Introducing SPARK ONE

SPARK ONE is a comprehensive online self-assessment tool created specifically for hospital medicine professionals. The activity contains 450+ vignette-style multiple-choice questions covering 100% of the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Focused Practice in Hospital Medicine (FPHM) exam blueprint. This online tool is your complete resource for successfully preparing for the FPHM exam, or assessing your general knowledge in hospital medicine. Used as a self-paced study guide, it engages learners through an open-book format, allowing users to review detailed learning objectives and discussion points, and define individual areas of strengths and weaknesses.


SPARK ONE is the only resource you need to prepare for your Focused Practice in Hospital Medicine (FPHM) exam. This comprehensive online self-assessment tool created specifically for hospital medicine professionals contains 450+ vignette-style multiple-choice questions covering 100% of the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM’s) FPHM exam blueprint. SPARK ONE provides in-depth review of the following content areas:
  • Cardiology
  • Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine
  • Gastroenterology and Hepatology
  • Nephrology and Urology
  • Endocrinology
  • Hematology and Oncology
  • Neurology
  • Allergy, Immunology, Dermatology, Rheumatology and Transitions in Care
  • Palliative Care, Medical Ethics and Decision-making
  • Perioperative Medicine and Consultative Co-management
  • Patient Safety
  • Quality, Cost and Clinical Reasoning
Learn more about key features available within the SPARK ONE activity.

    Accreditation Statement
    The Society of Hospital Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    Credit Statement
    The Society of Hospital Medicine designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 23 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

    Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 23 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

  • Have you met all of the ABIM FPHM program requirements? Click here to review now.
  • Taking the FPHM exam? Make sure you have everything you need on exam day.
  • Looking for the updated ABIM FPHM exam blueprint? Click here to review exam content.
  • Need to schedule an exam? Review scheduling information here.
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Get the information that matters. SPARK ONE was created and reviewed by more than 85 experts in hospital medicine. It delivers access to relevant hospital medicine review content to enhance patient care, and the flexibility to fill your knowledge gaps. With the online format, you can stop and go according to your own schedule.

  • Identify personal knowledge gaps and areas for improvement.
  • Stay up to date with information relevant to your unique practice.
  • Reinforce and retain concepts essential to the practice of hospital medicine.
  • Gauge progress among your peers using the real-time benchmarking feature.

Have a few minutes? Learn on your own time – no matter how crazy your schedule may be.


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SPARK ONE is available as an online self-assessment tool only. Options within SPARK ONE allow you to review the self-study questions with or without answers, keep a record of your results to track your progress or review incorrect questions in print format.

SPARK ONE allows you to:

Identify Knowledge Gaps

The SPARK ONE Self-study allows users to analyze clinical vignettes and select the single best answer, view detailed rationale for each answer option and review a list of current citations for further learning.



See How You Compare to Peers

Users are shown real-time statistics on how their peers answered as they progress through the self-study. See how your answers are stacking up to those of your peers.




Create Mini Quizzes

Click on Practice Exams to create mini quizzes, which can be used as pre-tests or post-tests. Practice exams allow you to test your knowledge, in a format that works for you.




Get the Rationale for Missed Questions

Missed a question? Understand why. SPARK ONE provides a detailed Explanation section to help you effectively close educational gaps.




Go at Your Own Pace

SPARK ONE is an online activity that allows users to start and stop content review on their own time. Use the self-study tool, create custom mini quizzes, and earn CME credits and MOC points all at your convenience.

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SPARK ONE Frequently Asked Questions

What is SPARK ONE?

SPARK ONE is a comprehensive online self-assessment tool created specifically for hospital medicine professionals. The activity contains 450+ vignette-style multiple-choice questions covering 100% of the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Focused Practice in Hospital Medicine (FPHM) exam blueprint.

SPARK ONE is your complete resource for successfully preparing for the FPHM exam, or assessing your general knowledge in hospital medicine. This self-paced study guide engages learners through an open-book format, allowing users to review detailed learning objectives and discussion points, and define individual areas of strengths and weaknesses.

What format is SPARK ONE available in?

SPARK ONE is available as an online self-assessment tool only. Options within SPARK ONE allow you to review the self-study questions with or without answers, keep a record of your results to track your progress or review incorrect questions in print format.

How is SPARK ONE different from the SPARK tool that was launched in September 2015?

In 2015, the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) released SHM SPARK, a self-assessment tool consisting of 175 case-based exam questions designed to cover the systems-based content comprising 38% of the FPHM blueprint: Palliative Care, Perioperative Medicine, Patient Safety and Quality.

SPARK ONE is the first complete edition of the online self-assessment tool that covers 100% of the FPHM exam blueprint. This NEW activity offers more than 400 case-based exam questions for all your hospital medicine studying needs.

I purchased the original SPARK activity; can I still access my account?

