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MOCA-Peds FAQs

General FAQs

Additional Support

If I have questions that are not addressed in the FAQs, how can I contact the ABP to obtain an answer?

You are encouraged to contact the ABP via email at mocapeds@abpeds.org with any questions related to MOCA-Peds. You can also click on the envelope icon when in the MOCA-Peds platform to submit an inquiry. The ABP will be available to provide assistance between the hours of 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM Eastern time Monday-Friday.

MOCA-Peds Definition & Purpose

What is MOCA-Peds?

Maintenance of Certification Assessment for Pediatrics (MOCA-Peds) is an online assessment program for pediatrics. Currently, it is only available as a pilot for General Pediatrics. MOCA-Peds emphasizes continuous learning, allowing pediatricians to determine when and where they take questions. Instead of a single exam day that requires months of preparation, you may test as you go, on the go. It is designed as an alternative to the current MOC Part 3 proctored exam currently required every 10 years.

Why is the ABP developing this new program?

  • To be more closely aligned with the rapidly changing environment of pediatric practice.
  • To leverage advances in technology to assess medical knowledge and clinical judgment through a more flexible, continuous, and dynamic model that also incorporates learning into the assessment process.

Is MOCA-Peds an assessment that is taken once?

MOCA-Peds will be continuously active in years 1-4 (16 quarters) out of a 5-year MOC cycle (see Transition Plan section for more details).

Will MOCA-Peds replace the current proctored exam?

In 2019, MOCA-Peds will become the default way for you to meet your Part 3 requirement within each 5-year MOC cycle. However, you may elect to meet your Part 3 requirement by taking a proctored exam at a secure testing center every 5 years in lieu of MOCA-Peds for an additional fee.

 

Info for Diplomates Eligible to Participate in the 2018 MOCA-Peds Pilot

2018 MOCA-Peds Pilot Eligibility

Who is eligible?

  • If you are due to take your MOC Part 3 proctored exam in General Pediatrics at a secure testing center in 2018 and are actively meeting MOC requirements, you are eligible to participate.
  • If you participated in MOCA-Peds in 2017 and achieved a passing score, you are also eligible to participate in the pilot in 2018.

When will the MOCA-Peds pilot start and when will it end?

The MOCA-Peds pilot in 2018 will start on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 and end on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 2:59 PM ET.

Is there a subspecialty pilot?

No. The MOCA-Peds pilots in 2017 and 2018 was designed for General Pediatrics. When MOCA-Peds becomes the default approach for fulfilling the General Pediatrics MOC Part 3 requirement in 2019, MOCA-Peds will be expanded to include subspecialties. However, subspecialists who are due to take the MOC Part 3 proctored exam in General Pediatrics in 2018 and are actively meeting MOC requirements are eligible to participate in the 2018 pilot.

Pilot Participation Requirements

Is there an incentive for me to participate in MOCA-Peds?

  • If you participate in the MOCA-Peds pilot in 2018, your Part 3 proctored exam will be postponed.
  • If you pass the MOCA-Peds pilot in 2018, your Part 3 requirement will be postponed until your next 5-year MOC cycle when you will be automatically enrolled in MOCA-Peds.
  • Additionally, if you pass the MOCA-Peds pilot in 2018, you will receive 5 points of MOC Part 2 credit.
  • If you do not pass the MOCA-Peds pilot in 2018, you will NOT lose your certification immediately (assuming you are current with your other MOC requirements). However, you will need to take and pass the MOC Part 3 proctored exam at a secure testing center in 2019 to maintain your certification in General Pediatrics.

What if I prefer to take the MOC Part 3 proctored exam in 2018 at a secure testing center instead of enrolling in the MOCA-Peds pilot?

  • The MOCA-Peds pilot is voluntary. You can still choose to take the General Pediatrics MOC Part 3 proctored exam.
  • If you take and pass the MOC Part 3 proctored exam in 2018, you will not be required to meet your Part 3 requirement again until the MOC cycle in which your next Part 3 proctored exam would have been due.
  • Starting in 2019, you must complete either MOCA-Peds or the proctored exam every 5 years to meet the 5-year MOC cycle Part 3 requirement.

What if I no longer want to participate in the pilot program?

