Stereotactic Breast Procedures Certification

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. May I take the exam before submitting the application?
  2. May I submit the application before sitting for the written examination?
  3. May I take the practical exam before submitting the application or taking the written examination?
  4. What is provisional certification in stereotactic procedures?
  5. When is the practical examination offered?
  6. Is the application available on-line?
  7. Do I need to submit documentation of 12 stereotactic breast procedures done within the last 12 months and evaluation of 480 mammograms every two years?
  8. What is the CME requirement for stereotactic certification?
  9. Do I need to complete my CME credit hours before submitting my application?
  10. Where might I find Category I CME that meets these requirements?
  11. How should I prepare for the written examination?
  12. How many stereotactic cases must be submitted with the application?
  13. What images need to be submitted for each case?
  14. May I use reports generated from my Mastery of Breast Surgery participation as part of my case documentation?
  15. How are my cases reviewed and scored?
  16. What issues should an applicant consider to better ensure a successful review?
  17. Can I submit cases from my breast fellowship?
  18. Can my fellowship training count towards my one year of experience doing stereotactic breast procedures?
  19. What happens if my cases don't pass?
  20. What are the requirements for recertification?
 

1. May I take the exam before submitting the application?

Yes, you may take the exam up to 12 months prior to the submitting your clinical case application.

 

2. May I submit the application before sitting for the written examination?

Yes, you may submit your application up to 12 months prior to taking the exam.

 

3. May I take the practical exam before submitting the application or taking the written examination?

No, eligibility is granted upon successful completion of both the written examination and clinical case application.  

4. What is provisional certification in stereotactic procedures?

Provisional certification is granted to candidates that have passed both the written examination and clinical case application. Provisional certification is valid for 12 months. During the 12 month period applicants are required to sit for and pass the practical examination.

 

5. When is the practical examination offered?

The practical examination is offered at the Society's Annual Meeting and occasionally at other times during the year. Eligible candidates are contacted directly for scheduling and a complete explanation of practical examination components.

 

6. Is the application available on-line?

No, the stereotactic certification application is not yet available on-line. Applications are $50 and may be ordered by using the form found on the Society website. .

 

7. Do I need to submit documentation of 12 stereotactic breast procedures done within the last 12 months and evaluation of 480 mammograms every two years?

No, you do not need to submit documentation of the 12 stereotactic breast procedures and 480 mammograms, however, keep in mind, that you should maintain records for your own reference.In the application, you will be required to sign an attestation regarding your procedure volume.

 

8. What is the CME requirement for stereotactic certification?

All applicants must have a minimum of four (4) hours of AMA-PRA Category 1 CME in medical radiation physics or can attest to the review of Radiation Physics and Safety by Howard Snider, MD.  In addition,

  1. Applicants with less than five (5) years experience must have a minimum of 15 hours of AMA-PRA Category 1 CME in breast imaging including a minimum of 7 hours in stereotactic breast procedures during the last five years. 

or,

  1. Applicants with five (5) or more years experience must have a minimum of five (5) hours of AMA-PRA Category 1 CME in breast imaging or breast intervention during the last five years.
 

9. Do I need to complete my CME credit hours before submitting my application?

Yes, you must submit documentation of your required CME credit hours with your completed application.

 

10. Where might I find Category I CME that meets these requirements??

The Society offers a pre-meeting stereotactic course at our Annual Meeting and several other pre-meeting courses that cover breast imaging material. Our Annual Meeting's General Session offers approximately 2 hours of breast imaging CME as well.

The American College of Surgeons and several other organizations offer stereotactic breast procedures CME that also meet the requirements. Some on-line category I CME in breast imaging is also acceptable as part of the total credit hours.

 

11. How should I prepare for the written examination?

The review of a basic stereotactic breast imaging course materials in conjunction with clinical case experience will help in preparing you for the exam.

The Stereotactic Written Exam tests for understanding of all elements associated with the performance of a stereotactic breast procedure, including knowledge of radiation and physics, stereotactic principles as well as all aspects your stereotactic table. Questions will also relate to dealing with dilemmas, clip placement and appropriate follow up.

 

12. How many stereotactic cases must be submitted with the application?

Two stereotactic cases are submitted for review. One case must be a malignancy invasive or in situ, or atypical ductal hyperplasia.

 

13. What images need to be submitted for each case?

At a minimum the following views need to be included: Initial scout clearly showing the target lesion, stereo pair demonstrating the lesion in 15% offset views, stereo pair with the biopsy device in the pre-fire position (if applicable), stereo pair with the device in post-fire position and specimen radiograph (if applicable).

 

15. May I use reports generated from my Mastery of Breast Surgery participation as part of my case documentation?

Yes, the reports generated from the Mastery from the percutaneous procedure module contain all of the required elements of the stereotactic reports.

 

16. How are my cases reviewed and scored?

The reviewers are looking for cases that represent your best work and meet all of the requirements spelled out within the application. Please see the clinical case grading system included with the clinical case application.

 

17. What issues should an applicant consider to better ensure a successful review?

Adherence to the application instructions is important for a successful outcome. Clinical cases should be chosen prospectively in order for the applicant to best meet all criteria. Please read the entire application prior to choosing your cases.

 

18. Can I submit cases from my breast fellowship?

Cases may be submitted from fellowship training only if the images were personally acquired and independently interpreted by the applicant. In addition, the applicant must have made the final independent disposition for the patient based on the procedure findings.

 

19. Can my fellowship training count towards my one year of experience doing stereotactic breast procedures?

Yes, provided stereotactic training was provided.

 

20. What happens if my cases don't pass?

The applicant is provided a critique of their cases by the reviewing surgeons. The applicant is given the opportunity to correct any deficiencies and resubmit additional cases for review.

 

21. What are the requirements for recertification?

Stereotactic Certification is valid for 3 years. Recertification requires submission of 1 clinical case. You will receive a notification regarding recertification before your original certification expires.

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