ExPERT FAQ

  • What is ExPERT?
    • Where do the questions come from?
  • Who Can Purchase ExPERT?
  • Purchasing ExPERT
    • How much does ExPERT cost?
    • How can I purchase access to the ExPERT program?
    • What is included in a subscription?
  • Spaced Learning Program
    • What is the Spaced Learning Program?
    • How do I participate in the Spaced Learning Program?
    • When and how do I receive the questions?
    • How can I see my earned CMEs and print certificates for the Spaced Learning Program?
    • What if I delete on of the e-mails before I answer the questions?
  • ExPERT Courses
    • What are the ExPERT courses?
    • What are my options for taking ExPERT courses?
    • What are Literature Reviews?
    • Where do I find the Literature Reviews?
    • What are Evidence Reviews?
    • Where do I find the Evidence Reviews?
    • How can I see my earned CMEs and print certificates?
    • It won't allow me to start another course.
    • Why aren't some questions eligible for CME?
  • Certificates and CME and MOC Credits
    • Can I still print certificates for PSSAP exams I completed on the previous APSA CME platform?
    • How do I earn CME credits through ExPERT?
    • Why aren't some questions available for CME?
    • How can I tell if a question is available for CME?
  • Troubleshooting
    • **Using CHROME or Safari as your browser will fix most problems.**
    • I am having trouble logging in.
    • I have a problem with a question or with the ExPERT system.

 


What is ExPERT?

APSA’s new ExPERT (Exam-based Pediatric surgery Educational Reference Tool) continuing medical education (CME) program is designed to help practicing pediatric surgeons incorporate the available medical literature into the care of their patients. The material presented has been developed by experts in the field. Questions are regularly reviewed and revised or retired after no more than five years. Each scenario, question, answer and discussion section has been reviewed by the APSA Pediatric Surgery Self-Assessment Program and/or Continuing Medical Education Subcommittees of the APSA Education Committee.

The goal of the program is to provide pediatric surgeons with a broad-based educational experience using current evidence-based literature and practical experience. It addresses maintenance of certification (MOC) needs and the scope of the core competencies as defined by the American Board of Surgery (ABS).

ExPERT offers CME credit from:

  • Pre-Created Courses
    • Spaced Learning Program
      Based on the adult learning principle that repetition aids in retention, APSA’s Spaced Learning Program provides subscribers with two MOC CME-eligible questions every week via an e-mail link. One question is based on a previously discussed topic and one question covers new material. This service is provided for ExPERT subscribers only and not available for individual token purchasers (additional information about subscription and token options below.)
    • PSSAP
      The Pediatric Surgery Self-Assessment Program (PSSAP) is designed to provide pediatric surgeons with a broad-based educational experience using the current literature. Each exam provides a series of MOC CME-eligible questions that include an evidence-based discussion and references. PSSAP covers the core competencies of pediatric surgery as defined by the American Board of Surgery (ABS).
    • Evidence Reviews
      This program is designed to provide a concise, clinical problem-based review of the current evidence for a selected topic. Organized by questions encountered during real life clinical experiences, this program helps pediatric surgeons incorporate the latest available evidence into their practice while obtaining CME or MOC credit.
  • User-Generated Courses
    • Custom Courses
      Users may design their own MOC CME courses based on keyword searches. This allows for efficient point-of-care CME as well as topic specific (e.g., trauma) courses for those requiring specific subject-based CME.
    • Random Courses
      Users may ask the system to generate courses based on randomly selected questions from the APSA ExPERT system.

 

Where do the questions come from?

ExPERT content is generated in response to practice gaps identified by APSA. Questions and discussions are authored and submitted to the APSA CME or PSSAP committees for review.  Each discussion contains the initials of the author and final reviewer. APSA is indebted to the following list of content authors and reviewers.

 

CG Carissa Garey
CL Craig Lillihei
CLa Carrie Laituri
CS Charles Snyder
DP David Powell
EH Eunice Huang
FB Felix Blanco
FF Frankie Fike
GH Whit Holcomb
GM Gene McGahren
HR Henry Rice
JW John Waldhausen
KA Ken Azarow
KH  Kurt Heiss
MA Marj Arca
MH  Mac Harmon
PG Philip Guzzetta
SL Steven Lee


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Who Can Purchase ExPERT?

Both APSA members and non-members can purchase access to ExPERT. 

Subscriptions. Members and  non-members can purchase a subscription through the APSA website, which grants unlimited access to all the APSA ExPERT content, including the Spaced Learning Program. Subscriptions expire December 31.

Tokens. Members and non-members can purchase tokens through the APSA website by logging in with your regular APSA login. Additional tokens may be purchased at any time by this same method or by clicking on the “purchase tokens “ icon within the ExPERT platform.

Spaced Learning Program. The Spaced Learning Program is only available as part of the subscription option noted above. Once you've purchased a subscription, you must log in to ExPERT using your regular APSA username and password to activate the two weekly Spaced Learning Program (SLP) questions. They will arrive via e-mail every Sunday.

