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    This Year's Learning Objectives for MOCA-Peds Questions

    Key Points

    1. The ABP releases a new content outline each year for their MOCA-Peds testing option.

    2. The 2024 MOCA-Peds content outline for General Pediatrics contains 45 learning objectives and 2 featured readings.

    3. The learning objectives selected are meant to reflect the breadth of knowledge required for practice.

    4. Featured readings are pulled from peer-reviewed journal articles and guidelines. They are seen as important material for every certified pediatrician to read. Questions about each will begin appearing in Q2. 

    Each year the MOCA-Peds exam content outline is updated to cover new learning objectives and featured readings. Throughout the exam year, you'll receive one unique question for each of the learning objectives within the content outline. The learning objectives are meant to reflect the breadth of knowledge required for practice and fall under a variety of categories.

    At MedStudy we focus on the General Pediatrics section of the exam, and every year develop a new QuickREF, the perfect sidekick for your open-book assessment. The 2024 QuickREF is available in print, digital and audio formats. Additionally, our Pediatrics Qbank+ contains a filter with over 300 questions related to the 2024 MOCA-Peds questions.

    The 2024 learning objectives and featured readings have been released by the ABP, so you can start preparing now. Here's what you should brush up on before opening up your Quarter 1 questions. 

    What will be covered in 2024's MOCA-Peds questions?

    MOCA-Peds questions are based on 45 learning objectives, which are drawn from the ABP content outline used for the 10-year proctored exam. As soon as Quarter 2 of your MOCA-Peds, you could start to see questions on peer-reviewed journal articles or guidelines, which the ABP calls featured readings. 

    The ABP recommends that participating pediatricians review the learning objectives and featured readings prior to starting MOCA-Peds each year. This gives you time to brush up on topics you don't see frequently in your practice and time to read over any new material. Keep in mind, the exam is both timed and open-book. Having a grasp of the material ahead of beginning your questions will allow you more time to check your answers in the five-minute window you get for each question.

    What are MOCA-Peds Questions like? 

    For each question—whether it's related to a learning objective or featured reading—you'll see a clinical vignette followed by a multiple-choice question. After each question, you'll rate your level of confidence and question relevance. Each quarter MOCA-Peds participants received up to 20 questions. You will have 5 minutes to answer each one.

    PRO TIP: Pay attention to the questions that you rated confidently but answered incorrectly. There is an increased likelihood of seeing those questions again in future quarters. 

    2024 MOCA-Peds Learning Objectives

    Brush up on these MOCA-Peds learning objectives before you start your questions, and you'll be on your way to breezing through the assessment! We've included some videos from our YouTube channel that can kick-start your review. For a full review of each learning objective and featured reading, check out QuickREF for MOCA-Peds.

    1. Advise on internet safety.
    2. Distinguish findings associated with physical abuse from those of accidental or nontraumatic causes.
    3. Evaluate a child with polyuria.
    4. Evaluate and manage a child or adolescent with an anxiety disorder.
    5. Evaluate and manage a child with a corneal abrasion or eye injury.
    6. Evaluate and manage a neonate with ambiguous genitalia.
    7. Evaluate and manage a neonate with hypoglycemia.
    8. Evaluate and manage a patient with chronic diarrhea.
    9. Evaluate and manage chronic cough.
    10. Evaluate and manage pelvic pain in an adolescent girl.
    11. Evaluate suicide risk in an adolescent and manage appropriately.
    12. Evaluate the developmental status of children from 15 to 18 months of age.
    13. Evaluate the developmental status of infants from birth to 6 months of age.
    14. Evaluation and manage acetaminophen overdose.
    15. Identify and manage a child with scoliosis.
    16. Know how to prevent and manage infections from animal bites.
    17. Manage a child during an episode of anaphylaxis.
    18. Manage a child with otitis media.
    19. Manage the care of LGBTQIA+ youth.
    20. Plan the evaluation and management of a child with hyperkalemia.
    21. Provide anticipatory guidance regarding injury prevention in athletes.
    22. Recognize and manage the child with an acute drug ingestion/overdose (other than acetaminophen).
    23. Recognize causes of neutropenia in children.
    24. Recognize neuroendocrine causes of obesity and distinguish from other etiologies.
    25. Recognize the clinical manifestations and complications of inflammatory bowel disease.
    26. Recognize the genetic syndromes that may present as a learning disability.
    27. Recognize the role of root cause analysis on managing an adverse patient outcome.
    28. Understand and apply infection control measures (contact, droplet, airborne).
    29. Understand and apply the steps of neonatal resuscitation.
    30. Understand ethical principles that uphold professionalism.
    31. Understand how witnessing violence affects children.
    32. Understand the appropriate use and interpretation of pulmonary function testing in children.
    33. Understand the clinical manifestations, evaluation,  and initial management of coarctation of the aorta.
    34. Understand the dermatologic manifestations of systemic diseases.
    35. Understand the diagnosis and management of depression in adolescents.
    36. Recognize the features associated with various congenital infections and evaluate appropriately.
    37. Understand the differential diagnosis and evaluation of anemia in children and adolescents.
    38. Understand the differential diagnosis and evaluation of arthritis in children.
    39. Understand the differential diagnosis and evaluation of progressive muscle weakness in children.
    40. Understand the differential diagnosis and initial evaluation of an abdominal mass in a child.
    41. Understand the differential diagnosis, evaluation, and management of a patient presenting with sleep disorder/difficulty.
    42. Understand the evaluation and management of different types of nevi (congenital/acquired).
    43. Understand the evaluation and management of temper tantrums or aggressive behavior in young children.
    44. Understand the evaluation and management of urticaria.
    45. Understand the presentation and evaluation of a patient with a cardiomyopathy.

    2024 MOCA-Peds Featured Readings 

    These are the 2024 MOCA-Peds featured readings for General Pediatrics. 

    1. The Guideline for the Management of Kawasaki Disease

    2. Clinical Practice Guideline Revision: Management of Hyperbilirubinemia in the Newborn Infant 35 or More Weeks of Gestation


    Ready to dive into the content? Our QuickREF is a great place to start! The features in QuickREF help you be even more efficient during the exam—after all, you only have 5 minutes to answer each question. Order yours today!

    Note: Learning objectives and featured readings listed are for the 2024 MOCA-Peds Learning Objectives for General Pediatrics, via the ABP website on 11/15/23. 

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