  • You may choose to stop participating at any time. If you stop participating, you will NOT lose your certification immediately (assuming you are current with your other MOC requirements). However, you will need to take and pass the MOC Part 3 proctored exam at a secure testing center by the end of 2019 to maintain your certification in General Pediatrics. 
  • Starting in 2019, you must complete either MOCA-Peds or the proctored exam every 5 years to meet the 5-year MOC cycle Part 3 requirement. Therefore, if you opt out of the MOCA-Peds pilot in 2018, you may elect to take your MOC Part 3 proctored exam in 2018 to extend your time off between exams. Doing so means you will not be required to meet your Part 3 requirement again until the end of the MOC cycle in which your next Part 3 exam would have been due.
  • To opt out, you can click on the opt out link, which will take you to a brief exit form. 

Can I receive CME credit for participating in the MOCA-Peds pilot in 2018?

CME credit is not available for participating in the MOCA-Peds pilot.

Is there a fee for the MOCA-Peds pilot?

No.

Pass/Fail Decisions

What are the passing requirements for 2018?

The passing standard is the minimum score required to pass MOCA-Peds. For the pilot years (2017 and 2018), the standard has been set at 160. Beginning in 2019 (once the pilot has ended), the standard will be set at 180, which is consistent with all the ABP’s certification and Maintenance of Certification exams.

How do I know if I passed?

If you are a 2018 pilot participant, your score will be updated quarterly to help you track your progress throughout the year. Your final pass/fail determination will be based on your final score at the end of the pilot in 2018. This information will be available on the dashboard of MOCA-Peds in January 2019.

Will I always be required to pass MOCA-Peds annually?

Once MOCA-Peds is officially adopted in 2019, it will be on a 5-year cycle that aligns with the other parts of MOC (i.e., Parts 2 and 4). While you will get a quarterly score so you can track your progress, your performance will be aggregated to provide a summative assessment at the end of the 4th year (see Transition Plan section).

 

Info for 2017 Pilot Participants

Next Steps for 2017 Pilot Participants

I participated in the MOCA-Peds pilot in 2017. When will I get my score?

Once the pilot ends in December 2017, the ABP will be using data from Quarters 1 through 4 to determine if you pass the MOCA-Peds pilot. In early January of 2018, you will receive an email informing you that your results are in the “My Archives” section of your personal physician portfolio on the ABP website.

If I pass the pilot in 2017, what happens next?

  • If you pass, your Part 3 requirement will be postponed until your next MOC cycle. At that time, you will have the choice to meet your Part 3 requirement through participation in MOCA-Peds or by taking a proctored exam at a secure testing center every 5 years for an additional fee. Additionally, if you pass the MOCA-Peds pilot in 2017, you will receive 5 points of MOC Part 2 credit. This credit will be reflected in your portfolio by the end of Q1 of 2018.
  • You will automatically be enrolled in the MOCA-Peds pilot for 2018, but participation is not required. However, if you participate in and pass the MOCA-Peds pilot in 2018, you will receive an additional 5 points of MOC Part 2 credit.

If I don't pass the pilot in 2017, what happens next?

If you do not pass, you will need to take and pass the proctored MOC Part 3 exam in 2018 at a secure testing center to maintain your certification in General Pediatrics. You will still be able to login to MOCA-Peds to review your question history and performance data, but you will not be eligible for the pilot in 2018.

If I pass the pilot in 2017 but do not want to participate in the pilot in 2018, what happens?

  • To opt out of the MOCA-Peds pilot in 2018, you can click on the opt out link, which will take you to a brief exit form. You will still be able to login to MOCA-Peds to review your question history and performance data, but you will not be eligible for the pilot in 2018.
  • If you achieve a passing score in the MOCA-Peds pilot in 2017, your Part 3 requirement will be postponed until your next MOC cycle.

 

MOCA-Peds Program Rules

Question Delivery & Requirements

How many questions do I have to answer?

You will receive 20 questions per quarter for a total of 80 questions annually. Questions not answered will be scored as incorrect.

Do all questions have to be answered at once?

No. It is not necessary to complete all the questions in one sitting, but all questions must be answered by the end of the quarter.

What kind of questions will be asked?

Questions will follow a single-best answer “multiple choice” format and will present a clinical vignette, followed by a question and multiple choices.

How much time is allotted for each individual question?

You will have 5 minutes to answer each question during the pilot.

If I encounter a technical issue (i.e., loss of internet connectivity, frozen screen, etc.) and the question is scored as incorrect, will the ABP reset my question?

