A launch date for a MOCA-Peds pilot in general paediatrics has been set for January 2017. In preparation for the pilot project, ABP planned to develop a first model in the fall of 2015 and hire paediatricians to refine the model and develop web and mobile platforms through a panel of one-year users and focus groups at a meeting in 2016 (see Table 1 for the timeline). ABP has commissioned an internationally recognized research organization, RTI International (RTI), to introduce additional evaluative rigour into the paediatric engagement process and proactively address potential concerns about data collection or biased analysis. In this article, we discuss the development of the MOCA-Peds model and the platform in 2015-2016. For more information about MOCA-Peds, see www.abp.org/mocapeds. The public has given the profession of medicine the privilege of self-regulation. As part of our social contract with the public, we as paediatricians must maintain public confidence. This agreement is a reminder of this obligation. An agreement between the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada allows physicians participating in the Royal College`s MOC program to register the conclusion of accredited activities under the ACCME “CME in Support of MOC” program in Section 3 of the Royal College`s MOC program. The second area focuses on two areas: the provision of self-reflection tools on lack of personal knowledge and learning new information. Based on this development work in 2015-2016, the ABP is carrying out the first iteration of MOCA-Peds in 2017-18. For the pilot project, the research team will use a formatting evaluation approach that will continue to provide paediatric feedback on MOCA-Peds; The focus will be on issues related to feasibility, acceptance and impact on learning and clinical practice. The research team will also study issues related to sub-specialists and MOCA peds.
In January 2019, ABP plans to introduce MOCA peds as an officially approved alternative to the current MOC Part 3 study in General Pediatrics and 3 subspecialties (Child Abuses, Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Pediatric Gastroenterology), with other subspecialties available until 2022. The third area highlighted the improvement of the MOC experience. Given the potential impact of an ongoing assessment of paediatric knowledge, the ABP has sought to integrate flexibility and selection into MOCA peds through the following modification strategies: (1) a quarterly response to questions by choice, when answering questions, (2) making available web platforms (i.e. used in a web browser on a laptop or desktop computer) and mobile platforms (i.e. phone or tablet), (3) paediatricians can choose a practice profile (walking, and provide a small percentage of profile-specific questions and (4) continue to offer a standard exam as an alternative to MOCA peds, if you wish. In addition, ABP recognized that it must be flexible for individuals to cope with life events and, where possible, combine continuous certification requirements. As a result, ABP 2016 prioritized support for paediatricians in both areas.