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Physician Self-study Program, MKSAP 13, to be Released in October

PHILADELPHIA - (September 19, 2003) The American College of Physicians (ACP) will release the 13th edition of its Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP) on October 13, 2003. More than 40,000 internists and medical residents use the accredited continuing medical education program to update their knowledge and to prepare for board certification and recertification. ACP is a national organization of doctors of internal medicine.

MKSAP 13 topics are targeted to general internists and include primary care and 14 subspecialty areas. Released in two parts, MKSAP 13 contains 10 books with more than 1,500 pages of content. An enhanced CD-ROM (PC or Mac) version will be made available in June 2004, and a MKSAP 13 Update on CD-ROM will be published in late fall 2005.

Paul Epstein, MD, FACP, served as editor-in-chief of MKSAP 13. More than 100 associate and contributing editors were involved. "MKSAP 13 retains the format innovations that subscribers of MKSAP 12 found valuable and enhances the educational devices that make learning easier," said Dr. Epstein, a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania who is also ACP Governor for Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Part A of MKSAP 13 includes Primary Care Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine, Infectious Disease Medicine, Nephrology and Hypertension, and Hematology and Oncology. Part B, available May 14, 2004, includes Endocrinology and Metabolism, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Neurology, Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care, and Rheumatology.

Each syllabus incorporates case studies, key points, charts and tables, and multiple-choice questions. Answers provide the educational objective of each question, rationale for the correct or incorrect answer, and direction for further study. MKSAP 13 questions are modeled after the American Board of Internal Medicine exam format.

Physicians who achieve computer-scored test results significantly above the chance level can earn up to 140 Category 1 CME credits for MKSAP 13. Computer scoring is available until June 30, 2006. Performance interpretation guidelines and norm tables will be available to subscribers online in December 2004; physicians use these to compare results with their peers.

MKSAP, released every three years since 1968, was the first self-study program for the internal medicine specialty. MKSAP for Students was introduced in 2000 and is now in its second edition. Related products include MKSAP Prep for Boards, with 500 clinical questions and 150 clinical images; MKSAP 13 Update; and MKSAP Audio Companion, based on MKSAP 13 and the Update. MKSAP is a registered trademark of the American College of Physicians.

The American College of Physicians (ACP) is the second-largest physician group in the United States. Membership includes more than 115,000 internists, related subspecialists, and medical students. Internists specialize in the prevention, detection and treatment of illnesses in adults.

Contact:
Lynda Teer, 215-351-2655 or 800-523-1546, ext. 2655
E-mail: lteer@acponline.org

Page posted: 09/25/2003

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