  • The ABP is unable to reset questions on an individual basis.
  • You should ensure you are using a compatible browser and have a reliable internet connection (see Web-based and App System Requirements section) before answering MOCA-Peds questions.

Can the timer be paused?

No. Once you elect to start a question, the timer starts and cannot be stopped until the question is answered or until time runs out.

Can colleagues be consulted while answering a question?

  • No. You are not allowed to discuss MOCA-Peds content with your colleagues, as outlined in the MOCA-Peds Participant Agreement.
  • MOCA-Peds, like the current Part 3 requirement, is designed to assess an individual’s knowledge and not that of your colleague(s).

How are clinical guidelines/articles being incorporated into MOCA-Peds?

  • Each year, select guidelines/articles will be featured that all diplomates engaging in MOCA-Peds should read. These guidelines/articles will be made available on the Learning Objectives tab in the platform at the beginning of the 2018 pilot. Two questions for each guideline/article will appear within MOCA-Peds. These questions will be clinical vignettes, similar in style and format to other questions in MOCA-Peds.
  • You could receive a guideline/article question at any time, so you should familiarize yourself with the guidelines/articles prior to answering questions.

Can I “skip” a question and return to it later?

Not at this time.

What is a learning objective?

  • A statement that defines the expected knowledge or skill of a board-certified pediatrician within a particular domain.
  • The MOCA-Peds learning objectives were developed for the pilots in 2017 and 2018 to represent a sample of the ABP Content Outline for General Pediatrics.

Where can I find examples of learning objectives and questions?

  • The 2017 and 2018 learning objectives can be found on the MOCA-Peds webpage under “Important Information.”
  • You will receive two questions associated with each of the 40 learning objectives.
  • Sample questions have been posted on the MOCA-Peds webpage under “Important Information.”

Scoring

What happens if the questions are not answered by the end of the quarter?

Questions not answered by the end of the quarter will be marked as incorrect.

What is a scaled score?

  • A scaled score is a diplomate’s overall score reported on a 1 to 300 scale where 160 reflects the passing standard (i.e., the passing score) for the pilots in 2017 and 2018. The difficulty level of each question is taken into consideration when scaled scores are calculated, which is important for assessments and exams in which each examinee may receive a different set of questions.
  • Scaled scores ensure that no diplomate is unfairly advantaged or disadvantaged by receiving a relatively easy or difficult set of questions.

How is MOCA-Peds scored?

  • All 80 questions will be scored. As with the current MOC exam, you will receive a scaled score between 1 and 300.
  • For pilot years (2017 and 2018), the standard has been set at 160. Beginning in 2019 (once the pilot has ended) the standard will be set at 180, which is consistent with all the ABP’s certification and maintenance of certification exams.

What type of performance feedback will I receive?

Throughout 2018, you will see your raw score performance (i.e., total number of questions, number of questions answered correctly, and percentage of questions answered correctly). Additionally, each quarter you will see your updated scaled score on your MOCA-Peds dashboard. You will also have access to additional information in the My Performance section of MOCA-Peds.

What is a summative assessment?

Summative assessments are designed to determine whether an individual has demonstrated a particular level of knowledge and skill (usually at the end of a training window or some other specified period of time). For board certification purposes, a summative assessment is used to determine whether a general pediatrician possesses at least the minimum level of knowledge and skill necessary for safe and competent practice. In contrast, formative assessments are used during an instructional period to provide feedback that can be used to guide future training and help prepare for a successful outcome at the time a summative assessment is administered.

When MOCA-Peds becomes an official Part 3 option, how often will I have to meet the standard?

  • The Part 3 requirement will be integrated into your 5-year MOC cycle. MOCA-Peds will need to be completed each MOC cycle. During each of your 5-year cycles, you will automatically be enrolled in MOCA-Peds. However, if you prefer to not participate in MOCA-Peds you still have the option to take the proctored exam at a secure testing center for an additional fee (see Transition Plan for further details).
  • Diplomates who do not pass MOCA-Peds after 4 years will need to take and pass a proctored exam by the end of the 5th year of their MOC cycle to maintain certification.

Does the pilot count as part of my 5-year MOC cycle if MOCA-Peds becomes the new MOC Part 3 requirement?

No. Once MOCA-Peds is adopted (i.e., once the pilot phase of MOCA-Peds is complete), all diplomates (including those who participated in the 2017 or 2018) will be given a fresh start whenever they begin their next 5-year MOC cycle if they choose to use MOCA-Peds to meet their Part 3 requirement.

