self-administered examinations with a predetermined minimum performance level and a mechanism for receiving feedback. New Frontiers in Pathology will offer SAMs, in addition to the American Medical Association Physician Recognition Award category 1 credits, which it has been accredited to do since its inception, at its 2012 conference scheduled for August 3 through August 5 at The Homestead Resort, Michigan's largest waterfront resort on beautiful Lake Michigan.

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