NEJM Knowledge+


Help – Internal Medicine Board Review

Product Overview

NEJM Knowledge+ Internal Medicine Board Review is designed to help you meet your certification requirements, prepare for board exams, and incorporate lifelong learning into your schedule more easily. The platform has five basic components:

  1. Learning, via the Specialty Modules
  2. Practice Exams
  3. Recharge
  4. Reports
  5. MOC/CME Center

The Dashboard

The Dashboard is your starting point every time you use NEJM Knowledge+.

Intenal Medicine Board Review Dashboard

It provides an overview of your performance on each of the features in the platform, as well as the easiest way to navigate to the features you want to use. On the Dashboard you can

The menu at the bottom of every page allows you to

USER TIP:

Do not use the back button in your Web browser. Because NEJM Knowledge+ is an application, using your browser’s back button will cause it to close. Instead, use the teal “Back” and “Next” buttons in the platform (where available).

Don’t worry; if you use the back button and the application closes, your data will be saved. When you return to NEJM Knowledge+, you will be taken to the Dashboard.

Getting Started

Start in three easy steps.

Step 1: Use the calendar tool on the My Schedule screen to set a deadline

Step 2: Select your first specialty from the list on the Dashboard

Step 3: Complete your Self-Assessment within the specialty by

Self-Assessment enables us to tailor your learning experience to you immediately. The system will then adjust these settings based on your actual performance.

The Self-Assessment is presented only the first time you select a specialty. It is used to optimize the initial set of questions you see. As you begin answering questions, the algorithm is continuously updated and questions are then served based on your performance.

How Adaptive Learning Works in NEJM Knowledge+

On the basis of the latest technological advances, our adaptive learning platform continually tailors your experience to your specific learning needs. NEJM Knowledge+ uses adaptive learning to ensure you don’t waste time on material you already know. Instead, the system responds to your performance by serving you material that helps you focus on those subjects where you need reinforcement and keeps you focused until you achieve proficiency. It is designed to help you retain knowledge better. For more information on adaptive learning in NEJM Knowledge+, watch this video.

Learning

Self-Assessment

To maximize your learning, NEJM Knowledge+ uses your initial Self-Assessment by specialty and by topic to create a baseline as you begin to answer questions. The adaptive learning technology at the core of the platform determines the order of the questions you will answer and continually adapts as you answer questions and improve your proficiency. This ensures a learning experience that is personally tailored to your needs and that helps you retain what you’ve learned.

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To complete your Self-Assessment, select your confidence level by using the slider in the teal bar to rate your confidence in the specialty overall, or, for a more detailed assessment, use the sliders in the white area below to indicate your level of confidence in each specific topic area. The specialty confidence rating will adjust in relation to your assessment by topic.

Slide the bar to the left to indicate lower confidence. Slide the bar to the right to indicate a higher level of confidence.

To start learning:

  1. Select a Specialty from the Dashboard.
  2. Complete the Self-Assessment (if you haven’t already done so).
  3. Select Start and begin answering questions.

Answering Questions

  1. Read through the question
  2. For questions containing images, you can click or tap any image to zoom in.
  3. Select your answer.
  4. Submit your answer by choosing your level of confidence from one of the four choices: “I know it,” “Think so,” “Unsure,” or “No idea.” Your reported confidence helps the system adapt. The system will be more likely to serve you back questions where you had low confidence in your answer, even if you turned out to be correct. Your reported confidence also allows us to report on how your self-assessment matches your actual performance.

You will be presented with the correct answer, the Key Learning Point, a “More Details” link to detailed feedback, and a link to resources for further reading.

To return to the Answer and the Key Learning Point, select the teal Back button in the product (do not use your browser’s back button).

Question Sequencing

The system is designed to serve the most relevant and highest priority items early in the question stream for each specialty. These are the items, such as management of essential hypertension, that are core to internists’ knowledge and may seem relatively straightforward and familiar. The questions become more specialized and deal with issues that are less frequently encountered as you progress into each module.

Question Types

NEJM Knowledge+ uses multiple question formats. In the learning modules, you will see both case-based multiple-choice questions and short multiple-choice to ensure that your learning is maximized for long-term retention. In “Recharge”, you will see a third type of questions, the fill-in-the-blank question, which tests your recall without giving you answer options.

Additional Learning Material

The Key Learning Point explains the main takeaway from the case in a succinct sentence.

More Details provides you with detailed feedback on why the right answer is correct and why the other options are incorrect.

Clicking on Resources brings you to a list of citations for more information on the topic.

Challenge Us

One unique aspect of NEM Knowledge+ is that we have been actively keeping the knowledge contained in the product current. This involves reviewing and updating the questions and the feedback in response to new guidelines and other key developments, but it also means responding to user input through the “Challenge Us” feature. Use the “Challenge Us” button if you feel that the question, answer, feedback, or resources we provided contained an error or important omission. When you click “Challenge Us”, a pop-up text box will appear. Use the box to enter your challenge and hit “Submit.” We will review all challenges and make appropriate changes. We can’t respond to every challenge that we receive, but we do appreciate user’s feedback and help maintaining the currency and accuracy of our content, and we do try to respond where and when we can.