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Purchasing

How much does ExPERT cost?

Members and non-members residing in lower- and middle-income countries may be eligible for discounted pricing. Discounts are based on geographic location and will be deducted during checkout.

APSA Members now receive a discount when purchasing the bundled option of ExPERT and Pediatric Surgery NaT subscriptions. Institutional subscriptions to the Pediatric Surgery NaT are now available. Details will be sent to APSA members soon or you can contact Unbound Medicine, +1-800-230-2423 ext. 2.

 
   Individual Token(s) Subscription Subscription
APSA Members – Regular, Associate,
International*, Senior, Honorary

*Discounts are available for 
medical professionals in low- 
and middle- income countries based on geographic location.
$8 USD for a bundle of 8 tokens. Tokens do not expire.              $200 USD for unlimited access including the Spaced Learning Program.
Subscriptions expire December 31.
APSA Members- Candidate, Resident, Fellow and Resident Non-members 
*Discounts are available for 
medical professionals in low- 
and middle- income countries based on geographic location.
$8 USD for a bundle of 8 tokens. Tokens do not expire.  $100 USD for unlimited access including the Spaced Learning Program.
Subscriptions expire December. 31.
Non-Members 
*Discounts are available for 
medical professionals in low- 
and middle- income countries based on geographic location.
$12 USD for a bundle of 8 tokens. Tokens do not expire.  $245 USD for unlimited access including the Spaced Learning Program.
Subscriptions expire December. 31.


Consider becoming an APSA Member to receive discounted ExPERT rates; residents receive dues-free membership. Join now.

APSA Members. APSA members can choose to purchase tokens or a subscription.

  • Tokens come in bundles of 8 tokens for $8 USD. One token gives you access to one question. One bundle of 8 tokens allows you to earn 1 MOC CME credit by answering 75% of the 8 questions correctly.
  • Subscriptions purchase a subscription through the APSA website, which grants unlimited access to all the APSA ExPERT system programs. Subscriptions expire December 31. The Spaced Learning Program is included in your subscription.
  • Spaced Learning. The Spaced Learning program is only available through subscription.

Non-members. Non-members can access ExPERT by purchasing  subscriptions or token bundles. Subscriptions are offered for $245 USD; tokens come in bundles of 8 tokens for $12 USD. One token gives you access to one question. One bundle of 8 tokens allows you to earn 1 MOC CME credit by answering 75% of the 8 questions correctly. The Spaced Learning Program is available only to subscription holders, it is not available with token purchases.

How can I purchase access to the ExPERT program?

Both APSA members and non-members can purchase access to ExPERT by purchasing a subscription or tokens. Purchases are made through the APSA website [link] and logging in with your regular APSA login. Additional tokens can be purchased at any time by this method or by clicking on the “purchase tokens“ icon within the ExPERT platform.

What is included in the subscription?

The subscription includes access to:

  • Pre-created, random and custom self-assessment courses
  • Content from all of the existing PSSAP (Pediatric Surgery Self-Assessment Program) exams. If you had already claimed CME for PSSAP exams in the previous platform, you won’t be able to earn CME for the same questions in ExPERT; however, these questions WILL be available for review. For example, if you want to review information on the liver, you can pull up an exam with questions focused on liver topics. ExPERT identifies how many of the questions pulled are available for CME.
  • Subject-based evidence reviews – designed to provide a concise, clinical problem-based review of the current evidence for a selected topic. Organized by questions encountered during real-life clinical experiences, this program helps pediatric surgeons incorporate the latest available evidence into their practice while obtaining MOC CME credit.
  • Real-time point-of-care knowledge delivery
  • Spaced Learning Program. Once you've purchased a subscription, you must log in to ExPERT using your regular APSA username and password to activate the two weekly Spaced Learning Program (SLP) questions. They will arrive via e-mail every Sunday.
  • All additional CME content developed for the programs listed above


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Spaced Learning

What is the Spaced Learning Program?

Based on the adult learning principle that repetition aids in retention, APSA’s Spaced Learning program provides subscribers with 2 MOC CME-eligible questions every week via an e-mail link. One question is based on a previously discussed topic, and one question covers new material.

How do I participate in the Spaced Learning Program?

The Spaced Learning Program is available as part of the full subscription and cannot be purchased separately. Once you've purchased a subscription, you must log in to ExPERT using your regular APSA username and password to activate the two weekly Spaced Learning Program (SLP) questions. They will arrive via e-mail every Sunday.

When and how do I receive the questions?

APSA’s Spaced Learning Program provides subscribers with two MOC CME-eligible questions every week via a link distributed to the e-mail account associated with your APSA membership.Once you've purchased a subscription, you must log in to ExPERT using your regular APSA username and password to activate the two weekly Spaced Learning Program (SLP) questions. Questions are sent every Sunday and can be completed on desktop computers, tablets and smartphones. In the Spaced Learning Program, eight correctly answered questions equal 1 CME credit.

