CUC FAQ

Continuing Urologic Certification
Frequently Asked Questions

 

Why are you changing Lifelong Learning?
            CUC fulfills new requirements established by the American Board of Medical Specialists for continued certification utilizing a longitudinal formative process. It provides continual assessment of the knowledge, judgement and skills needed to deliver proper urologic care. One goal is to remove the 10-year “end” date on ABU certificates. Diplomates will remain certified while participating in CUC. The ABU developed CUC taking into consideration comments received from Diplomates regarding the elimination of a secure testing center and utilizing contemporary learning activities.

How much will it cost to participate?
            There is no charge to participate in CUC. There will be a fee established by the AUA for the CME credit received when reviewing articles in the library.


Do I need any specific computer hardware or software program to participate?

              No, the computer that you use to access the internet should suffice. Performance will be influenced by the age of your Wi-Fi, computer, and operating system.

What resources can be used to answer the questions?
            The learning activities are “open resource”. You can use any available resource. This is an individual activity; you are restricted from discussing or gaining assistance from others.

Who do I contact for help if I have a problem or question?
            Send an email to CUC@abu.org.   A response will be provided within 1 business day.

Why do I need to select a module?
            You will select one of 4 modules that best represents your practice. The modules help direct the questions you will be exposed to during the Knowledge Reinforcement and Knowledge Assessment.

What modules are available?
            The 4 available modules include:
                        Oncology, Urinary Diversion, and Adrenal
                        Calculus, Lap-Robotics, Upper tract obstruction
                        Impotence, Infertility, Infection, Andrology
                        General Office-based Urology

Can I change modules?
            You may change your module prior to starting your activity for the year. Once you begin the computer questions you must complete the module selected. During Knowledge Exposure (article and guideline review) you can review all articles in your chosen module but that is not required. You may select any article or guideline that you find beneficial.

What is the purpose of Knowledge Reinforcement?
            Reinforces existing information through questions that urologists are expected to know.

What is the purpose of Knowledge Exposure?
            Introduces new information through review of articles and guidelines that will be helpful in order to provide contemporary patient care.

What is the purpose of Knowledge Assessment?
            Identification of knowledge gaps.

What if I don’t pass the Knowledge Assessment exam?
            The knowledge assessment is not pass/fail. It is utilized to identify individual knowledge gaps. Based on performance, a diplomate may be assigned 1 to 3 CME activities. In addition, diplomates assigned 3 CME activities may also be required to provide enhanced peer review, completion of complication/death narratives, and a 6 month practice log.

When will I be issued a new certificate?
            With CUC, there will no longer be an expiration date on ABU
certificates. Diplomates who remain active in all aspects of CUC will be continuously certified. New certificates will be issued at the time of current certificate expiration. 

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