Pediatrician Perspectives on Learning and Practice Change in the MOCA-Peds 2017 Pilot

Turner AL, Olmsted M, Smith AC, Dounoucos V, Bradford A, Althouse L, Leslie LK
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Background and Objectives
This article is the second of a 2-part series examining results regarding self-reported learning and practice change from the American Board of Pediatrics 2017 pilot of an alternative to the proctored, continuing certification examination, termed the Maintenance of Certification Assessment for Pediatrics (MOCA-Peds). Because of its design, MOCA-Peds has several learning advantages compared with the proctored examination.

Quantitative and qualitative analyses with 5081 eligible pediatricians who registered to participate in the 2017 pilot; 81.4% (n = 4016) completed a quarter 4 survey and/or the end-of-year survey (January 2018) and compose the analytic sample.

Nearly all (97.6%) participating pediatricians said they had learned, refreshed, or enhanced their medical knowledge, and of those, 62.0% had made a practice change related to pilot participation. Differences were noted on the basis of subspecialty status, with 68.9% of general pediatricians having made a practice change compared with 41.4% of subspecialists. Within the 1456 open-ended responses about participants’ most significant practice change, responses ranged widely, including both medical care content (eg, “care for corneal abrasions altered,” “better inform patients about. . .flu vaccine”) and nonspecific content (eg, providing better patient education, using evidence-based medicine, increased use of resources in regular practice).

As a proctored examination alternative, MOCA-Peds positively influenced self-reported learning and practice change. In future evaluation of MOCA-Peds and other medical longitudinal assessments, researchers should study ways to further encourage learning and practice change and sustainability.