Knowledge Self-Assessment (KSA) is focused on evaluating and enhancing your knowledge base in a particular topic area common to family medicine. Listed below are the current KSA topics available. To schedule a KSA activity, please log into your MyABFM Portfolio.


• Asthma
The newly revised Asthma ABFM-developed KSA activity focuses on understanding and identifying the pathogenesis of asthma, diagnosing asthma, managing chronic asthma, recognizing, and managing co-morbidities of asthma, managing exercise-induced asthma, and recognizing and managing complications of asthma therapy.

• Behavioral Health Care
The new Behavioral Health Care ABFM-developed KSA activity combines content from both the current Depression and the Mental Health in the Community KSA activities. This new activity focuses on diagnosis and management of depressive disorders, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, substance abuse disorders, autism, ADHD, and comorbid behavioral health conditions.

• Care of Children
The new Care of Children ABFM-developed KSA activity focuses on normal child growth and development, surveillance and prevention recommendations, congenital and hereditary illness, chronic illness, trauma, toxicity, infections, and behavioral health conditions for children ages newborn to 18 years old.

• Care of Hospitalized Patients
This activity focuses on all aspects of hospital care, including diagnosis and management of conditions requiring hospitalization; diagnostic testing during admission; prevention of complications; and discharge planning and systems-based care issues.

• Care of Older Adults
This activity focuses on diagnosis and management of common and uncommon medical conditions that occur in older adults. Topics also include disease prevention, rehabilitation, geriatric psychiatry, and health policy and systems issues as they relate to older adults.

• Care of Women
The Care of Women KSA focuses on having a better understanding of the unique health care needs as well as common medical conditions experienced by gender-identified women including gynecologic conditions and reproductive health, diagnosis and treat behavioral and mental health conditions in female patients, increasing knowledge and understanding of pre-conception care and prenatal care and being better prepared to diagnose and manage conditions experienced during and after pregnancy.

• Diabetes
The newly revised Diabetes ABFM-developed KSA activity focuses on preventing and diagnosing diabetes mellitus, recognizing the clinical implications of insulin-resistance syndromes, recognizing, and managing microvascular complications of diabetes mellitus, managing diabetic ketoacidosis and non-ketotic hyperosmolar coma, nonpharmacologic management of diabetes mellitus, and pharmacologic management of diabetes mellitus.

• Health Counseling and Preventive Care
The new Health Counseling and Preventive Care ABFM-developed KSA activity combines content from both the current Health Behaviors and Preventive Care KSA activities. This new activity focuses on management of nutrition, sexual health, exercise, smoking avoidance and cessation, substance abuse, cancer screening, screening for medical conditions, chemoprevention, and immunizations.

• Heart Disease
The new Heart Disease ABFM-developed KSA activity focuses on diagnosis and management of acute coronary syndrome and other manifestations of ischemic heart disease, as well as stable and acute decompensated heart failure. Topics include pathophysiology, EKG interpretation, pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment, and disease progression and outcomes.

• Hypertension
The newly revised Hypertension ABFM-developed KSA activity focuses on diagnosis and risk stratification of a hypertensive patient, recognizing and managing hypertensive crisis and secondary causes of hypertension, managing hypertensive patients with both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic methods, managing hypertensive patients with comorbid illness, and consideration of hypertension evaluation and management in special population. 

• Musculoskeletal

This activity focuses on the management and treatment of common conditions of the spine, and upper and lower extremities to maximize restoration of function and the clinical features of musculoskeletal traumatic overuse injuries seen in clinical practice.

Pain Medicine
This activity focuses on diagnosing chronic pain syndromes in family medicine, identify pharmacologic appropriate therapy for specific conditions, including painful diabetic neuropathy, osteoarthritis, trigeminal neuralgia, and fibromyalgia, describe the use of active modalities such as exercise and physical therapy in the treatment of chronic pain, recommend appropriate pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic options for the treatment of functional chronic pain conditions, explain the indications, risks, and monitoring recommendations for long-term opioid pain medications

Medication Access and Training Expansion (MATE) Act – Individuals who need to self-report time spent training to fulfill the requirement should note that the ABFM Pain Medicine KSA has approximately two-thirds of the 60 total questions which address the topics of appropriate opioid prescribing, substance use disorders in those with concurrent pain, effective pain treatment planning, and substance misuse. The ABFM Pain Medicine KSA offers up to 8 credits of accredited CME.  Hours reported should reflect the time spent in the activity.

• Palliative Care
The new Palliative Care ABFM-developed KSA activity focuses on communication strategies, shared decision making, and ethical considerations in palliative care. As well as general principals of pain management, legal regulatory, culture and psychological aspects of palliative care. Managing common palliative care syndromes and recognizing and managing palliative care emergencies.