LLSA Reading Submission Process
Solicitation of Readings for Future LLSA Tests
A cornerstone of ABEM's MOC program is the concept of Lifelong Learning and Self Assessment (LLSA). The primary goal of LLSA is to promote continuous learning on the part of ABEM diplomates. ABEM will facilitate this learning within the context of LLSA by identifying an annual set of readings to guide diplomates in self-study of recent Emergency Medicine (EM) literature.
The Board wishes to identify important readings from well-respected journals and other publications that are widely and easily accessible to all ABEM diplomates published in either printed or electronic form. It is important to note, however, that the LLSA readings are designed as study tools and should be read critically. They are not intended to be all-inclusive and are not meant to define the standard of care for the clinical practice of EM. ABEM does not endorse a specific research finding or treatment modality--including off label use of medications--by virtue of its being the subject of a selected LLSA reading. Likewise, ABEM is mindful of the potential for real or perceived conflicts of interest in professional literature and makes a conscious effort to account for this in its LLSA reading selections.
You can have a voice in the identification of these readings. ABEM welcomes your participation and requests that EM organizations and ABEM diplomates submit suggestions for readings. As a result of these efforts, over the past several years, ABEM has received a significant number of recommended quality readings. There is concern, however, that the number of suggested readings may naturally diminish over time as organizations and individuals become increasingly busy.
Developing high-quality LLSA tests is dependent on high-quality readings.
Submission Criteria for LLSA Readings
ABEM has established the following criteria for LLSA readings:
1. Clinically oriented in content.
2. Focused on recent advances or current clinical knowledge in EM.
3. Drawn from peer-reviewed EM journals, peer-reviewed journals from related primary specialty fields, textbook chapters, or updated practice guidelines, published in either printed or electronic form.
4. Related to any content area of the EM Model. (Prior to 2014, readings focused on either the designated content areas for a given year [approximately 50%], or the remaining content areas [approximately 50%] of the EM Model Listing of Conditions and Components.)
Content of LLSA Test in 2017
Although readings for the 2015 and 2016 LLSA tests have already been selected, the Board welcomes reference suggestions for future LLSA tests from the larger EM community on an ongoing basis.
Currently, ABEM is soliciting readings for the 2017 LLSA test. As noted above, beginning with the 2014 Reading List, there are no longer any designated content areas, so readings will be drawn from any content area of the EM Model.
How to Submit Recommendations for LLSA Readings
For each reference submitted, ABEM must receive the following two items:
1. LLSA Reading Submission Form
Complete an EM LLSA Reading Submission Form for each reference that you recommend to the Board. Be sure to provide all requested information for each reference, including the article/chapter title completely written out, the journal name, etc. Do not use abbreviations. Do not alter the form in any way, except to add the requested information in the space provided. (The EM LLSA Reading Submission Form in MS Word format.) The form can be computer-printed or typewritten.
2. One Paper Copy of the Article, Chapter, or Other Text
One paper copy of the article, chapter or other text for which you have submitted a reference must be mailed or faxed to ABEM to be considered for inclusion. Electronic copies of readings cannot be accepted due to copyright restrictions.
References received by April 1, 2015, will be considered for inclusion in the 2017 LLSA test. Please note that the deadline has changed. References submitted after that date may be considered for future years.
Recommendations may be submitted via fax or mail:
Mail: EM LLSA References
American Board of Emergency Medicine
3000 Coolidge Road
East Lansing, MI 48823
If you have specific questions or comments regarding the process for recommending references for the LLSA component of the ABEM MOC program, please contact Julie N. Keehbauch, Examination Development Specialist, at the ABEM office. If you have questions of a more general nature regarding LLSA or about the overall ABEM MOC program, please contact Kevin B. Joldersma, Ph.D., Senior Psychometrician.