MOCA-Peds: Development of a New Assessment of Medical Knowledge for Continuing Certification

Pediatrics (12/01/18) Vol. 142, No. 6 Leslie, Laurel K.; Olmsted, Murrey G.; Turner, Adam; et al.

The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) developed an alternative to the maintenance of certification (MOC) examination for certifying that general and subspecialty pediatricians meet standards of excellence established by their peers, called the "Maintenance of Certification Assessment for Pediatrics" (MOCA-Peds), during the 2015-2016 period. MOCA-Peds was conceived as an online, summative, and continuous evaluation of a pediatrician's knowledge that would also promote learning. The system would include a specific number of multiple-choice questions each quarter, with rapid feedback on any questions, explanations for correct and incorrect answers, references for additional learning, and peer benchmarking. The questions, sent quarterly, could be taken at any time within the quarter in an environment with Internet connectivity and on any device. As part of the 2015-2016 development process, the ABP actively enlisted pediatricians as members of a yearlong user panel or single-session focus groups. MOCA-Peds was refined on the basis of their feedback, and the exam is being piloted with pediatricians in 2017-2018. The ABP expects a launch of MOCA-Peds for General Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Child Abuse, and Pediatric Infectious Diseases in January 2019, with rollouts for the remaining pediatric subspecialties expected between 2020 and 2022.

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