The ABNS has a goal of transforming the ABNS learner from a passive receptor of information to a collaborator in the learning process.The primary goal for changing the 2017 Part III MOC is to provide updated “evidence based” core neurological surgery knowledge in an educationally effective format. The other goal is to augment our Diplomates’ safe practice of neurological surgery through a tool that involves the learner in an active learning process using a web based format. The ABMS has approved thisinnovative ABNS pilot project for our New Part III Adaptive MOC Cognitive Learning Tool. The prior “all or nothing 200+ question exam” is gone! Our goal is engagement, safety and learning at our Diplomates own speed, without pressure. The web based learning tool can be mastered in the comfort of the Diplomates’ home, or office, anytime 24/7.
The learning tool will consist of updated knowledge that has evolved since an ABNS Diplomate’s last certification so the tool will be far shorter, relevant and more focused than the prior MOC exam. The platform the ABNS will use is designed by the same innovative company which delivers millions of American Heart Association exams such as Basic Life Support (BLS). Thus, the format will be familiar and easy to use for our Diplomates.
Questions will be offered on evidence based neurological surgery principles important for all ABNS certified neurological surgeons. Unlike most standard exams, immediate feedback to each question will be provided to the Diplomate by this novel adaptive learning tool. References with links and/or articles will be provided so the learner can effectively absorb the information and correct their answers with a new question, signifying they have mastered the concept. The emphasis is on learning new evidence based neurological surgery concepts in an educationally robust, stress free environment.