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Recharge

Refreshing your memory on material you’ve already learned can be as valuable as learning new material.

Recharge automatically selects 20 questions from areas you’ve struggled with or simply haven’t seen for a while — to reinforce your learning. Recharge draws from questions you’ve answered in the specialty areas as well as the Practice Exams (once you’ve taken them).

Because NEJM Knowledge+ builds a personalized Recharge experience based on your performance to date, you may begin to use Recharge once you’ve answered at least 20 questions.

Recharge

In Recharge, you will see a new question format:

Fill-in-the-Blank Questions

These questions help you assess whether you’ve fully grasped a particular fact or concept by asking you to recall an answer without the aid of a multiple-choice listing. To answer a fill-in-the-blank question, type your answer into the gray box.

NEJM Knowledge+ is designed to accept many synonyms, abbreviations, acronyms, and even some misspellings. Of course, we can’t predict every possible correct variation, so if you type in an answer that you believe is correct and the system reports that it is incorrect, please select the Challenge Us button or Claim this as a Synonym button. Our editors will review your comments, and if your suggestion is appropriate, will add it to the list of acceptable synonyms or otherwise address any problem within the item.

You will only encounter fill-in-the-blank questions in Recharge mode.

Don’t hesitate to answer these fill-in-the-blank questions. This format is great for testing knowledge, but we won’t be including them in calculating proficiency ratings until the feature demonstrates sufficient reliability.

Progress and Proficiency

As you answer questions, NEJM Knowledge+ gathers data on your progress and proficiency. The system does this based on the learning objectives that underlie each question. In general, each longer, case-based version of a question meets a couple of distinct learning objectives (e.g., you might need to both recognize a diagnosis and know how to treat it), whereas the short multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank versions each meet a single learning objective.

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Progress measures the number of learning objectives you have achieved out of the total number there are throughout the product (your overall progress on the Dashboard), in a given specialty (also on the Dashboard) or in a given topic (in the Performance by Specialty/Topic report). This gives you a pretty accurate sense of how close you are to completing a given area. If you’ve spent an hour answering gastroenterology questions and your progress bar is one-third filled up, it will likely take another couple of hours for you to complete this module.

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Proficiency measures how many learning objectives you’ve met out of the learning objectives you’ve seen throughout the product (your overall proficiency on the Dashboard), in a given specialty (also on the Dashboard) or in a given topic (in the Performance by Specialty/Topic report). This gives you a sense of how well you are doing.

Progress and Proficiency

Because the system is adaptive, your progress and proficiency scores will jump around a bit. However, as you get closer and closer to completing each module, both numbers should begin to converge toward 100%

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Practice Exams

Make time early on to take a timed, 2-hour, 60-question Practice Exam to see where you stand and compare yourself to your peers.

Reports

In addition to your Progress and Proficiency status on the Dashboard, NEJM Knowledge+ offers additional reporting.

Select the My Reports button from the bottom menu on any page.

Internal Medicine Board Review Dashboard

From any report page, you can use the navigation buttons on the right to switch to view other reports.

Internal Medicine Dashboard Reports

Report Options Include:

Information Included in Reports

The Specialty & Topic Performance report and the Practice Dimensions report provide detailed information about performance:

Search

The search functionality in NEJM Knowledge+ allows you to find and review questions that you’ve answered already.

Search tips:

Search

Schedule

Setting a goal and committing to a schedule will help you optimize your learning. However, setting a schedule in NEJM Knowledge+ is optional. In order to use the schedule functionality, use the drop-down menu to set a deadline by selecting your exam date. Alternatively, use the calendar to select a different date. The system will use your exam date or deadline to recommend the number of hours per week you should spend using NEJM Knowledge+ for maximum efficiency. You can then use the slider to adjust the schedule to meet your personal needs. If you do not want to use the schedule functionality, deselect the check box on the bottom left of the schedule screen.

MOC and CME

Overview

You earn MOC points and CME credits by answering questions correctly. Questions are repeated as you learn, giving you ample opportunity to earn the available points and credits.

The MOC/CME section on the Dashboard provides a summary of the points and credits you have earned.

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Earning CME

All of our questions have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. You receive one credit for every six questions you answer correctly. You can get the credit by answering the case-based question, short multiple-choice question, or fill-in-the-blank correctly, but once you’ve earned a partial CME credit associated with one form of a question, you can’t earn a partial credit again for answering a different form of the same question. In other words, if you first correctly answer the short multiple-choice format, you earn the associated CME credit, and you don’t earn any further credit for answering the fill-in-the-blank version.

Your Transcript

Select MOC/CME Center, and then select More Info under “Earning CME Credits.” Select your desired date range for the transcript, and then select “Print Transcript.”

MOC points

ABIM CME MOCSuccessful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 270 MOC points and patient safety MOC credit in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity.

