(WASHINGTON) – The American Society of Hematology (ASH), the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to the causes and treatment of blood disorders, today launched the fifth and most comprehensive version of the ASH Self-Assessment Program (ASH-SAP), an essential educational resource for hematologists and health-care professionals working in related fields to improve their practice methods and stay current with their professional education and certification requirements.
The ASH-SAP, Fifth Edition, available at the ASH Academy (www.ashacademy.org), the Society’s new online educational platform, will serve as a resource for trainees to prepare for subspecialty board certification as well as for practicing hematologists looking to obtain continuing medical education (CME) credit and prepare for recertification through the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program.
The newly released fifth edition of ASH-SAP includes a review of both adult and pediatric hematology, including benign and malignant disorders, stem cell transplantation, laboratory hematology, and transfusion medicine. The three chapters new to this edition (“Consultative Hematology II: Women’s Health Issues”; “Clinical Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplantation”; and “Hodgkin Lymphoma”) were developed as a direct result of feedback received from ASH-SAP users and represent the Society’s efforts to meet the educational needs of its members and the broader hematology community.
A major goal of ASH-SAP is to provide challenging and informative multiple-choice questions for hematologists studying for professional certification or recertification exams, particularly the ABIM Hematology examinations. Toward that end, the multiple-choice questions in ASH-SAP are designed to reinforce the educational concepts that are expanded upon in the critiques.
From the ASH Academy site, users can access the online textbook, download a new eBook version (no Internet connection needed once downloaded), earn CME credit by taking the ASH-SAP exam, and, for an additional fee, access an ABIM-approved MOC module. Users can claim up to 50 CME credits based on responses to 232 new questions that test their knowledge of the material contained in ASH-SAP, Fifth Edition; completion of the MOC module allows participants to earn up to 20 ABIM MOC points based on responses to 60 new questions. Once users have submitted their responses for credit, answers can be cleared so that the exam questions can be used for study purposes.
The ASH-SAP, Fifth Edition is also available in textbook form and contains a question-and-answer book that includes a self-assessment test with accompanying answers and annotations. Up to 50 American Medical Association (AMA) Physician’s Recognition Award (PRA) Category 1 Credits™ can be earned by passing the test.
“The authors and editors of ASH-SAP have made every effort to ensure that the content of this resource is up-to-date, concise, and presented in an easy-to-read format. As with other editions, the material in the fifth edition has been extensively peer reviewed by expert external reviewers, the ASH Committee on Educational Affairs, and members of the ASH Trainee Council,” said ASH President Janis L. Abkowitz, MD, of the University of Washington. “We wish to thank co-editors Keith R. McCrae, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Institute and Lerner College of Medicine and David P. Steensma, MD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School for their invaluable contributions to its development.”
To learn more about the ASH-SAP, Fifth Edition, suite of products and to purchase, visit www.ashacademy.org.
Reporters who wish to arrange an interview with the ASH-SAP, Fifth Edition co-editors may contact Andrea Slesinski at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-552-4927.
The American Society of Hematology (ASH) (www.hematology.org) is the world’s largest professional society of hematologists dedicated to furthering the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders affecting the blood. For more than 50 years, the Society has led the development of hematology as a discipline by promoting research, patient care, education, training, and advocacy in hematology. The official journal of ASH is Blood (www.bloodjournal.org), the most cited peer-reviewed publication in the field, which is available weekly in print and online.
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