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Seeking Participants to Inform Plans for the MOC Part 3 GP Exam Pilot

Monday, January 4, 2016 - 10:30

Tell me more about what the ABP is thinking about the MOC Part 3 GP Exam.

Currently, pediatricians take an exam every 10 years as part of Maintenance of Certification (MOC). The exam is given at a secure testing center, and approximately four hours to complete.  The ABP is planning to pilot test an alternative approach to the MOC Part 3 GP Exam in 2017 that represents the next generation of physician assessment. 

This new approach will be a modified version of a program called Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program (MOCA) that the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) has pioneered; the ABA will enroll all anesthesiologists in the program starting in January 2016.  That program includes:

  • Questions offered at regular intervals, over the course of a physician’s career.
  • Questions will be accessible through physician’s smart phones, tablets, computers, or other web-accessible devices.
  • Immediate feedback and a discussion of the question with references provided.

The ABP has commissioned the Research Triangle Institute (RTI), a respected, external research organization, to conduct preliminary work with pediatricians and other stakeholders during the development phase of the pilot in 2016. RTI is hosting an open call for 250-300 pediatricians to give feedback in 2016 as they plan for the pilot that will start in 2017.

I’m interested.  What type of help is the research group looking for?

There are two ways you can help in 2016, either by participating in a focus group or a user group.

FOCUS GROUPS. The research group will be conducting focus groups at different CME meetings over the course of the year. A participating pediatrician should expect the following:

  • Attendance at one 90-minute focus group held in conjunction with one of the following CME meetings (you do not need to attend the CME meeting)
  • Receipt of an honorarium following participation
  • Summary of the results of all the focus groups conducted in 2016

USER GROUPS.  The research group will be conducting user groups over 2016.  A participating pediatrician should expect the following:

  • An initial one-day face-to-face meeting will occur in February or March. All travel costs will be covered and an honorarium will be provided. Possible dates options are:
    • February 27, 2016; Raleigh-Durham, NC
    • March 5, 2016; Chicago, IL
  • Attendance at approximately 4 to 8 additional virtual meetings lasting 60-90 minutes through 2016; meetings will most likely occur in the evenings or weekends.
  • Because we are setting up participation in the user groups as a QI project, any pediatrician who meaningfully participates in the user groups will receive 20 MOC Part 4 points at the end of the 2016 user group period.

Please note this open call is not for the pilot itself, but for the pre-pilot development work to be completed in 2016. Additionally, participating in this pre-pilot group does not exempt a diplomate from the Part 3 Examination. The ABP will be seeking additional pediatricians to participate in the pilot in 2017. If you have questions, please email them to

How do I register to participate?

Registration is now closed. Thank you for your interest!