Online Longitudinal Assessment (OLA), a new way to satisfy Part 3 of Maintenance of Certification (MOC), starts for some diplomates and continues for others next Monday.
Interventional radiologists, medical physicists, and radiation oncologists begin their OLA activities next week. Diagnostic radiologists and those who hold DR subspecialty certificates started OLA this past January and will continue in 2020 and beyond. Among the many improvements coming to OLA in the New Year is the addition of emergency radiology as a practice profile option.
All diplomates taking part in OLA receive two question opportunities every Monday for each certificate they maintain. Those maintaining one certificate or certificates in DR and one subspecialty need to answer 52 questions per year to meet their annual progress requirement. Others should refer to the FAQ section for more information about how many questions need to be answered each year. Each question is available for four weeks, providing diplomates with flexibility regarding how often they interact with the system.
Even though IR, MP, and RO diplomates have had the option of answering practice questions on the OLA site since November, they may continue doing so to gain familiarity with the system. Practice questions don’t count toward OLA scoring.
Because OLA is a continuous assessment, all diplomates will continue participating throughout their careers. A diplomate’s OLA performance will be evaluated for the first time when they have answered 200 questions. After that point, the diplomate’s OLA performance will be evaluated annually, as it is in Parts 1, 2, and 4.