Inservice Exam FAQs

 

General Information: 

Important dates for 2017 

Available Exams:

When is the exam administered?
Is there more than one exam?
Are the exams the same for all fellowship years?
How many questions are on each exam and are they computer based?
What is the value of the exam to the Program Director and Faculty?
What value are the exams to the Fellows? 

Exam Administration Fees:

How much does the exam cost?
Can the Program Director take the exam? 

Exam Development:

How were the exams developed?
Can I access the content outline for each exam?

Exam Registration:

How do I register my fellows?
If my program is not ACGME accredited or my program is located outside of the United States, can I still register my fellows?
Is my username and password the same to register incoming fellows in June?
Why should I assign a primary contact?
Can the Program Director serve as the Primary Contact?
How do I assign a Primary Contact?
What if my program did not assign a Primary Contact? 

Exam Administration:

How is the exam administered?
Do we really need to proctor the exam? 

Exam Results:

What type of feedback will my fellows and my program receive?
Has the exam been validated with pass rates for the ABIM Board Licensure exams?

 

Important dates for 2018

January 15, 2018

Deadline to update names of Primary Contacts

February 12- April 21, 2018

Registration for 1st, 2nd and 3rd year fellows

April 19 - May 11, 2018

Testing window for 1st, 2nd and 3rd year fellows

June 1 - July 13, 2018

Registration for In-coming Fellows

July 9 - 20, 2018

Testing window for In-coming Fellows

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When is the exam administered?

1st, 2nd, and 3rd year fellow exams are administered the last week of April and first week of May of each year. 

Incoming fellow exams are administered after the in July extending for two weeks. 
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Is there more than one exam?

The APCCMPD develops and administers two exams:

  • Pulmonary and Critical Care In-service Exam
  • Critical Care In-service Exam 

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Are the exams the same for all fellowship years?

Yes, the incoming, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year fellows all take the same Pulmonary and Critical Care In-service Exam or Critical Care In-service Exam. Every year exam questions are reviewed. Exam questions are added and retired based on review of scores 
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How many questions are on each exam and are they computer based?

Both the Critical Care and Pulmonary/Critical Care Exam are computer based and contain 150-questions.
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What is the value of the exam to the Program Director and Faculty?

Each exam has been developed as a “low stakes” examination and not to be used for promotion. The exams:

  • Provide educational counseling
  • Evaluate knowledge uptake of the course of fellowship
  • Develop curricula and validate planned curricular changes
  • Compare fellows performance nationally
  • Serve as a tool for the Program Requirement V.A.2.b).(1).(b) Medical Knowledge
    • The program must use an objective formative assessment method. The same formative method must be administered at least twice during the program.

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What value are the exams to the Fellows?
  • Identify areas of deficiency that require further learning
  • Compare performance to peers nationally
  • May help make career choices

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How much does the exam cost?

Pulmonary and Critical Care In-Service Exam:

Fellowship Year

Member Fee Per Fellow

Non-member Fee Per Fellow

1st Year Fellow

$250 

$500 

2nd Year Fellow

$250 

$500 

3rd Year Fellow

$250 

$500 

Incoming Fellow

$100

$200

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 Critical Care In-Service Exam:

Fellowship Year

Member Fee Per Fellow

Non-member Fee Per Fellow

1st Year Fellow

$250 

$500 

2nd Year Fellow

$250 

$500 

3rd Year Fellow

$250 

$500 

Incoming Fellow

$100

$200

Program directors who register their fellows will be able to register to take the complimentary examination. 
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Can the Program Director take the exam?

Program directors who register their fellows will be able to register to take the complimentary examination. 
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How was the examination developed?
  • The examination is developed and maintained by the In-service Exam Writing Committee, comprised of 13 physician experts and 2 psychometricians.
  • Each exam is modeled on the ABIM blueprint for Pulmonary/Critical Care and Critical Care, respectively, as well as established program curriculum for pulmonary and critical care medicine.
  • Every year exam questions are reviewed. Exam questions are added and retired based on review of scores.

