Residents' Assessment of Competency in Colposcopy Exam
ASCCP partnered with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to utilize hundreds of colposcopy images from the NCI's archive in the redesign of its Residents’ Assessment of Competency in Colposcopy exam. In addition to the photographs from the NCI, the revised ASCCP examination provides a real-world interactive format for assessing medical knowledge, diagnosis and patient management competencies in colposcopy. Read more about this innovative collaboration which yields a "Teaching Tool" for cervical cancer screening by clicking here.
The ASCCP Residents’ Assessment of Competency in Colposcopy exam is 1-hour in length and includes multiple-choice questions, slide identification questions, and case history studies. Recently updated to reflect the recommendations from the newly published Colposcopy Standards, the exam now includes multiple-biopsy capabilities and updated terminology to reflect the new standards of colposcopy practice.Through the use of the exam, we hope to help residencies assess both their residents’ colposcopy skills as well as their own teaching program.
The exam is an excellent assessment tool, inexpensive, and easy to administer. Fees are based on the number of residents (total payment, not per resident):
Once the Program Director or designee enrolls his/her residents to take the test, the resident may login, take a brief practice exam and explore the site before taking the examination. In addition to the resident, any program administrator given access to the system may take a practice exam to see its structure.
After entering the residents into the system, you may then assign the exam at your discretion. Your residents may take the exam at a time, place and with a level of supervision that you choose. Once started, however, the exam must be completed within one hour and at one sitting. The exam does not have to be taken by all the residents at the same time and, if you allow, it may be taken at home by the residents so it will not interfere with clinical duties and work hour restrictions.
Each resident will be able to take the exam one time annually. Immediate feedback is provided to the resident, as well as the Program Director, on how the resident performed on the multiple-choice section (that tests cognitive skills in colposcopy) and the image-based exam (that tests pattern recognition skills). The data will be provided as a percentile score, comparing the individual resident’s score to other residents’ scores across the country and to all residents at that specific level of training (similar to the scoring of the CREOG exam).
If you are a program director and wish to sign up your residents for this assessment tool, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Program Director will then receive an email from ASCCP containing information regarding the exam site and an invoice for the examination fees.
To access the Residents’ Assessment of Competency in Colposcopy exam Program Director or residents’ login pages, click here.