Volume 36, Issue 6, June 2009
Index of content:
- SAM Professional: Ballroom B
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Practice Quality Improvement (PQI) is the final component of Maintenance of Certification (MOC) as required by the American Board of Radiology (ABR) and the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). The first three components of MOC: professional standing, lifelong learning and self‐assessment, and the cognitive exam are less ambiguous than the fourth component, PQI, which is meant to provide a pathway for diplomates to critically self‐assess and improve clinical aspects of practice. The PQI process consists of six general steps: select a project and develop metrics, collect baseline data, review and analyze baseline data, implement an improvement plan, re‐measure baseline data, and report participation to the ABR. There are two types of projects that meet the ABR/ABMS requirements: Type I, which are individually‐based projects, developed and attested to by the dipomate; and Type II, which are an ABR endorsed, society‐provided template. AAPM Task Group 127 (MOC) has developed a Type II template that has been submitted to the ABR for endorsement.
1. Understand the steps required to successfully meet the PQI requirements of MOC.
2. Understand the differences between the two types of PQI projects and their essential components.
3. Review and understand the ABR submitted Type II template developed by TG‐127.
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Currently, a common initiative in many fields is quality improvement. This endeavor is especially prominent in the medical community with concerns on patient safety and reduction of medical errors. As part of its certification oversight, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) has made QI one of the four sections of its Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process. This is particularly relevant to those medical physicists with time limited ABR certificates or for other ABR Diplomates voluntarily enrolled in the MOC program. One of the key aspects of The ABR expectation for Practice Quality Improvement (PQI), Part IV of the ABR MOC program, is that Diplomates provide evidence of an ongoing program of improvement of practice either as an individual or within the system the individual is employed. For physicists, this may seem somewhat nebulous due to the many duties and responsibilities in the clinical realm. For diagnostic physicists, this may seem even more undefined, especially for consultants. As a beginning dialogue related to PQI, suggestions for projects appropriate for physicists are presented. Another method for fulfillment of the PQI section is participation in society based PQI programs. Such programs are under development within AAPM and details on a program for diagnostic imagingphysicists is presented.
Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, an individual will
1. Gain knowledge of the basic aspects of PQI as pertain to physicists.
2. Learn about examples of projects that would be acceptable for demonstration of PQI for physicists.
3. Learn about the development of a society based program for PQI for diagnostic imagingphysicists within the AAPM.