SHM SPARK participants may access the activity at the following URL:
https://spark.hospitalmedicine.org/.
Access will be available up until the activity’s expiration date of December 1, 2017.

How many MOC points and CME credits is SPARK ONE approved for?

Accreditation Statement
The Society of Hospital Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Statement
The Society of Hospital Medicine designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 23 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 23 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

How do I get started?

After logging in with your SHM username and password, select the “Self-study” tab to get started. Select the FPHM exam blueprint topic area (module) with which you would like to begin. If it is your first time entering the module, you will be presented with the SPARK ONE CME Information Page. After you have read and accepted the information, you will be directed into the module.

Navigating SPARK ONE modules:

Users are able to navigate freely through the module questions using the Answer Sheet to select specific questions, or by using the “Next Question” and “Previous Question” buttons at the bottom of the question page.

  1. On the Answer Sheet, click on any “View” link to the right of a question to proceed.
  2. Read and consider the case presented, select your answer and then click “Submit.” You will have two attempts to answer each question correctly. Correct responses will be provided with immediate feedback.
  3. If your first attempt is incorrect, you will have the opportunity to submit a second response by selecting “Retry Question.” After two incorrect attempts, you will be presented with the correct answer, discussion and references.
  4. After you have completed a module, return to the Answer Sheet and click “Submit All Answers.”

Can I retake the self-assessment if I did not achieve a passing score?

If you do not achieve a passing score of 80% for a given module, you have the option of clearing the incorrect responses only and making additional attempts to answer correctly, or you may clear the entire module and start from the beginning.

What is the practice exam?

Practice exams can be used as pre-tests and/or post-tests to identify and strengthen your personal knowledge gaps. The practice exam allows users to answer questions in random order to test their knowledge in all topic areas, or those specific to their individual learning needs. These exams can be customized based on content area and number of questions.

How do I claim my CME credits and MOC points?

  • ABIM diplomates may claim MOC points after successfully passing each module with a score of 80% or higher, by selecting “Claim Credits” on the Answer Sheet. You will need to verify your ABIM ID number and date of birth before submitting your request. All MOC points will be directly reported to the ACCME PARS system.
  • To claim CME credit, you must complete all SPARK ONE modules with a score of at least 80% and complete the CME Evaluation.
  • To verify that your MOC points and CME credits have been claimed, you may review your activity transcript by clicking your username in the top right-hand corner, and selecting “View Transcript.” Earned credits will appear in the “Credits” column.
  • For additional assistance, please email sparkone@hospitalmedicine.org.

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    Anjala Tess, MD, Chair
    Harvard Medical School
    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

    Daniel P. Hunt, MD, Co-chair
    Emory University School of Medicine

    Kathleen Finn, MD, M.Phil, SFHM, FACP
    Harvard Medical School
    Massachusetts General Hospital

    Michael P. Lukela, MD, SFHM
    University of Michigan Health System,
    Department of Internal Medicine
    Department of Pediatrics

    Bradley A. Sharpe, MD
    University of California San Francisco Medical Center

    Abbie L. Young, MS, CGC, ELS(D)

    Dustin T. Smith, MD, FHM, Editor
    Emory University School of Medicine

    Ebrahim Barkoudah, MD, MPH, FACP, FHM
    Brigham and Women's Hospital
    Harvard Medical School

    Jeffrey T. Bates, MD, FACP, FHM
    Baylor College of Medicine
    Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center

    Bruce Bradley, MBChB
    University of Kentucky

    Falguni Kalra, MD, SFHM
    Phelps Memorial Hospital

    Kalpana Rao Prakasa, MD, FHM, FACP
    University of Maryland Saint Joseph Medical Center

    Deneen Marie Spatz, MD
    University of Pennsylvania
    Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

    Kevin J. Felner, MD, FCCP, Editor
    NYU School of Medicine
    Harbor Healthcare VA Medical Center

    Joyce A. Akwe MD, MPH, FACP
    Emory University School of Medicine
    Atlanta VA Medical Center

    Kenneth C. Ball, MD
    Mississippi Baptist Health System

    German E. Giese, MD
    University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
    University of Miami Hospital

    P. Elliot Miller, MD
    Johns Hopkins Hospital

    Nicholas Pastis, MD, FCCP
    Medical University of South Carolina

    Christopher Sankey, MD, FACP, SFHM
    Yale School of Medicine

    Cynthia M. Cooper, MD, Editor
    Massachusetts General Hospital

    Aline Charabaty, MD
    Georgetown University Hospital

    Liam Howley, MD
    Indiana University School of Medicine

    Kellee L. Oller, MD
    University of South Florida Morsani
    College of Medicine

    John Raimo, MD
    Hofstra Northwell Health

    Raj Sehgal, MD
    South Texas Veterans Health Care System

    Rohan Sen, MD
    Harvard Medical School
    Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates

    Anna Von, MD
    Emory University School of Medicine
    Atlanta VA Medical Center

