MOCA® Timeline

  • 1999

    The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) establishes its Maintenance of Certification (ABMS MOC®) program, charging Member Boards with implementing programs that assure the public that board-certified physicians demonstrate a commitment to quality clinical outcomes and patient safety.

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    2000

    The ABA begins issuing time-limited certificates valid for 10 years.

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    2004

    The ABA launches its Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program® (MOCA®).

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    2009

    ABMS approves and publishes its first MOC Standards.

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    2011

    The ABA Board of Directors advances its strategy to incorporate technology and learning science into the MOCA program.

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    2011 July

    The ABA conducts a MOCA perception survey among MOCA participants and non-time limited certificate holders not participating in MOCA to gauge attitudes and perceptions about the program.

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    2012

    The ABA hosts a technology summit, bringing in leaders in education technology to inform the Board about how such tools could advance learning.

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    2013 January

    The Board designs a blueprint for the future of MOCA, with discussions focusing on online, self-directed learning that is relevant to diplomates’ goals and anchored to performance improvement.

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    2013 May

    The ABA charges a MOCA Redesign Task Force comprised of anesthesiology content experts and technology specialists with generating a map of the Essential Body of Knowledge for anesthesiologists and anesthesiology subspecialists in clinical practice.

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    2013 September

    ABA staff develop a white paper outlining the goals of a MOCA program redesign as well as concepts for a new MOCA user interface. The white paper establishes a 2020 deadline for the redesign.

    The Board discusses the idea of administering questions to diplomates for self-assessment to determine how answers combined with immediate feedback and requests for diplomates to re-study certain content areas correlates with their answers on subsequent secure MOCA exams. This idea develops into the MOCA Minute®.

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    2014 January

    ABA Board reviews a business plan for the MOCA redesign and establishes a one-year proof of concept pilot project around the topic of Obesity and Obstructive Sleep Apnea. The goal is to develop a prototype, including a learning objective, interactive multiple-choice questions and screen-based simulation.

    The ABA launches the initial MOCA Minute pilot to 700 diplomates and continues to add more throughout the year. Diplomates who participate in the pilot score higher on subsequent MOCA exams than those who do not participate. 

    ABMS approves and publishes its 2015 MOC Standards, which allow for greater innovation and flexibility for Member Boards.

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    2014 April

    The ABA creates a Users’ Group of volunteer anesthesiologists who review the initial MOCA 2.0® platform prototype and provide feedback.

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    2015 January

    Given the success of the initial pilot, the Board decides to incorporate the MOCA Minute pilot into MOCA 2.0.

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    2015 March

    The ABA introduces MOCA 2.0 to diplomates via ABA News, its annual newsletter. Several presentations to Member Board and mass email distributions informing diplomates of the forthcoming changes follow throughout the year.

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    2015 April

    The ABA Board accelerates the rollout of MOCA 2.0 and the MOCA Minute pilot to January 2016.

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    2015 May

    The ABA hosts an MOC Summit, bringing together leaders from ABMS, Member Boards, the American Society of Anesthesiologists and other partner organizations to discuss MOCA 2.0 and other innovative MOC initiatives.

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    2015 June

    The ABA hosts a meeting for Continuing Medical Education (CME) providers to introduce the MOCA 2.0 platform and facilitate collaboration for incorporating CME into the new platform.

    The American Board of Pediatrics partners with the ABA and ABMS to pilot a MOCA Minute-like assessment tool for its diplomates.

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    2015 July

    The ABMS hosts an MOC Innovations seminar at the ABA offices to gauge interest in a MOCA Minute-like assessment tool could be developed as a shared service for all  Member Boards.

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    2015 Ongoing

    Physician Directors and Board staff provide MOCA Minute briefings to ABMS and various Member Boards, explaining how the Board will use it to promote lifelong learning and make summative judgments.

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    2016

    The ABA launches MOCA 2.0 to the more than 20,000 diplomates participating in MOCA, and encourages more than 20,000 non-time limited certificate holders to enroll in the program. The MOCA Minute pilot is at the core of the redesigned program.

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    2017

    The ABA will introduce MOCA 2.0 platform enhancements, including a search and explore feature and a personal portfolio. MOCA 2.0 for subspecialties is set to launch.  

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