Be a Beta MOCA

Written by Stuart Silverstein on Friday, 16 December 2016. Posted in Maintenance of Certification (MOC), Pediatric recertification

The opportunity to enroll in the Pediatric MOCA program is here.  So what does that mean?

As we have noted in our blogs, the American Board of Pediatrics has agreed to test the MOCA alternative to the Prometric secured exam to test your “Cognitive Expertise” in Pediatrics. Most of would agree that anything is better than taking another exam!

However, not taking the exam may or may not be the case and this is the reason that the ABP is allowing you to enroll in the new MOCA program. By enrolling in the MOCA program you will essentially be serving as a “beta tester” the rest of us. 

Who Can MOCA?

Enrollment in the program is limited to those of you who are due to take your Prometric exam at the end of the year. For those of you who must fulfill your Part 3 requirement by December 2017 you would have needed to enroll this past October. If you opted in, then you are among the chosen. If you did not opt-in you are among the frozen. That is the frozen who must still take the exam before the December deadline.  For the chosen few, who opted in here are your options:

 

If you have elected to enroll in the MOCA program, your exam requirement is postponed until December 2018. What do you have to do to deserve this reprieve?  You have to actually go through the program during the calendar year of 2017. In our next blog we will go over what this entails and where it gets you in your MOC cycle.

Above: When MOC Part 3 is postponed

About the Author

Stuart Silverstein

Stuart Silverstein

Founded by Stu Silverstein, MD, in addition to being a Board Certified Pediatrician, Dr. Silverstein is anything but“Certified Bored”!

During and following his residency training San Francisco, Dr. Stu Silverstein was a critically acclaimed Standup Comedian, booked regularly at popular clubs in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he shared the stage with nationally known comedians including Dave Feldman (Staff writer for Dennis Miller), Rob Shneider , as well as Robin Williams at the famed Holy City Zoo. During that time he was featured in dozens of local and national newspapers and magazine articles. He appeared on local and nationally televised shows culminating in a feature story on World News Tonight,.

Peter Jennings said, “In the latter part of the Century, Sir William Osler was one of the very first to recognize the importance of bedside manner, including the healing power of humor. I suspect he would approve of Dr. Stu Silverstein.”

Requests to give humorous presentations at Medical Society Meetings and Conferences across the country came in. Dr. Silverstein has been giving his “Humor in Medicine??? You Must Be Joking!” presentation as requests continue to pour in this day.

The “Laughing Your Way to Passing the Pediatric Boards”® , is the culmination of Dr. Silverstein’s mission to combine his well honed Standup Comedy skills with making board preparation more enjoyable and less of a chore.

Dr. Silverstein has been on faculty with the Osler Institute Board Review Course as well as the UCLA Pediatric Board Review course. Currently, Dr. Silverstein is concentrating on future study aids and new materials to help you, our medical students, prepare for your board exams.

Dr. Silverstein conceived and founded Firefly After Hours Pediatrics in Stamford, CT, where is currently serves as Medical Director. Dr. Silverstein is an Assitant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at the New York Medical College when he isn’t writing study guides for Medhumor Medical Publications and assisting fellow physicians and medical student in pursuing their preparation for exams while enjoying the process.

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