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SPARK ONE

Resources for hospitalists. By hospitalists.

SPARK ONE is a comprehensive online self-assessment tool created specifically for hospitalists by hospitalists. Stay up to date with information relevant to your unique practice and reinforce concepts essential to the practice of hospital medicine.

Overview

Whether you are preparing for the FPHM exam or building your practice knowledge, SPARK ONE allows you to:

  • Identify Knowledge Gaps: 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: View real-time statistics on how your peers answered as they progressed through the self-study. See how your answers stack up to those of your peers.
  • Create Mini Quizzes from Practice Exams: Use them as pre-tests or post-tests to assess your knowledge.
  • Go at Your Own Pace: Start and stop content review on your own time and schedule. Use the self-study tool, create custom mini quizzes, and earn CME credits and MOC points -- all at your convenience.

ABIM FPHM Exam

SPARK ONE includes 450+ vignette-style multiple-choice questions covering 100% of the ABIM FPHM exam blueprint.

Clinical 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

 

IMPORTANT: Review the ABIM and ABFM websites for complete details and requirements for taking the FPHM exam.

Note, SPARK ONE is not approved for ABFM points. 

Accreditation

Complete SPARK ONE to earn CME Credit and MOC Points. SHM is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

SHM designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 23 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Upon your successful completion of SPARK ONE, you will earn up to 23 ABIM MOC points. SHM will submit your completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

FAQs

SPARK ONE Frequently Asked Questions

What formats can I select for SPARK ONE?

SPARK ONE is available as an online assessment tool. You can choose to review self-study questions with or without answers, keep a record of results to track your progress, or review incorrect answers in print format.

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

The original SPARK tool contained 175 case-based exam questions, which covered the systems-based content comprising 38% of the FPHM Blueprint for Palliative Care, Perioperative Medicine, Patient Safety and Quality. SPARK ONE covers 100% of the FPHM exam blueprint, with more than 400 case-based exam questions for all your hospital medicine-based study needs.

I purchased the original SPARK activity. Can I still access my account?

The original SPARK activity expired on December 1, 2017.  You can now order SPARK ONE to support you online learning and exam preparation activity.

How do I get started?

Log in with your SHM user name and password. Select "Self-Study" and choose the FPHM blueprint category with which you would like to begin. (Upon your first visit to SPARK ONE, you will be presented with a SPARK ONE CME Information Page. After you read and accept this page, you will enter the SPARK ONE module.)

How do I navigate the modules?

SPARK ONE is easy to use! Follow the simple online instructions to navigate within and between modules.

Can I retake a SPARK ONE module if I do not receive a passing score?

Yes. If you do not receive a passing score of 80% for a given module, you will have two options: clear the incorrect responses only and make additional attempts to answer correctly OR clear the entire module and start over.

How do I claim my CME credits and MOC points?

To claim CME credit, you will need to complete all SPARK ONE modules with a score of at least 80% per module.

If you are an ABIM diplomate, you can claim your MOC points only after you have successfully passed each module with a score of 80% or higher. You will select "Claim Credits" on the Answer Sheet and 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 verify that your MOC points and CME credits have been claimed, you can review your activity transcript by clicking on your user name in the upper right-hand corner, and selecting "View Transcript".  Earned credits will appear in the credits column.

Questions? Need help? Email sparkone@hospitalmedicine.org. 

Acknowledgements

Editorial Group

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

Medical Editor

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

Cardiology

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

Gastroenterology and Hepatology

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

Nephrology and Urology

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

Endocrinology

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

Hematology and Oncology

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

Neurology

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

Allergy, Immunology, Dermatology, Rheumatology and Transitions in Care

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

Palliative Care, Medical Ethics, and Decision-making

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

Perioperative Medicine and Consultative Comanagment

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

Patient Safety

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

Quality, Cost, and Clinical Reasoning

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

Contributors

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

Testimonials

“The question format was just like the test, so when I took the test it was familiar to me. I loved getting CME for doing the questions.”

Amanda Mixon, MD

“SPARK ONE was the cornerstone of my preparation for the Focused Practice in Hospital Medicine exam. I'm so appreciative of SHM for creating this tool. The format of practice questions organized by subject matter, and the ability to create practice exams, combined with the concise summaries which include references, gives a lot of flexibility for hospitalists to direct their learning and studying.”

Kelly Sponsler

“A true high yield guide to the ABIM exam. SPARK ONE addressed the real issues we face as a Hospitalist.”

Sunil Kartham, MD, FHM