Fall 2015  

Robust Functionality Offered in New Online CARSEP IX


Dr. Matthew MutchWhen the Self-Assessment Committee, led by Chair Matthew Mutch, MD, and Vice-Chair Charles Friel, MD, began developing CARSEP™ IX, they knew they wanted it to be easier to navigate, without losing any of the quality found in the popular self-study tool.

“The old paper version required flipping back and forth between the questions and answer section,” Dr. Mutch explained. “The new online CARSEP is awesome. It is well designed and allows for easy navigation between questions, modules, and references.”

CARSEP IX, the newest edition in the Colon and Rectal Surgery Educational Program (CARSEP), was released in October. Available online for the first time, CARSEP IX features nearly 250 questions organized in six pillars of practice and a final self-assessment exam eligible for 50 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™. Once the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery (ABCRS) receives your certificate of completion, you may receive a credit of 50 self-assessment MOC credits toward Part II of the MOC program.

Dr. Charles FrielDr. Friel highlighted the portability of the new edition as one of CARSEP IX’s most exciting and beneficial features. The program is tailored to the busy schedules of its users and can be stopped and restarted at any time.

“Now between cases, in the clinic, at home – our members [and other users] can log into the system and get immediate access to this self-study program,” Dr. Friel said. “It will be a great time saver.”

How it works
CARSEP IX is housed in the ASCRS Online Learning Center. Users must complete all of the practice questions located in six pillars before taking the final self-assessment exam. In the practice section, users will see the correct answer and rationale immediately after answering each item, as well as where they are in the pillar and how their answers compare with other users.

“The access to the critique within each question makes working through CARSEP much more efficient,” Dr. Mutch said. “It's very easy to use and provides great feedback.”

The final self-assessment exam is set up similarly to a test, so users will not see any answer grading until they complete it. A passing score of 75% or higher must be achieved for the user to earn their certificate of completion.

Study for certification exams
A valuable resource to any surgeon who practices in the field of colon and rectal surgery, the program was developed with an emphasis on helping users prepare to sit for the ABCRS qualifying examination.

“The questions for CARSEP have been designed to be aligned with the current practices in colon and rectal surgery and is an excellent resource for those studying for certification and re-certification in CRS,” Dr. Friel said.

How to access
See some of the highlights of the new program in our video or visit our website to read more about the program. ASCRS members save $125 off the price of CARSEP IX. Visit the ASCRS Store to purchase CARSEP IX.

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