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OLA’s Flexibility Includes Options to Decline Questions

Online Longitudinal Assessment (OLA) questions are written and reviewed by your peers. These volunteers’ mission is to create content based on “walking-around knowledge,” questions based on work performed during a routine day with value in patient care.
You may occasionally encounter questions that are outside your scope due to the inevitable variations in practice settings. If you receive such questions, you may use one of the 10 declines granted for each set of question opportunities you receive each year. The only progress requirement is to answer 52 questions per year. So far, the majority of OLA questions issued to diagnostic radiology diplomates and those with DR subspecialties have been relevant. Of the more than 600,000 questions issued, only 2.3 percent have been declined.
There are many ways to get in touch with us if you have questions. Our representatives are attending numerous annual meetings this year to meet in person with diplomates about anything related to ABR programs. Our staff will be available at AAPM in July, ASTRO in September, and RSNA in December. We have already attended SIR, ARRS, AUR, ASNR, and numerous ACR state chapter meetings this year. You may also reach us at
Interventional radiology, medical physics, and radiation oncology diplomates begin their OLA participation next January. A practice period will start in November, giving those diplomates an opportunity to gain familiarity with the system by answering practice questions. Please follow our blog and social media platforms for more details.
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