Can I receive MOC Part 2 credit for participating in MOCA-Peds?

  • In 2019 and beyond, you will need to achieve a score of at least 180 annually to earn 5 points of MOC Part 2 credit for that year.
  • During the 2017 and 2018 pilot years, you will need to meet the pilot passing standard to earn 5 points of MOC Part 2 credit for each pilot year.

Use of Resources/Books

Am I allowed to use resources when answering MOCA-Peds questions?

  • Resources (e.g., books, internet) may be used, as long as the question is answered during the allocated time without seeking assistance from other individuals.
  • You will be asked to review and sign the MOCA-Peds Participant Agreement, which explicitly states what resources can and cannot be used.

MOCA-Peds Transition Plan

How will MOCA-Peds work when it becomes the default way to meet the Part 3 requirement?

You will have the choice to meet your Part 3 requirement through participation in MOCA-Peds or by taking a proctored exam at a secure testing center every 5 years for an additional fee.

When MOCA-Peds is adopted as the default way to meet the Part 3 MOC requirement, when would I be required to start participating in MOCA-Peds?

  • MOCA-Peds will be aligned with your 5-year MOC cycle. To facilitate this alignment, you will be automatically enrolled in MOCA-Peds at the beginning of the next 5-year MOC cycle in which your Part 3 exam is due. The ABP will update your portfolio with specific dates in the coming months.
  • If you successfully participated in the pilot in 2017 or 2018, you would start MOCA-Peds at the beginning of your next MOC cycle. Should there be a gap between when the pilot ends and the beginning of your next MOC cycle, you can elect to take a break or continue to voluntarily engage in MOCA-Peds in learning mode.

Will there still be a proctored exam when MOCA-Peds becomes the new Part 3 requirement

  • Starting in 2019, you must complete either MOCA-Peds or the proctored exam every 5 years to meet the 5-year MOC cycle Part 3 requirement.
  • A proctored exam will be required in Year 5 for diplomates who don’t achieve a passing score in MOCA-Peds during Years 1-4. There will be an additional fee for this examination to cover associated costs.

What will the new system cost once MOCA-Peds goes live?

The enrollment fee will not change due to the addition of MOCA-Peds. MOCA-Peds is viewed as a replacement to the current MOC Part 3 requirement, which is already included in your enrollment fee.

Dropping Quarters

Will there be any breaks once MOCA-Peds becomes the default way to meet the Part 3 requirement?

MOCA-Peds will be active in years 1-4 (16 quarters) out of a 5-year MOC cycle. The ABP will not count your 4 lowest scoring quarters (even if you score zero) from the 4 years (16 quarters) of MOCA-Peds when computing your final score. These 4 lowest scoring quarters are being used to account for personal circumstances, natural disasters, or other reasons that may necessitate some time off.

Web-based and App System Requirements

What are the system requirements for answering MOCA-Peds questions on a desktop computer?

  • MOCA-Peds will be compatible with most common browsers, including Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer, but not with Microsoft Edge.
  • The ABP has an Optimum Viewing page that should be reviewed.
  • You will also need a consistent internet connection.

Can MOCA-Peds questions be answered using a mobile device?

Yes. You can download the ABP mobile app, which is available in the United States and Canada in the App Store and Google Play.

How is a mobile device enabled?

  • To enable a mobile device, you must initially log into the MOCA-Peds platform on a web-based browser using a laptop or PC and accept the MOCA-Peds Participant Agreement.
  • You can then download the mobile app from the Apple App Store or Google Play within the US or Canada. Once the app is downloaded, you should login to the app; you will be prompted to provide an Activation Code.
  • To retrieve the Activation Code, you must login to the web-based MOCA-Peds platform via laptop or PC. A notification box will pop up requesting information about the mobile device. After submitting this information, an Activation Code will be provided.
  • You can then input the Activation Code into your mobile device and the mobile device will then be enabled. The MOCA-Peds Mobile App Tutorial helps users navigate the mobile platform, including information on how to enable mobile device(s).

ADA Accommodations

What ADA accommodations will MOCA-Peds offer?

  • MOCA-Peds will offer extended time as an accommodation for those who qualify. Diplomates may visit the ABP website to request an accommodation.
  • The MOCA-Peds platform does not prohibit or block the use of third-party applications such as text zoom or text-to-voice.