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COVID-19 Updates

Monday, August 3, 2020 - 15:30
 

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 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. 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. Thank you!

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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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MOC Fees

I Am Certified logoFor 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. So much has changed in the past months, and we hope the rest of the year brings hope and better physical and mental health to all. Having said that, we also understand that the financial hardship some individuals are facing may not be relieved by December 2020. With that in mind, we are actively working on ways to accommodate pediatricians due to enroll in 2020 who continue to face significant financial hardship through the end of the year. In the meantime, all pediatricians should be aware of the smaller ($280 for those with one certification) annual payment option for MOC.

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Proctored MOC Exams

Hand on a computer mouseWhere regional regulations permit reopening, Prometric testing centers in the United States and Canada resumed testing on June 1. Other Prometric sites will open when they can do so safely. 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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General Pediatrics Initial Certifying Exam

Pediatrician with infant and parentThe administration of the 2020 General Pediatrics Certifying Examination remains unchanged at this time. Should any alterations to the exam schedule be needed due to the pandemic, all candidates will be notified.

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Subspecialty Initial Certifying Exams

Pediatrician with girl and parent

All subspecialty initial certifying examinations that were scheduled to take place in March have been rescheduled for August. These exams are for Adolescent Medicine, Child Abuse Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, and Pediatric Nephrology. Fellows in these programs had the option to reschedule their exam for any one of four testing dates (on Aug. 3, 10, 13, and 20) in three different weeks to provide as much flexibility as possible.

COVID-19 exposure remains a risk as we approach these August test dates. The ABP has heard from candidates asking us to reschedule the exams and from candidates asking us to ensure that the exams are held as currently scheduled. To meet as many needs as we can, the ABP is allowing candidates to take the exam as scheduled, or they may cancel their exam reservation if they feel unsafe or unable to take the exam at a testing center in August. Candidates may cancel by contacting the ABP at sscert@abpeds.org. If you choose to cancel at least one week before your exam is scheduled, the ABP can provide you a full refund. You may cancel up until the day of the exam. However, if you do not notify us of the cancelation at least a week in advance of your exam date, you may be responsible to pay the seat fee of about $103, which Prometric charges.

Eligibility to take the exam will be extended by two years for all candidates who applied and were approved to take their exam this year if they choose to not take the exam in 2020. Your subspecialty exam will be given again in 2022.

Important Update for Candidates

  • Prometric has rescheduled a small number of subspecialty exam candidates from test centers due to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. We apologize for the inconvenience and understand this may present a disruption. Please contact the ABP as soon as possible if you are experiencing difficulty securing another exam appointment. 
  • Masks must be worn for the duration of your time in the Prometric test center. All Prometric staff will wear masks, and test centers will operate with enhanced cleaning protocols. Exam candidates who are ill on the day of their scheduled exam appointment should contact the ABP and should not go to the test center.
  • All exam candidates should be familiar with the updated Prometric test center policies which can be found here: https://www.prometric.com/covid-19-update/test-center-policies.
  • The total number of test takers will not affect the ABP’s ability to generate valid scores. There are equating and statistical techniques specifically designed for small sample sizes which we would employ. Scoring concerns should not drive your decision regarding testing in August. Your decision should be based solely upon whether you feel safe and your schedule.

See the communication (PDF) sent to August exam candidates and members of the pediatric community on July 30, 2020.

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Training Absences

Boy getting a shotFor trainees who are affected by the COVID-19 situation, please address the circumstances with your program director.

For program directors and coordinators who have questions about affected trainees, please see our Absences from Training (PDF) information, and if there are additional questions, please contact the ABP through the online Program Portal.

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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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ABMS Statement

ABMS logoThe American Board of Medical Specialities (ABMS) has released a statement reaffirming support for physicians to focus their priorities on patients, families, and the communities they serve. The ABP is one of 24 member boards of the ABMS.

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Coalition for Physician Accountability Statement

Mask and gloveThe ABP supports a statement released April 10, 2020 by the Coalition for Physician Accountability.

The statement acknowledges the huge impact of COVID-19 and the critical need to protect health care workers delivering the best possible care during this crisis.

Members of the Coalition include the national organizations responsible for the accreditation, assessment, licensure, and certification of physicians throughout their medical career, from medical school through practice. The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), of which the ABP is a member, signed this statement.

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COVID-19 Resources

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

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