Why AMIA is requesting MCQs
AMIA will offer the live AMIA 2020 Virtual Clinical informatics Conference as an on-demand online “enduring” material certified for continuing education credit. A required component of certified education is a brief self-assessment. Typically, that means a quiz of multiple choice questions (MCQs) with explanations and references.
The Clinical Informatics Conference has become AMIA’s “doing” conference, where presenters share the applications of clinical informatics they used and measured, and where participants learn about new informatics tools and approaches they can adopt to help solve similar problems in their own practice settings.
Therefore, your MCQs should challenge your learner less on the facts of your own presentation (eg, the N, or percent of responders), but ideally about underlying theory or using a brief scenario in which you ask the learner to select the next step. Your MCQs allow attendees to reflect on what they learned in your session, receive meaningful feedback, and look up at least one reference per question for evidence.
When are my MCQs due?
9 AM EDT, Monday, May 4, 2020
How many MCQs do I need to write?
- Workshops: 3 MCQs minimum
- Panels: 2 MCQs minimum
- Presenters (15 – 30 minute session): 1 MCQ minimum; more if you like
- Ignite-style session: 1 MCQ per presenter
- Poster presenters: none required
How can I write a strong MCQ?
Please work on the MCQs with your colleagues and edit before AMIA’s MCQ submission deadline of 9 AM EDT, Monday, May 4. Due to the pandemic and the recent decision to move the conference online, we are on a tight deadline. We know you are busy, and appreciate timely submission. After you have submitted the MCQs, our Continuing Professional Development committee will review them and edit where needed. Then AMIA will format the questions for online use.
Step-by-step guidance for writing MCQs – IMPORTANT INFORMATION
1. Identify the key "take home" messages from your presentation. If your question requires recall of specific facts, make sure that they are significant ones that are essential to recall. For some presentations, it may be more appropriate to focus on the context around your research. Eg, if your presentation is about health care professionals’ barriers to EHR adoption, consider posing a question about change management theory in healthcare.
2. Write a brief scenario with background information. Please limit the background information to what is essential to answering the question.
3. Write a lead-in question directing the reader to select the best answer. Common lead-in question formats include:
- Which of the following is most likely?
- Which of the following is most appropriate?
- Which of the following best explains this observation?
- Avoid negative phrasing (e.g., “Which of the following options is not correct?”)
4. Write four plausible answer options, but only one should clearly be the best answer.
- Do NOT use the following answer formats, as we will immediately return them to you to rewrite:
- True/False or Yes/No
- All of the above/None of the above
- “K-type” questions (1, 2 & 3 are true; 1 & 3 are true; etc.)
5. Write a brief explanation for why the correct option is the right answer. Tell your session attendee why the other options are incorrect. The goal is to provide your learner with meaningful feedback.
6. Submit at least one reference for further study of your topic, formatted using the new https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ citation tool, using NLM style.
7. Submit button is all the way at the bottom of this page.
You will likely find it easiest to write your questions in a text document and then copy/paste the information into the fields below.
If you have questions about writing your MCQs, contact Pesha Rubinstein, Pesha@amia.org by April 30.