    Efren C. Manjarrez, MD, Editor
    University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

    Moises Auron, MD, FAAP, FACP, SFHM
    Cleveland Clinic

    Melinda J. Johnson, MD, SFHM, FACP
    University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

    Megan Mack, MD
    University of Michigan Health System

    Mara Zulauf Spare, MD
    University of California, San Diego
    VA San Diego Healthcare System

    Bipin Thapa, MD, MS, FACP
    Medical College of Wisconsin

    Anita Vanka, MD, FHM, Editor
    Harvard Medical School
    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

    Johnbuck Creamer, MD
    MetroHealth System

    L. Raymond Reynolds, MD, FACP, FACE, ECNU
    University of Kentucky, Division of Endocrinology and Molecular Medicine

    Efren C. Manjarrez, MD, Editor
    University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

    Curtis R. Chong, MD, PhD
    Massachusetts General Hospital

    Mark Goldin, MD, FACP
    Long Island Jewish Medical Center
    Northwell Health

    Jacklyn Nemunaitis, MD
    University Of New Mexico

    Jana J. Wold, MD, Editor
    University of Utah School of Medicine

    Michael Craig, MD, MPH, FHM
    University of North Carolina School of Medicine

    Peter M. Hannon, MD
    University of Utah

    Liron Sinvani, MD
    Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine

    Scott Steinbach, MD
    Emory University School of Medicine

    Arash Mostaghimi, MD, MPA, MPH, Editor
    Harvard Medical School
    Brigham and Women's Hospital, Department of Dermatology

    Prateek Gandiga, MD
    Georgetown University Medical Center

    Benjamin P. Geisler, MD, MPH
    Harvard Medical School
    Massachusetts General Hospital

    Michael Lin, MD, SFHM
    Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

    Christopher A. Sanders, MD
    Massachusetts General Hospital

    Elizabeth Gundersen, MD, Editor
    Boca Raton Regional Hospital

    Scott Jackson Akin, MD
    Emory University School of Medicine
    Christine Bryson DO, SFHM, FACP
    Baystate Medical Center

    Jeffrey Frank, MD, MBA
    CEP America

    Christopher A. Jones, MD
    Lankenau Medical Center

    Vandana Nagpal, MD
    UMass Memorial Medical Center

    Daniel P. Hunt, MD, Editor
    Emory University School of Medicine

    Moises Auron, MD, FAAP, FACP, SFHM
    Cleveland Clinic

    Elizabeth Cerceo, MD
    Cooper University Health Care

    Hugo Q. Cheng, MD
    University of California San Francisco Medical Center

    Steven L. Cohn, MD
    University of Miami Health System

    Kathleen Finn, MD, M.Phil, SFHM, FACP
    Harvard Medical School
    Massachusetts General Hospital

    Bradley Monash, MD
    University of California San Francisco Medical Center

    Zaven Sargsyan, MD
    Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center

    Christopher Whinney, MD
    Cleveland Clinic

    Alexander R. Carbo, MD, Editor
    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

    Prateek Gandiga, MD
    Georgetown University Medical Center

    Noble M. Maleque, MD, FHM, FACP
    Emory Healthcare Network

    Jean-Sebastien Rachoin, MD
    Cooper University Health Care

    Sumant Ranji, MD
    University of California San Francisco Medical Center

    Kevin Schindler, MD
    University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio

    Neel B. Shah, MB, BCh
    Mayo Clinic, Minnesota

    Chalapathy Venkatesan, MD
    Inova Fairfax Hospital

    Chalapathy Venkatesan, MD, Editor
    Inova Fairfax Hospital

    Joyce A. Akwe MD, MPH, FACP
    Emory University School of Medicine
    Atlanta VA Medical Center

    Jonathan Bortinger, MD
    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

    Thomas W. Frederickson, MD, MBA
    Catholic Health Initiatives

    Srikrishna V. Malayala, MD
    Brandywine Hospital

    Noelle M. Northcutt, MD
    Denver Health

    Nkeiruka Onyenekwu, MD
    University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio

    Amit Kumar Pahwa, MD
    The Johns Hopkins Hospital

    Neha Patel, MD, MS
    Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

    Gil Porat, MD
    Penrose-St. Francis Health Services

    Mrinalini Sarkar, MD
    Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

    Neel B. Shah, MB, BCh
    Mayo Clinic, Minnesota

    Lokesh Shahani, MD
    The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

    Bartho Caponi, MD
    University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

    Marina Duran Castillo, MD
    The MetroHealth System

    Eric E. Howell, MD, MHM
    Johns Hopkins Medicine

    Kurt Pfeifer, MD, FACP, FHM
    Medicine Medical College of Wisconsin

    Jorge Santibanez, MD
    Utah Regional Hospitalists

    Joseph R. Sweigart, MD
    University of Kentucky College of Medicine

    Richard A. Vestal II, MD
    Presbyterian Hospital

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