How You Earn MOC Points

You automatically earn one MOC point for every six questions you answer correctly. You can earn credit by answering the case-based question, short multiple-choice question, or fill-in-the-blank correctly, but once you’ve earned a partial MOC point associated with one form of a question, you can’t earn a partial credit again for answering a different form of the same question. In other words, if you first correctly answer the short multiple-choice format, you earn the associated MOC point, and you don’t earn any further credit for answering the fill-in-the-blank version.
Internal Medicine Board Review MOC Center

When NEJM Reports Your ABIM MOC Points Earned

At the end of each day, your points will be automatically submitted to the ACCME as a batch. The ACCME automatically sends this data to the ABIM each night. You will see these updates listed as NEJM Knowledge+ Internal Medicine Board Review on your ABIM profile the following day. There will be one activity listed on your profile.

ABIM Reporting Requirements

To submit your points to the ABIM, we are required to provide both your ABIM number, and to ensure an exact match, your date of birth. NEJM Knowledge+ will keep this information confidential and secure, and we will not use it for any other purpose. You are continuously earning MOC points by answering questions correctly. If there are any problems with your ABIM data or transmission of your points, your points will remain secure in our platform until the issue is resolved.

When you sign in after purchasing the product, you may add your ABIM number and date of birth to your profile or you can also provide this ABIM number and date of birth later, by editing your profile.

Finding Your ABIM Number

You can search for and find your ABIM number at the ABIM website.

Editorial Process and Commitment

Our editorial process ensures each question is thoroughly scrutinized during multiple layers of review. Our goal is for every question to be accurate, relevant, and meaningful.

More than 300 authors and editors, all of whom are practicing physicians, take part in our rigorous editorial process.

Hardware and Software Requirements

To access NEJM Knowledge+ Internal Medicine Board Review and NEJM Knowledge+ Family Medicine Board Review on your desktop, sign in through the profile page.

The desktop version is delivered through a browser window using HTML5.

Adobe Reader is required.

Windows

Mac OS

Mobile/Tablet

NEJM Knowledge+ apps are available for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets; Android phones may access NEJM Knowledge+ through our mobile-optimized browser version.

Cookies

We use log files to collect general data about the movement of visitors through the Site. This may include some or all of the following information: the Internet Protocol (“IP”) address of your computer or other digital device, host name, domain name, browser version and platform, date and time, and the files downloaded or viewed. We also use log files to collect and store information about your test progress and performance.

The Site also collects information through the use of “cookies” or similar technologies. Cookies are small text files that are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. Cookies allow us to recognize you when you return to our Site using the same computer and web browser. Cookies also help us to personalize your user experience and track Site activity.

Most web browsers automatically accept cookies. Browsers can be configured to prevent this, but if you do not accept any cookies from us, you will not be able to use the Site. The Site will function if you block third-party cookies.

Mobile Devices

NEJM Knowledge+ Internal Medicine Board Review is available as a free, downloadable app for the iPhone and iPad from the App Store, or for Android devices via Google Play.

NEJM Knowledge+ offers iOS and Android apps for our products. Only paid customers will be able to sign in to the apps. The experience on the iPad/tablet mirrors the full functionality of the desktop, while the iPhone/Android phone version is optimized for the smaller screen. The iPhone/Android phone apps do not include the MOC/CME Center, Accreditation Center, several of the available Reports, Search, and Practice Exams, but contain all of the adaptive learning material, including case-based and short-format questions, images, the Recharge feature that helps you retain what you’ve learned, and your Score Report.

Note: Android phones will also support the HTML5 version of each product.

You cannot use the smartphone app until you have set up your account using an iOS or Android tablet or on a desktop or laptop.

You can use NEJM Knowledge+ offline at any time, as long as you sign in while you are online. Your progress and performance, however, will only reflect what was available to the app the last time you had it open in an online state. In addition, whatever activity you engage in will not update to your other devices until you are have the app open and are back online. There are special steps you need to take to update the app. Syncing happens automatically once you have the app open and are online.

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Account and Access Information

Duration of Your Access to NEJM Knowledge+ Internal Medicine Board Review

The purchase term is one year. You will have full access to the product and all of its features for 365 days from the purchase date. After your term is over, you will have read-only access to (and may print) the MOC and CME transcripts for 6 years.

Extending Your Access

You can purchase a one-year extension on the current version at a discounted rate at any time, up until a new version of Internal Medicine Board Review is made available. If you purchase an extension before your initial term ends, the extension term will begin when your initial term expires. You will not experience any interruption of service.

How to Update Your Account Information

To change your password, go to the Forgot Password page, enter your email address, and click “Continue.” We will send you an email with instructions for resetting your password. You will have only 10 minutes to reset the password via the link we send to you. If you’re not able to reset your password within that time frame, simply repeat the process at the Forgot Password page. Your password should be 6 to 20 characters long.

How to Change Your Password

To change your password, go to Forgot Password, enter your email address, then click “Continue.” We will send you an email with instructions for resetting your password.

Contact Us

Feel free to contact us at any time. We provide customer support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year via phone and email.

Call us toll-free at 1-855-318-9303 (within the USA and Canada) or 781-434-7998. Or, send us an email at knowledgeplussupport@nejm.org.

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