FAQs
Q. I am a physician/an advanced practice clinician (MSN, PA, etc)/nurse/therapist working with patients with MS. Can I participate in this activity?
A. Yes! This activity is designed to address delivery of care by individual clinicians.
 
Q. Do I have to complete all modules to receive credit?
A. No. Clinicians who complete the pre-assessment, at least one module (required components include two podcasts and the associated post-test and evaluation) will receive credit in accordance with the predetermined length of time expended (AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ , CNE contact hours for nurses). Clinicians completing the formative assessment and all 5 modules can be awarded 4.0 credits. More information about how credit is awarded is available in the AMA’s booklet The Physician’s Recognition Award and credit system, 2010 revision
 
Q. May I pause during the activity or in the middle of a module and return at a later time to complete it?
A. If you need to leave the activity at any time, your progress to that point and your place within the activity will be saved. To return to the activity, you will need to log in with your user name and password.
 
Q. Whom do I contact if I have technical difficulties with this online portal?
A. Please contact Katie Hacias, Associate Program Director, with ACHL. Email: khacias@achlcme.org; Phone: (773) 714-0705 x 159
 
Q. How does the MS Boot Camp Activity work?
A. To complete the MS Boot Camp Activity:
  1. Take the pre-assessment. There are a total of 42 questions in the formative assessment. After taking the pre-assessment, you will receive your individual score. If this score is ≥89% you may choose which module to complete. If your score is <89% you will be directed to those educational modules which best address your individual learning needs.
  2. Complete the educational module. Each module consists of three components: 2 podcasts and 1 post-test. Each podcast is a prerecording (ie, sound only) from expert faculty addressing topics related to the management of patients with MS. Each mini-case (ie, PowerPoint presentation*) contains highlighted content from the podcasts as well as additional didactic information. A learner may choose the order in which to complete each of the podcasts and slide presentation.
    It is important to note that only the podcasts, post-assessment, and evaluation have to be completed in order to receive credit for a particular module (ie, the mini-cases are not mandatory). At any point in the activity, learners may click the “Dashboard” tab to view their progress as well as any pending tasks.
     
    * Please note that at times external web addresses are supplied as part of the references listed on the slides or as part of the rationales in the post-assessment. Learners are welcome to access these websites to further their education but are hereby notified that any external content is independent of the MS Boot Camp CME/CE activity.
  3. Complete the post-assessment.The post-assessment will only contain questions related to that specific module (a maximum of 10 questions). Feedback will consist of your score, a percentile ranking (ie, ranking against your peers), and scores by topic area.
  4. Complete the modular evaluation. The evaluation will help the activity planners to assess the utility of the exercise and provide constructive feedback to improve future activities.
  5. Receive credit for the individual module. Additionally, learners have the option to download a certificate of completion.
  6. Repeat steps 2-5 for each of the additional 4 modules. Upon completion of all 5 modules and with an overall score of 89% or higher, a CMSC Certificate of Excellence is also available for download and display.
     
    Remember that at any point in the activity, learners may close the program and log back in at a later time to resume their participation. Reminders will be auto-emailed to participants following one week of inactivity (and an incomplete activity status in their dashboard).
Pre-assessment
 
The entire pre-assessment consists of a total of 42 questions that draw from the five modules contained within this activity (pathophysiology, imaging assessment, disease modification therapies, symptom management, and patient-centered care). As a learner, the pre-assessment only needs to be taken once. Learners have the option of stopping and resuming the pre-assessment at a later time. However, the pre-assessment must be completed in its entirety before proceeding to any other portion of the activity.
Additionally, the questions contained within the pre-assessment are also grouped according to topics which allows for identification of areas of excellence (strengths) or areas that may need further study and improvement (weaknesses). Following the pre-assessment, all users will receive a(n):
  • average score (based on the 42 questions) determined as follows
    • mastery, ≥89%
    • proficient, ≥80% and ≤88%
    • satisfactory, ≥70% and ≤79%
    • needs improvement, ≤69%
  • module-based score (based on 5-10 questions per module)
  • topic-based score
  • percentile ranking, compared to peers with similar educational background (ie, physician, nurse (including rehabilitation and physical therapists), advanced practice clinician (PA, NP, etc)
To navigate through the pre-assessment, answer a question by clicking the radio button that corresponds to your answer and then clicking the “submit” button. As a reminder, all questions must be answered in the order that they are presented before proceeding to any other part of the activity
If you have questions during the pre-assessment, please email Katie Hacias at khacias@achlcme.org and include “pre-assessment” in the subject line.
 
Post Assessment
 
To navigate through the post-assessment, answer a question by clicking the radio button that corresponds to your answer and then clicking the “submit” button. As a reminder, all questions must be answered in the order that they are presented before proceeding to any other part of the activity. There are a maximum of 10 questions for each module’s post-assessment.
Following the module-based post-assessment, learners will be presented with:
  • their answer, the correct answer (if different), rationale*, and source
  • an average score determined as follows
    • mastery, ≥89%
    • proficient, ≥80% and ≤88%
    • satisfactory, ≥70% and ≤79%
    • needs improvement, ≤69%
  • a topic-based score
  • a percentile ranking, compared to peers with similar educational background (ie, physician, nurse, advanced practice clinician (PA, NP, etc)
  • their pre-assessment score
If you have questions during the post-assessment, please email Katie Hacias at khacias@achlcme.org and include “post-assessment” in the subject line.
* Please note that at times external web addresses are supplied as part of the rationale and/or source. Learners are welcome to access these websites to further their education but are hereby notified that any external content is independent of the MS Boot Camp CME/CE activity.
 
Summary of Content

There are five modules within the Boot Camp formative assessment. Each module includes two podcasts and a case presentation. In order to receive credit for each individual module, learners need to access both of the podcasts and complete both a post-assessment (a maximum of 10 questions/module) and a short evaluation form.
The associated faculty for and a summary of each module are listed below:
 
Module titleFacultyModule highlightsCME
(AMA PRA
CREDIT)
CE
(Contact hour)
Pathophysiology Fred Lublin, MD Disease course, causes of tissue damage, diagnosing and differentiating between the MS types  0.75  0.75
Imaging assessment Erik Burton, MD Role of imaging in: guidelines for MS screening, diagnosis, MS pathophysiology, and risk assessment 0 .5 0.5
Disease modification Constance Easterling, MSN & Stephen Krieger, MD Currently available and emerging disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) 1.0 1.0 (1.0 in pharmacology)
Symptom management Amy Perrin Ross, MSN & Robert Naismith, MD Pharmacological and non-pharmacological strategies for managing MS-related symptoms 1.0 1.0 (0.5 in pharmacology)
Patient-centered care Patricia Kennedy, BSN, RN, CNP, MSCN Strategies to improve patient outcomes; managing patient expectations 0.75 0.75
 
 
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