What's New?

The Boards are changing, and MOCA Pediatric GI is coming in 2019! 

For those of you who are due for an upcoming board exam – your schedule is likely being shifted to start MOCA Pediatric GI starting next year.  Check your own ABP portfolio to figure out your specific situation.

What is MOCA Pediatric GI? It is the continuous assessment version of the boards.  If you have been keeping up your general pediatric certification, there has been an ongoing pilot that has been successful for general pediatrics after which MOCA Pedatric GI will be modeled (pass rate for the MOCA general pediatrics is 95%). Essentially, beginning at the start of your cycle, you will receive up to 20 timed questions every quarter.  You will have 3 months  (the quarter) to answer them, in one batch or one-by-one.  You can answer the questions on your computer, tablet or smartphone.  You will receive immediate feedback on your selected answers (right v. wrong and references) and you will have access to previously answered questions. To pass the boards in MOCA, you have to pass 12 quarters every 5 years.  You also get to throw out your 4 worst quarters (they are thrown out for you).  This means that basically you can skip a quarter every year and still pass in 4 years (In the 5th year, if you have passed by then, you won’t have to get additional questions in your 5th year).

What does this cost?  There is no additional fee.  The cost is covered in your 5-year MOC cycle fees.

What happens if I don’t pass?  If you don’t pass by your 4th year of your 5-year cycle, you can take the 5th year in pursuit of 12 quarters of passing or opt for the in-person exam (safest option to ensure continuous certification).  HOWEVER, you must pay an additional fee ($265) for the in-person exam.

What if I want to take the in-person exam instead?  That is your choice, but there is an additional fee ($265).

Where can I find additional information? https://www.abp.org/mocapeds


NASPGHAN Part IV MOC Now Available

To find out what and when you need to accomplish your MOC tasks, log onto your ABP Profile via (www.abp.org), click on “Maintenance of Certification” and then “My MOC Requirements” which indicates by when the various activities are due to be completed. “Parts 2 and 4 Activity Search” will allow you to search for specific activities in categories such as “Pediatric Gastroenterology."

The NASPGHAN MOC Task Force is pleased to announce that we now can provide members with resources that will meet the requisite 40 MOC Part IV credits for each 5-year cycle. For your own specific requirements, please refer to your individual American Board of Pediatrics MOC portfolio.

Resources to be provided include quality improvement and practice performance projects that will qualify for MOC Part IV credits and be relevant to the practicing pediatric gastroenterologist.

The charge for participation in these modules is $250 for participation in TWO of the available modules per 5-year accreditation cycle. Each module will be worth 25 MOC Part IV credits and 20 CME credits; thus, taking 2 modules will fulfill all ABP part 4 MOC requirements for a five-year cycle.

The modules now available include: NASPGHAN MOC Failure to Thrive; NASPGHAN MOC Informed Consent;  NASPGHAN MOC Endoscopy: Colonoscopy;  NASPGHAN MOC Upper Endoscopy;  NASPGHAN MOC Constipation;  NASPGHAN MOC Transition and  NASPGHAN MOC Enteral Nutrition. (The Enteral Nutrition module is supported by an educational grant from Abbott Nutrition.)

To register - click here. You will need to sign onto your NASPGHAN account to continue with the checkout process. After your payment has been received, you will receive an email from naspghan.org with instructions on accessing the MOC Module within one business day. If you have any questions you can email us at kregan@naspghan.org .

We look forward to providing this much needed service to members and look forward to your feedback as we continue to refine and improve this process.


 What is MOC?What is MOC?    (Prepared by the NASPGHAN MOC Task Force)

 ABP MOC Portfolio Instruction Guide