FOCUS is the best system to meet Maintenance of Certification requirements of the ABPN, Self-Assessment, Performance in Practice and Lifelong Learning. In one four-issue subscription FOCUS provides a comprehensive review of current clinical practice based on the content outlined by the ABPN recertification exam. Each issue offers: Clinical Reviews, Patient Management Exercise, Seminal Articles, and a CME quiz with 20 hours of CME per year for the journal and 24 additional hours can be earned through completion of the Self-Assessment Exam. All current and back issues are accessible online with available CME credits only for your subscription year. A subscription to FOCUS also provides ABPN approved Performance in Practice Modules that meet requirements for MOC Part 4 and an opportunity to earn an additional 20 CME credits per module.
The FOCUS Self-Assessment Exam is an annual 120 question, multiple choice supplement written by practicing psychiatrists and academic experts that allows you to earn 24 CME credits and the opportunity to anonymously compare your knowledge to that of your peers either online or paper. Each question is similar to those used in board-type exams. The FOCUS Self-Assessment Exam is listed by the ABPN as an approved self-assessment activity that fulfills the requirement of psychiatrists applying for and taking the recertification examination.
Six Performance in Practice Modules, approved by ABPN for the clinical chart review component of MOC Part 4, are included in a subscription to FOCUS. Screening of Adults with Substance Use Disorder, Assessment and Treatment of Adults with Substance Use Disorder, Assessment and Treatment of Adults at Risk for Suicide and Suicide-Related Behaviors, Physician Practice Assessment Tool for the Care of Adults with Schizophrenia, Clinical Module for the Care of Patients with Major Depressive Disorder, and Clinical Module for the Care of Patients with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder are easy to use, paper-based PIP Modules. Completion of three stages of a PIP Module provides 20 additional CME credits per module and qualifies as a completed MOC Part 4 activity.
FOCUS addresses the core content in psychiatry in four year cycles. Each issue briefs you on new developments and reviews the current state of practice in that topic area through:
- Comprehensive review articles summarizing current research
- Clinical synthesis articles written by leading experts in the field
- Patient management exercises, ask-the-expert column, ethics column, and communications commentary
- Recent influential works selected by experts in the field
FOCUS updates you in core content areas:
- Volume IX (2011): Addiction Psychiatry, Bipolar Disorder, Professionalism and Quality Measures in Psychiatry, Anxiety Disorders
- Volume X (2012): Womens Mental Health, Schizophrenia, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Depression
- Volume XI (2013): Geriatric Psychiatry, Personality Disorders, Posttraumatic Stress Disorders and Traumatic Brain Injury, Integrated Care and Psychosomatic Medicine
- Volume XII (2014): Sleep: New Biologies and New Therapies, Psychopharmacology, Psychotherapies, Eating Disorders
- Volume XIII (2015): Bipolar Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders, Psychiatry and Society
The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology has reviewed FOCUS: The Journal of Lifelong Learning in Psychiatry and the FOCUS Self-Assessment Examination and has approved this program as part of a comprehensive lifelong learning and self-assessment program, which is mandated by the ABMS as a necessary component of maintenance of certification.
The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology has reviewed the FOCUS Performance in Practice Modules: Screening of Adults with Substance Use Disorder, Assessment and Treatment of Adults with Substance Use Disorder, Assessment and Treatment of Adults at Risk for Suicide and Suicide-Related Behaviors, Physician Practice Assessment Tool for the Care of Adults with Schizophrenia, Clinical Module for the Care of Patients with Major Depressive Disorder, and Clinical Module for the Care of Patients with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and has approved each of these modules for ABPN MOC Part 4 (clinical module) requirements.
The Focus Self-Assessment Program (Vol. 12) is an accredited self-assessment program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and was approved by the Canadian Psychiatric Association on Oct. 1, 2014. This program expires Sept. 30, 2017. You may claim a maximum of 24 hours (credits are automatically calculated).
The American Psychiatric Association designates the FOCUS enduring material for a maximum of 44 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The Self-Assessment CME programs listed below have been reviewed and are approved for a maximum of 24 AAPA Category 1 Self-Assessment CME credits by the Physician Assistant Review Panel. Approval is valid until the expiration date listed below. Physician Assistants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. These programs were planned in accordance with AAPA’s CME Standards.
FOCUS Self-Assessment Exam Volume X (2012) – Expires 10/31/2015
FOCUS Self-Assessment Exam Volume XI (2013) – Expires 10/31/2016
FOCUS Self-Assessment Exam Volume XII (2014) – Expires 10/31/2017
To visit FOCUS online, please visit http://focus.psychiatryonline.org