Changes to MOCA-Peds

MOCA-Peds, the ABP’s online, non-proctored assessment platform, continued to evolve in 2020 by including four additional pediatric subspecialties and adapting to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic with even more flexibility.

The pediatric subspecialties added to the MOCA-Peds lineup in 2020 were Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Pediatric Nephrology, and Pediatric Pulmonology. Previously launched in 2019 were General Pediatrics, Child Abuse Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology, and Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

Then, COVID-19 struck. Recognizing that the daily lives of nearly every pediatrician had been impacted by the virus, the ABP announced it would add more flexibility for pediatricians participating in MOCA-Peds to fulfill their Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 3 requirement. The ABP will automatically drop up to two quarters from 2020 if the scores from those quarters have a negative impact on a pediatrician’s final scaled score. This is in addition to the four lowest-scored quarters in each MOCA-Peds five-year cycle that the ABP already drops before calculating final scores.

Linda Althouse“We made this announcement in April [2020] because we wanted to give pediatricians the option of unplugging from MOCA-Peds during the pandemic while they needed to concentrate their energies elsewhere,” says Linda Althouse, PhD, ABP Vice President for Assessment.“And we wanted to make sure no one was penalized during these extraordinary circumstances.”

As expected, the MOCA-Peds participation rate during the first quarter of 2020 was lower than usual, but by the end of the third quarter, participation was back to typical rates.

As before, those who choose to not participate at all still have the option of taking a proctored exam at a secure testing center every five years. And those who do not meet the MOCA-Peds passing standard during the first four years of their cycle also may take the proctored exam to meet their MOC Part 3 requirement.

More information on MOCA-Peds — including video tips and tutorials, exam content, frequently asked questions, and when additional subspecialties will be rolled out — is available on our MOCA-Peds webpage.

When will MOCA-Peds be available for you?

Log in to your ABP Portfolio to find out when you can start. Your eligibility depends on a combination of when your MOC cycle ends and the launch dates below.

2019 General Pediatrics, Child Abuse Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Infectious Diseases
2020 Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Pediatric Nephrology, Pediatric Pulmonology
2021 Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Pediatric Endocrinology, Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Pediatric Rheumatology
2022 Adolescent Medicine, Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology