Differences Between the LLSA and ConCert
Emergency Medicine Maintenance of Certification helps diplomates stay current with the latest issues and findings in Emergency Medicine (EM). Lifelong Learning and Self Assessment (LLSA) is designed to support and assist diplomates in continuous learning and analysis of the important information and issues in Emergency Medicine. The Continuous Certification (ConCertTM) examination serves a very different purpose.
The LLSA tests and the ConCertTM examination have a very different look and feel. LLSA tests are designed to promote learning, while the ConCertTM examination is designed to test working knowledge of EM clinical practice.
The LLSA test is an online, on-demand, open-book, self-assessment test. The LLSA tests are detailed and focused to encourage learning and careful consideration of the material in the readings.
The LLSA tests tend to question more specific information than will be found on the ConCertTM examination. The ConCertTM examination is a comprehensive, secure, proctored examination covering what diplomates need to know, without access to other sources, when treating patients. LLSA tests are learning-focused; ConCertTM examinations are focused on assessing knowledge needed for clinical practice.
As the concepts represented in the LLSA readings become the standards for practice in Emergency Medicine, those concepts may be tested on the ConCertTM examination. The questions of detailed information found on the LLSA tests are not found on the ConCertTM examination.