Pediatricians Favor New Maintenance-of-Certification Assessment

Medscape (11/07/19) Boggs, Will

Studies in Pediatrics indicate that initial pediatrician feedback supports the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Maintenance of Certification Assessment for Pediatrics (MOCA-Peds), designed as an alternative evaluation strategy to the proctored, closed-book MOC examination. Fourth quarter responses from more than 4,000 survey participants suggest that most concurred or strongly concurred that questions were in line with learning objectives, assessed clinical judgment, and were relevant to the practice of general pediatrics and to their particular practice setting. There also was general agreement that the MOCA-Peds adequately evaluates fundamental general pediatric practice knowledge and helps practitioners stay current in general pediatrics. More than 75% of the survey respondents felt MOCA-Peds pilot participation helped identify gaps in personal knowledge, while 60% said the pilot helped them deliver better patient care and about 87% reported that MOCA-Peds were useful learning tools. MOCA-Peds also inspired a significant number of participants to make or plan to make practice changes. "We believe those who engage with MOCA-Peds in a meaningful way do find it provides both an assessment as well as an opportunity to learn and keep up-to-date," said ABP's Laurel K. Leslie and Adam L. Turner.

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