Talking Points to Recruit Item Writers

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1 Talking Points – Become an Item Writer! What is an Item Writer? We call our An Item Writer is someone who writes questions for an ARDMS credentialing exam. . Most of our questions/items are multiple - items questions choice. Why would I want to do it? (Feel free to explain why you volunteer!)  It’s important work. It is the foundation of credentialing. o Elevates the entire profession by setting the standards for competency Keeps your own skills sharp and current o o Ultimately, patients receive better quality care  It’s fun and personally rewarding. o aspects of exam development, such You can progress from writing items to other review ing as ting the passing standards for exams. There are in - items and set person meetings, and y ou’ll get to work with c ollea gues from around the country. o The exam - development staff is great! They love their volunteers, and they show it. o Some of your ARDMS CME requirements will waived. o The governance of ARDMS is volunteer - driven. If you want to have a really major impact on where our profession is going, item writing is the first step to get you there. What is expected of an Item Writer? 3 about 2 - – hours per month  Time Motivation –  a love of learning and keeping up with what’s current in our field  Commitment – write 10 items over a three - month period How do you write items?  Items are written in a software program that you get access to once you’re trained. o elect a topic from a content outline and write a multiple - choice question with S four plausible answers. Upload an image i f you have a good one. o o Provide a reference for your item. Is there training?  There is training! Even if you are an educator and have written questions for years, you still need to learn the characteristics of a good credentialing - exam question.  A one - hour live, online webinar covers the characteristics of a good item and how to use the software program you’ll get access to . 1

2  After your training, you’ll be matched online with a Mentor who will coach you through your first 10 items. Does ARDMS have people on staff to write the items? No! All the items on all their exams (approximately 4000 per year!) are written by Subject Matter Experts like us. Without volunteers, there would not be credentialing exams. That would be devastating for our professi on and for our patients! I’m sold! How do I sign up? You have three options:  Go to the ARDMS website – www.ardms.org – and click Volunteer Now.  G o directly to your MY ARDMS page and click the Volunteer Now tab. You’ll see the description of the position and you can sign up right away .  Clearly print your name and e - mail address for me, and someone from ARDMS will send . site you an e - mail with an invitation and a link to the 2

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