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Quince De Mayo

Written by Stuart Silverstein on Monday, 01 May 2017. Posted in pediatrics board review

If you have a calendar provided by Anheuser Busch or Corona Beer then Cinco De Mayo is a holiday celebrated in US bars everywhere. Cinco De Mayo or as it is known in Mexico, May 5th is an insignificant day outside the State of Puebla and border town Bars catering to Americans on spring break (http://wonderopolis.org/wonder/do-people-in-mexico-celebrate-cinco-de-mayo)

However, if you have a calendar provided by the American Board of Pediatrics, then the important date on this calendar is “Quince de Mayo”. This is a date that should be circled in green and red. Quince de Mayo or May 15th as it is known in Chapel Hill, North Carolina is your last chance to sign up for the General Pediatric General Certification exam.

Remember to check your clocks because the day ends early at the American Board of Pediatrics headquarters in Chapel Hill. The deadline is actually at 3:00PM and not midnight on Quince de Mayo.

We do not suggest you wait until the last minute to register for the exam. Murphy’s Cinco De Mayo law suggests that there will always be last minute glitches that can arise. The American Board of Pediatrics warns that these glitches can include incorrect spelling of names and password resets which can take up to 48 hours to fix.

We strongly urge you to also circle Cinco de Mayo on your calendars, and complete your registration before that date (May 5th). Once you have this off your list you will be free to celebrate Cinco De Mayo and raise a toast to your compatriots in the Mexican State of Puebla in an American bar of your choice.

Go ahead what are you waiting for?

https://www.abp.org/content/exam-dates-and-fees

Late Fee or Study Free

Written by Stuart Silverstein on Monday, 27 March 2017. Posted in pediatric board certification review

Are you planning on taking the General Pediatric Certifying Exam this fall? If you are then October 16- 18th seems quite far in the distant future. In fact, it is!

However, the deadline for signing up for the exam is this coming Monday, April 3rd (two days after April Fools day)

Above: April Fools Day idea for your favorite person on the wards

Sure, you can still sign up after the deadline. It has been said that a fool and his money is soon parted and that would be the case for those who do not sign up before April Fools day.

Registration for the exam is already a steep $2,265. However, if you sign up after the deadline you will need to add on an additional $345 Late Fee.

That is almost enough to purchase our study package for $349.95.

You can make the foolish choice of paying the late fee or sign up for the exam now and study for free!

Above: How I feel when I save money by signing up for the exam on time

Click here for the exam registration!

Pediatric Part 2 QOW: Glitches Resolved

Written by Stuart Silverstein on Friday, 17 March 2017. Posted in Maintenance of Certification (MOC)

It seems that the American Board of Pediatrics resolved the glitch in their system. I now have 32 Part Points rather than 40.

My MOC transcript is now correct with the duplication removed:

 

Once again, QOW activities completed after January 2017 are eligible for CME credit which I received. This time, the credit was awarded for 2017 not back to the past in 1969.

 

Above: How the ABP fixes MOC glitches

MOCA Means MORE Questions

Written by Stuart Silverstein on Tuesday, 07 March 2017. Posted in Pediatrics Recertification

In our previous blog “Be a Beta MOCA” we informed you that the MOCA for earning Part 3 credit had arrived. In this blog we will review the details of this pilot and what you get out of enrolling in the program.

If you are due to take the Exam in December of 2017 and have not signed up for the MOCA group yet, you will have to take the actual exam, at a Prometric Center in 2017. The chance to sign up passed already in October.

Above: How I feel knowing I missed my chance to sign up and not have to take a secured exam

Whenever you opt into the MOCA Group during the year you are due to take the exam in December, the exam gets delayed by a year.

What is the MOCA process? You are sent 20 questions to answer every 3 months. These questions are based on 40 topics which are available on the ABP website.

The Months are Long but the Minutes are Short

The days are long but the years are short. Well here the months are long but the minutes are short. What does that mean? Well you have 3 months to answer the questions but you will be given 5 minutes to answer the question. That is 5 minutes to look it up, call your friends or just answer it. If you start the question and log off you get the question wrong.

You will need to get a majority of the questions correct just as you would on the Part 3 Electronic Prometric exam.

So what if you successfully get the majority of the questions answered correctly, are you done?

Of course not! For one thing this is just in the experimental stage. The only reward you get for now is a postponement of the Prometric® proctored examination.

Above: How I feel knowing the exam is just postponed using MOCA

Where is this Going?

The following year, you will have the same choice again. Take the proctored exam or take the 20 questions per quarter route. If you accept the latter, your due date for the proctored exam gets pushed up yet another year to 2019.

At one point, once this is all settled the ABP will determine if MOCA will replace the Electronic Secured Prometric exam

Once the prometric is phased out, instead of taking an exam once every 10 years you will have to answer the 20 questions a quarter. If you take out your calculator that means you are answering 80 questions a year, instead of 200 questions in one sitting, every 10 years.

Completion of QOW and Possible Glitches

Written by Stuart Silverstein on Wednesday, 22 February 2017. Posted in Maintenance of Certification (MOC), Pediatrics Recertification

As noted in the previous blog, I had 22 points toward my required 40 Part 2 points. Once I completed 20 more QOW’s I was to receive 10 more points, which would bring me to a total 32 Points as noted in the screenshot below:

 

 

 Once I completed the 20 questions,  and answered the required questionnaire, I received the following confirmation and words of congratulations:

 

 

 

Above: How I feel every time I get a congrats notice from the ABP

 

I next visited my portfolio dashboard, to verify that it was updated.  I expected to see either 32/40 complete or 30/40 complete. Much to my surprise my dashboard indicated that I had completed 40/40 or ALL of my 40 required Part 2 points.  Clearly this was an error and likely due to the new QOW changes being configured incorrectly.

 

 

 

 

Today I called the Board to let them know of this probable glitch since this is likely a system wide issue. 

I next checked my MOC transcript and clearly I received duplicate credit for questions completed on the same day.  Once the glitch in the system is fixed, this should be adjusted and I will update this blog. The screenshot of my transcript is below:

  

 

 

I next wanted to check if I received the CME credit and the link for that is “View Completed Activities“ which is noted in the screenshot below:

 

Once this Is clicked you are taken to the screenshot below. Activities for my current cycle are noted with a red asterisk. There you can see that only activities completed in 2017 are eligible for CME credit. I suspect that only 1 certificate will appear once the glitch is fixed.

 

Once I clicked on the CME certificate link I was taken to the screenshot below. The certificate confirmed that I completed the activity on December 31, 1969. Yes , December 1969.  

 

 

I was in the 4th grade. Just to put this in the right perspective that was 11 months after the New York Jets won the Super Bowl.

Above: How I felt when realizing I was in the 3rd grade in 1969

 

I noted this to the Board when I called them, clearly there are a few glitches to work out and they appreciated that. I will update you when this is corrected in a future blog, which I suspect will occur before the Jets appear, let alone, win their 2nd Super Bowl

 

 

What you need to know:

 

In order to receive 10 Part 2 MOC points for the Question of the Week, you need to answer 20 questions correctly and complete an online questionnaire. In addition, you will also receive 10 hours of CME credits for your efforts. There seems to be a glitch in the system, possibly due to the new QOW credit system, which will likely be corrected by the American Board of Pediatrics now that they are aware of this issue.