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MOCA-Peds

Overview

Thanks to the work of more than 10,000 board-certified pediatrician volunteers, the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) is offering a new way to fulfill the MOC Part 3 (exam) requirement: the Maintenance of Certification Assessment for Pediatrics, or MOCA-Peds. MOCA-Peds is an online, non-proctored assessment platform. 

 

Primary Features of MOCA-Peds

This online platform provides a number of new features to enhance the MOC Part 3 process including:

  • Flexibility
    • Up to 20 timed, multiple-choice questions are delivered quarterly. Answer them wherever you like using a computer, tablet or smartphone before the end of a quarter. Answer them one at a time or all at once. Also, your four lowest-scored quarters will be dropped in each 5-year MOC cycle and won't count against you.
  • Resources
    • While you can't talk about questions or answers with anyone at any time, you can use resources (internet, books, etc.) to help you answer questions should you need to.
  • Choice
    • If you prefer to sit for the proctored exam at a secure testing center, or if you aren't passing MOCA-Peds by the end of Year 4 of your 5-year MOC cycle, you can choose to sit for the proctored exam instead. MOCA-Peds will be included in the cost of your MOC enrollment; there will be an additional seat fee to take the proctored exam.
  • Feedback
    • Once you submit your answer, you’re told whether you got it right or wrong, the rationale behind the correct answer and references to support it. You’ll also have access to previously-answered questions.

To see results of the 2017 pilot, please visit "MOCA-Peds: Research and Evaluation." There you'll find a summary of the 2017 pilot and information on use patterns, feasibility, acceptability and scoring.

What Does This Mean for You?

If you continue to pass MOCA-Peds, you will never have to take a proctored exam at a secure testing facility again to maintain your certification.

Not everyone will start MOCA-Peds in 2019. MOCA-Peds will be available in 2019 for pediatricians in General Pediatrics, Child Abuse Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology, and Pediatric Infectious Diseases who enrolled in an MOC cycle in 2018. After that, the ABP will make MOCA-Peds available to a few subspecialties each year. For now though, exam due dates for all subspecialties have been postponed until MOCA-Peds is available to them.

Anticipated Availability for General Pediatrics & Subspecialties

2019

General Pediatrics, Child Abuse Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Infectious Diseases

2020

Pediatric Pulmonology, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, Neonatal Perinatal Medicine, Pediatric Nephrology

2021

Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Pediatric Endocrinology, Pediatric Rheumatology

2022

Adolescent Medicine, Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

Log in to your ABP Portfolio to find out when MOCA-Peds will be available to you. 

 

Important Information

  • Learning Objectives and Featured Readings for 2019
    MOCA-Peds questions will be based on 45 learning objectives drawn from the content outline that reflects the breadth of knowledge required for practice. View them and the featured readings for 2019.

     
  • Video Tutorial of MOCA-Peds
    Want to experience what it's like inside MOCA-Peds? Watch the video tutorial to see how to log in and answer questions within the platform on a desktop or laptop.

     
  • Mobile App Tutorial
    The MOCA-Peds mobile app is now available for Apple and Android devices. Watch the video tutorial to see how to log in and answer questions using the app.

     
  • Frequently-Asked Questions
    Have questions about the MOCA-Peds pilot or the program itself? Find answers on our FAQ page.

     
  • Sample Questions
    See four sample questions that are similar in structure to those likely to appear in MOCA-Peds.

     
  • MOCA-Peds Participant Agreement
    The public has granted the profession of medicine the privilege of self-regulation. As part of our social contract with the public, we as pediatricians must uphold the public trust. This agreement is a reminder of that commitment.