Earn CME Credits with Self –Assessment and Fulfill MOC Part 2 Requirements
Earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ with self-assessment, which meet the American Board of Surgery’s Maintenance of Certification Part 2 requirements, with interesting case-based scenarios relevant to your practice.
- The Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT) has created realistic clinical decision-making exercises to meet the requirements of the American Board of Surgery (ABS) Maintenance of Certification Part 2. Completing these cases give you CME with self-assessment credits required by the ABS.
- The scoring system of our virtual patient cases compares your patient management decisions to current standards defined by SSAT experts. You can choose case exercises relevant to your practice.
- In an SSAT virtual patient scenario, you can order laboratory tests, procedures, and imaging as you would in actual practice. The images and videos in our cases are of high quality, allowing you to feel comfortable drawing diagnostic and therapeutic conclusions. At the conclusion of the simulation, your patient management choices are compared to a panel of surgical experts and a numerical grade calculated. You are given feedback about any areas where your decisions differed from those recommended. You can take the case again for up to a year. Once you pass, you can then claim your AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ with self-assessment.
These enduring activities have been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of Ciné-Med, Inc. and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract. Ciné-Med, Inc. is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Our current library of cases is listed below:
Try a Demo Case
Try the demo case featured in the short introduction video by visiting http://demo.discoursellc.com. To access the demo login using Username: demo; Password: demo123. SSAT Members can also access the demo case through the SSAT Members Only Area.
How to Order Cases
SSAT Members can purchase access to these cases at a discounted rate. Please log in to the SSAT Members Only Area prior to purchase to ensure receipt of your discount.
SSAT Member Cost: 55 USD
If you are not a member of the SSAT, create a non-member account here to access the Virtual Surgical Patient shopping cart.
Contact Discourse LLC directly with any questions on purchasing cases at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Combination of Media
The SSAT Virtual Surgical Patient Scenarios use: 1) internet-based interactive simulated surgery cases and 2) required readings. The interactive simulated cases, will operate successfully in Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher, Firefox, Chrome and Safari. The program runs on Windows-based PCs and Apple laptops and on standard iPads.; for the readings, Adobe Reader is required.
Method of Physician Participation
After reading the required articles, the participant proceeds through the case, with every choice recorded and a complete transcript of his/her route through the case provided to demonstrate effective completion of the case. This record can be used to help document satisfaction of the ACGME requirements in the competencies of patient care and systems-based practice. The participant engaged in the case can order laboratory tests, procedures, and imaging as s/he would in real practice. The images and videos are of high quality, allowing the participant to draw accurate diagnostic or therapeutic conclusions. In some cases, video clips from actual operations are presented to the participant, who is then is asked to make a decision based on the findings, thereby mimicking actual operative decision-making. Because the participant’s ordering is tracked, feedback can be provided on the cost-effectiveness of his/her approach to the case.
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