AMIA 2019 Clinical Informatics Conference – MOC II Instructions to Presenters

This conference is being planned as a live activity that offers MOC-II credit. MOC stands for "Maintenance of Certification." This credit is required of board-certified clinical informaticians and demonstrates to their boards that they are engaged in continuous learning and self-assessment

Planning for MOC-II credit means that AMIA 2019 Clinical Informatics Conference presenters compose at least 4 multiple choice questions (MCQs) per hour of instruction so that attendees may self-assess what they learned in your sessions.

Please work on the MCQs with your colleagues and edit before AMIA’s MCQ submission deadline of Monday, March 11, 2019, 8 AM, EST. AMIA requires the MCQs several weeks in advance of the meeting to allow for time for review by our MOC Committee, and formatting into a self-assessment booklet. 

If your session is this long… Write this many MCQs:
2-hour workshop 8
1-hour panel 4
20-minute presentation 2

Ignite-style sessions – Session abstract submitter coordinates submission of a total of 4 MCQs for the 1-hour session.

Poster presenters do NOT need to submit MCQs.


  • March 11, 2019: Submit by 8 AM EST your required # of MCQs at this portal
  • April 1, 2019: All MCQs reviewed by MOC committee members; edits may be suggested
  • April 12, 2019: Requested rewrites due from presenters at AMIA 2019 Clinical Informatics Conference
  • Throughout April, 2019: AMIA finalizes MCQs into booklet for registrant 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 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 Vancouver 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,

Example of a good question

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Examples of poorly-worded questions

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Resources to help you write terrific MCQs:

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