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Can I access the content outline for the exam?

Yes, the content outlines for each exam are available by clicking on the respective links below.

  1. Pulmonary/Critical Care In-service Exam content outline
  2. Critical Care In-service Exam content outline

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How do I register my fellows? 

In January of each year all APCCMPD members and ACGME accredited Pulmonary, Critical Care, and combined program directors are sent a link requesting them to identify a Primary Contact.

Once the registration period opens Primary Contacts will be e-mailed a link allowing them to access a secure online portal.

Each Primary Contact will be provided with a unique username and password to access the registration portal.
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If my program is not ACGME accredited or my program is located outside of the United States, can I still register my fellows? 

Yes, non-ACGME accredited programs and international programs can register to take the exam. Please contact joycereitzner@apccmpd.org to register. 
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Is my username and password the same to register incoming fellows in June?

Yes, Primary Contacts should use the same username and password used to register the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year fellows.
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Why should I assign a primary contact?

Your primary contact will receive all correspondence on the exam. This includes:

  • Notices to register the fellows and incoming fellows
  • Exam passwords for each fellow
  • Fellow’s scores

Your Primary Contact is also responsible for ensuring the exam is proctored in your local university testing center or other secured environment.

The Primary Contact must be authorized by the Program Director, since exam scores will be shared with the Primary Contact.
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Can the Program Director serve as the Primary Contact?

Yes, Program Directors can serve as the Primary Contact or you can assign another individual. Many Program Directors assign the Program Coordinator to this role. 
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How do I assign a Primary Contact?

By default, the Program Director is Primary Contact until a different individual is authorized. In January of each year all APCCMPD members and ACGME accredited Pulmonary, Critical Care, and combined program directors are sent a link requesting them to identify a Primary Contact.

If you are did not receive the link, are non-ACGME accredited program, or an international program please contact joycereitzner@apccmpd.org to identify your primary contact.
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What if I did not assign a Primary Contact?

By default, the Program Director is Primary Contact until a different individual is authorized. 
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How is the exam administered?

The exam is administered as a 3-hour computer-based examination via the Internet.

This is a proctored exam. Therefore, programs should arrange a location where all exam takers can take the exam together (or in groups) under the supervision of a proctor. Information on how to administer the exam will be provided to programs that register.

Every effort should be made to:

  • Ensure test takers do not bring testing aides with them, including textbooks, pocket manuals, notes, mobile phones, pagers, and equipment that will capture digital images.
  • Ensure test takers do not communicate with one another during the administration.

 For more information, please review the APCCMPD Exam Administration Procedure Manual. 
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Do we really need to proctor the exam?

Yes, this is a proctored exam. Therefore, programs should arrange a location where all exam takers can take the exam together (or in groups) under the supervision of a proctor. For more information, please review the APCCMPD Exam Administration Procedure Manual.

Every effort should be made to:

  • Ensure test takers do not bring testing aides with them, including textbooks, pocket guides, notes, mobile phones, pagers, and/or equipment that will capture digital images.
  • Ensure test takers do not communicate with one another during the administration.

If the APCCMPD discovers that a program did not proctor the exam the program could be prohibited from administering the exam in the future. 
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What type of feedback will my fellows and my program receive?

Approximately two weeks after the administration window, primary contacts will receive each fellow’s exam results, broken down by content areas. The program directors will also have access to separate group summary reports that will provide a comparison of each fellow’s results to national averages by year, as well as a comparison of all fellows from that program to national averages.  It is the program director's responsibility to share individual results with their fellows. 
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Has the exam been validated with pass rates for the ABIM Board Licensure exams?

There is also a research protocol that has been IRB approved, which will include comparing the examination to fellow board scores and a program’s curriculum content. More information will be provided, as the data is available. 
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