How can I see my earned CMEs and print certificates for the Spaced Learning Program?

After logging in to the ExPERT platform, click the “My CME” tab at the top of the page. The box titled “Spaced Learning Course” displays your current progress toward earning CMEs for the Spaced Learning Program. If you’ve earned CMEs and can receive a certificate, you will see an entry under “Completed Courses” with a scroll icon to the left. Click the icon to receive your certificate via e-mail.

What if I delete one of the e-mails before I answer the questions?

Contact APSA Headquarters and note the date(s) of the question you need, and we will resend the e-mail link to you.

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ExPERT Courses

What are the ExPERT Courses?

The ExPERT courses allow you to choose from pre-created, random and custom courses. Use it to earn MOC CME, as a refresher, as a point-of-care knowledge resource or all of the above.

What are my options for taking ExPERT courses?

Log in to the ExPERT platform for:

  • Pre-Created Course – choose from a list of pre-created courses including all the PSSAP (Pediatric Surgery Self-Assessment Program) exams, literature reviews and evidence reviews (see below). When viewing the list of pre-created courses, you will see “sap” in the “Type” column next to PSSAP courses.
  • Random Course – generate an 8-question MOC CME self-assessment course randomly pulled from previously unanswered questions in the ExPERT question pool.
  • Custom Course – design your own MOC CME courses based on a keyword search. This allows for efficient point-of-care CME, as well as topic-specific (e.g., trauma) courses for those requiring specific subject-based MOC CME.


What are Literature Reviews?

APSA now offers MOC CME eligible questions based on the literature reviews created by the APSA Outcomes & Evidence-based Practice, Cancer, Trauma, Ethics and Surgical Critical Care Committees. The literature reviews are emailed to APSA members, and some of the items are also posted on the APSA website.

Where do I find the Literature Reviews?

After logging in to the ExPERT platform, choose "Pre-Created Courses." Literature Reviews are marked with "cancer," "outcomes", etc. in the "Type" column.

What are Evidence Reviews?

Evidence Reviews were designed to provide a concise, clinical problem-based review of the evidence for a selected topic. Organized by questions encountered during real-life clinical experiences, this program helps pediatric surgeons incorporate the latest available evidence into their practice while obtaining MOC CME credit.

Where do I find the Evidence Reviews?

After logging in to the ExPERT platform, choose “Pre-Created Courses.” Evidence Reviews are marked with “evidence” in the “Type” column.

How can I see my earned CMEs and print certificates?

After logging in to the ExPERT platform, click the “My CME” tab at the top of the page. You can see CMEs earned, courses in progress and completed courses. If you’ve earned CMEs and can receive a certificate, you will see an entry under “Completed Courses” with a scroll icon to the left. Click the icon to receive your certificate via e-mail.

It won’t allow me to start another course.

Do you already have a course in progress (view the “My CME” tab in ExPERT to see courses in progress)? You may have only one course in progress at a time. This ensures we can properly maintain your individual bank of questions that are available for CME (i.e., you can’t have the same question in two different courses and receive credit both times). You can choose to complete your course in progress or abandon the course to begin a new one.

Why aren’t some questions eligible for CME?

You may obtain credit only once for correctly answered questions; this includes any claimed credit for exams on the previous CME platform. Questions marked with a cap icon are available for MOC CME credit. One of the highlights of the ExPERT program is the ability to access any question, even after earning credit for it, for reference, education and real-time point-of-care knowledge.

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Certificates and CME and MOC Credits

Can I still print certificates for PSSAP exams I completed on the previous APSA CME platform?

Yes, you can access the certificates here. You will need your regular APSA login.

How do I earn CME credits though ExPERT?

One CME credit is granted for each successfully completed eight-question encounter where at least 75% of the questions are answered correctly. Users are offered unlimited attempts to answer questions correctly in order to meet the 75% requirement.

For every 8 questions, achieving a 75% correct rate = 1 CME

Successful encounters of less than eight questions in length are kept in the user’s bank until credit for a full CME is obtained. Click the “My CME” tab in ExPERT to view your progress.

Why aren’t some questions eligible for CME?

You may obtain CME credit only once for correctly answered questions; this includes any PSSAP exams you had taken on the previous APSA CME platform. Questions marked with a cap icon are available for CME credit. One of the highlights of the ExPERT program is the ability to access any question, even after earning CME for it, for reference, education and real-time point-of-care knowledge.

How can I tell if a question is available for CME?

Questions marked with a cap icon are available for credit.

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Troubleshooting

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I am having trouble with my log in.

Contact APSA Headquarters for login problems

I have a problem with a question or with the ExPERT system.

E-mail your question or concern to cme@eapsa.org, and we will contact you to provide help.

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