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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.

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