Written Self-Assessment Programs (SAP) provide specialists with the opportunity to review their knowledge and clinical judgment with current scientific evidence to identify opportunities that can be addressed through the planning of other learning activities.
Self-Assessment Programs must
The Office of Professional Affairs has created the following template to provide Accredited CPD Providers or physician organizations with a tool that describes the key steps and rationale for the development of a SAP that meets the above standards. Each national or provincial specialty society or physician organization is invited to use this template to create a disease specific Self-Assessment Program.
To facilitate the development of a disease specific SAP program, the following template or blueprint is suggested that defines the steps required.
Select a topic, disease, or disorder
Rationale: Conditions that are prevalent have relevance to a wide variety of patients. Conditions where evidence has been established or summarized (for example a clinical practice guidelines) will assist in ensuring that the assessment of participants knowledge and judgment will be compared with established evidence.
Rationale: Completing a thorough review of the current or evolving evidence within each area of a particular disease provides specialists with an opportunity to evaluate their current knowledge with best evidence to identify opportunities for improvement that can be addressed through additional learning activities. The focus of a SAP is to uncover unidentified deficiencies for future learning.
Create the written content for the SAP (optional)
Many Self-Assessment Programs include a written summary of current evidence organized into sections to explain the basic key knowledge areas or practice recommendations that serve as the basis for the program. The written component can be organized in multiple formats including a case base format.
If a case or series of cases are presented and a summary of the current evidence is provided then this step should include:
Rationale: Reviewing a summary of the key evidence or knowledge across the disease, disorder, or topic will provide participants with an opportunity to learn about best evidence and compare their knowledge with current understanding.
Rationale: Written Self-Assessment Programs are frequently designed to assess knowledge or the application of knowledge to practice. MCQ’s and SAQ’s are common, highly reliable and valid methods for assessing cognitive domains.
The answer sheet should include instructions for how to complete and submit the scoring sheet for credits
Rationale: Providing specific feedback on which answers were correct and incorrect with references enables specialists to determine if there are important gaps in their practice knowledge that should be addressed through engaging in further learning activities. Providing specific feedback (by section or theme) is a required accreditation standard for SAP.
The evaluation form should include an assessment of the following areas:
Rationale: The purpose of the evaluation is to assist program planners to modify the program (where required) based on participant’s feedback
The SAP reflection tool should prompt participants to review the feedback provided and:
Rationale: The purpose of a SAP is not just to identify where knowledge is up-to-date, but to identify areas where further learning needs to be completed.
Participants must be directed to the self-assessment templates in MAINPORT to complete the documentation of all relevant sections and submit the activity for credit. CPD providers must provide:
Rationale: Completing a Self-Assessment Program is not an end in itself. Each participant needs to be informed of the important of documenting their assessment and identified outcomes or plans on MAINPORT to receive appropriate credit. The focus on the documentation of learning outcomes is one of the goals of the second phase of implementation of the Maintenance of Certification program.
Members of the planning committee have