Latest ASCO-SEP® Edition Includes 20-Point Maintenance of Certification Course

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Jamie H. Von Roenn, MD, FASCO

The 4th edition of ASCO-SEP®, ASCO’s self-evaluation program, was released in October and not only includes 21 chapters of up-to-date information on all major cancer types, cancer prevention and more, but now also includes a Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Course in addition to its traditional Continuing Medical Education offerings.

Beginning in 2014, the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) MOC program requirements changed to require that all diplomates actively participate in MOC activities in order to be listed as “Meeting MOC Requirements” on the ABIM website. The new requirements call for participation in some MOC activity every 2 years, earning 100 MOC points every 5 years, and passing a secure MOC exam every 10 years.

As part of its ongoing effort to assist members in meeting these new requirements, ASCO has continued to adapt its educational offerings to include MOC points, when possible.

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The new edition of ASCO-SEP® offers members 21 chapters of current information on a variety of cancer types, in addition to chapters on cancer prevention, epidemiology, molecular biology, palliative care, symptom management, and cancer in the elderly. In addition, the 4th edition includes a new feature, “Updates from 2012,” found at the beginning of each chapter, highlighting advances in knowledge since the release of the 3rd edition of ASCO-SEP®.

Past editions of ASCO-SEP® offered participants 45 CME credits. The 4th edition offers those same credits, but now also offers for purchase an Online Question Bank with 100 bonus questions for additional CME credit, a 200-card flashcard deck based off of the book, and an MOC Course.

The ASCO-SEP® MOC course consists of 60 multiple-choice questions addressing a wide variety of cancer sites including breast, lung, head and neck, gynecologic, hematologic malignancies, genitourinary, and more. Each question includes patient case information, educational links, and answer rationales. After successful completion of the MOC activity, diplomates are eligible to receive 20 points toward their medical knowledge requirement. 

“ASCO is going to be developing more and more innovative ways to help members meet MOC credit requirements through activities that they already participate in,” said Jamie H. Von Roenn, MD, FASCO, Senior Director of Education, Science, and Professional Development at ASCO. “We want to streamline this process so that people can stay up to date.”

The ASCO-SEP® print edition and eBook is available for $468, but the program can also be bundled together with the Online Question Bank ($227) and the MOC course ($227) at a discounted price.

In addition to the new MOC offerings available through ASCO-SEP®, members can visit ASCO University to earn medical knowledge points by completing any of a series of ASCO-developed medical knowledge courses worth 10 MOC points each, including courses on palliative care, prevention/screening, leukemia/lymphoma, breast cancer, and gastrointestinal cancers. ■

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