Predictors of performance on the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program® (MOCA®) examination

Huaping Sun, Deborah J. Culley, Cynthia A. Lien, Diana L. Kitchener, Ann E. Harman, David O. Warner

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Abstract

Study objective The aim of this study was to determine the independent factors associated with performance on the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program (MOCA) examination. Design Cross-sectional study. Setting The American Board of Anesthesiology, Raleigh, NC. Subjects The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) diplomates who were certified between 2000 and 2006 and had taken the MOCA examination at least once by July 2013. Measurements MOCA examination score for the first attempt. Main results Independent positive predictors for MOCA examination score in multiple regression analysis included passing the ABA Part 1 and Part 2 certification examinations on the first attempt and male sex, whereas negative predictors included history of action(s) taken against any medical license, taking the examination later in the MOCA cycle and older age at primary certification. Conclusions Several factors in addition to performance on the written examination for primary certification (Part 1 Examination) are independently associated with performance on the MOCA examination. Because many of these factors are not modifiable, those diplomates who possess unfavorable risk factors should pay special attention to engaging in continuing learning to prepare for the MOCA examination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Clinical Anesthesia
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015

Keywords

  • MOCA examination
  • Regression analysis
  • The American Board of Anesthesiology
  • The Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program (MOCA)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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