What are the benefits of the Quarterly Questions program?
As a board-certified ophthalmologist currently participating in the Quarterly Questions program, I can attest with first-hand experience just how fantastic and well-designed the program is for us. I strongly encourage all of my board-certified colleagues to participate in the program and get started right away (if you have not already done so).
Additionally, all diplomates can claim 7.5 continuing medical education (CME) credits for every year of successful Quarterly Questions participation. Of note, the 7.5 CME annual credits will also count toward the 8 Self-Assessment CME (SACME) requirements by the ABO on an average annual basis to maintain certification.
Remember, all ABO-certified diplomates must obtain an average of 25 AMA PRA Category 1 credits annually, of which include eight credits of SACME. At least 80% of the CME credits must be specific to ophthalmology. To further support my opinion about how outstanding the Quarterly Question program is, more than 1,700 diplomates participated in the program this year (answering more than 63,000 questions in the process) and 96% said they would recommend the program to a colleague.
George B. Bartley, MD, chief executive officer of the ABO, states, “We are pleased that our diplomates are finding the Quarterly Questions program to be a good fit for their needs. Although the DOCK is a psychometrically excellent examination, many colleagues found the experience stressful and it is expensive to be away for a half-day or more from one’s practice. Quarterly Questions can be done at the convenience of the diplomate, affords an opportunity for learning as well as assessment, and, with the ability to earn CME credits, is financially essentially equal to the annual fee to maintain certification.”