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COVID-19 FAQs

For additional information, please visit our COVID-19 Update page:

 
 

Pediatric Subspecialty Exams in August 2020

What information does the ABP need from me if I decide to cancel for the August 2020 exam?

If you choose not to test in August 2020, please email us at sscert@abpeds.org no later than your exam day and you will receive a full refund of the fee you submitted with your application, credited to your credit card. Please also send a brief explanation of your reason for canceling. Your refund will be processed by September 15, 2020.

If I choose to defer the exam, what steps should I take to register for the exam in 2022?

The 2022 exam will be offered in the spring 2022, and registration will begin in August 2021. An exact exam date has not been determined. Please visit our Exam Dates and Fees page in May 2021 to learn the exact registration dates, which will begin in August 2021 and end in October 2021, with a late fee period extending into November 2021. You must register for the exam during the registration period and submit the application fee and a copy of your unrestricted United States or Canadian medical license. We will send notifications to remind you to register, so please update your contact information in your ABP Portfolio if it changes.

What are my options if I wanted to sit for the exam in August 2020, but illness or an acute emergency prevented me from doing so?

If you had planned to test in August but suffered an acute emergency at the last minute (e.g., COVID-19 infection, preterm labor, hospitalization, military deployment, death of an immediate family member), you have a six-week window within which to schedule and take the exam. Please notify us at sscert@abpeds.org of your circumstances no later than three days after the exam date. If the ABP concludes that you have met the criteria for a qualifying event, you will be rescheduled to sit for the exam within a six-week timeframe. If you do not meet the criteria for a qualifying event, you will receive a refund and may sit for the exam at the next regularly scheduled date in the spring of 2022.

What should I do if my testing center is suddenly closed?

If a center should close, Prometric will contact you to reschedule your exam. ABP staff will be alerted, and you will be contacted to find a time that you may reschedule, or you may choose to defer your exam.

What should I do if I have questions about nursing mother accommodations?

Many nursing mothers have already arranged the accommodations needed for their exams. Some Prometric testing centers are unable to offer a separate space for nursing mothers. If you have not made the arrangements, please contact the ABP at sscert@abpeds.org as soon as possible so that arrangements can be made with the understanding that accommodations may not be possible in every location.

What should I do if I experience a technical or environmental issue while testing?

Please carefully review the Computer-Based Administration Policy (PDF). You must contact the ABP at sscert@abpeds.org within three business days following your test date if you experience any technical or environmental issues during the administration of your exam.

 

MOC Cycle Ending in 2020

If I do not complete my MOC Part 2 and Part 4 points by June 1, 2020, how will the COVID-19 MOC points be reflected in my Portfolio?

If you are not able to complete your remaining MOC points by June 1, 2020, the ABP will award enough COVID-19 MOC points to satisfy your remaining Part 2 and Part 4 requirements (40 Part 2 Points, 40 Part 4 Points, and 20 Additional Points). The points will be visible in the Maintenance of Certification and My Activities sections within your ABP Portfolio by mid-June.

Example: Physician whose MOC Cycle ends in 2020

 

Current MOC Points

After Additional COVID-19 Points Added

Part 2 Points (40 required)

20

40

Part 4 Points (40 required)

0

40

Additional Points (20 required)

0

20

Note: All physicians whose cycle ends in 2020 will get enough points to meet their requirements

 

If I do complete my MOC Part 2 and Part 4 points by June 1, 2020, how will the COVID-19 MOC points be reflected in my Portfolio?

If you complete your MOC points by June 1, 2020, the ABP will award 25 Part 2 points and 25 Part 4 points in January 2021 to count toward your next MOC cycle. In January 2021, the points will be visible in the Maintenance of Certification and My Activities sections within your ABP Portfolio.

What happens if I do not enroll by the Dec. 17, 2020, deadline?

The ABP will ensure you have the required MOC points to enroll into your next MOC cycle; however, you must still enroll by Dec. 17, 2020. If you are unable to enroll by Dec. 17, 2020, your board certification will expire.

 

MOC Cycles Not Ending in 2020

My MOC cycle does not expire this year. How will the COVID-19 MOC points be reflected in my Portfolio?

The ABP will award 25 Part 2 points and 25 Part 4 points in June 2020. The points will be visible in the Maintenance of Certification and My Activities sections within your ABP Portfolio by mid-June. Here are two examples of how the addition of these points would impact a pediatrician's ABP Portfolio.

Example 1: Physician whose MOC cycle ends in 2022
 

 

Current MOC Points

After Additional COVID-19 Points Added

Part 2 Points (40 required)

40

40

Part 4 Points (40 required)

0

25

Additional Points (20 required)

5

20

Note: The 25 Part 2 points were applied to complete the additional points requirement.

 
Example 2: Physician whose MOC Cycle ends in 2022
 

 

Current MOC Points

After Additional COVID-19 Points Added

Part 2 Points (40 required)

20

40

Part 4 Points (40 required)

25

40

Additional Points (20 required)

0

15

Note: Points are added first to the Part 2 and Part 4 points requirement. Once these are completed (40 points) the remaining points go to the additional points column.

 
 

Additional MOC Points for COVID-19 Related Work

Can I claim additional MOC Part 2 points for COVID-19-related learning and self-assessment?

Yes. If you complete an activity related to COVID-19 that is approved for MOC Part 2, those points will automatically be credited to your ABP Portfolio through our current agreement with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). If you are working on a COVID-19-related activity already approved for CME, please talk to your CME provider about also awarding MOC Part 2 credit for the activity.

Can I claim additional MOC Part 4 credit for COVID-19 related quality improvement?

Yes. In addition to the COVID-19 Part 4 points awarded by the ABP (no documentation required), you also can submit any quality improvement (QI) work related to COVID-19 to the ABP for credit through our small group quality improvement project application.

The ABP also is discussing a new Part 4 pathway specifically for COVID-19-related QI work and will release more information as it becomes available.

 

MOCA-Peds

I am currently participating in MOCA-Peds to meet my exam requirement. How is MOCA-Peds being impacted by COVID-19?

Up to two (2) quarters from 2020 will be automatically dropped when calculating your cumulative scaled score if those quarters would have negatively impacted your score. These quarters are in addition to the four (4) dropped quarters already built into the MOCA-Peds program.

How will questions or quarters skipped due to the pandemic appear within the MOCA-Peds platform?

The MOCA-Peds platform does not reflect in real time which quarters will be dropped. All questions are scored within the platform and unanswered questions are listed as incorrect. If a quarter is dropped as part of the COVID-19 accommodation, the unanswered or incorrectly answered questions from that quarter will not be included in your final score.

How does this impact Part 2 credit for MOCA-Peds?

MOC Part 2 credit for MOCA-Peds will continue to be applied for each quarter that the passing standard is met.

 

MOC Fees

What flexibility is the ABP providing for the MOC enrollment payment in 2020?

MOC enrollment fees are not due until Dec. 17, 2020. We are actively working on ways to accommodate pediatricians who continue to face significant financial hardship through the end of the year. In the meantime, please be aware of the smaller annual payment option for MOC.