The new American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) pilot
program that could replace the traditional proctored
General Pediatrics Maintenance of Certification (MOC)
Part 3 examination began last month for those due to sit
for the exam in 2017. The pilot Maintenance of Certification Assessment for Pediatrics (MOCA-Peds) program
is an online, non-proctored assessment platform that
serves as an alternative to the proctored examination
required every 10 years to maintain certification. (See
related AAP News article, http://bit.ly/1UcARiz.)
If successful, the pilot will replace the Part 3 examination that is administered at a testing center.
The ABP contacted eligible diplomates last fall. Those
participating in the pilot will be required to answer 20
questions each quarter. Questions can be answered in
small batches over the course of each quarter, but each
question must be answered within five minutes or they
are marked incorrect.
All 80 questions given in 2017 will be scored, and
diplomates will receive a scaled scored between 1 and
300. A scaled score of at least 160 in 2017 (the equivalent
of a score of about 60% on the current MOC exam) is
necessary to continue with MOCA-Peds in 2018.
If the ABP determines the pilot program is successful,
all diplomates will be enrolled in the MOCA-Peds at
the beginning of the next five-year cycle in which their
MOC Part 3 examination is due, according to the ABP.
FAQs about the pilot program are available at
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page 4, under the listing of qualifying conditions
for an IEP, the correct term for the first condition
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