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COVID-19 Updates

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 13:30
 

COVID-19The ABP supports and salutes pediatric trainees and board-certified pediatricians who, consistent with the ABP mission, are advancing child health under extraordinary circumstances. Below we have compiled updates and details to answer your questions about certification during this pandemic. We also continue to be available via phone and email.



MOC Fees

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For those of you whose MOC cycle ends in 2020, the ABP would like to remind you that the enrollment window is open until Dec. 17, 2020, at 3 p.m. ET. So much has changed in the past months, and we understand that the financial hardship some individuals are facing may not be relieved by December 2020.

For pediatricians who are meeting MOC requirements and are due to either enroll OR make their annual MOC payment in 2020, we have provided an option to defer that payment until 2021. Details are available during your online enrollment or annual payment process within your ABP Portfolio. If you have questions, please check our FAQ page or contact the ABP Support Center.

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MOC Cycles Ending in 2020

December 17The ABP has awarded MOC points for COVID-19-related learning and improvement to all certified pediatricians who have requirements due this year. These MOC points will satisfy any remaining Part 2 and Part 4 requirements, allowing all ABP-certified pediatricians with a cycle that ends in 2020 the ability to enroll in their next cycle. There is no documentation necessary from you, and these points should now be visible in your ABP Portfolio.

For those pediatricians who have already completed their Part 2 and Part 4 activity requirements for their MOC cycle ending in 2020, thank you! We will award 25 Part 2 points and 25 Part 4 points for COVID-19-related learning and improvement in January 2021 to count toward your next cycle.

Every pediatrician whose cycle ends in 2020 will still need to log in to their ABP Portfolio and enroll in their next cycle by Dec. 17, 2020 at 3 p.m. ET. If you have any questions, please reach out to moc@abpeds.org.

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MOC Cycles NOT Ending in 2020

100 points every five yearsThe ABP has awarded 25 Part 2 points and 25 Part 4 points to all pediatricians maintaining certification to recognize the commitment to lifelong learning and improvement during the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no documentation necessary from you, and these points should now be visible in your ABP Portfolio.

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MOCA-Peds

MOCA-Peds logoGiven the wide-ranging impact of COVID-19 on individual pediatricians, we are increasing the flexibility of the MOCA-Peds platform even further. Although we already automatically drop the four lowest-scored quarters in MOCA-Peds before calculating final scores, current MOCA-Peds participants will now receive two more dropped quarters to use in 2020 if they need them. If your score during any two quarters in 2020 negatively impacts your overall performance, we will discard these quarters when calculating your final scaled score.

These measures afford you complete flexibility with MOCA-Peds during 2020. If you wish to continue participating in MOCA-Peds during 2020, please feel free to do so. Conversely, if you wish to unplug from MOCA-Peds during the pandemic and concentrate your energies elsewhere, you may certainly choose that approach without any penalty.

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Proctored MOC Exams

computer mouseWhere regional regulations permit reopening, most Prometric testing centers in the United States and Canada have resumed testing at either full or limited occupancy. If regulations require your exam to be rescheduled, Prometric will work closely with you to find new appointment dates and times that work for your schedules, and they will waive any rescheduling fees. Prometric provides current information on their COVID-19 response and actions on their public website. Check our MOC Exam Dates and Locations page for current application and exam dates.

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Training Disruptions Due to COVID-19 for Residents and Fellows Graduating in 2021

Boy getting a shotResidents and fellows who are concerned about training disruptions secondary to the pandemic should contact their program directors and coordinators.
 
In response to inquiries about decisions by the ABP regarding Absences from Training secondary to disruptions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, please see our letter (PDF) to graduate medical education program leaders
 
Please do not hesitate to contact us through the Program Portal with any questions.

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ABP Subboards and Committees

Pediatric Hospital Medicine SubboardSubboard and committee meetings are currently being held remotely. Participants will be provided remote access details.

 

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COVID-19 Resources

Prescription padFor additional information on COVID-19, please check out these resources:

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